25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kids

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Whether you have one kid or 8, toys  can quickly take over your home!  Finding a functional, stylish, child-friendly solution to toy storage can be difficult – not to mention pricey.  There’s also the added issue of finding room for storage pieces that are large enough to accommodate all the kid clutter . Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can cut costs, including reusing old or found items, shopping thrift stores, flea markets and rummage sales, utilizing common storage in uncommon ways, and considering underused storage spaces (like walls, doors backs, etc.).  If you need some ideas for wrangling the toy mess, we’ve got you covered!  Here are 25 fun toy storage ideas that are bound to have you thinking outside the toy box!

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsUpholstered Bucket Storage Ottoman, Killer B. Design – Repurpose a galvanized tub with mdf, foam and fabric to create storage that doubles as an ottoman!  Not only is this a green project, but it’s multifunctional and pretty to boot.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsRolling Under-bed Storage, That’s My Letter – This is a simple build from plywood and castors.  The great thing about this storage is that it easily slides completely out of view into an totally unused space – under the bed!  It keeps things organized and tucked away.  Plus it’s easy to build and personalize to your decor.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsHanging Fruit Basket, 8FootSix – In this case, the hanging tiered fruit basket is suspended from a shower curtain rod for bath toy storage – which is a clever enough idea on its own.  But this could easily translate into bedroom storage – in the closet or from a hook on the ceiling.  It’s simple and inexpensive and has an industrial feel.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsPlastic Tote turned Toy Box, Creative Dominican – Using an inexpensive rubbermaid tote for storage?  You can glam that up to look like a fancy pants, custom built toy box in no time!  Cover it with fabric and add some fence post caps for feet!  It’s inexpensive and can hold lots of toys.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsPlastic Tote turned Basket, Happy Go Lucky – Here’s another large plastic tote idea!  Get the look of an oversized, expensive, lined basket by wrapping the bin with jute twine!  Add castors for even more functionality and style.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsPeek-A-Boo Bags, Tiny Sidekick – Here’s a storage solution you can sew yourself.  These bags are super handy for keeping small toys together by category.  It’s easy for the kids to see what goes where and you can hang them, place them in a drawer or box, or line them up on a shelf.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsCrate Bench, Operation Home – Turn old (or new) crates into a trendy storage bench!  Kids will have a place to store toys and books PLUS plenty of seating when playing!  It’s a fairly easy build and requires basic materials.  You can paint or stain it to match decor – or make it shorter or longer to accommodate the size of the room!

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsAntique Tool Box, Better Homes and Gardens – This is a prime example of thinking outside the box and utilizing common storage in an uncommon way!  Large stand alone tool boxes are typically found in the garage, but when you bring it into a play room or kids bedroom, it can be great for storing toys!  Not only does it have a vintage industrial feel that is popular right now, but they can be found at thrift stores and flea markets for a fraction of normal toy storage prices.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsAntique Crate Floating Shelves, Babble – Turn an old crate on its side and attach it to the wall.  You’ve got instant floating shelves for all sorts of storage needs!  If your crate has separate compartments, even better!  You can store small toys in their own slots for even more organization.  The plus with this one is that these crates are relatively easy to find and inexpensive.  Plus, you’re utilizing wall space, keeping your floors clear for playing!

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsRolling Crate Bench, This Little Street – I don’t need to point out all the awesome functions for this little upcycled project, do I??  It’s a storage box for toys!  It’s a window seat for reading!  It’s a footstool to kick up your feet and relax!  Plus, it rolls anywhere you need it – and can even roll out of sight when necessary.  Pick your own look – with fabrics, paint, stain or natural wood – to match it to your room.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsStuffed Animal Net, A Lemon Squeezy Home – A super easy sewing project that you can personalize with colors and patterns leads to some cute hammock-style organization!  You could make this for dolls and small, light toys as well, not just stuffed animals.  Considering making a set and hanging them in a tiered fashion, one above the other, for even more space.  It’s inexpensive, easy and keeps toys up off the floor!  Every room as an unused corner just waiting to be utilized!

