If you hate clutter, you can usually restore your sanity by simply putting stuff away — consolidating it so you aren’t looking at everything. But in order to do that, you need places to put it all — and fast (especially when you’re having last-minute company). Well, Organization Junkie comes to your rescue with 12 DIY containers that will help you tame the clutter and take back your life.
1. Mudroom Wall Crates
Ever thought of hanging cute bins or crates on a wall? It’s very much a thing these days, and it’s perfect for your mud room. Shoes, bags, jackets, hats…put it all in these cute and functional wall crates that make the perfect shelving.
2. OCD Spice Containers
Nothing drives me crazier than my spice cabinet, with a bunch of different-sized containers where I can’t find anything easily. But with these same-sized, DIY spice jars, you can keep everything in a drawer and find just what you need without digging.
3. Fan Mail
Got an old fan lying around? Heck, you can even pick one up at the thrift store. An old circular fan makes a really cute holder for mail or other small items. So instead of a cluttered counter, you see that cute thing you made.
4. Medicine Chest
An old suitcase makes a darling medicine cabinet. Hang it on a wall, or use it for other knick-knacks. Tuck it in a corner next to your fireplace.
5. Change it Up
If your house is anything like mine, you have loose change sitting on top of your washer or dryer from cleaning out pockets. Why not give it a home with this cute – and easy – container idea? As for who the change belongs to, I think we all know the answer to that one (finders keepers!)
6. Party On
When you’re throwing a party, you often use paper goods for eating (nobody cares, and it’s sooo much easier). Trouble is, they take up a lot of space on your serving area and clutter it up. But look at this cute organization system for paper plates, utensils, cups, and napkins. Believe it or not, it’s made out of cardboard boxes you probably have already.
7. Give Clutter the Cold Shoulder
One of the places that tends to get really cluttered is your freezer. Whether it’s part of your refrigerator or a stand-alone model, you can keep it organized with plastic bins (even from the dollar store) and washi tape labels.
8. Desk Design
Your desk is another big area for clutter. This desk organizer made of cereal boxes can help you keep it under control. And everyone will ask where you “bought” it! Why not make another one for your remotes?
9. Give Bath Toys the Hanging Treatment
If you have young kids, you’ve got bath toys. Even if you don’t, you’ve certainly got different shampoos, soaps, and bath accessories that usually end up crammed into the corners of the tub. Am I right? But look at this cute idea. These pastic bins hang on a towel rack just right, keeping everything neat and tidy. You can easily put drain holes in the bottom.
10. Porch Perch
Okay, so it’s not really a perch, but it is a place to keep those oft-used garden tools, the kids’ bubbles, jump ropes, and other items that wind up on your front or back porch. This wooden supply box is easy to make, and you can paint it however you like.
11. Bathroom Clutter Cutter
Shoe organizers are great for organizing all kinds of stuff. In the bathroom, you can hang one on the back the door for hair brushes, deodorant, contact solution, etc. But in your vanity, you can cut one to size and use it for cleaning products.
12. Sink Saver
Under your kitchen sink tends to get cluttered, too. Plus, it’s a deep cupboard, so you end up doing a lot of digging for stuff. Well, with clear buckets and plastic drawers, you can keep that clutter from spilling out into your kitchen – and always find what you need.