DIY Desk Organizing Ideas & Projects

If you have a home office like us or just a desk to pay bills, or even your work desk, then you have a clutter issue. There is just so much stuff that goes into taking care of business, right? But you spend enough time at your desk that not only should it be organized, it should showcase your style as well. We found some amazing DIY desk organizing ideas and projects that will get your space … [Read more...]

Gift Wrap Organizing • Ideas & Projects

When your home is on the smaller side, little niceties in life like gift wrapping can be a real pain. I mean, it really isn't fun to spend an hour searching out the birthday paper vs. the holiday paper, finding scissors and tape, then not being able to find the right color ribbon and having to run to the store at 10 PM, right? Wouldn't it be nice if every time you needed to wrap, you had one place … [Read more...]

14 Clever Home Hacks for the DIY’er

If you like to DIY, then you know there are certain household chores and problems that never seem to go away. Every once in awhile though, we come across these little nuggets of genius that make us wish we had thought of it first! These home hacks for the DIY'er take ordinary household items and use them in a new way to make life easier and more efficient, especially when your home is smaller. And … [Read more...]

DIY Workbenches

Small homes often don't have room for a shop, and perhaps only have a small, one car garage or car port. If you are a person that likes to work with wood, or tinker with building things, this can make it really tough to find a place in which to... well, tinker! But a well planned workbench can solve your problem. Not only can a workbench squeeze shop space into a small garage or even into a … [Read more...]

Wonderful Wardrobe & Clothing Rack Projects

When you live in a small home, closet space can not only be limited, sometimes it's simply non existent! And depending on where you live in the world, that actually may be the norm. (We're a little spoiled for space here in the U.S. folks...) So if you are looking for space to hang those dresses, skirts, blouses and suits... without cramming them into the "permanent wrinkle" zone, then give these … [Read more...]

Plywood Projects with Pizazz

Plywood is an inexpensive lumber option for building just about anything. Problem is, traditionally its been thought of as kinda... well, ugly. Boring. Cheap. Well we have some news for you... not anymore. In fact, plywood is even being used in high end modern homes for paneling and cabinets! So let's revisit the idea of using it as a way to save money while making an awesome DIY... Plywood … [Read more...]

Do It Yourself Clever Charging Stations

Technology is everywhere, and we don't just mean at work. Phones, tablets, laptops, iPods... all pretty much littering your house, and always, ALWAYS with low battery. Like when you grab your tablet to double check that recipe for dinner, and you find out your pre teen has "Candy Crushed' it to death? Or the mystery of the shrinking battery bar for just no good reason, right when you need to call … [Read more...]

Clever Built-In Storage Ideas You Never Thought Of

Storage is necessary in a small home, built-ins are great... put them together and you have a cure-all for any of your organizing woes! These clever built-in storage ideas you never thought of, but thankfully, someone did. We love every single one of these ideas for getting your stuff under wraps. Some of them might inspire a DIY project, (one or two of them already are!) some of them might be … [Read more...]

Shoe Storage Projects for Small Spaces

So I'm really tired of storing my shoes in piles in the farthest corner of my closet. There is never enough floor space in a small closet, and before you know it, you are making multiple layers. Like that is really gonna work for more than 5 minutes. And while I am dreaming of the walk in closet in my future life, right now I have to find a way to make it work in a small space. (I hear every woman … [Read more...]

10 Tiny Home Storage Hacks to Maximize Your Space

If you have a tiny home, you have tiny storage areas too. That just requires getting a bit creative! We went looking for storage hacks to make your space live large, and we found a whole slew of ideas to keep you organized. So give these a try when you are trying to figure out where to put those shoes you just had to have, or just when you are trying to find more space in the linen … [Read more...]

Family Organization Ideas All Around The House

Getting (and keeping) the family organized is something I know most households are constantly trying to improve, and ours is no exception! So when we decided to do a post on family organization all around the house, we coincidentally got contacted by this great company in Seattle, 'Three by Three'. We don't do a lot of sponsored posts or reviews, (we're picky!) but this was timed so perfectly, and … [Read more...]

