Accordion Drying Rack for Laundry Room

28. This Accordion Drying Rack

Short on space and need a drying rack solution. Check the example out above. Most laundry rooms have no room for any drying racks. The most common solution is having a cable running across the top of you room from where you can hang cloths. The accordion style rack is a pretty nifty secondary solution. However, if you’re looking to hang items that will surpass its weight limit of 20 lbs, then you may want to look into other solutions. Lastly, be sure to use the proper hardware to mount the drying rack on your wall to support the weight of the unit, any clothing and items that may be on the unit.

Accordion Drying Rack

DIY Pallet Wood Floor Plans

DIY Pallet Wood Floor Plans

Everyone knows that hardwood floor is very high priced and that giving your floors a makeover regardless of the type of flooring can cost an arm and a leg. So why not build your floor yourself with these great DIY Pallet Wood Floor Plans. Yes you can take recycled wood and turn it into your kitchen floors and they will look beautiful I promise.

It took us several weeks to put all the pallet wood down. This was not an easy task! We didn’t want a pattern on the floor but we also didn’t want the same type of pallet wood together in the same spots. We had four widths of planks. (2 inch, 3 inch, 4 inch and 5 inch) There are so many different types of pallet wood, it was almost like putting a puzzle together without any idea of what it is suppose to look like.

We started by sorting light wood and dark wood. We then top nailed the wood down with our new dinosaur, alternating light and dark.
Doing our best to mix the textures of the wood. We ended up setting a patten by placing a row of 2″, followed by four rows of 3″, then adding a row of 4″, following again with four rows of 3″, nailing the 5″ planks and placing the last four rows of 3″ planks before the pattern started over. It worked out perfectly! Each set of the pattern was 4 feet wide.

This is where Flower Boy and I realized we are not young!
Being on our hands and knees for hours at a time is not an easy thing when you are in your 40’s! We got to the half way point in the room and ran out of prepared pallet wood!
Another lesson learned… There is a difference between board feet and square feet. This was not an issue for us, as there was other construction going on in the house at this time. The stopping point allowed the other contractors less worry of damaging the wood with the amount of traffic needed to go across the floor in order to complete their projects. It was also a time when Flower Boy was gone for training, so Drewman and I had plenty of time to prepare the remainder of the wood. Funny how things have a way of working themselves out! No need for panic!
Just look for the positive and move forward! When Flower Boy returned, the contractors were finished with their projects, Drewman and I had the rest of the planks ready AND we finished nailing the pallet wood down. Princess Sheba likes the new floor!

The floor set for a few weeks while the remainder of the construction was complete in the house. We didn’t cover it with paper to protect it. We wanted the Dust, Dirt and Grime to distress the wood. After the entire house was dust free, Flower Boy and I started the sealing process of the flooring.

We started with a liberal coat of mineral spirits. The mineral spirits cleans the pallet wood and soaks into the grain of the wood, to open it up so the sealer will penetrate and adhere.

We applied the mineral spirits with a low nap wool applicator and brushed it on around the edges of the room. When the mineral spirits were completely soaked into the wood, we then started applying the finish. The finish was applied in the same manner as the mineral spirits. We are using a product used on basketball gym floors. The product is for high traffic and resists scuff and marks. Perfect for our ranch style life!

The grain of the pallet wood popped when the floor finish was applied! With each coat applied, the floor became richer and richer in appearance. A total of four coats, of the finish, have been applied. We each have our favorite plank! Flower Boy’s is the center board in this photo. Drewman’s is the center of this one. My favorite is all the planks with the knot holes. The builder walked in the door yesterday and gasped when he saw the floor. We have had so many nay sayers and negative reactions when we were researching ways to lay this floor. We had one contractor give a bid of $12,000 to put the floor down. We never once thought this floor wouldn’t be beautiful or even thought it couldn’t be done. We are so proud of our stellar job and all that our hard work and efforts have produced!

Credit for Image(s): abuildingweshallgo.blogspot.com

Using a Day Bed as Pull Out Toy Storage

16. Use the Day Bed Concept To Put Pull Out Toys

Talk about a great idea if you have kids. Toys are everywhere and they just keep coming. First weed out all the toys that never get attention and donate immediately. Second, organize toys for your child or children and get them in the habit of cleaning and knowing where all their toys belong. Using a storage system like the above example is a great way to hide away some bulky toys, or large sets, and free up other, much needed spaces.