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsCar Play and Store Mat, The Creative Vault – This cute car mat cinches up tightly into a bag to hold cars and roadway accessories!  If your kids love playing with a specific “set” of toys, consider making them a themed mat in a circle shape like this one.  With a draw string around the outside, it’s easy to leave the toys where they are and simply pull the bag closed around them.  You could do a zoo theme for animal toys, a neighborhood for dolls or cars, or even a flat “dollhouse” with interactive flaps.  Once the bag is cinched up, hang it from a hook or stash it in the closet for easy storage.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsKnife Rack Storage, Just a Girl and her blog – It might seem counterintuitive to attach knife racks to the wall in a kids’ room, but imagine the storage possibilities!  Anything small and metal just gets stuck right up there!  Cars and trains are the obvious choices, but you could also store magnetic building toys, gear toys, phonics toys, or any toys that come in a small metal box.  The ones from Just a Girl and her blog are from Ikea – they’re super affordable and easy to install.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsRolling Table and Storage, Refurbished Ideas – If you’ve got car tracks, train tracks, legos, blocks, puzzles, or anything that involves a lot of pieces and or building, this idea is not only storage brilliance, it’ll keep you sane!  There’s no way a kid wants to clean up all their hard work and effort and put it away in neat bins at the end of the day.  With a rolling table, they can leave their imaginations on pause, push the toys under the bed, and pick up where they left off the next day!  You can build them yourself with plywood and castors.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsAnimal Swing, It’s Always Autumn – With a little effort you can build a custom animal swing to hold all of your kids’ stuffed animals!  The bonus to this project is that it requires no special skills for the build.  The kids will love that they can still see their toys even when they’re “put away” and the floor remains clear of clutter!  You could use this for dolls, balls, even larger cars or plastic toys.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsDoor Back Tote Bags, Popsugar – Don’t forget about all that empty space on the back of your doors!  Label large canvas tote bags and hang them on hooks for ease in finding items and to keep them out of the way when needed.  No bulky furniture, building required, and even your walls stay clutter-free!

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsHanging Planter Stuffed Animal “Chandelier”, DIY Inspired – You’ve seen hanging metal planters transformed into beaded “chandeliers” or mobiles in a kids’ room, right?  Well, why not make it decorative AND functional?  Pretty up a planter for a decorative element, then pop all the stuffed animals inside.  Don’t just limit it to stuffed animals, either!

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsHideaway Lego Tray - This handy device is great for stowing small toys away out of sight.  When all your kids’ have to do in order to clean up is slip a tray under a couch or bed, their rooms are bound to be spotless!  The tray is great because it serves as play space for almost any small toy, not just legos, and doubles as a hard surface for games, puzzles or placing snacks on!

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsRepurposed Dresser Drawers, The Golden Sycamore – Even if you can’t build your own under-bed storage, and even if your bed is low to the ground, you can still take advantage of the space beneath!  Just use old dresser drawers!  You can find old drawers at resale stores like Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Thrift stores and flea markets.  Just make sure the drawers are sturdy, fill them with toys, and slip them under the bed!  Drawers can be found in tons of sizes, depths, widths, and heights, so they’re a great option for an awkward under-bed area.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsMesh Bag Storage, fudge banana swirl – Keep all those tiny parts together with mesh storage bags!  Even if you’ve found a larger storage solution already, it can be hard to keep multi-piece toy sets together.  Mr. Potato Head loses all sorts of facial features, Barbie can’t find any shoes, legos are scattered throughout four different rooms, and puzzle pieces from all different puzzles end up in the bottom of the toy box… if you’re sick of the headache of searching for that long lost piece, use simple mesh bags to corral sets together, then simply place them in your larger storage area – be it a box, bin or closet.  You don’t have to make them yourself, and you can purchase them on the cheap at the dollar store!

