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2X4: Four Projects for an Organized Life

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07.18.13

You want to get organized, you say? You like crafts, huh? Well, these projects are for you! Keep your home tidy and flex your DIY muscles at the same time with one of these clever ideas:

Photos: HomeMade Modern / Maple & Magnolia

Coat Rack. This coat rack is double trouble. (And by trouble, we mean awesome.) Not only does it keep your jackets and scarves in one place, it also serves as a screwdriver organizer. That’s right – instead of trekking to the garage every time you need a screwdriver, you can just walk over to your coat rack. That’s an organization win! For complete instructions, visit HomeMade Modern

Colorful Calendar. Sporting events, summer BBQs and doctor appointments, oh my! It can be hard to keep track of your own schedule, much less the schedule of everyone in your family. Give yourself a break and stay organized by making this paint swatch calendar. You’ll need 31 paint chips, a poster frame, spray adhesive and sandpaper. For step-by-step instructions and a couple of beautiful examples, check out Maple & Magnolia.

Photos: Trashy Crafter / Paint & Tofu

Memo Board. Whether you’re hanging up your grocery list, small reminders or your kid’s latest masterpiece from art class, memo boards are a great way to stay more organized.  And this bedspring memo board project is incredibly easy – just hang it on the wall and start clothespinning. We love the size of a child’s bedspring – like Trashy Crafter used – but if a larger bed floats your boat (and fits your room), go for it!

Stackable Shelves. Shelves are invaluable organization tools because they can corral anything from shoes to books to Star Wars figurines. To score shelves that cost less than $20 (a steal!), collect a bunch of wine crates and stain them. Then, stack them like Tetris squares. That’s it! Kori at Paint and Tofu says that the most difficult part of this project is actually acquiring the wine crates, so start asking around your local liquor store now.

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