52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing Your Home

Design*Sponge / 52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing

Although January is nearing its close and many a Resolution Revolution have fallen by the wayside, we’re still going strong on ours! This week, we’re all about letting our Neat-Freak flags fly and getting down ‘n dirty with home organization. If you’ve been bitten by a similar clean-up bug and are looking to organize your own home—we’ve got you covered! From ways to stow away piles of books to clever new methods for dispelling clutter, these  tips, tricks, and techniques will have you in the organizing groove well into the new year! Check out all 52 ideas after the jump!—Max

Also—don’t forget to submit your own organizing projects and techniques to our #DSNeatFreak feature! We’ll be sharing our favorites at the end of the month!

Design*Sponge / 52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing

1. Turn old dresser drawers into handy-dandy hang-alls!

Design*Sponge / 52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing

2. Recycle used mailer tubes into snazzy wine bottle holders!

Design*Sponge / 52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing

3. Old leather belts? Scrap wood? BOOM! Instant shelves!

Design*Sponge / 52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing

4. Capitalize on your home’s underused doorknobs!

Design*Sponge / 52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing

5. Keep papers clean and pretty-looking by making these cute touch-of-gold clipboards!

Design*Sponge / 52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing

6. Suitcases—they make great coffee tables!

Design*Sponge / 52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing

7. And nightstands!

Design*Sponge / 52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing

8. And charging stations!

Design*Sponge / 52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing

9. …And bathroom vanities!!

Design*Sponge / 52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing

10. Disguise a storage box as a book!

Design*Sponge / 52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing

11. Or make a secret compartment behind some framed art!

Design*Sponge / 52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing

12. Store food in stacking glass containers for space-saving, visible, air-tight storage.

Design*Sponge / 52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing

13. Use a ladder as a makeshift bookshelf!

Design*Sponge / 52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing

14. Take advantage of underused hall space with floor-to-ceiling shelves!

Design*Sponge / 52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing

15. Books too much visual clutter for you? Dress them down with uniform white covers for a cohesive look!

Design*Sponge / 52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing

16. Store your pots and pans on a ladder using s-hooks!

Design*Sponge / 52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing

17. Remember where to put pots back with painted outlines!

Design*Sponge / 52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing

18. Pegboards—also great for magazine storage!

Design*Sponge / 52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing

19. Make a tiny filing box for your greeting cards!

Design*Sponge / 52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing

20. Keep all of your letter-writing tools together with a small stationery kit!

Design*Sponge / 52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing

21. Whip together some DIY paper boxes!

Design*Sponge / 52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing

22. Recycle a tin can into a perpetual desktop calendar/pencil holder!

Design*Sponge / 52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing

23. Hack a simple IKEA chair into a multi-purpose nightstand!

Design*Sponge / 52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing

24. Need extra bedside storage? Consider a mini filing cabinet!

Design*Sponge / 52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing

25. Bookshelves are also great for storing firewood!

Design*Sponge / 52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing

26. Divide and conquer! Create a mini office with a multi-purpose room divider/bulletin board!

Design*Sponge / 52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing

27. Bring nature in—along with your mail! Make this simple, mossy mail organizer!

Design*Sponge / 52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing

28. Divide your dresser drawers with a few pieces of cardboard!

Design*Sponge / 52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing

29. Bent that spoon trying to eat ice cream? Turn it into a handy key hook!

Design*Sponge / 52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing

30. Color-code and identify keys, drawers, and more with tiny yarn tassels!

Design*Sponge / 52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing

31. Turn used Altoids tins into colorful organizers!

Design*Sponge / 52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing

32. Craft a chic wood and leather catch-all for mail near your front door!

Design*Sponge / 52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing

33. Got too many books? Use some as building blocks for a postmodern side table!

Design*Sponge / 52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing

34. Turn an old book into a portable tech organizer!

Design*Sponge / 52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing

35. When working with small spaces, never underestimate the power of corner shelves!

Design*Sponge / 52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing

36. You can even make one with a magazine holder!

Design*Sponge / 52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing

37. Use pipes to craft a coat rack that wheels out of the way when not in use!

Design*Sponge / 52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing

38. Your old CD storage drawers? Repurpose them as a kitchen pantry!

Design*Sponge / 52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing

39. Organize your books by color!

Design*Sponge / 52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing

40. And your clothes!

Design*Sponge / 52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing

41. Sew a wall-mounted desk organizer!

Design*Sponge / 52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing

42. Making a DIY desk? Try using filing cabinets as “legs” for extra storage!

Design*Sponge / 52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing

43. Low on space? Store books face-out on shallow shelves!

Design*Sponge / 52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing

44. Store jewelry on pegboards and window screens cut to fit vintage frames!

Design*Sponge / 52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing

45. Mount wall hooks vertically to store purses and bags!

Design*Sponge / 52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing

46. Got too many scarves or ties? Store them and make art at the same time by hanging them on a wall-mounted wire!

Design*Sponge / 52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing

47. If desk space is an issue, wall-mount your computer screen!

Design*Sponge / 52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing

48. Maximize your bookshelf space by stacking books vertically!

Design*Sponge / 52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing

49. Turn your home’s awkward spaces into shelving spaces!

Design*Sponge / 52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing

50. Or a mini built-in office!

Design*Sponge / 52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing

51. Or clothing storage!

Design*Sponge / 52 Brilliant Ideas for Organizing

52. Trying to save space? Use a wall-mounted shelf as an ultra-thin workspace!

 

  1. Grandma Betty says:

    I love the coat rack on wheels! The wooden desk on file cabinets (a great find at thrift stores) and your purse hanging idea. But all of them are cute and useful. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Valeria says:

    really interesting . ..

  3. Granit says:

    Dig the suitcase coffee table! Great for boho-chic. I’ll bet very easy to make too.

    Also, the secret storage space behind framed art on the bookshelf. Super idea. Again easy to make.

    And the pots n’ pans ladder. Need a little open kitchen space for that one but great idea that could be incorporated into many different kitchen designs / styles.

  4. Yolanda Salazar says:

    Oh I loved them all.. I’m going to try them. As many as I can.. Thanks again.. For all the lovely ideas!!

  5. sing says:

    So creative and innovative:) Thank you for sharing them:):)

  6. thefolia says:

    Happy organized nesting!

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