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How To: Create a Walk-In Closet in 1 Hour

Get the closet storage space of your dreams with a few easy steps and a sturdy, simple DIY shelving system.

EZ Shelf Walk-In Closet Kit

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Have you dreamed about a walk-in closet with endless storage possibilities for clothes and accessories? Fortunately, virtually any spare space—from an underused home office to a small bedroom sitting vacant now that the kids have grown up and left the nest—can be transformed to efficiently contain almost everything you own, all without having to hire a pricey pro or deal with messy construction. Just turn to the Walk-In Closet Organizer, a modular storage solution from EZ Shelf. It’s a sturdy, user-friendly system that will let you create a wardrobe that wows in just about an hour. Made of high-strength expandable steel tubing, each shelf can hold up to 200 pounds (in only ½” drywall) and can be installed anywhere—securing to wall studs are NOT required for all that weight. Read on to learn how you can create a fully functional walk-in closet space. Then, grab a few basic tools, and seven short steps later, you’ll be using the time and money you saved to fill your closet up with great new clothes!

MATERIALS AND TOOLS
– Vacuum or broom
– Tape measure
– EZ Shelf Expandable Walk-In Closet Organizer in white (also available in silver)
– Tape
– Level
– Pencil
– Power screwdriver/drill
– Hammer or mallet
EZ Shelf Expandable Shoe Rack

Step 1: Clear out and measure up.
Empty the room of its current contents, sorting as you go. Consolidate what you’re sure you’ll use, donate anything else that’s “perfectly good” but of no use to you, and toss the rest. Vacuum or sweep the space well. Once you’ve got a blank slate, measure the room to get a sense of the area you’ve got to work with. Available in either white or silver to suit your style, the Walk-In Closet Kit adapts to fit a space of any size or shape by offering five shelf-and-rod units that can be mounted in one of two ways: extended between two side walls or attached to the wall via a bracket. Plus, each shelf expands from 40 inches to 73 inches—altogether, that’s almost 30.5 feet for storing boxes or hanging garments—and you can squeeze the shelves into a narrow space or fill a long wall.

Step 2: Find your flow.
Plan the placement of the contents of your closet in a way that will best suit your needs and lifestyle. Group all like items together: shirts with shirts, pants with pants, and so on. Chances are there are certain go-to items you wear or use often, so you’ll want them to be accessible most easily and on a completely separate rod. Keep to the rule of thumb most professional stylists and closet experts recommend: If you can’t see it, you won’t wear it. The beauty of this DIY closet system is that it allows you to put items on shelves and hang them on racks, rather than dig through drawers and opaque bins. Everything remains organized and in view.

EZ Shelf Shoe Rack

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Step 3: Install sidewall shelving.
Consider mounting at least one expandable closet shelf with an accompanying bar to run the full length. Use the tape measure to find and mark the exact height of the shelf that you want to extend between the two sidewalls. Typically, for a double hang area, you’d position the lower shelf and rod 40 to 42 inches high (from the floor to the top of its rod) and the top shelf and rod combo 80 to 84 inches high (from the floor to the top of its rod). Then, punch out the template that comes with the kit, tape it to the wall, and use a level to ensure that your shelf surface will be level. Mark the anchor placements on each sidewall in pencil. Using four high-strength anchors and an electric drill/screwdriver, install the first tube receiver to the left sidewall and check its positioning with a level. Insert one expandable, high-strength steel tube into the opening closest to the wall on the receiver; use hammer or mallet if necessary to fit it in place. Then, attach the second tube receiver—or an end bracket that allows you to combine modular shelves to span longer than 73″—on the right end, and extend the tube with its receiver to reach the opposite wall. Before you repeat installation there, make certain that both the tube and tube receiver are level: The tube should be perfectly horizontal and the tube receiver should be level front to back along the sidewall.

After both receivers and the back tube are in place, insert and expand the remaining four steel tubes to fit. Finally, mount the center support to the back wall, and then insert the hanging rod. Twist the rod so it expands to fit snugly in your space, and the first of your closet organizers is good to go!

