TOP DIY PROJECTS: STORAGE
There is nothing more rewarding than doing a job well and doing it yourself. Do it yourself projects have become increasingly popular over the last few years. This isn't only because it generally costs less to do the job yourself, but because it gives you a great sense of accomplishment and pride to complete a task yourself. Not only that, but you can get away from the cookie-cutter world of manufactured products and really personalize your home.
Every family has different needs and every home is unique. One glaring problem with homes that is consistent across the board is storage. Homes are built with just a few cabinets and a few small closets. However, the amount of possessions that we have can be staggering. We don't want everything out in the open because it makes our house look cluttered. When you can't find places to put things, they end up in boxes or out where they can get mixed up with other things. Finding what you need and keeping your house clean can seem impossible if you don't have enough storage space.
There are many DIY projects that can help you make the most of the space that you have. You can organize living room areas by installing some shelves. Some people even put shelves up high by the ceiling or over doors to hold books and things that they don't use very often. Mementos and other decorative items can be kept out of children's reach while giving the room texture and depth, much like crown moulding does.
Another place in the home that is generally lacking in storage is the kitchen. It's not so much that the space isn't there as it is that the space inside the cabinets is wasted. Many kitchens have blind corner cabinets where they wrap around a corner. Sometimes there is only one door to this corner, leaving a lot of the space in there empty, because you can't see what you need in there or you simply can't reach it. Blind corners can be conquered with sliding shelves or a lazy suzan addition. Other cabinets, especially bottom cabinets, could usually use some extra shelves or sliding drawers to utilize the space more efficiently.
The last areas of the home that need to be more efficiently designed are the closets. Closets are notorious for wasting valuable storage space in the home. There are usually a few feet unused at the top and front sides of the closet. Creating a useful and personalized design for your closet can make a huge difference. Many people choose the closet for their DIY project because it's generally easy, incredibly useful, and really rewarding. When you're done, make your new closet look great by investing a little in some quality clothing hangers. Hangers really finish out the closet. A quality wood hanger or coat hanger can add a lot of style and luxury to your closet.
DIY projects that create storage can make your whole house seem more inviting and useful. Get started on yours today!
About the Author: Joe Granville is on the staff of Only Hangers, a leading online resource for exquisitely made clothing hangers.