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsFigurine Cubby, Young House Love – Whether it’s action figures, cars, La La Loopsies, Disney Princesses, Squinkies, Littlest Pet Shop, or the hundred other very small toys that kids love to collect, this wall cubby is the perfect place to keep them safe.  The plans and a full tutorial make building this piece a breeze.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsRolling Chalkboard Box, A Beautiful Mess – While these chalkboard boxes started out as simple wooden crates that you can find at nearly any craft store,  the end result is chic and charming!  Covering the slats with plywood makes them even sturdier and allows to small toy storage – since there are no cracks to allow for escaped or runaway playthings.  The chalkboard paint is a nice touch that is both functional and fun – label your boxes for easy cleanup and let your kids decorate them!

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsHanging Fabric Storage Boxes, Ucreate – These are completely DIY-able.  The sewing is fairly easy to accomplish and the only other thing you need is a dowel or curtain rod.  Just slide the baskets on using the tab on the back and you’ve got vertical storage that’s cute and personalized.  You can make them nearly any size, though the tutorial illustrates large boxes perfect for toys and books.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsShelf Zoo, On the Banks of Squaw Creek – There are several versions of the stuffed animal “zoo” out there , with different types of “bars” to keep all the toys wrangled.  This particular idea for stuffed animal storage makes use of a shelf and wooden dowels to create the caged look.  It’s a clever way to keep toys from spilling off of shelves and all over the floor.  It would work well for dolls and other toys, as well.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsFrom Diaper Box to Toy Bin, 2 Little Faces – These toy bins are bright and whimsical with their fun patterns.  They’re also easy for little hands to use with their large, slanted openings.  But the best part?  They’re made from cardboard diaper boxes so won’t cost a dime to whip up!  The tutorial uses wrapping paper in child-friendly prints, but you can cover them with just about anything to suit your tastes.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kids

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Storage Tips: How To Store Everything

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This handy infographic from Next Door Self Storage provides storage tips for movers about storing their belongings both short and long term. So useful!

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15 Tips for Organizing Your Garage

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Most garage designs offer around 500 square feet of space. Not unlike many homeowners, you have most likely faced obstacles when it comes to keeping this large storage space under control and organized.

You may not be able to work a professional organizer into your budget, but that doesn’t mean you can’t experience a garage with complete organization systems. Here are 15 tips to organize your garage from the ground up!

 

1. Create a showroom-style garage, starting with new garage flooring.

If you aren’t completely confident that you can do the installation yourself or you are too busy to complete new flooring yourself, hiring a professional is the route to go!

New innovative garage floor materials are much more maintainable than traditional concrete flooring and easier to clean.

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2. Use your lids!

Keep your nuts, bolts, screws and other small objects organized and within easy reach. Install plastic lids to the bottom of a shelf, then just screw the jars on and off for easy access.

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3. Clear view makes it easy for you.

What!? You don’t have x-ray vision?! Clear labeled tubs (like those below, from Frazzled Joy) can solve your searching problem quick! Use this calculator to check your garage measurements.

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4. Stretch, hook and voila! Instant storage!

Stretch bungee cords from the floor to 2x4s attached to the wall to make a frame and store all your sports equipment!

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5. Upcycle your gutters for garage organization!

Old gutters can be recycled into a garage storage solution! Install them up high in the garage to hold spray paint and cleaning products to keep out of reach of the kids. (Here are more tips to organize a house if you have kids.)

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6. Closed doors can keep your belongings safe and out of sight!

Custom garage companies can install floating garage cabinets that are easy to clean underneath and protect your belongings from pests and water damage. If you decide to install the cabinets yourself, remember to provide a strong anchor, so you can protect from a possible fall!

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7. Pegboards can hold a plethora of items!

Utilize a pegboard to store your hand tools on the wall and off the garage floor! You can install a single pegboard or you can get innovative and make pegboard pages for multiple storage solutions! What a great use of space! Find more cool pegboard ideas here!

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8. Don’t walk under an open ladder or prop it against the wall.

A ladder propped up against a wall is not safe storage. The ladder can fall and cause injury or property damage. As an alternative way to store your ladder, suspend it on sturdy hooks that are part of a wall attachment system or hang it from your ceiling!

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9.Off the floor and on the wall seating.

Okay, so you can’t actually sit on the wall, but you can hang up your folding chairs, lawn chairs, etc. on the wall! You most likely have extra chairs stuffed in the corner of your garage. With a magnetic strip you can attach to the wall, chairs are easy to hang up and pull down when you need them!