Small and Functional DIY Mud Rooms

If you have a family, chances are you deal with the problem of "stuff" that comes into the house every day. Books, shoes, backpacks, keys, mail... So much stuff! And the dirt? Please. Even if your home is small, there is a solution to keep you organized and the house clutter free. These small and functional DIY mud rooms help these families stay on track with their "stuff", which in turn helps us … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Organize Your Pantry!

Nothing makes me want to cook healthy meals more than having a neat, organized kitchen. With a small kitchen like mine, this is a constant challenge.  If you haven't yet seen our post on 7 steps to organizing a fridge, you can start there if you like. But whether you have a walk in pantry, or have to make small cupboards work, we found some great ideas for you on how to organize your pantry so … [Read more...]

14 Awesome PVC Projects for the Home

PVC is one of those inexpensive construction materials that is easy to cut, paint, drill, glue and create with. You can purchase straight tubes of different sizes, and matching connectors as well. Whether it's to create a cool storage unit, or just something pretty, this is a great material for the beginning DIY'er to use. We got inspired by a PVC hair dryer / curling iron holder we spied on … [Read more...]

Garage Makeover Projects

When you live in a small house, sometimes the garage is your only source of good storage. What do you store there?  Just. About. Everything. It's not just holiday lights and the lawn mower when your have a smaller space... It's Costco purchases and out of season clothes, your good set of china for parties, and your decorating and craft supplies. The list goes on... However, it's also easy for the … [Read more...]

Craft Storage Ideas for Small Spaces

If you are a DIY'er, chances are pretty good you're a crafter too. It doesn't take many craft supplies before your home can feel cluttered and supplies are lost. I know having a small home can make it even worse...especially if you can't have an entire room devoted to your crafts. I know I can't! I personally use the bin system, with clear bins on shelving. (In my laundry room, BTW!) But after … [Read more...]

7 Steps to an Organized Fridge

Ok, so there is something you should know about me and organizing. I love to be organized. Unfortunately, I'm bad at it. Ask Steve. He will be happy to tell you all day long, no doubt. I'm that bad. Luckily, there are some amazing bloggers who are good at it, so those of us who were not born with the organizing gene and are still in training can try to get it together. I actually think getting … [Read more...]

Organizing Your Home: Making the Best Use of Every Space

Organizing your home isn't just about picking up the clutter, and naming a sock drawer. If you really want to benefit from an organized space, creating a plan is in order. If you ask yourself a few simple questions, you can get some inspiration for tackling this organization step by step, and space by space. Here are a couple of guidelines on how to make the best use of every space. (photo above … [Read more...]

DIY Kids Furniture Projects

We're always quick to tackle decorating projects in the adult spaces of our homes, but what about the kids? Don't they deserve some design love as well? Well, we're gonna fix that right now, because we have some of the cutest DIY projects for kid's furniture we could find for you. Our feature project above and below, is from Andrea at 'Strawberry Chic'... She made this DIY Pottery Barn kid's … [Read more...]

8 Clever Ways to Organize with Ikea

  Ikea hacks are abound in the blogosphere, and with good reason. Decently made home decor with style, at really affordable prices. Why not use Ikea products to create something DIY? But did you know, you can organize with Ikea as well? No amount of design know-how or DIY aptitude is going to make our homes look wonderful if they are cluttered and messy. So try these 8 clever ways … [Read more...]

10 Awesome Ideas for Tiny Laundry Spaces

Laundry rooms are supposed to be the place where everything gets clean, crisp and looking sharp... But does your laundry room itself live up to the task? If you can't find the pre-wash and you are navigating through open piles of unwashed laundry, you have a problem. And if your laundry space isn't very big to begin with, it's a catastrophe zone! Use these awesome ideas for tiny laundry spaces to … [Read more...]

7 Ways to Repurpose Old Soda Crates

We all love vintage soda crates! Ok, well most of us. I mean, what a cool reminder of a simpler time, filled with simple fun... like an ice cold soda with friends. Remember when that was a cool thing? Ah, for the good ol' days... They are still around, although admittedly, harder to find. We have good luck finding them in our small., local antique shops, occasionally for around $10. A lot of … [Read more...]