Step 4: Put up bracket shelves.
Installation of shelves shorter than the full width of a wall (say, those meant to hang a small selection of pants beneath a collection of dresses, shirts, jackets, and more) is accomplished similarly to the easy process described in Step 3, but these short shelves attach to the back wall with at least one end bracket. So, rather than installing an end-to-end configuration between sidewalls, you’ll use the included template to help you fasten an end bracket and tube receiver assembly to the back wall, then attach the back tube and extend it out toward the sidewall, where you’ll insert it into the end bracket/tube receiver assembly. Then, you just need to add a center support and the hanging tube. Sound like a snap? It is! To see how easy, check out the installation videos.

Step 5: Arrange the remaining shelves.
The Expandable Walk-In Closet Organizer includes five shelf-and-rod units along with all necessary tube receivers for sidewall mounting and five center supports, as well as four end brackets to allow all the versatility you could possibly need. Customize your closet in a way that’s just right for your stuff and your space. For instance, in a “U”-shaped closet you could install double hanging on the left and right sides and a single hanging for long garments on the back wall. Or, if your space is large enough, you can purchase and install an extra stack of three to five expandable shelves (without the hanging rods) on one wall at whatever heights work best for storage of folded items like sweaters and short sleeve shirts or bins of accessories. Place these shelves anywhere you like without fussing over finding wall studs, and rest assured that the shelves will hold up to 200 pounds each.

Step 6: Let it grow!
Unlike other shelving, EZ Shelf is modular, so you can expand your walk-in closet in different combinations to fit your changing needs. Add more shelves as needed, connect shelves to one another to create storage longer than 73 inches, or—if you have a shelf left over—install it in another room that could use some durable storage. EZ Shelf products even work great as laundry room shelving or mudroom organizers!

Step 7: Personalize and decorate.
Take a few minutes to make your walk-in closet a truly unique, luxurious retreat. First, stack wicker baskets (or, for better visibility of contents, choose wire baskets or clear bins) atop high shelves to organize out-of-season accessories. Then, consider stationing an Expandable Shoe Rack in a bit of open floor space so your footwear will always be organized and in reach. A full-length mirror on the door and a few decorative touches, and you’re done. With a walk-in closet so great, you may never wish to walk out!

 

EZ Shelf White Walk-In Closet Organizer

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This post has been brought to you by EZ Shelf. Its facts and opinions are those of BobVila.com.


Quick Tip: It’s Time to Toss These Household Items

Even an organized home has a few dirty secrets. Get rid of yours by clearing out the junk you don't need.

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Admit it: Your garage, pantry, and closet are full of unused items. All of that junk is just one more organizational challenge keeping you from using your space to its full potential. Whether you face a plastic bag avalanche every time you open the broom closet, or struggle to sort through outdated threads when choosing an outfit each morning, one thing’s for sure: You can cut the clutter and live better in the process. Watch and learn which things to toss for a more organized life.

For more clutter cutting tips, consider:

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3 Reasons to Replace Your Wire Shelving

If flimsy shelves are letting you down, upgrade to this smart, sturdy, simple-to-install solution that adapts to your storage needs.

Walk-In Closet Shelving from EZ Shelf

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Homeowners and renters alike install wire shelving for storage and organizing, only to quickly become dissatisfied. The first problems they notice? For one thing, wire shelves tend not to be very attractive. For another, they’re hard to clean. Another frustration: Since wire shelves must be installed directly to wall studs, you can’t put them where they’d best suit your needs, space, or style. Plus, the setup process often proves tricky and time-consuming, since there are typically many parts and pieces to measure and cut. Then in the end, once you’ve finally managed to get the shelves into position, it turns out they can’t hold much weight—a problem if you’re storing anything heavier than a few folded sweaters!

Fortunately, there’s an alternative to inferior wire shelving—an alternative that goes up in minutes, virtually anywhere, and can be expanded to accommodate your needs as they change over time. Meet the EZ Shelf system. With it, you can organize everything from clothes and linen closets to your kitchen pantry and garage workshop. Constructed of high-strength steel tubing instead of flimsy wire, EZ Shelf boasts a lifetime guarantee and “Made in USA” certification. Precious few alternatives can say the same. But for details on the other ways in which EZ Shelf stands out in the market, read on.