 

Another great example of under the bed storage is this under the bed, book-library storage unit. Pretty cool stuff. What other items could you put into drawer unit under the bed? Get those ideas flowing. We found a few basic under bed storage units on Amazon that you can check out for ideas as well.

DIY Bookshelf Under The Bed

CD/DVD Storage Binders for Decluttering

46. CDDVD Storage Binders

Recently we did a over hall on all the DVDs we owned. First we donated all the ones we didn’t feel we needed any longer Second, we removed the DVDs from the cases and recycled those. We then purchased DVD binders that we felt went with our decor filled them will all the DVDs we owned. Lastly, we made sure that all the DVDs were placed in alphabetical order leaving a few places for expansion. Talk about saving quite a bit of space and making things a look neat, eliminated DVD shelves and spindles.  Definitely recommend using DVD binders as part of your spring cleaning and decluttering areas of you home. I think you will pleased.

CD/DVD Storage Binders

Key Holder and Letter Box Organizer

45. Letter Organizer and Key Holder

If you are like most men, wallets, keys, and anything in the pockets get placed somewhere near the entry way of your home. Having a place to put these items is a good idea. Using a letter and key holder, or key holder and letter box organizer is a good way to keep things organized and convenient for coming and goings.  Above is simple example. Check out the many different organizing units that can be used for this project by clicking the link below.

Key Holder and Organizer

 

Behind the Door Organizers

 

Behind the door organizers can be used for multiple spaces.  As you can see above this storage unit can be used to organized many different spaces including your  laundry room, hall way closet for kids shoes, books, or other quick family supplies and even you craft room.  You can find most of these units with adjustable shelves and multiple lengths.  Half size units for cabinet doors are great for kitchens, utility rooms, and garage cabinets.

Back-of-The-Door Organizer

 

 

Use a Shoe Organizer for More than Just Shoes

15. Use a Shoe Organizer

Shoe organizers can be used for much more than just shoes. Bathroom supplies, kids room for toys or crafts. Maybe you have a baby and you need a easy to access all the supplies, such as powder, wipes, rags, bibs, lotions, folded/rolled onesies and more. Above is one example. Don’t forget about all the gift wrapping supplies.

12. Fold Your Clothes

12. Fold Your Clothes

Here are some really great organization ideas that will organize those rooms that you never thought could ever get organized. There are so many brilliant ideas in this article. I highly recommend trying some of these ideas as part of your spring cleaning or fall cleaning routines this year. Enjoy!

Organizing and Storage Ideas

11. Down Size and Organize Puzzle Boxes

11. Down Size and Organize Puzzle Boxes

Here are some really great organization ideas that will organize those rooms that you never thought could ever get organized. There are so many brilliant ideas in this article. I highly recommend trying some of these ideas as part of your spring cleaning or fall cleaning routines this year. Enjoy!

Organizing and Storage Ideas

9. Magnetic Strips For Bobbi Pins Tweezers and Nail Clippers

9. Magnetic Strips For Bobbi Pins Tweezers and Nail Clippers

Here are some really great organization ideas that will organize those rooms that you never thought could ever get organized. There are so many brilliant ideas in this article. I highly recommend trying some of these ideas as part of your spring cleaning or fall cleaning routines this year. Enjoy!

Magnetic Strips

8. Put a Silverware Sorting Tray In The Bathroom

8. Put a Silverware Sorting Tray In The Bathroom

Here are some really great organization ideas that will organize those rooms that you never thought could ever get organized. There are so many brilliant ideas in this article. I highly recommend trying some of these ideas as part of your spring cleaning or fall cleaning routines this year. Enjoy!

Silverware Sorting Tray

7. Baskets That Are Zip Tied To The Towel Bars

7. Baskets That Are Zip Tied To The Towel Bars

Here are some really great organization ideas that will organize those rooms that you never thought could ever get organized. There are so many brilliant ideas in this article. I highly recommend trying some of these ideas as part of your spring cleaning or fall cleaning routines this year. Enjoy!

Baskets


Towel Bars

5. Other ways to organize your kitchen

5. Other ways to organize your kitchen

Here are some really great organization ideas that will organize those rooms that you never thought could ever get organized. There are so many brilliant ideas in this article. I highly recommend trying some of these ideas as part of your spring cleaning or fall cleaning routines this year. Enjoy!

Organizing and Storage Ideas