We’ve all hit that problem. We have a book of sewing patterns, 40 shoeboxes and a Pinterest board lined up, full of crafts we want to make. And we also have a house to tidy and keep, work to do or things to mend. So we put everything away, sort the laundry, finish writing that essay or report, darn those socks and finally have no time to craft. Or we put actual work to one side, start making stuff and end up with more scarves than we need and a few hours lost.
What if we could seize that creative urge, take some time to relax, improve our house’s organization and feel like no time was wasted at the end?
Well, here to the rescue, I’ve compiled a list of various ways you can make your home neater and prettier, by crafting the organization into your home.
1: Hanging organizers.
Take a length of fabric. Sew the edges flat underneath it. Add pockets by stitching the bottom and side of a square to the fabric. Perhaps attach a ribbon or two to hang it with.
A convenient hanging set of pockets you can put on the back of doors, inside wardrobes or even attach to the wall to keep your small, frequently used items.
The quick option: buy some shoe organizers and decorate them.
2: Repurpose boxes.
Take a small, sturdy box. Cut it to the desired size. Use the offcuts to make some slot-together separators for it. Paint or wrap in pretty paper or fabric.
A fitted box to keep a set of things in one place and organized. I made Jon one for his contact lenses as I kept moving them when I was tidying and mixing the sets up.
The quick option: make some separators and use the box as-is.
3: Under-table hammock.
Take a piece of fabric and cut it to 3-4″ smaller than the table is from corner to corner. In each corner, attach elastics that are just too small to wrap around the table legs without stretching. Put on table. For tables where you can’t slide something up the legs, swap the elastics for velcro or buttoned straps.
A convenient place to hide your magazines, recently watched or to-watch DVDs, games controls and remote controls.
The quick option: attach some elastic to an appropriately sized sheet.
4: Baskets and pots.
Not much of a craft, but fun to decorate and organize with. Find a suitable basket or large flower pot. Clean and decorate a little. Use it to store rolled-up towels, or your gloves and hats, for easy access whenever needed. Also use one for assorted car repair materials, for example, or anything else you may need to grab in a rush.
A prettier way of storing my towels where they are all visible and accessible without being in the way.
The quick option: take a basket or pot and roll your towels or bedding to fit it. It can’t get much easier. 🙂
5: Grease and sauce pots.
Take some glass jars and use permanent marker or sharpie to decorate them and assign their purpose.
Cute little jars to keep my reusable cooking fats in, sorted by type so the tastes don’t get mixed.
The quick option: rather than draw, use a jar or cup that is already pretty and make sure your handwriting looks nice.
6: Curtain ties.
Cut some appropriately toned fabric 2″ longer than you need and twice as wide. Fold and stitch all sides but one end. Turn inside out and invisible stitch the end. Tie curtains back.
I actually just did the quick option here! The room is more open and brighter with these heavy curtains tied back.
The quick option: cut a strip of fabric or a length of ribbon for each curtain. Tie back in a bow.
Make a deep base bag and line it. Make many smaller pockets and purses and go attaching them as you see fit. Add a draw string, zips, or buttons. Back straps are harder to make than purse handles are.
A cute and handy bag to carry around.
The quick option: make a bucket handbag or a tote.
And some I haven’t made, but want to make when I have the time or a purpose for them.