Opt for modular versatility. With EZ Shelf expandable shelving, there’s NO cutting, and you can skip the search for studs. The solution installs in mere minutes with only a few common household tools. You also have the flexibility to install EZ Shelf on any wall (even one with no side walls) in any part of your home. Meanwhile, the expandable, modular design lets you customize EZ Shelf to match your current needs precisely—but if your needs change in the future, the system easily adapts. Start with the popular, all-purpose 40″ – 73″ Expandable Closet Shelf & Rod, or customize a particular, closet, garage, laundry room or office with a shelf system specially designed for the purpose. Organizing has never been so adaptable and convenient.

Garage Shelves from EZ Shelf

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Rely on the strength of steel. The most versatile shelving system in the world won’t do any good if it can’t support much weight. Typically, wire shelving maxes out at around 80 pounds. However, being made of steel, the tough, dependable EZ Shelf can hold up to 200 pounds (without securing to studs in 1/2” drywall) and the EZ Shelf heavy-duty garage shelving can handle even more—a whopping 250 pounds. When secured to studs EZ Shelf can hold 300lbs over a 6’ length. Whether you store stuff on top of the shelf or hang items down from the tubular rods, you can rest assured that EZ Shelf can manage the weight and bulk of everything from bicycles and books to paint cans and home gym equipment like dumbbells.

Clean up with a swipe. Notoriously difficult to clean, wire shelving attracts dust and dirt like a magnet. It’s even harder to maintain if you’re dealing with a spill of laundry detergent, motor oil, or anything else similarly sticky or greasy. What’s more: Wire shelves tend to rust, and when that happens, there’s a risk of damage to anything you place on the shelf, be it a cashmere sweater of a family heirloom. By contrast, EZ Shelf cleans up with nothing more than the wipe of a rag and, being made of steel, the closet system resists rust (mold and mildew, too).

Sleekly designed and available in white or silver finish, EZ Shelf brings style to your space. So, whether you’re ready to retire that wire or you’re simply hunting for a new storage setup, the time has come for EZ Shelf—a sturdy shelving system that installs anywhere, holds everything, and looks great doing it!

 

Silver Garage Shelving from EZ Shelf

Photo: ezshelf.com

 

This post has been brought to you by EZ Shelf. Its facts and opinions are those of BobVila.com.


Bob Vila Radio: Winterizing Wooden Furniture

Wondering why your furniture and floors lose their luster in winter? All that dry indoor air can cause cracks, splits, and gaps in wood. Luckily, all you need is a little know-how to guard against damage.

When your heating system is cranking, dry indoor air can do a number on your wood furniture and, for that matter, any other wood that’s in your home. While indoor humidity levels range from 30 to 60 percent during the rest of the year, in the coldest months it can plummet into the teens.

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When that happens, the dry air takes moisture from anything it can, and that can lead to major problems: splits and cracks in furniture, woodwork, and walls; gaps in hardwood floors and cabinets; and doors that no longer fit properly.

To guard against that kind of damage, buy a high-quality furniture oil that penetrates the surface. Check the label, and avoid polishes that contain silicone—they won’t protect your furniture, and may cause build up, hiding the natural beauty of the wood.

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Genius! The DIY Dog Feeder that Doubles as Storage

If you’re still working like a dog to keep Fido full during the day, try your hand at this DIY dog bowl stand to curb your canine’s cravings and reclaim your closet space.

DIY Dog Feeding Station

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Pet parents know that there isn’t ever a great place to store bulky bags of dry kibble. Closets are typically already too cramped to fit a food supply, and the dry food’s smell could attract an infestation of rodents out in the garage where it may go unnoticed—not to mention wastes energy hauling the heavy bag to and from the bowl. Fortunately for space-starved pet owners, home improvement guru Glen has just the thing to take the frenzy out of feeding time. The part-time vlogger and full-time home automation systems designer translated his passion for home improvement to the small screen with his dual-purpose DIY dog feeding station that combines the storage and serving bowls into one compact cabinet. Using only plywood, a drawer track, and an underbed storage container, you can recreate Glen’s results at home to restore order to dinner time.

