Organize And Recycle With These Artful 7 Hacks

By: Blossom
November 08, 2019
Blossom

When it comes to decluttering your home, it can feel like a daunting task. And it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Maybe you don’t know where to start, or you try to tackle several areas at once and find yourself with a bigger mess than you started with.

If you find that you can’t part ways with some of your things, try dressing up the way you store them. Don’t spend ridiculous amounts of money on new things. Instead, turn to letgo, save money, and find unique items. Is your makeup collection taking up all of your valuable counter space? An old sheet pan and some pencil cups come in handy for keeping everything in one place. Dress up your DIY beauty station with an old photo frame you snagged for cheap off letgo.

Download the app and use letgo as your one-stop shop for tackling your decluttering journey. Get creative with your storage solutions, too. You’ll be surprised how ordinary objects can be transformed and used for different purposes.

We partnered with letgo to share seven hacks for helping you declutter. Check out our tips below for the full list of materials and instructions.

Storage Bin with Cement Lid

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Materials: 

  • Circle cake pan
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Mixing bucket and stick
  • Quick-dry cement
  • Water
  • Metal mesh trash bin
  • Spray paint in the color of your choosing!

Instructions: 

  1. Scoop a generous amount of petroleum jelly with two of your fingers, and rub it all over the inner surface area of a wide circular cake pan.
  2. In a separate mixing bucket, pour in the quick-drying cement, add water, and mix together until fully incorporated.
  3. Pour into the greased cake pan and wait until the combination solidifies halfway. Then flip your metal mesh trash bin upside down and lightly indent the surface of the cement with the rim of the bin. Lift the bin out once the indent starts to harden.
  4. While you’re waiting for the rest of the cement to solidify, wipe off any cement from your trash bin, then spray paint it white (or any other color of your choosing)!
  5. Store throw blankets, pillows, slippers, or magazines inside, and place the cement lid on top! Use the top as a mini coffee table for drinks or candles.

Decorative Makeup Tray Organizer

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Materials:

  • Rectangular sheet pan
  • Metal pencil holders
  • Small magnets
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Industrial-strength glue
  • Vintage picture frame

Instructions:

  1. Attach magnets to the backs of metal mesh pencil holders, and stick the holders onto the sheet pan.
  2. If you have highlighter compacts or small eye shadow palettes, hot glue gun magnets to the backs of them, then place on the sheet pan.
  3. Squeeze out industrial strength glue on the rim of the sheet pan.
  4. Place the vintage picture frame on top of the tray and allow time for the glue to fully dry.
  5. Now you can easily organize your brushes, lipsticks, and palettes for quick access.

Jewelry Box Thermostat Cover

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Materials: 

  • Wooden jewelry box
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Small drawing

Instructions:

  1. Open the lid of your wooden jewelry box, and use your thumbs to push out and detach the bottom.
  2. Use a hot glue gun to add adhesive to the corners of the back of the jewelry box lid.
  3. Stick a small drawing on top of the glue dots, making sure the drawing is face-down so that it will show through when you close the lid.
  4. Then attach the decorative box onto the wall space around your thermostat with either a nail or wall mount tape to hide your thermostat or other eyesores!

Fork Hooks

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Materials:

  • Metal forks
  • Pliers
  • Industrial strength glue
  • Wooden plank

Instructions:

  1. Use both of your hands to hold the handle of a metal fork and use your body weight to add pressure to bend the handle into a “U” shape.
  2. Then take pliers to bend the individual fork prongs to create fun finger gestures. For example, bend the middle two prongs forward to create the “rock on” gesture, the left two prongs forward to create the “peace” sign gesture, and the left three prongs to create the “number 1” gesture.
  3. Then add a nice dollop of industrial-strength glue to the back of the fork, and evenly space them out onto the wooden plank.
  4. Finally, attach the finished piece to the wall by your front entryway. Hang anything from jackets to backpacks.

Ladder Shelves

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Materials:

  • Wooden ladder
  • Coffee filters
  • Used coffee grounds

Instructions:

  1. Take used, wet coffee filters with old coffee grounds in them, and pat the remaining liquid onto the wooden ladder as an alternate wood stain! If filter isn’t wet enough, dip back into leftover coffee to have enough color to stain the whole ladder.
  2. Mount the ladder flush onto the wall, and organize whatever small knick-knacks you have cluttering up your room, such as books, small plants, candles, and framed photos.

Tiered Bathroom Caddy

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Materials: 

  • Medium-sized, caged table fan
  • Industrial-strength glue
  • Tall cup
  • Tall candle holder
  • White spray paint

Instructions:

  1. Detach the metal “cages” from the table fan, and place one of them down so the outside of the cage is facing up.
  2. Squeeze out industrial glue onto the middle of the cage, and then place a tall cup upside down on the glue patch.
  3. Squeeze glue onto the bottom of the cup, then place the other fan cage on top of that.
  4. Squeeze glue onto the middle of the second cage, and place the candle holder upside down onto that glue patch.
  5. Spray paint the whole object white, then allow ample time for both the glue and the spray paint to fully dry.
  6. Finally, flip the object upside right, and full the cage “baskets” with bathroom toiletries like hand towels, Qtips, cotton pads, and much more!

Wine Organizer

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Materials: 

  • Small wooden pallet
  • Leftover wine
  • Cloth
  • Farmhouse rake head
  • Nails
  • Hammer

Instructions:

  1. Pour leftover wine onto a cloth rag, and then dab it all over a wooden pallet to produce a beautiful wine-colored wood stain.
  2. Next, detach an old farmhouse rake head from its pole and place it towards the top of the pallet.
  3. Hammer nails to support the weight of the rake head.
  4. Mount your new wine organizer onto the wall, and add in your bottles of wine plus accessories. Wine glasses and bottle openers can be hung upside down on the rake head too.