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3 Smart Organization DIYs to Try

Jan 11, 2017

by Rachel Smith

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The calm of a new year is the ideal time to rest, reset, and organize your home: out with the clutter and in with a fresh start! And you don’t need to spend a lot of time or money to get your place in order. Here are three smart organization DIYs that let you begin the year with a cleaner space — and a solid sense of accomplishment.

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Shoe box storage DIY by Handmade Charlotte

For the playroom

Difficulty level: Medium

Don’t toss out your old shoe boxes: Recycle them into stylish storage boxes, instead! Use a sturdy gift wrap or other decorative paper to bring a unified look to a whole stack; a simple leather strap (affixed with a pair of brads) adds polish.

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DIY vanity tray by Sugar & Cloth 

For the vanity

Difficulty level: Easy

Has your dresser’s surface or bathroom counter become a breeding ground for loose jewelry and miscellaneous makeup? Once you’ve pared down the mess to your prettiest essentials, glue ornate brass corners to the bottom of an ordinary tray or wood board to elevate your display-worthy pieces.

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DIY desk organizer by Lovely Indeed

For your desk

Difficulty level: Medium

Corral pens, pencils, paperclips and more in this fun and colorful organizer made from painted foam-core board. Using the original project as a guide, you can customize the compartments to suit your particular office-supply obsession, be it endless rolls of unusual washi tape or color-coordinated rubber-band balls.

Get organized

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