DIY Message Center Projects

With school , and holidays and day to day family mayhem, (I say that with love) keeping everyone on track can be tough. These DIY message center projects will make sure your home runs smoothly, from the last backpack out the door in the morning, to the PTA meeting that night. Oh, and they look cute too! Our feature project above and below, is a DIY command center by 'The Caldwell Project'... … [Read more...]

Organizing with Baskets

About every three months, I swear I'm gonna get organized. Seriously, I may not be an organized person, but I truly appreciate how much more together my whole life feels when I get something in order... However, I'm also a hopeless decor enthusiast, which means, it's gotta be pretty! The perfect solution is to decorate with baskets. They hold your stuff and look great doing it. You can find … [Read more...]

Home Office Organization Ideas

Most of us have a home office of sorts these days... whether you actually work at home, or just use your spot to pay bills and coordinate your family, home office organization can make or break your space. Here are some clever, easy and space saving home office organization ideas for you to use to create a space that works for you, not against you. Our featured idea above, is a DIY project by … [Read more...]

Organizing a Small Laundry Room

Today when space is at a premium, the area available for your laundry may be very limited. By using clever space saving techniques and multi-purpose utility products you can organize your laundry room to look clutter-free and impressive. Getting wall-cabinets to efficiently use the space available is a clever idea since it will not take up any of your floor space. You can store all of your … [Read more...]

Creative DIY Magazine Racks

We are always looking for ways to add storage, organize our homes and reduce clutter. Let's face it, piles of magazines are a top offender of clutter collecting in our homes! Rather than just pile them on the coffee table, how about make one of these creative DIY magazine racks to keep them stowed away neatly, yet easily accessible for that quick read. As a bonus, many of them have style quotient … [Read more...]

Kids Rooms: Shared Bedroom Solutions

Many of us who have a small home also have fewer bedrooms. This can often mean kids sharing bedroom space out of necessity. Other families choose for their kids to share a room based on family values. Whatever the reason, sharing bedrooms between kids can present some challenging decorating obstacles. How to find room for sleeping and playing? Keeping organized? Shared closet space? Individual … [Read more...]

Bathroom Storage Ideas For Small Bathrooms

One of the smallest rooms in our homes is usually our bathrooms. Finding space to store the "stuff" we want and need in a bathroom can be a challenge.The following ideas may be useful to you for bathroom storage: 1. Repurpose stuff - I use an umbrella stand in my bathroom to hold toilet paper, a plant stand to hold shampoos and bath stuff, and a pedestal fruit bowl to hold washcloths. 2. … [Read more...]

Small Kitchen Organizing Ideas

  Small house, small kitchen...they pretty much go hand in hand. (Unless you are one of those very lucky few, in which case pour yourself a glass of wine and celebrate that you don't need this post.) The biggest problem in a small kitchen is that we all need a certain amount of kitchen stuff, and we gotta have a place to put it. In comes small kitchen organizing ideas... the steps to … [Read more...]

DIY Decorative Trays

Decorative trays are here to stay, and I love 'em. West Elm trays in five different colors are on my Christmas list! Why are they so cool? They update any table arrangement by pulling it all together, and can be used from the office to the bathroom. If you are looking for help in learning to style your accessories, a tray will wrap it all up for you. And let's face it, who doesn't want a pretty … [Read more...]

Pretty Pegboard Storage!

Storage and organizing has long since had a time tested fallback...pegboard. While most people think of pegboard as a utilitarian material, pegboard can be pretty! I love how decorator's today think about using things in new ways, and are creative. So be prepared for a storage shock... Pretty pegboard storage! Our featured photo, above,  has absolutely nothing to do with storage, but everything to … [Read more...]

DIY Wine Crate Storage Projects

We do a lot of storage and organizing project round ups on DYSS, because those of us with small spaces need options! I love a taste of vintage, repurposing and a little industrial modern all put together, and thats' what caught our attention with using wine crates to make storage units for your home.  Can't figure out how to get your hands on these wonders of home decor? Apartment Therapy has a … [Read more...]