I live life quickly … chaotically. With that comes a lot of fun don’t get me wrong, but it also means that in order for me function, I need to be at least marginally organized so I can find exactly what I need, and go. As part of living on a tight budget, I have developed a few DIY organization tricks that I want to share with you.
Project #1: Key Rack
This one is perhaps most valuable to me: a place to put my car keys. I am already just barely making it out the door on time, if you can’t find your keys when you’re already running late, well. That is a perfect way to ruin your day (especially mine because I tutor, so if I’m late to my first appointment, I’m late to all of them). So check this beauty out:
What I did here was simple. What you’ll need:
- picture frame
- 1 nail and hammer
- white screw hooks (they come in a box at Home depot for like $3)
Take your nail and hammer it into the inside of the frame. Don’t go too deep, about 40% down. Once you make a sizeable hole, pull the nail out. Then all you do is push your hook into the hole your nail made, turning as you go. It works very well. Mounting this on the wall was actually the trickiest part, which was easily solved by using Command Strips. You get a few in a pack and they are the epitome of college decor. They’re great. I lose everything on a regular basis, but now, thankfully, not my keys.
Project #2: Jewelry Rack
So interestingly, I’m actually not really big into jewelry. But I very regularly get it as gifts. I don’t mind it, it tends to hold memories for me so I’ve just held on to all of my pieces! My grandma actually is the one who gave me this idea, it’s been fantastic for whenever I do decide to throw on a necklace or headband as I’m dashing out the door. It’s incredibly simple, and actually doesn’t even involve much DIY-ing (unless you want to use a fancy paper to create cuter pockets). All you need is an over the door shoe rack. It gives you pockets to hold all of your necklaces, headbands and other accessories – best part about it? It’s straight forward and simple.
Project #3: If You Have A Horrible Closet
Here’s another trick that is basically like a organizational benzo for me. Below is my closet. See how it goes so deep? In a normal world, people view their clothes from left to right, so that we may have complete visualization of all the options. When you stack clothes from front to back however, all you are truly able to see is the first the hung on the left, and on the right. Any clothes behind that are very difficult to view and reach. One must put their body between the curtains of clothing, and when one is hurried and rushed, they end up shoving themselves in a cotton sandwich, only to knock half of it down to find what they could not see to begin with. Installing a light was fruitless. View the horror below (I like to call it the entrance to Dante’s Inferno.
Knowing I could not live like this, I took a tension bar (that was too short so I had to rig it somewhat, which involved some duct tape) and hung it along the width of the closet. I don’t have that many clothes that I wear on a regular basis, so I put my work clothes and comfy cute clothes on the rod, and on the horrible longitudinal shit, I put my fancy dresses and going out clothes. It was a definite for-the-win moment for me (not perfect, but so much better).
Project #4: Bathroom Genius
This next trick is great for offices and bathrooms. So here’s my bathroom with it’s 5 square inch of counter space…. don’t even get me started.
So I installed a rod. You need a drill for this. Or a friend with a drill. Either works. I bought the rod from Home Depot.
I threw the artwork on top just because I had no where else to put it at the time when I was unpacking, but I like it and ended up leaving it there. Next, my grandma (#partnerincrime) found cute little $3 tin cans at Bed Bath and Beyond. She grabbed some yarn to go with it, and I tied them to it. It holds my lotion, moisturizer, essential daily eye make up, and makeup remover. Basically all the shit I absolutely must have any time I wash my face or get out of the shower.
Alright, that’s about it for organizational DIY activities! Good luck with your space, and if you have any great tips please feel free to comment below!