For the frame of the dog feeding station, Glen cut a single plywood sheet into the panels for the back, sides, top, and bottom—all just large enough to accommodate the underbed storage bin of kibble that will go inside—and assembled them into an open-front box using a power drill and screws. Rather than attaching the front panel to the box itself, it connects to a drawer slide that glides along tracks installed in the cabinet interior. Give the front a tug, and it pulls forward to expose the secret stash of dog food ready to replenish the bowls at meal time.

Thanks to the depth needed in food storage drawer, food and water bowls (which were dropped into cutouts made in the top of the DIY dog feeder using a jigsaw) are now at the perfect height for medium- to large-sized dogs to chow down around the clock. But, cat owners, take heart: You can make shorter cuts to make the feeder feline-friendly, too! As a result, it’ll just have a smaller drawer for food storage.

Glen finished the feeder with some trim, contrasting coats of white paint and dark wood stain, and a sleek cabinet pull for quick access to the kibble stashed out of sight. And although your canine is sure to fall in puppy love with the appetizing outside of the station, one last detail on the inside makes this piece particularly fetching: A battery-powered LED light that automatically switches on when the door opens, and shuts off when it closes, making early morning and late night refills as easy as possible—for you and for Fido.

FOR MORE: DIY Creators on YouTube

DIY Dog Feeding Station with Food Storage

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DIY Projects Anyone Can Do

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Genius! The Foldaway Fix for a Clunky TV

If you need your Netflix but hate the look of your turned-off TV, try this out-of-the-box solution to transform an old dresser, ottoman, or chest into a foldaway entertainment center.

diy-tv-stand

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Dedicated DIY-ers like Allison Allen know that fixing one design problem often causes another. When Allen, the blogger behind Deuce Cities Henhouse, fit her bed frame cozily in the far end of her narrow bedroom in order to regain floor space, the extra-long space meant that a television lining the wall opposite her seat in bed would be yards and yards away. Since she and her husband loved their late-night shows, the fix had to be functional and beautiful. Puzzling out the best placement for the TVwithout adding visual clutter to the calming space she’d worked so hard to create—was proving to be a problem.

Luckily, the solution was already in her bedroom, in the unlikely form of a beat-up credenza. Allen rejigged the cheap IKEA cabinet with a hinged top so that it could lift to reveal a TV for hours of entertainment and fold down come time to sleep, read, or work from home. She began the conversion by removing the old particle board top and replacing it with a sturdy piece of pine cut to size and secured it with screws. The DIY TV stand’s clever foldaway feature utilizes a piano hinge attached to half of the lid’s lower edge, along with a TV mount and locking supports to hold the unit open. Finding the right placement for all that hardware required a lot of trial and error, and Allen admits that she “thought about scrapping it a dozen times.”

Well, we’re glad she didn’t! Replicate this deluxe DIY TV stand from a credenza or other similarly-sized piece with enough space to tuck in your TV—like a dresser, trunk, or ottoman—and you can marathon all of your favorite shows without straining to take in all the action. And if you’re worried about tripping over exposed cables, copy Allen’s approach and route any cords through the back of the credenza and under the bed before plugging it in. After you’ve worked through these detailed plans once, getting your fix of television is as simple as lifting the lid.

FOR MORE: Deuce Cities Henhouse

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DIY Projects Anyone Can Do

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ever featured on BobVila.com. Whether your goal is to fix, tinker, build or make something better, your next adventure in DIY starts here.


DIY Lite: Declutter Your Entry with an Easy Shoe Storage Bench

Who doesn't need more shoe storage? Build an organizer and entryway seat in one when you follow this easy DIY tutorial.

DIY Shoe Storage - Entryway Bench

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Streamlining the home’s entryway or mudroom poses a real challenge for bustling households. Add up all of the jackets, the bags, the umbrellas, and the shoes for each family member, and you’ll find yourself hard pressed to find a place for each last item. Sure, a leaning coat rack can corral the most-often used outerwear, but each member of a household may rotate through three or more pairs of shoes in a given week. Alleviate part of the mess by giving favorite footwear a home in the entryway between uses via this DIY shoe storage bench. Not only will its cubbies organize up to six pairs of shoes—and floor space below for taller boots—but the sturdy bench top provides the perfect perch as you lace up on the way out the door in the morning.

