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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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                                      Why You Have the Fear of Failure (And How to Overcome It)

                                      Why You Have the Fear of Failure (And How to Overcome It)

                                      Nobody enjoys failing. Fear of failure can be so strong that avoiding failure eclipses the motivation to succeed. Insecurity about doing things incorrectly causes many people to unconsciously sabotage their chances for success.

                                      Fear is part of human nature. As an entrepreneur, I faced this same fear. My ego and identity became intertwined with my work, and when things didn’t go as planned, I completely shut down. I overcame this unhealthy relationship with fear, and I believe that you can, too.

                                      Together we’ll examine how you can use failure to your advantage instead of letting it run your life. We’ll also look at how to overcome fear of failure so that you can enjoy success in your work and life.

                                      What Is Fear of Failure?

                                      If you are afraid of failure, it will cause you to avoid potentially harmful situations.

                                      Fear of failure keeps you from trying, creates self-doubt, stalls progress, and may lead you to go against your morals.

                                      What causes a fear of failure? Here are the main reasons why fear of failing exists:

                                      Patterns From Childhood

                                      Hyper-critical adults cause children to internalize damaging mindsets.[1] They establish ultimatums and fear-based rules. This causes children to feel the constant need to ask for permission and reassurance. They carry this need for validation into adulthood.

                                      Perfectionism

                                      Perfectionism is often at the root of a fear of failure.[2] For perfectionists, failure is so terrible and humiliating that they don’t try. Stepping outside your comfort zone becomes terrifying.

                                      Over-Personalization

                                      The ego may lead us to over-identify with failures. It’s hard to look beyond failure at things like the quality of the effort, extenuating circumstances, or growth opportunities.[3]

                                      False Self-Confidence

                                      People with true confidence know they won’t always succeed. A person with fragile self-confidence avoids risks. They’d rather play it safe than try something new.[4]

                                      How the Fear of Failure Holds You Back

                                      Unhealthy Organization Culture

                                      Too many organizations today have cultures of perfection: a set of organizational beliefs that any failure is unacceptable. Only pure, untainted success will do.

                                      Imagine the stress and terror in an organization like that. The constant covering up of the smallest blemishes. The wild finger-pointing as everyone tries to shift the blame for the inevitable messes onto someone else. The lying, cheating, falsification of data, and hiding of problems—until they become crises that defy being hidden any longer.

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                                      Miss out on Valuable Opportunities

                                      If some people fail to reach a complete answer because of the lure of some early success, many more fail because of their ego-driven commitment to what worked in the past. You often see this with senior people, especially those who made their names by introducing some critical change years ago.

                                      They shy away from further innovation, afraid that this time they might fail, diminishing the luster they try to keep around their names from past triumph.

                                      Besides, they reason, the success of something new might even prove that those achievements they made in the past weren’t so great after all. Why take the risk when you can hang on to your reputation by doing nothing?

                                      Such people are so deeply invested in their egos and the glories of their past that they prefer to set aside opportunities for future glory rather than risk even the possibility of failure.

                                      High Achievers Become Losers

                                      Every talent contains an opposite that sometimes turns it into a problem. Successful people like to win and achieve high standards. This can make them so terrified of failure that it ruins their lives. When a positive trait, like achievement, becomes too strong in someone’s life, it’s on the way to becoming a major obstacle.

                                      Achievement is a powerful value for many successful people. They’ve built their lives on it. They achieve at everything they do: school, college, sports, the arts, hobbies, work. Each fresh achievement adds to the power of the value in their lives.

                                      Gradually, failure becomes unthinkable. Maybe they’ve never failed yet in anything that they’ve done, so they have no experience of rising above it. Failure becomes the supreme nightmare: a frightful horror they must avoid at any cost.

                                      The simplest way to do this is never to take a risk, stick rigidly to what you know you can do, protect yourself, work the longest hours, double and triple check everything, and be the most conscientious and conservative person in the universe.

                                      If constant hard work, diligence, brutal working schedules and harrying subordinates won’t ward off the possibility of failing, use every other possible means to to keep it away. Falsify numbers, hide anything negative, conceal errors, avoid customer feedback, constantly shift the blame for errors onto anyone too weak to fight back.

                                      Loss of Creativity

                                      Over-achievers destroy their own peace of mind and the lives of those who work for them. People too attached to “goodness” and morality become self-righteous bigots. Those whose values for building close relationships become unbalanced slide into smothering their friends and family with constant expressions of affection and demands for love in return.

                                      Everyone likes to succeed. The problem comes when fear of failure is dominant, when you can no longer accept the inevitability of making mistakes, nor recognize the importance of trial and error in finding the most creative solution.

                                      The more creative you are, the more errors you are going to make. Deciding to avoid the errors will destroy your creativity, too.

