My boyfriend wants to move out of our apartment. Not with me, mind you, but just him. Alone. The reason? My beauty clutter has become an issue. It's taken over our kitchen table, the bedroom dresser, the bathroom counter, and even his desk in the office. In my defense, a deluge of beauty goodies does come with the job. And on the upside, it keeps me from looking like one of these train wrecks.
But I digress. I love my boyfriend and our cozy (if a little cluttered) apartment, so I'm willing to change my ways. What I'm not willing to change is giving up great style for function. So I began looking on Pinterest, especially on my favorite pinners' boards, for stylish ways to de-clutter. It was no surprise that I found a bunch of great ideas to keep both of us happy. And him in the apartment.
Check out my three favorite projects below, or see the entire list, with easy-to-follow instructions for all of the cute solutions, right here.
Is your makeup strewn all across your bathroom counter? Do you spend 30 minutes digging in your vanity drawer for your favorite blush? If so, you'll love this magnetic makeup board. Not only does it keep your makeup organized, but it also looks super cute on your wall.
What You Need:
- old picture frame
- acrylic paint
- spray adhesive
- metal sheet or baking sheet
- piece of fabric
- mini magnets
- strong glue, like E-6000
- old, empty pill bottles
1. Find an old frame, and remove the glass. Paint the frame a fun color.
2. Take the frame to the local hardware store and ask them to cut a piece of metal to fit inside the frame, or use an old baking/cookie sheet if it already fits.
3. Cut a piece of fabric to the size of the metal sheet, and attach it to the metal sheet with some spray adhesive.
4. After the spray adhesive has dried, attach the metal sheet to the frame.
For the rest of the directions, click here.
Sure, you can buy little hooks to hang your necklaces, but we like this rustic, shabby-chic take on jewelry organization. And it's so easy …
What You Need:
- old rake
- screw and screwdriver
- sandpaper (optional)
- Rustoleum (optional)
1. Unscrew the handle from the old rake.
2. If the rake is rusted, sand off the rust or cover the metal with an anti-rust spray paint like Rustoleum.
3. Drill the screw into the wall/ door of where you'd like the rake to hang.
4. Hang the rake on the screw, rake prongs down. Arrange your necklaces on the prongs.
For another fun way to organize your earrings, check out this cheese grater idea.
With a little imagination, you can re-purpose any accessory for another area in your home -- even if it wasn't made for that spot in the first place. Here's how to create a hair tool station out of an Ikea kitchen product:
What You Need:
- Philips head screwdriver
- Ikea's Fintorp rail, $7.99
- Ikea's Fintorp hooks, $2.99/5-pack
- Ikea's Asker container, $5.99
1. Attach the Fintorp Rail to your wall, using the instructions provided by Ikea. During this process you will also slide on the hooks.
2. Hang the Asker container(s) from the hooks, and leave a few hooks free for your larger hair tools.
3. Use the container(s) for your hair elastics, bobby pins, or other hair accessories. Use the additional hooks to hang your curling iron, flat iron, and other hair tools. (You may need to attach a loop to the end of your hair tools so they can hang on the hook, if it doesn't come with one already.)
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