I love using junk to organize around my house. I hope you enjoy these ideas as much as I have enjoyed making them
This birdcage has been turned into a Craft organizing center. Simply spray paint a bird cage , make shelves out of left-over wood and accessorize with your favorite craft items or pretty papers. You can even slide envelopes and mail between the wires.
I actually copied a project I had seen in Country Home Magazine by Ki Nassauer, and she was so honored she had me send this one in to the magazine to be published in the "reader Letters" section. It was my first published project.
Mail Boxes are not just for Mail
Here's the Scoop
For this project I attached the scoop to a chippy piece of wood that I picked up at a re-use center. For clips I used old Perm Roller clips that I had found. Any clips will do. Old Hooks, and misc hardware finish it off, and you have a great beside-the-door catch-all for keys, coats, hats, notes, pictures or whatever.
This organizer was made from some smaller grain scoops. I spray painted them white and then rubbed them with fine sand paper to give them that aged look. Then I simply screwed them onto an old piece of wood and added hooks. This makes a great by-the-door catch all for keys, change, etc. And I'm sure you could think of many other uses for it.
If you can't find an old grain scoop, use your imagination, old sewing drawers, narrow metal baskets, regular baskets etc. will all work for this fun idea.
A few fun ways to gather up the clutter
This project was so fun to do. Sorry the pic isn't really that good, the item sold before I got get a good shot of it. It all started with this long narrow basket that I picked up in MN. I mounted it to the lid of an old wooden ammo box. Then I screwed in wire hooks, also picked up at the Bonanza. For message/photo clips I used old metal Perm roller clips. A couple of old drawer pulls and it's finished. The original hinges were left on to use to hang this message center to the wall. One of my best and favorite customers picked this up at my Barn sale, and I'm sure it will be put to good use in her home.
From Hymnal holder, to organizer
I recently picked up these old hynmal holders at a sale.
They are unusual in that they have a large pocket, a smaller pocket, and places for a pencil. My immediate thought was to make an organizer for next to my computer.
China Cup Organizer
Luggage Pocket wall organizer pocket
An old luggage pocket, an old Frame and some scrap wood, Mount the pocket onto the wood and then added various embellishments. It makes a great place to display old photo's, cards, mail etc. You could also mount the pocket on an old drawer front, or even a shutter.
In the Office or Studio
Use various vintage items in a new way to keep supplies close at hand
This is one of my favorite organizing tools. These old address flip files are great for keeping passwords organized and close at hand. It does not matter if they already have writing in them, just cover it with a post it note or label.
Spring Mail holder/sorter
Doll crib is perfect for files
An old bicycle basket for files and folders, is easily transported or hung on the wall
Bread boxes work great in an office or desk area, and they have doors and lids to tuck it all away
And old drying rack of some sort makes a fun inspiration board, next to it you see the bicycle basket
Bakery bread trays
This is just some peg board, mounted on the outside of the garage for those garden tools.