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10. Hang a magnetic strip.

Keep tiny items in place with a magnetic wall strip. You can hang it horizontally or vertically, depending on your storage needs.

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11. Everything has a place and there is a place for everything!

Find the exact place you want your tools and trace around the outer edges. This will help keep you and anyone working in the garage organized by reminding you where to put tools away.

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12. Are you a biker? You need a bike rack!

Overhead bike racks are stylish, functional and sturdy so you can keep your bike hanging high and off the garage floor! Utilizing a bike storage rack is a fantastic way to remind yourself to hop on and cruise!
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13. Keep your chin up.

Overhead storage is another great way to make the most of your garage’s available space. Take a look at this system for attaching bins to the ceiling.

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14. Get on a roll with this unique trick.

Put up a simple paper towel holder, and your bags will be where you need them every time.

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15. Get it all off the floor.

Don’t risk ruining your pristine chip flooring. Get your items off the floor with garage wall racks!

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Don’t set limits upon your garage storage. From floor to ceiling, you have plenty of options to achieve complete organization. Just get creative! Check out some more DIY ideas for the garage here.

Here are more helpful resources for organizing your garage:

 

Special thanks to Arizona Garage Design for submitting this article. 

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7 Steps to an Organized Nursery

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Babies.  They’re adorable.  They’re cuddly.  They’re tiny.  And they come with A LOT of STUFF.  Who knew that adding one miniature person to your family would create such havoc?  The diapers, wipes, ointments, lotions, powders, clothes, toys, books, binkies, blankies, burpies, BOTTLES!!  The list is nearly endless and, doubtless, the space in your home is NOT.  Here are seven tips that’ll get your nursery organized and in tip-top shape in no time.

 

1. Be a Basket Case. 

Baskets and bins are go-to storage solutions.  You can find them at nearly any store in nearly any size and style.  Look for bright colors and fun prints to add interest to your baby’s space.

You can also make your own boxes and bins with simple supplies.  Try spray painting inexpensive buckets, as seen at Southern Lovely.  Or utilize those large diaper boxes once empty and cover them with fabric.  Here’s a step by step tutorial from Positively Splendid.

 

2. Play Hide-N-Seek. 

Hidden spaces are great for storage – especially for things you’d like kept out of sight.  Not everything needs to be within easy reach or instantly visible.

Under the crib is a perfect spot to add a plastic tote bin of extra essentials.  A Lovely Lark shows how a crib skirt perfectly conceals the items.

You can keep things hidden away behind doors as well.  Try an over the door canvas pocket organizer, or you could simply use a shoe organizer that provides tons of pockets for small but often used items.

 

3. Divide and conquer. 

There might be a ton of stuff, but it’s all really small!  Using dividers is a simple trick that keeps things tidy.

Keep small items sorted, stored and easy to locate with drawer dividers.  Ikea sells the perfect drawer divider solution in a set of 6.  See it used at i heart organizing.  You could also divide drawers with small plastic bathroom caddies, or even shoe boxes.

You’ll likely be able to make great use of hanging closet space since baby clothing is so tiny.  Hanging clothing dividers separate clothes by size so with one glance you’ll be able to grab what you need.  My Sweet Nest uses decorated plastic rings.

 

4. Stay Open-minded.

Open storage solutions are a great example of form and function working together within a space and can create a beautiful aesthestic.

If clothing storage is minimal, consider hanging some baby clothing as decor.  It can be as elaborate (take this “open closet” from Tied With a Bouw) or as simple (this driftwood rod from The Sweetest Digs) as you’d like.

Open shelving is a great option as well.  The look is clean and airy, it keeps items easily accessible and it showcases specific colors, themes, or keepsakes.  Check out the metal baskets paired with the open shelves on Life as a Thrifter

 

5. Think Outside the Box.

Tons of great storage solutions don’t require shelves OR bins!  Thinking creatively about items you may not normally use in a nursery can add a ton of personality and may save you some cash!  Rolling crates, clear jars (out of baby’s reach!), open metal or wood cabinets are all good ideas.  Or how about mounting plastic buckets up on the wall?  See it in action at OhOh Blog.