 

DIY Shoe Storage - Supplies

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MATERIALS AND TOOLS
– Over-shelf hanging storage baskets (3)
– Metallic spray paint
– 2×6 lumber (10 feet)
– Wood glue
– Trigger clamps
– 2-inch by 3-inch gauge mending plates (4)
– Hammer
– Palm sander
– Sandpaper (60- and 120-grit)
– Wood stain
– Cloths
– Wood oil or varnish
– Paint brush
– Pen
– Measuring tape
– Drill
– Cup holder hooks (15)
¾-inch galvanized pipe (36-inch pieces, 2)
– Hacksaw
– Round file
– ¾-inch floor flanges (4)
– 1-inch screws (16)

 

DIY Shoe Storage - Step 1

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STEP 1
The storage space for shoes beneath the bench is actually constructed using three white wire under-shelf baskets. To give them an industrial look that more closely matches the legs, so we spray-painted them a metallic silver. Coat with several layers on each side of the baskets for the most uniform color.

If you’ve purchased an already silver or bronze wire basket, go ahead and skip this first step altogether!

 

DIY Shoe Storage - Step 2

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STEP 2
Next up: the seat part of the bench. Take the 10-foot-long 2×6 lumber and cut it in half, so that you have two pieces of the same dimensions. (You might even ask to have the big box hardware store that sells you the lumber cut it for you, too—it’s often free and makes transporting the wood home easier.)

Put some wood glue along the 1-½-inch-thick edge of one board, and slide the two 5-foot-long boards next to each other so that the glue bonds them. Be careful to place the boards perfectly next to each other without leaving any gap. You can use trigger clamps to hold them together.

 

DIY Shoe Storage - Step 3

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STEP 3
Strengthen the board assembly by affixing four equidistant mending plates to what will be the underside of the bench. Make sure each is centered over the crack between the boards, then lightly hammer it into place.

 

DIY Shoe Storage - Step 4

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STEP 4
Once the glue has dried, sand the bench seat. Start with a 60-grit paper to remove the glue residue, and finish with a 120-grit for a smooth finish surface that is free of splinters.

 

DIY Shoe Storage - Step 5

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STEP 5
Stain the top and sides of the wood—all but the bottom—with the color of your choice. After you achieve the right depth of color (it may take a couple of coats) and the stain dries completely according to the manufacturer’s instructions, finish with wood oil or varnish to protect the DIY shoe storage bench from dust and stains.

 

DIY Shoe Storage - Step 6

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STEP 6
Once dry, flip the board so that its underside is up. Center the three metallic baskets across the board, and mark the location of each basket’s corners in pen. Each basket will be hold by five cup hooks: two on each side and one on the back (opposite the opening).

Drill five small holes into the wood, and screw in the hooks so that each faces inward toward the center of the basket. Then, hook up your first “cubby”! Repeat the same process to fix the other two baskets.

Working upside down like this will leave the basket feeling a little loose—don’t worry too much about this. It will be resolved once you turn the bench right side up to attach the bench’s legs, as gravity will pull the baskets to hang from the hooks. As long as you know that each fits, you can unhook the baskets for now and continue working.

 

DIY Shoe Storage - Step 7

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STEP 7
Cut each of the two 36-inch-long, ¾-inch galvanized pipes in half so that you end up with four legs of the same lengths. (Ours are 18 inches apiece.) Sand the edges using a round file to remove any metal flakes. You can also put some rubber or plastic tip under each leg to prevent the pipe to scratch your floor.

 

DIY Shoe Storage - Step 8

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STEP 8
Attach a floor flange to each corner of the bottom of the board with 1-inch screws, and twist the pipe into it until it’s snug.