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                                      Balance counts more than you think. Some tartness must season the sweetest dish. A little selfishness is valuable even in the most caring person. And a little failure is essential to preserve everyone’s perspective on success.

                                      We hear a lot about being positive. Maybe we also need to recognize that the negative parts of our lives and experience have just as important a role to play in finding success, in work, and in life.

                                      How to Overcome Fear of Failure (Step-by-Step)

                                      1. Figure out Where the Fear Comes From

                                      Ask yourself what the root cause of your negative belief could be.[5] When you look at the four main causes for a fear of failure, which ones resonate with you?

                                      Write down where you think the fear comes from, and try to understand it as an outsider.

                                      If it helps, imagine you’re trying to help one of your best friends. Perhaps your fear stems from something that happened in your childhood, or a deep-seated insecurity.

                                      Naming the source of the fear takes away some of its power.

                                      2. Reframe Beliefs About Your Goal

                                      Having an all or nothing mentality leaves you with nothing sometimes. Have a clear vision for what you’d like to accomplish but include learning something new in your goal.

                                      If you always aim for improvement and learning, you are much less likely to fail.[6]

                                      At Pixar, people are actually encouraged to “fail early and fail fast.”[7] They encourage experimentation and innovation so that they can stay on the cutting edge. That mindset involves failure, but as long as they achieve their vision of telling great stories, all the stumbling blocks are just opportunities to grow.

                                      3. Learn to Think Positive

                                      In many cases, you believe what you tell yourself. Your internal dialogue affects how you react and behave.

                                      Our society is obsessed with success, but it’s important to recognize that even the most successful people encounter failure.

                                      Walt Disney was once fired from a newspaper because they thought he lacked creativity. He went on to found an animation studio that failed. He never gave up, and now Disney is a household name.

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                                      Steve Jobs was also once fired from Apple before returning as the face of the company for many years. [8]

                                      If Disney and Jobs had believed the negative feedback, they wouldn’t have made it.

                                      It’s up to you to notice your negative self talk and identify triggers[9]. Replace negative thoughts with positive facts about yourself and the situation. You’ll be able to create a new mental scripts that you can reach for when you feel negativity creeping in. The voice inside your head has a great effect on what you do.

                                      How To Be A Positive Thinker: Positivity Exercises, Affirmations, & Quotes

                                        4. Visualize all Potential Outcomes

                                        Uncertainty about what will happen next is terrifying. Take time to visualize the possible outcomes of your decision. Think about the best and worst-case scenarios. You’ll feel better if you’ve already had a chance to mentally prepare for what could happen.

                                        Fear of the unknown might keep you from taking a new job. Weigh the pros and cons, and imagine potential successes and failures in making such a life-altering decision. Knowing how things could turn out might help you get unstuck.

                                        5. Look at the Worst-Case Scenario

                                        There are times when the worst case could be absolutely devastating. In many cases, if something bad happens, it won’t be the end of the world.

                                        It’s important to define how bad the worst case scenario is in the grand scheme of your life. Sometimes, we give situations more power than they deserve. In most cases, a failure is not permanent.

                                        For example, when you start a new business, it’s bound to be a learning experience. You’ll make decisions that don’t pan out, but often that discomfort is temporary. You can change your strategy and rebound. Even in the worst case scenario, if the perceived failure led to the end of that business, it might be the launching point for something new.

                                        6. Have a Backup Plan

                                        It never hurts to have a backup plan. The last thing you want to do is scramble for a solution when the worst has happened. The old adage is solid wisdom:

                                        “Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.”

                                        Having a backup plan gives you more confidence to move forward and take calculated risks.

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                                        Perhaps you’ve applied for a grant to fund an initiative at work. In the worst-case scenario, if you don’t get the grant, are there other ways you could get the funds?

                                        There are usually multiple ways to tackle a problem, so having a backup is a great way to reduce anxiety about possible failure.

                                        7. Learn From Whatever Happens

                                        Things may not go the way you planned, but that doesn’t automatically mean you’ve failed. Learn from whatever arises.[10] Even a less than ideal situation can be a great opportunity to make changes and grow.

                                        “Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn.”

                                        Dig deep enough, and you’re bound to find the silver lining. When you’ve learned that “failure” is an opportunity for growth instead of a death sentence, you conquer the fear of failure.

                                        For more tips on how to overcome fear of failure, check out the video below:

                                        Final Thoughts

                                        To overcome fear of failure, we can start by figuring out where it comes from and reframing the way we feel about failure. When failure is a chance for growth, and you’ve looked at all possible outcomes, it’s easier to overcome fear.

                                        Stay positive, have a backup plan, and learn from whatever happens. Your failures will be sources of education and inspiration rather than humiliation.

                                        “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” -Thomas A. Edison

                                        Failures can be blessings in disguise. Go boldly in the direction of your dreams and long-term goals.

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                                        Featured photo credit: Patrick Hendry via unsplash.com

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