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Make Your Own Lazy Susan Shoe Rack

Make Your Own Lazy Susan Shoe Rack

If you’ve got an extensive collection of shoes forever crowding your front entrance and closets, you’ll love this easy DIY furniture project. A Lazy Susan shoe rack is extremely handy for organizing and displaying your shoes in one dependable location in your home.

Some home decoration sites suggest that you use plywood disks, which must be cut out of wooden sheet. This can be a challenge if you don’t have the proper tools and possibly suffer from a lack of carpentry skills. Our plans are based on these instructions, but instead of using plywood disks, we’ve added a few extra twists. For example, by upcycling readily available reclaimed wooden wire spools, using Lazy Susan bearings to accommodate the hole in the center of the spool rounds, and screwing specialty picture hangers in each divider, you’ll save time, space, and money.

First, you need to head on over to any decent hardware store to pick up the proper materials.

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Materials:

  • 20 or 24 pcs ½ inch plywood for shoe dividers. Size: 10 inch x 5 ½ inch
  • 5 pcs 1/2 inch plywood for boot dividers. Size: 20 inch x 5 1/2 inch
  • 5 wooden wire spools. Diameter: 28 inches
  • 2 pcs 1/2 inch plywood for base length. Size: 18 inch x 2 inch
  • 2 pcs 1/2 inch plywood for base width. Size: 17 inch x 2 inch
  • 4 or 5 Lazy Susan bearings with 4 screw holes
  • 40 3/4 inch nails
  • 12 picture hangers or regular hooks
  • Wood Glue
  • Paint
  • Protractor
  • Screw Driver
  • Adjustable Wrench

Disassemble the wire spools by undoing the connecting bolts with the adjustable wrench. Remove the wood slats and set them aside along with one spool round that you can use for later projects.

Cut all the divider boards. With the exception of the boot-sized dividers, you should be able to use one standard size three foot reclaimed pallet.

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Measure the gluing lines using the protractor. You should have one divider every 60 degrees (6 dividers per level). Pay special attention to the center or the dividers will be misaligned.

Glue the dividers in place with one nail to hold them in place until they dry.

Glue and nail the top spool round to the dividers.

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Repeat for the next 4 levels, or use boot dividers for one level if you’d prefer.

Glue and nail the rectangular base together. Glue and nail one more spool round on top.

Screw picture hangers or regular hooks in each shoe divider for sandals and shoes.

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Paint all of the pieces and allow them to dry.

Center Lazy Susan bearings on the base and between each level. Screw them in place. Assemble your levels and you’re ready to start filling up your DIY Lazy Susan with shoes!

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    Source: Remodeling Ideas

    Credits: http://theownerbuildernetwork.co/easy-diy-projects/diy-lazy-susan-shoe-storage/

    Featured photo credit: Lazy Susan shoe rack / Remodeling Ideas via remodelingideas.work

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    Last Updated on January 3, 2020

    The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

    The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

    Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

    The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

    1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

    Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

     I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

    To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

    And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

     2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

    Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

    3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

    Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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    4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

    The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

    5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

    Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

    6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

    Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

    7. Positive people smile a lot!

    When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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    8. People who are positive are great communicators.

    They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

    9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

    One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

    10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

    Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

    How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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    I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

    Featured photo credit: Janaína Castelo Branco via flickr.com

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