Try these DIY storage solutions

STORAGE is not a glamorous topic but it is essential in a well designed home.

If you are planning a renovation it's always a good idea to think about where you would like to store your household items. Whether it's for your home office, kitchen or bedroom closet, if you plan ahead for storage it will make your day-to-day life so much easier.

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For those who simply would like to become a bit more proficient and organized here's a few storage tips for your home.

- Shelf Support Brackets

These brackets may be found in most hardware stores. They are fantastic for acting as dividers between towels and sheets in your linen closet.

Measure the size required to fit inside your shelves. Give them a quick coat of paint and let dry. Measure the width of your towels and sheets and install the brackets so they provide a neat and tidy division between your linens.

To secure the brackets simply drill two holes through the underside of the shelf into the bracket.

- PVC Tubes

These tubes (available at hardware stores) are fantastic for storing everything from wine to pencils and erasers in your home office.

They may not be the most attractive things at first but it's amazing how they can be transformed into very chic storage containers with a little creativity.

Carefully cut the pipe to the desired size using a hacksaw. At this stage you can paint the pipe to match your decor, cover it with decorative paper or choose to leave it white. Stack the pipe pieces on top of each other and glue them all together with a glue gun. Fill the pipes with your items.

- Mason jars

The amazing mason jar - there just doesn't seem to be an end to the multiple uses for these gems. The larger jars are wonderful for storing food items in the pantry. Simply purchase a litre of chalkboard paint from your local hardware store. Draw out with a marker how large you would like the label to be on the front side of the jar. Paint the space with the chalkboard paint and let it dry. Write the name of the item with chalk on the label and store the jars side by side on your pantry shelves.

- See-through storage boxes

Are you tired of your shoes being covered with dust in your closet? Here's a solution. Purchase lidded storage containers in clear plastic, large enough sizes to fit your shoe size. Place your shoes inside the containers. To identify the shoes, simple take a coloured photograph of the shoe and place it on the front of the container.

Stack the containers on top of each other inside your closet.

lunter@shaw.ca

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