DIY is not just an article of interest for leisure time, but it should be considered as a hobby. There are DIY hacks for making your life easier, and DIY projects have their own set of emotional rewards. With the help of these hacks, you can enjoy a better home environment, get the best out of your weekend and become smarter—of course, we’re talking about them!
Repurpose an old entertainment center into a desk.
If you’re feeling ambitious, you can pick up an old entertainment center and turn it into a home office. This may be a little more work, but the end result will be a great-looking space with lots of built-in storage. Just make sure to pick a piece that already has the right height or is easily adjustable. You’ll want to look for pieces with drawers so you can keep your things organized, and consider how much weight a piece can hold – some are sturdy enough to hold your computer monitor, while others may need something lighter.
You’ll also want to think about where in your house this desk will go. If it isn’t staying in one spot, look for pieces that have wheels or casters so you can move it around without hurting yourself (or breaking the desk!).
Add a mirror where you need more lighting.
Mirrors reflect light, so they can make a room seem brighter and more spacious by reflecting natural light from windows and artificial light from lamps. You can also use mirrors to reflect natural light into dark corners, which will help create the illusion of a larger space.
Place mirrors in areas that seem smaller than they actually are. If you have a small bedroom or living room, putting a mirror on the wall across from your window will make the room seem much larger than it actually is.
Hide and organize your mess with a curtain.
This is a great choice if you have an unsightly mess that’s difficult to organize and would rather just hide it. Think of all the things you could use a curtain for:
- In closets, for clothes that don’t fit on hangers or in drawers
- In cabinets, where there are plates and appliances that don’t stack neatly
- In pantries, where there can be a lot of boxes and different kinds of food stored
You can repurpose an old curtain panel or shower curtain from your bathroom. Hang the curtain from a tension rod to make it easy to install and remove the curtain when guests come over.
Use tin cans to organize your cords, cables, or office supplies.
- Using a sharp knife or tin snips, cut the top and bottom off of an empty can (such as soup, beans, or apple sauce).
- Unwind your cord and wrap it around a pencil to wind it neatly.
- Insert the pencil into the middle of the can so that the cord stays in place.
- Remove the pencil, leaving your cord neatly coiled inside the can for storage or travel (perfect for extension cords, earbuds, and chargers).
Create more storage space behind doors with a shoe holder
Out of all the DIY hacks used to maximize your space, using shoe organizers is a cheap and easy method—so there’s no reason not to use them! Simply pick one up from your local dollar store and hang it over the back of a door. Voilà: instant storage for anything from shoes to beauty products to cleaning supplies.
Variations on this simple DIY hack abound, too, so you’re sure to find something that works for you. You can organize your cleaning products in an organizer like this by type or even by room—so all the kitchen stuff is in one section and all bathroom-related things are in another. If you have a large collection of scarves, socks, or ties that never seem to make their way back into drawers, consider using an organizer like this as a closet accessory instead of a bedroom item.
Make your toilet seat glow at night with glow-in-the-dark paint for easy trips to the bathroom in the dark
Before you go out and buy the first glow-in-the-dark paint at your local craft store, think about how you want to use this toilet seat. If it’s a child’s seat, look for kid-proof paint that can’t be swallowed or inhaled and is easy to clean. Buy paint that will last through multiple trips to the bathroom and won’t chip easily. Also, make sure it’s a color that will be visible at night but not too bright so as not to cause eye discomfort when waking up in the middle of the night.
After picking out a type of glow-in-the-dark paint, do an initial coat on your toilet lid (remembering to let it dry before using or touching) and wait until dark before adding additional coats as needed until you’re happy with the results.
Add a couple of hooks to the inside of your cabinet doors for extra pot storage
If you’re tired of having to dig through your pots and pans to find the right one, this hack is just for you. Adding hooks to the side of your cabinet doors can be a simple fix that will save endless amounts of time. With adhesive hooks, easily hang lids or towels from the inside of your cabinets or use them to organize pots and pans. You’ll never have to worry about where something goes again!
Baskets are great for hiding all kinds of things, from toys to toilet paper rolls to kitchen supplies
Baskets are great for hiding all kinds of things, from toys to toilet paper rolls to kitchen supplies. You can find baskets anywhere from thrift stores to your mom’s basement, and they are an easy way to keep your home looking neat and tidy. Plus, baskets offer a great way to organize your closet. Once you get into the basket-hiding spirit, there’s no end of applications: use a basket with a towel on top in the bathroom as a laundry hamper, or put one next to your sofa with some magazines inside.
Add shower caddies to your cupboard doors to store snacks and other small items like spices or medicine bottles
You’ve probably seen shower caddies before. They don’t count as home hacks on their own, but they’re a great way to store small items in a kitchen cupboard or even inside a pantry closet. You can use them to store spices, medicine bottles, and even snacks. You’ve probably seen shower caddies before. They don’t count as home hacks on their own, but they’re a great way to store small items in a kitchen cupboard or even inside a pantry closet. You can use them to store spices, medicine bottles, and even snacks.
To install a shower caddy:
- Open the door of the cabinet or cupboard that you want to put the organizer in. Make sure there is some free space available on the door so you can hook the organizer over it. Clean all dust and dirt off of this space before you proceed.
- Hang your shower caddy over the cabinet door and use suction cups to secure it in place if needed. Your shower caddy should be fully secured so that it doesn’t fall out when you open or close your pantry doors or cabinets.
- Remove all food items from their original packaging (or use your new spice containers from earlier) and place them into the individual compartments of your shower caddy organizer for easy access whenever you need them while cooking! You may also opt to keep medicines in here as well; just make sure they’re clearly labeled with their name and expiration date first, so anyone who needs/uses them knows exactly what’s inside each bottle without having any guesswork involved.”