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DIY Tips and Tricks You’ll Love

While your dream home may not be within reach, you can certainly make some improvements to your current home—and it doesn’t have to be costly or labor intensive. In fact, these simple solutions cost just pennies, and you can do it yourself with ease.

DIY Tips and Tricks You’ll Love
  1. Increase bathroom cabinet space: Who couldn’t use more space in the bathroom? Just take a shoe organizer (you can pick one up at Target for less than $10), and cut it to the size of your bathroom cabinet drawer. Hang it with some self-adhesive hooks, and you have instant pockets of storage! This is also a great tip to use for your kitchen cabinet.
  2. De-clutter your vanity: Likely your bathroom sink or vanity is littered with lotions, makeup tools, soaps, and more. Add some extra space and charm with a tiered pastry/appetizer shelf. You can find inexpensive ones at stores like HomeGoods, and they offer easy access to all your toiletries sans the clutter.
  3. Create more bathroom counter space: We are firm believers that there is no such thing as too much counter space and organization, so here’s another handy trick. Use a picnic silverware basket to store your hair styling tools. They are sold everywhere from Kmart to dollar stores, and the cute wicker baskets offer compartments that perfectly house a flat iron, blow dryer, brushes, and sprays.
  4. Add closet hanging space: Want more space in your closet? Yes, please! Take advantage of the wasted space at either end of your closet with some tension rods. You can hang several at both ends, and it’s the perfect place to hang scarves, belts, and purses—leaving precious space for clothes. Remember to measure the width so you get the right size, and you may need to reinforce them with brackets, depending on the weight of what you are hanging.
  5. Organize your outlets: Okay, so your cable box is acting up and you need to unplug it. Simple, right? Except you probably have up to 5 or 6 plugs in the same surge protector in a hopeless tangle. But there is an easy fix: Use bread bag clips to label which cord belongs to what, and you never again have to guess and hope for the best!
  6. Use magnetic strips for storage: Magnetic strips are your answer for quite a few storage problems. If you don’t have enough room on your kitchen counter for a knife rack, you can hang a strip on an empty wall and keep your knives organized and out of the way. This is also a great way to make room for paintbrushes, tools, and more.
  7. Jewelry storage: If you are running out of room in your jewelry box, don’t worry, the answer is not to stop buying jewelry! Instead, get crafty with utensil trays. You can find all the supplies you need at Home Depot. Just install some hooks into the spoon, knife, and fork compartments, then hang them vertically on your wall. It’s a creative way to store and display your jewelry.