5 Genius DIY storage ideas for keeping things tidy in and around your home.
Sick and tired of not knowing where things are? Well-considered storage not only minimises mess and maximises space, it can also be a decorative feature in its own right. Here, five clever — and great-looking! — DIY storage ideas to clear the clutter once and for all.
1. Crate idea
Few can deny the decorative possibilities of a wooden crate. Given a quick lick of paint and fixed side-on to a wall, they’re the perfect solution for hallway storage, where hastily abandoned shoes, coats and hats tend to accumulate. Alternatively, add castors to the base of your crate to turn it into a handy mobile storage box. Similarly repurposed old wine-crates will lend a rustic note to a country-style kitchen.
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2. Top drawer
Drawers can be convenient places to hide away small essentials. Most times, they end up as repositories for all things utterly useless — think miscellaneous keys, random cell phone chargers and foreign coins. Reclaim your dresser drawers by turning them into vintage-chic open shelves, pretty in a coordinated palette of painted pastels. The knobs add a cute decorative element, making these the perfect display cases for a collection of retro teapots and cups.
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3. Basket case
Wire garden baskets do excellent double duty as storage for children’s toys — not only do they keep everything in tip-top-shape, but their contents are also clearly visible, eliminating the need to unpack the whole toy box to find Thomas the Tank Engine. Hang them at the right height so little ones can access their contents with ease. They’re also a great idea for garage or shed storage — think swimming-pool accessories or garden tools.
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4. Keep a lid on it
Any half decent cook knows that a well-organised kitchen is the most important ingredient to culinary success. Think outside the box when it comes to storage by maximising the use of your cupboard doors. Simple stainless-steel towel rails screwed to the inside of the doors form ingenious hangers for storing saucepan lids, while nails and hooks are ideal for hanging utensils, keeping them conveniently at the ready.
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5. Work smart
Organise your desk without sacrificing precious surface space with a range of super-chic clip-on containers, perfect for stationary essentials or even the odd potted bloom. Be creative when it comes to choosing your containers — anything from a soup can to a loaf tin can be transformed with a little neon and white spray paint. Attach the grip clips by drilling though the tin and affixing with a washer, nut and bolt.
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