You’re running late. You’re running so late. You’re like a headless chicken, scrambling around turning everything upside down. Where are those shoes? They’re the only pair that goes with the outfit you’re wearing!
The more you look, the messier your house gets. It’s in complete shambles. If only you had put your shoes in a place you could find them!
Dealing with an unorganized and cluttered home can put a real stress on your personal life, not to mention your personal relationships with the person you’re living with. In a study of 3,000 adults, it was found that four out of ten adults argue with their partner about lost items. And it’s actually unnecessary!
Adding storage space to your home not only adds to the feng shui of your house, it’ll add to the feng shui of your mind. According to a study by UCLA’s Center on Everyday Lives of Families, clutter has a profound effect on female’s mood and self-esteem, with a direct link between high cortisol (stress) levels and a high density of household objects.
For some top tips to get your house in tip-top shape, we’ve rounded up the top ten DIY storage ideas that will really declutter your home.
1. Put It In Storage
Without sounding obvious, the top DIY storage solution is, you guessed it, put it in storage.
If you’ve been living in the same house for several years, you’re bound to have racked up a whole lot of unnecessary possessions that you don’t actually use on a day-to-day basis. And there’s no suitable place for you to put them! Like your grandmother’s china tea set that is too precious to actually use, but you can’t bring yourself to actually get rid of it.
The best solution? Get it out of the house and into storage.
You’d be amazed at how therapeutic it can be to really declutter your home and only have the essentials in your house. They say less is more, and in this case, less is more organization and peace of mind.
This website is equipped with some fantastic storage solutions located across the US. With airtight self-storage facilities of all sizes, it’s time for you to stop worrying, and start packing.
2. Dish Drying Cabinet
No matter how often you wash your dishes and put them away, they always seem to be lying around in your kitchen, waiting to be properly dried. They’ll be stacked on those pesky sink-side racks that take away from the already limited counter space that you have.
A truly fantastic storage solution, dish drying cabinets give your dishes their own space to fully dry, away from the prying eyes of guests. With a dish cabinet above your sink, the excess water from the clean dishes is able to drip down, letting your dishes dry while in storage. Genius.
3. Drawer Separators
According to the Daily Mail, over the course of our lifetime, we will spend a total of 3,680 hours searching for misplaced items. That’s 153 days of your life looking for items like phones, keys, and sunglasses.
Drawers naturally become a tiny space of complete chaos for these sorts of items, very quickly. They’re the go-to place to stash those random things lying you around that really clutter up your home. And then you can never find those things again!
One of the best storage solutions for small spaces, drawer separators divide your drawers into neat little areas. That way you can separate the important things like your keys from other random items like spare change and paper clips.
Our personal favorite is the honeycomb drawer organizer. For an added DIY organization bonus, double layer the organizers to double your storage.
4. Add Hooks to the Back of Your Closet
Hooks are really easy storage solutions. They’re simple to install, don’t take up a lot of space, but allow you to hang those things that your cupboards don’t really have space for.
By installing a few hooks on the back of your closet door, you’re really the maximizing space in your bedroom. Everything from handbags to scarfs to jewelry can be hung from these nifty guys, decluttering your bedroom and your home.
5. Install Corner Shelves
Floating corner shelves can really optimize unused space on your wall anywhere in the house, are so easy to install yourself!
These little storage solutions are clean, space-efficient, and can really give your home a trendy edge. They’re a great place to have some beautiful indoor plants that will decorate a room without taking up floor space.
The best part? They’re one of the easiest DIY organization ideas out there. Practically all you need is some quality wood, a few brackets, and screws, and voila! A whole new space for storage.
6. DIY Storage Furniture
It goes without saying that furniture in your home takes up the majority of your available space. So you may as well make the most of them!
Furniture with built-in storage space can multiply your storage space tenfold, allowing you to benefit from a clutter-free space.
Perhaps one of the best pieces of furniture to utilize for storage is your bed! If you’ve already got old suitcases stashed under there, there’s an even better DIY storage solution.
Simply add wheels to an old dresser drawer and push it under your bed frame. Accessing your items are as simple as pulling out your nifty new storage space on wheels!
Another great piece of furniture in your bedroom to transform into an ingenious storage area? Your headboard! There’s only so much you can cram underneath your bed, so why not neatly organize your things above your bed and above your head.
Headboard storage can look really sleek if you choose a slim frame. Adding shelf space to your headboard is a great place to store and display your favorite family and friends photographs. Or how about adding a DIY pull down cupboard? The possibilities are endless.
7. Shoe Ladder
Ah, shoes. The cornerstone of every woman’s wardrobe. And often the messiest, most disorganized part.
A great DIY organization solution for your beloved heels is an incredible shoe shelf ladder. Not only is it a great way to ensure your pair of shoes doesn’t become lonely singletons, it’s a way to turn your entire shoe collection into a gorgeous decor centerpiece of your bedroom. Afterall, you spent a lot on those beautiful babies, you may as well admire them!
8. Wall Coat Hanger
Coats always end up lying around the house, unless they have a specific area to be hung. Coat racks can take up a whole corner of a room, and even then only a few coats can be hung at a time. Oh, and they always seem to be falling over.
In comes the wall-mounted coat hanger! Yet another great way to turn your entire unutilized wall into a beautiful space of DIY organization.
Our personal favorite is the aluminum BJ?RNUM folding hooks from IKEA. These sturdy metal cooks can be placed anywhere on your way, allowing you to really get creative with the layout of your coat hanger.
9. Magnetic Strips
When you think of magnetic strips as storage solutions, you probably think of a magnetic knife strip for the kitchen. But that’s not the only place they’re useful.
Holding everything from bobby pins to tweezers, a magnetic strip in the bathroom is a great way to keep those stray metal items easily accessible and off your bathroom counter, leaving you to focus on more exciting things, like sprucing up your bathroom with creative bathroom decor ideas.
10. Book Shelves
In the land of decluttered homes, bookshelves are not just for reading materials. They’re great for storing everything and anything.
Just like corner shelves, they’re one of the best ways to utilize the vertical space in a room, instead of your limited floor space. You can get really creative when it comes to what you want your bookshelves to be made of. Opt for the conventional pine wood, or get a little creative with industrial pipes.
For a totally trendy spin on the traditional bookshelf, think about installing an invisible bookshelf. These magical storage solutions allow you to levitate a stack of books (or magazines) anywhere on the wall. They’re simple, inexpensive and unobtrusive.
Tidy House, Tidy Mind
Now that we’ve given you some DIY storage inspiration, it’s time to get organizing! Even the smallest bits of change in your house can make a really big difference.
If you still need a bit of encouragement to do something about your cluttered home, keep this in mind – the less clutter you have in your home, the less you have to clean! According to the National Soap and Detergent Association, eliminating clutter would also eliminate 40% of the time spent cleaning the average American home. And that’s a lot of time.
Check out our other DIY ideas to give your home a whole new look. You’d be surprised with what you can achieve with a few handy tools and some creative inspiration!