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Say No to Clutter! 20 Easy and Useful DIY Home Organizing Tips

Say No to Clutter! 20 Easy and Useful DIY Home Organizing Tips

These DIY organizing ideas are great ways to find a specific home for everything you own. In other words, everything from kids’ toys to kitchen utensils has a place to go.

The solutions need not be complicated, as you will find. Most of the ideas here take less than an hour to complete. These DIY home organizing ideas are also very inexpensive. Simplicity is at its best as you find useful storage ideas below.

20. Easy Storage

The organization tips in this video are easy to follow and make all the difference when it comes to de-cluttering your home.

19. Wrapping Paper Storage

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    Hang a shelf or dowel vertically to quickly and awesomely store rolls of wrapping paper for birthdays, Christmas, or any other occasion. You can even simply stretch a bungee cord from wall-to-wall to create storage space.

    18. Re-Use Baby Food Jars

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      Nail baby food lids underneath the bottoms of cabinets. Use the empty jars to store tiny items, rather than tossing them into some drawer.

      17. Stow Away Those Ugly Cords

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        Keep computer cords off the floor with a simple binder clip screwed to the desk. This tip is especially helpful for those with little ones or curious pets.

        16. Rolling Basket

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          This neat, little project can be used for far more than books. Those who love to knit or sew or craft of any kind will fall in love with this basket’s ease of use from room to room.

          15. Pin Up Freezer Bag Boxes

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            Free up a bit of space in the pantry by pinning up storage bag boxes. Amazing what a couple of push pins can do, to keep the kitchen neat and orderly.

            14. Dish Rack Art Center

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              Kids will love the idea of their own Art Center. A new or used dish rack can carry all their masterpieces and the cup holder is transformed into a spot to hold markers, colored pencils, or crayons.

              13. Organize Cords

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                Make use of old toilet paper rolls to store cords neatly. That way the cords can be easily found when needed. Use colored tape to decorate the cords.

                12. Re-Purpose A Shoe Hangar

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                  A simple over-the-door shoe rack can store a great deal of odds and ends. Make use of one in the nursery, laundry room, or just about anywhere some storage space is needed.

                  11. Cell Phone Holder

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                    A simple lotion bottle can be transformed into a nifty cell phone holder. Be sure that the hangar rests on the plug itself, rather than the prongs.

                    10. Necklace/Belt Holder

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                      Transform a simple piece of wood and clothespins into a handy hangar for necklaces or belts. Keep necklaces tangle-free and always on hand.

                      9. Wine Crate Coffee Table

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                        Vintage wine crates transformed into a chic coffee table is sure to please. Add wheels for ease of movement from place-to-place.

                        8. Hidden Storage

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                          Use old book spines glued around a box to create a hidden storage space. It’s a simple project for anyone and one that bibliophiles are sure to love.

                          7. Bungee Cord Storage

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                            Bungee cords make great tools for storing many things. As depicted bungee cords store balls of all types easily.

                            6. Magnetic Strip For Bobby Pins

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                              Magnetic strips can be cut to size and applied to the back of the medicine cabinet to store bobby pins and more.

                              5. Kid Cup Storage

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                                Glue magnets to the backs of a favorite or the kids cups for easy and accessible storage.

                                4. Hair Tie Holder

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                                  Stop scattering hair ties all over the house. Gather them up and place on a carbiner that cost about a buck.

                                  3. Simple Storage DIY

                                  Most of these great ideas revolve around using trays for storage.

                                  2. Back-To-Back Desks

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                                    Transform a bookcase into a double-desk. A smart idea for parents or for kids.

                                    1. Back Of Door Shelves

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                                      Add shelves to the back of a door to store books, toys, and more. This idea is a great addition to a child’s bedroom or the master suite

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                                      Last Updated on September 16, 2019

                                      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                      You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                                      We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                                      The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                                      Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                                      1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                                      Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                                      For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                                      • (1) Research
                                      • (2) Deciding the topic
                                      • (3) Creating the outline
                                      • (4) Drafting the content
                                      • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                                      • (6) Revision
                                      • (7) etc.

                                      Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                                      2. Change Your Environment

                                      Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                                      One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                                      3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                                      Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                                      Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                                      My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                                      Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                                      4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                                      If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                                      Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                                      I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                                      5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                                      I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                                      Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                                      As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                                      6. Get a Buddy

                                      Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                                      I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                                      7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                                      This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                                      For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                                      8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                                      What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                                      9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                                      If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                                      Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                                      10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                                      Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                                      Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                                      11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                                      At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                                      Reality check:

                                      I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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