Once each leg is in place, flip the bench right side up and replace the baskets onto the designated cup hooks. You’re ready to start moving your shoes out of a pile and into their new homes! Whenever you head to the store next to buy DIY supplies for your next project, you’ll find your footwear right beneath your seat—and slide them on easily from your spot on this new storage bench.

 

DIY Shoe Storage - Completed Project

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DIY Shoe Storage - Close-up of Finished Bench

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Ama is a DIY addict and the creative mind behind Ohoh Blog. She likes home decor, lighting, and furniture projects that may involve painting, sewing, drilling…no matter the technique! Whatever she has on hand is inspiration to create, and fodder for her serious addiction to upcycling.


DIY Projects Anyone Can Do

All of the Best Hands-on Tutorials from BobVila.com
Get the nitty-gritty details you need—and the jaw-dropping inspiration you want—from our collection of the favorite projects ever featured on BobVila.com. Whether your goal is to fix, tinker, build or make something better, your next adventure in DIY starts here.


3 Fixes for Unsightly Cords

Sure, you need them to power up your devices, but wouldn’t it be nice if cords could just be banished from view? These 3 solutions prove that where there's a wire, there's a way.

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After you’ve spent years getting your living spaces in line, it can be almost maddening to walk into a room that has everything in its place only to have your eyes linger on unsightly wires that run rampant from your electrical devices. While you may think that there’s no cure for this tangly trouble, don’t be discouraged. Instead, try one of these three inexpensive DIY projects to disguise those cords hanging from your TV, computer, lamps, and more—you’ll preserve your sanity and your cash.

 

MAGIC MANTEL

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Mounting the TV is popular among homeowners in quest of a clean-lined living space. But along with the sophistication of a sleek, lofty screen comes an array of dangling cords that can make your viewing area look more dorm room than curated creation. To conceal a smattering of wires, try this makeshift mantel that tucks stray cords beneath an inexpensive molding. Start by choosing a style of crown molding shelf that best matches your room’s aesthetic. Julie Blanner, the brains behind this brilliant fix, chose a traditional white version to complement her classic living room. Next, measure and mark the shelf on both ends, and cut it down to the exact size you need. Feed the cords through one side of the molding—Julie drilled a hole in her built-ins to further camouflage the unpleasant necessities—and then attach the shelf with glue. Voilà! Movie night just got so much better.

 

PRETTY PEGS

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If a jumble of computer cords is cramping your desk style, try this solution from Organizing Made Fun that will stealthily stash away wires while keeping them accessible. First, cut a piece of pegboard to size, about 1/4 inch smaller on all sides than the space beneath the desk so you’ll be easily able to pull back the board to reach the cords. Next, give the pegboard a few coats of spray paint, or leave it blank—whatever best matches your decor. Use cable ties threaded through the pegboard holes to attach a power strip to the back of the board so that the outlets face the wall, then secure the board in place using light clips and Velcro. This combination of fasteners will ensure that your designated disguiser won’t tip forward yet will still be easy to remove whenever you need to unplug.

 

SLEEK AND DISCREET

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Now you see them, now you don’t! That’s how we feel about this clever trick from Diane of In My Own Style, which discreetly hides wires in the nooks and crannies of furniture. First, gather a wire basket, a power strip, an extension cord, cup hooks, and clear cord organizing clips. Cut one of the corner pieces off the basket using a wire cutter, and then use cable ties to secure the extension cord to the basket. Next, screw in cup hooks to attach the basket upside down to the bottom of your desk so that the extension cord remains easily accessible. Using the clear cord organizing clips, run cords and wires up the legs and along the underside of your tabletop until you reach the power strip. Thread the cords through the hole in the basket, and plug ’em in for a seemingly wireless experience.


3 Fixes for Unruly Drawers

Can’t stomach the sight of your disorganized drawers? Cure drawer disorder for good with these fast and easy homemade organizers!

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Drawer dividers are often touted as an easy way to compartmentalize and corral all those loose knickknacks you hide deep in your drawers. But because many store-bought versions are one-size-fits-all—and most drawers are not—you could wind up spending way too much for solutions that only make messy matters worse. Instead of purchasing premade products, look to one of these three easy and inexpensive DIY dividers that will get your junk drawers decluttered for good.

