DIY Home Organization Projects
By Gina Vasselli
You may be a little late for a New Year organization overhaul but you can get a jump start on your Spring cleaning with a few DIY home organization projects.
The biggest reason people’s home are messy is a simple lack of the right places to put things. These DIY projects will help stop clutter from taking over your tabletops and desks.
To help allay children’s homework and toys from taking over your dining room or kitchen table, you can make some table pockets! These pockets are easy places to store the crayons, small toys and drawings that don’t really have a good place to go and wind up sprawled across the table. Plus they can easily be removed when company is coming.
To make these table pockets you’ll need:
-Printed or colored cotton fabric long enough to fit along a side or section of your table twice. The measurements really depend on how big of a table you’re making the pockets for.
-A strong hook and loop
-Basic sewing supplies
Fold the right sides of your fabric together so that the printed side is on the inside, stitch down the sides and the bottom leaving an opening for turning. Turn the fabric and stitch the opening closed. The printed side of the fabric should be on the outside now.
Fold the fabric lengthwise stopping about 2 ½ inches from top, making space for a pocket about 6 inches deep. Pin and stitch down both sides and across the bottom.
Trace lines for pocket separations and stitch accordingly.
Attach the hook and loops onto the table and on the back of the pocket.
This will make it easy to remove the pocket if company is coming over or if you need to take the items stored in the pocket with you somewhere.
Here’s another easy DIY project that should help keep the random knick-knacks, keys and pens from cluttering up your surfaces- cup shaped holders.
-A quarter yard printed fabric, a quarter yard canvas and a quarter yard of felt.
I would recommend getting these from one of the online fabric stores since they’re generally the cheapest and you can easily match the fabrics.
Cut a 6 ½ inch by 15 ½ inch strip from each fabric to make the side panels and a 5 inch circle from the same fabrics to make the bottom of the cup.
Put your strips of fabric together with the print on the top and the felt on the bottom. Stitch across the top (the long side) and turn the print fabric over so it is facing the correct way (pattern facing inwards). Put the ends of your strip of fabric together and stitch together down the short side to make a circle shaped strip.
Put your circles of fabric together with the print on the top and felt on the bottom. Stitch together to make one circle.
Place your side part and circles together with the patterned side facing inwards Double stitch around the perimeter, clipping as needed to make it easier to keep the fabric together. Turn.
With these DIY home organization tools you should be able to keep the clutter at bay.
Ms. Jensen is a leading advocate for families and children and was the founder and president of ACES, The Association for Children for Enforcement of Support.
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