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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 March 13, 2019

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

    You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

    Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

    1. Work on the small tasks.

    When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

    Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

    2. Take a break from your work desk.

    Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

    Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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    3. Upgrade yourself

    Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

    The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

    4. Talk to a friend.

    Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

    Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

    5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

    If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

    Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

    Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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    6. Paint a vision to work towards.

    If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

    Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

    Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

    7. Read a book (or blog).

    The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

    Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

    Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

    8. Have a quick nap.

    If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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    9. Remember why you are doing this.

    Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

    What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

    10. Find some competition.

    Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

    Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

    11. Go exercise.

    Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

    Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

    As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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    Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

    12. Take a good break.

    Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

    Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

    Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

    Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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    Featured photo credit: Joshua Earle via unsplash.com

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