 

6. It’s a Theme Thing. 

Your nursery probably has a theme.  Whether it’s traditional, whimsical or eclectic, your storage should match your overall scheme for the space.  You’ve gone all elegant and classic?  Try lidded boxes in coordinating colors, chests or storage ottomans.  Cutesy little animals?   3 Sprouts Animal Bins feature whimsical animal faces – like foxes, elephants, zebras, raccoons and more.  Plus, extra large collapsible fabric floor bins are perfect for larger items.  See how Newborn Mama used suitcases to bring in matching storage for her nursery theme. 

 

7. Get on the Green Team.

Recycle items found at thrift stores, rummage sales, or your own basement.  Our Dream Foreclosure shares several diaper storage ideas from unexpected sources (like a magazine rack!).  Don’t get hung up on what the item was originally created for.  Check out the farmer’s market epergne that Boots and Totty set up in her nursery.

 

Don’t forget, with a baby, the more storage, the better!  Use a combination of tips and tricks to make your space work for you.

 

Need more ideas?  Get a load of this perfect nursery space on Remodelaholic!

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

 

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4 Simple Ideas to Revamp Your Jewelry Storage

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If you love accessorizing but aren’t big on organizing, chances are your jewelry’s tangled in a massive jumble of knots.  Don’t let your favorite pieces lie stagnant any longer.  Organizing your jewelry can be as simple or elaborate as you want it to be, but the point is to make your accessories visible and easily accessible.  Here are four jewelry storage ideas that may change the way you SEE your jewelry!

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1. Make it CLEARLY VISIBLE

If you can easily see what is available to you, the odds of you actually wearing your jewelry dramatically increase.  Don’t keep them tucked away in an obscure drawer or in a heap on top of your vanity.  Plastic trays, glass jars, bowls, or drawer dividers are all great tools.

Here are some examples:

2. Try RECYCLING

You don’t have to spend a ton of money on jewelry armoires or fancy boxes.  There tons of great ideas for up-cycling things you can find at thrift stores or maybe even in your own stash at home.  Not only will it keep your jewelry neatly organized, but recycling means you’ll have a one-of-a-kind piece. Your storage will be unique and personal.

Check out these ideas:

3. Mind the BUDGET

I don’t just mean fiscally.  You’ve got to pay attention to your space budget, too.  If you’ve got tight quarters, there are still a lot of storage options that can work for you!  If you’re frugally-minded, don’t let it stop you.  Think about inexpensive solutions that can either hang on a wall or door or make use of wasted space, leaving floor space and counter space clear.

Take a look:

4. Think about the BIG PICTURE

If you’ve got a ton of jewelry, you may have to think LARGE when it comes to storage.  Large doesn’t have to be overwhelming.  Plenty of simple ideas can be made to accommodate all of your accessorizing needs.  So think about everything you need to store within arm’s reach:  necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings, bangles, scarves, sunglasses, brooches, pins, etc.  If you want to use it regularly, you’ll need a way to store and access it.

Here are some large-scale solutions for TOTAL storage:

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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8 Ways to Use an Ice Cube Tray (Even When You Don’t Need Ice)

If you’re like me, you’ve got a few old plastic ice cube trays hanging around that you just don’t want to give away, even though you don’t make ice cubes with them. It’s time to put them to use! Both inside and outside of the freezer, ice cube trays can come in awfully handy.

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In the freezer:

1) Freeze pesto: Fill each cup with a little pesto and freeze. Pop a pesto cube or two out when you need to whip up a quick pasta lunch or drop them into soups and sauces for extra flavor.

 

2) Preserve herbs: Chop up fresh herbs and put them in the trays. Fill each cup with water or olive oil and freeze. When a recipe calls for just a small portion of fresh herbs, you’ll have just the right amount in one cube.

 

3) Don’t waste tomato paste: Recipes rarely call for more than a tablespoon or two of tomato paste, so what’s left in the can often goes unused. Spoon tomato paste into the ice cube tray and freeze for perfect future portions and no waste.

