Most of us want to get more organized, or at least maintain the organization that we have. In a home packed with people of all ages moving in many different directions this can be a challenging task. Take some time to observe the current workings in your home, plan for a new strategy and tackle these DIY storage solutions that will leave you better organized.
Because the kitchen is such a high traffic area it's a good idea to install extra shelving, storage and work surfaces. A butcher block table can be used as an island with drawers or shelves attached to the bottom allowing for paperwork and small item storage.
Hang a large whiteboard and corkboard on a blank wall. This is the perfect location for notes, lists, calendars and other items and information that must be kept handy.
Living Room Organization
Pick up an entertainment unit that will hold all of your A.V. equipment neatly. For easy access to your DVD and CD collection, have a large bookshelf set up or install wall shelving. Make sure either type of shelving is anchored well into the wall to prevent any danger of toppling.
This is a place where your miscellaneous items often end up. It's also the perfect place for organization solutions that are bulkier and more utilitarian.
Look at cabinetry options for one area of your garage, leaving you plenty of room for small items such as tools, flower pots and holiday decorations. Old kitchen cabinets are perfect for this use. If you haven't had a recent kitchen reno, shop at a salvaged building supply store where you're very likely to pick up a quality set for a reasonable price.
Overhead shelving is another possibility in the garage. This is the perfect spot for sports equipment, long handled garden tools and other larger items that are used seasonally. The most important element in overhead shelving is the brackets. Be sure they are firmly attached through the garage ceiling into the floor joists or wood framing above. Build this shelving to hold a decent amount of weight, allowing it to be extremely usable and versatile.
The best thing you can do for better organization in the bedroom is to install a closet storage system. Whether you opt for wire construction or wood particle board, these systems will provide all of the space and gadgets you need.
Again, the stud spacing is very important so invest in a stud finder for ease of use. Use the proper length of brackets to tie the closet system in and all of relevant hardware for the assembly.
Open shelves, drawers, wire baskets, shoe shelves, hanging rods and pant and belt racks are all accessories you can include. These systems are excellent DIY projects, but require detailed planning and accurate measurements to work best.
Don't forget that you can add closet organizers to plenty of places besides the master bedroom. The front hall closet or mudroom will be much tidier with an organizer and your choice of accessories installed. Also the basement, play room and even the garage are excellent places to include a closet organizer.
Get busy and get organized with these DIY storage solutions for all different areas of your home.Posted by: TrustedPros