The kitchen counter is often a gadget magnet, and it also tends to attract a mountain of keys, sunglasses, and everything else. If this sounds all too familiar, consider creating an electronic charging station out of an ordinary bread box. Add a pretty paper-covered shelf inside, and drill a few holes to snake cords into the back. This solution is perfect for keeping all those phones and tablets hidden away when they’re not in use.
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Left in an untamed drawer or box, jewelry becomes tangled and twisted. Straighten out the mess by stowing all those adornments neatly in a drawer outfitted with small teacups, saucers, and ramekins. You can even categorize by color or kind. Either way, you’ll never again have to go rummaging for a lost earring.
A shipping pallet makes an ideal corral for large gardening and yard tools like shovels, rakes, hoes, and the like. Mount the pallet to the wall, and remove all but a couple of boards on the front side. Your tools will slide in and stand up just where you put them until they’re needed again.
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If your laundry room is always in chaos, take a cue from this clutter killer. To make your own, construct a simple four-sided box out of plywood, and then screw lengths of metal angle on the insides to serve as runners. Pick up some appropriately sized plastic laundry baskets, and you're now in control!
Whether mail is coming or going, it can easily get lost in the shuffle. Keep it orderly in the slats of a window shutter. Whether you repurpose one from a garage sale or buy one from the craft store to custom decorate, this strategically placed shutter will make your trip in or out the front door easier.
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