 

4) Stockpile smoothie ingredients: Puree kale or spinach and freeze it in an ice cube tray. Add the still-frozen puree cubes to smoothies instead of plain ice for an extra dose of healthy vitamins.

 

5) Make mini popsicles: Freeze juice, yogurt or pureed fruit in an ice cube tray until thick or slushy, then prop a toothpick in the center. Once frozen, you’ve got a bite-sized popsicle – the perfect no-guilt, anytime tiny treat.

 

Around the house:

6) Organize jewelry: The cube cups in the tray are the perfect way to organize pairs of earrings, rings or other small pieces of jewelry on a dresser or in a drawer.

 

7) Start spring seeds: Put a little potting mix in each cup of the tray and sow small seeds. Once they sprout, carefully lift them out and transfer to a larger pot.

 

8) Make a paint palette: For your child’s next art project, keep the paint colors from getting mixed together by putting each color into a different cup of the ice cube tray.

Julianne Puckett is the creator of Yankee Kitchen Ninja, a blog about what she calls “stealthy homemaking” — healthy recipes that are quick and easy to prepare, DIY gardening tips and the occasional craft project. A designer, writer and former suburban-dwelling IT professional, she lives in rural Vermont, where she struggles to balance the siren call of her inner farmer with her love of cute shoes and cocktails.

Organizing Your Kitchen

Does your kitchen always seem too cluttered? Do you struggle to find more space in your small kitchen? If so, I’ve got some simple organization tips and tricks that can help you keep things tidier and even create more storage space. How do I know? I use all of these tricks  in my own kitchen!

 

Kitchen Organization Ideas

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8 Great Tips for Organizing, De-Cluttering and

Maximizing Space in Your Kitchen

 

1) Use a plastic magazine holder from an office supply store to hold your boxes of foil and wraps. Storing the boxes vertically in a cabinet keeps them tidier and easier to find while also freeing up valuable drawer space.

 

2) Apply self-adhesive squares of cork board to the inside of your kitchen cabinets. Using cute thumbtacks, you can pin up items that normally would be cluttering up your kitchen counter: shopping list, coupons, receipts, recipes, notes.

3) For the cabinets under your sink, use an over-the-door caddy (designed for showers) to store sponges, soap, dish detergent and other items that you might usually keep around the edge of your sink. They’ll be out of sight but also right where you need them!

4) Use a bread box for counter top storage. You can turn it into a coffee station by placing it next to your coffee pot and stash things like filters, sugar, K-cups or tea bags in it. Or use it to store small items such as napkins, vitamin bottles or anything else you keep on the counter. With a closable lid, the bread box will leave your counter top looking sleek and tidy; only you will know what’s inside!

5) Stick small self-adhesive hooks to the inside of cabinet doors to hang light, often-used items like measuring cups and spoons, oven mitts or small towels. This keeps tools right where you need them and prevents “junk drawer” syndrome.

6) Slide under-shelf storage baskets like this one Shelf Mesh Basket onto the shelves in your cabinets to avoid wasting all that extra vertical space. Put items like napkins and place mats in these baskets to free up drawer space.

7) Line drawers with a number of small baskets or plastic trays and group like items together in them.  The baskets prevent the contents of the drawer from getting all jumbled together so you’ll be able to find exactly what you need at a glance.

8) Use a turntable on one shelf in the refrigerator for small jars, tubes, packets or containers. You can spin the turntable to locate an item so nothing gets pushed to the the very back of the shelf and forgotten (yuck!). This also frees up the door storage bins for larger containers.

What are your favorite kitchen organizational tricks?

Kitchen Organization Ideas

Julianne Puckett is the creator of Yankee Kitchen Ninja, a blog about what she calls “stealthy homemaking” — healthy recipes that are quick and easy to prepare, DIY gardening tips and the occasional craft project. A designer, writer and former suburban-dwelling IT professional, she lives in rural Vermont, where she struggles to balance the siren call of her inner farmer with her love of cute shoes and cocktails.