 

PAPER PACKAGES

DIY Drawer Dividers - heavy cardstock

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Office supplies can be unruly, with pens, pencils, tapes, and trinkets constantly rolling around. Luckily, there’s one hardworking staple that can actually assist in curing your workday woes: Armed with sturdy cardstock paper, as well as some ingenuity and this tutorial, you can craft dividers that are the just-right size for your spaces without costing you a dime. For the tightest-fitting finish, start by measuring the height and width of your drawers, and also of the items you’re organizing. After crunching the numbers, assemble these little helpers by scoring, folding, cutting, and taping according to the instructions provided by Megan from The Homes I Have Made for a colorful result that keeps all your little necessities safe and streamlined.

 

WOODEN WRANGLERS

DIY Drawer Dividers - wood

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Rifling through kitchen drawers in search of a specific spatula can be a real setback when you’re in the midst of meal prep. With so many pieces in such a range of shapes and sizes, the utensil pile is a particularly unsavory collection to corral. But this removable remedy can put an end to disheveled drawer madness both inside and outside the cooking zone—all for under $10. First, figure out how you want to group the items you’re trying to organize, and then use the sizes of the cutlery to determine the dimensions of the compartments. (Kevin and Amanda, the masterminds behind this clever method, used Jenga pieces to outline each section and help them determine where the dividers should go.) Next, construct dividers from 1/4-inch-thick hobby board, cut to size with a skill saw. Finish by using a heavy-duty adhesive to connect the pieces together for a snug-fitting solution that keeps everything in its place.

 

PRACTICAL PLASTIC

DIY Drawer Dividers - acrylic gold

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Acrylic drawer dividers are a chic way to streamline cluttered crevices, but they can come with lofty price tags. Get good-looking results without overpaying (or wasting an inch of drawer space) by crafting your own versions from this tutorial by Home Made By Carmona. First, glue dentil molding to the tops and bottoms of the front and back drawers to serve as slots for inserting the dividers. Then, cut an acrylic sheet to form sections that perfectly fit the dimensions of your drawer. For an elegant, dip-dyed look, spray-paint the inserts in your favorite hue. While you’ll need a few tools to make this divider dream come true, the customized and adjustable results are well worth an afternoon’s worth of concentration and elbow grease.


Genius! The Custom Closet Solution That Costs Nearly Nothing

Money doesn't grow on trees, but creative solutions do—at least for one clever blogger! Try this free DIY to supplement your storage and add a personal touch to any room.

DIY Clothing Rack

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If you actually wear everything you own, you might be part of a growing trend: people paring down their possessions in hopes of simplifying their lives at home. When clutter starts to pile up, it can get in the way of focusing on what’s really important. Taken too far, however, decluttering can create a sterile look more reminiscent of a hospital ward than a home. But DIY-er Ivania from Love Aesthetics found a compromise between minimalism and eclecticism when she repurposed (read: installed for practically free) a backyard branch as a one-of-a-kind clothing and accessory rack.

Spray-painted white and suspended from the ceiling, this bit of nature offers storage as beautiful as the rest of your possessions, all without taking up any floor space. And it’s not just a cure for the closet-less: the length and shape of this DIY rack also make it a smart solution for hanging up a collection of scarves, watches, ties, belts, and other accessories. Storage that’s functional, free, and personality-packed—now that’s an idea worth hanging on to!

To make your own, search out a branch that’s not too long or too short for the space, ideally with at least one smaller limb ready to hold accessories. Paint or keep it au naturel, the choice is yours—but be sure to give it wash before hanging your clean clothes from it. Next, pencil the height the branch will hang at along the nearest wall. Measure the distance between there and the ceiling to determine an appropriate length for wire or rope, and get two pieces (plus a couple of strong hooks) from your local hardware store. Screw in the hooks to the ceiling, run a wire through each and around the branch, and double-knot at the end. If it hangs evenly, your job is done! Just hang your curated wardrobe and take joy in the green you’ve pocketed by doing it yourself rather than splurging on a $200 closet unit.

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DIY Clothing Rack - Branch Accessories

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