There are simple, DIY solutions to every tough problem out there. A little DIY magic will make even the coziest closet look big and beautiful. Here are eleven ideas for you can update your dorm, tiny home or other small space in easy, creative ways.
1. Can Tab Double Hangers
If you’ve ever used a keychain, this is essentially the same core concept. Save tabs from your soda, iced tea or kombucha (if you’re into that) and use them to double the space in your closet. This is a quick, off-hand way to keep your pants and shirts together. Besides, why spend extra money on hangers? You’re already spending enough on clothes! Save money and use this trick to plan outfits for the entire week. Tip: Try to double up on soda can tabs when hanging heavier items like coats or gowns.
2. Under Bed Shoe Draw
This idea is genius. It’s as simple as slapping hot glue on some wheels and sticking those to an orphaned dresser draw. There are variations of this all over the web, so don’t be afraid to try something new. Work with what flows with your space. Finish the wood with a rustic stain. Upcycle a plastic storage container or draw. You could even line the bottom of the draw with a decorative towel or mat to keep it from getting dirty. For extra DIY points, add a lid so you can stack objects on top.
3. Hanging Shower Caddy
It’s tough enough sharing a bathroom with a village of other people. Here’s a way to make shower storage easier without going out of your way to buy unnecessary equipment. Grab a few baskets along with your shower curtain rod and hooks and turn them into hanging shelves in your shower. You’ll want to make sure to use baskets with handles, or else the whole idea is caput. This will save time and the stress of trying to jam all six bottles of your body gel, shampoo, conditioner, skin cleanser, microbead exfoliants, and whatever else you pack into your shower caddy.
4. Driftwood Jewelry Rack
Want something boho chic but functional? Try this. Unless you live in a place that doesn’t have beaches or trees, there’s basically no excuse. This works great for those aesthetic decorators who enjoy having the feeling of nature in their home. Hanging vintage necklaces and colorful pendants, like turquoise and labradorite, will add to the “flower child” vibes. It not only makes for a perfectly functional organizer but is also a spirited centerpiece. Try lighter-toned grain for a room that’s more spring and dark wood for drama. The best part is you get to choose the wood!
5. Tilt-Out Trash
Not only for trash cans but also for recycling! Use this as a snack station or create a shorter version for a desk with an easy, accessible waste bin. Instead of just saving counter space, you’re also adding to it. Open trash cans in the kitchen are unappetizing. Being able to hide unwanted smells or sights in a super functional way is a favor for you and your guests. You can also turn this tilt-out cabinet into a discreet laundry chute. Try using one bin for lights and another for darks.
6. Coffee Command Center
Save cabinet space by hanging your cups with stick-on hooks. This can liven up a kitchen by using a variety of colorful, unique mugs. It doesn’t matter how many cups you have as long as you have the wall space. Hang a few close to your coffee machine or Keurig so you don’t have to go searching for your favorite mug in the morning. Command hooks have a million different uses, and this is a super convenient one. Forget the dish rack – you can just hang these bad boys up to dry after washing.
7. Toilet Paper Basket
This entire set can be yours for only ninety-nine cents at the dollar store. It saves money and beats the time it would take to keep replacing the roll one by one by being both a holder and a dispenser. There are plenty of places to buy the exact piece pictured but snapping this together doesn’t call for much besides a basket and a dowel (and toilet paper). Don’t crowd the bathroom sink cabinet with mountains of toilet paper! Hide them in a pretty wicker basket. Try the same thing for paper towels in the kitchen.
8. Door Rack
The importance of door mounted racks in small spaces cannot be stressed enough. When every square inch of your home is occupied, don’t panic. Breathe a sigh of relief because you’ve still got doors. Hang one on your closet door to store shoes. Go traditional and use it a spice rack for the kitchen. Even using it on your bedroom door to hold your tablet or textbooks can buy you extra room. No matter what room it is, a door rack will always come in handy.
9. Over Bed Shelf
They’re on the walls. They’re on the doors. They’re under your bed, and now they’re OVER your bed! Some even come with extra compartments along the sides. Stash magazines, notebooks, tablets or your phone here for the night. The standard is two tiers but three tiers add space-saving potential. The key to this is measuring the width of the bed and the height of the wall to make sure you get the right size. Don’t worry if you make a mistake – there are also adjustable ones.
10. Bathroom Baskets
If you’ve got extra baskets or caddies around, hang them up on a towel rod for extra storage containers. Try using color-coded baskets to keep everyone’s items separated. Again, this will make the daily haul to the shower with your bathroom kit much quicker. It’s also a great idea for making commonly shared household items easy to find, such as first aid kits or toilet paper. Not to mention there’s nothing to it – just baskets and string.
11. Behind The Door Beauty Station
If the bathroom mirror is always crowded, then get your own. A door or wall mounted beauty station gives you the freedom of turning any spot you want in the place into a glow-up zone. It’s also a great place to store other morning kits or nightly self-care items like medicine, skincare products, or the vitamins your mom always drops off for you. Try using a mirror pen on it to add daily reminders or motivational quotes to it!
What clever space-savings trick have you tried? Did any of them work for you? Share your thoughts or suggestions in the comments below!
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