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DIY Shoe Rack for the Entryway or Mudroom

Posted by: on September 23rd, 2014 | 3 Comments

DIY Shoe Rack for the Entryway or Mudroom


What do you do with your shoes as you kick them off when you walk into the front door? Aileen Allen, the DIY blogger behind At Home in Love, and her family dumped their shoes in the entryway closet. You can probably guess how that was working out. 

That’s why she created a very nifty DIY shoe rack for her entryway. It’s custom build for her space, and even shoe size. It works as a bench, too, to sit on as she puts on her shoes. It’s even on wheels so it’s easy to move out of the way, when needed. And best of all… we have the tutorial so you can make a shoe rack like hers for your home.

This is her contribution to our ongoing DIY Challenge series in which we ask some of our favorite bloggers to come up with a useful DIY project starting with a particular material– in this case it’s plywood.

Read on for Aileen’s DIY shoe rack tutorial.

When I was brainstorming what to make for the DIY Plywood Challenge, I knew I wanted it to be something practical that we’d actually use in our home. I’ve made my share of DIY projects that later ended up in the “donate” pile, so I was resolved that this project would be one we’d actually use and keep for awhile.

The idea came to me as we were heading out the door for work one morning. We opened up the door to our coat closet and dug around in the pile of shoes stacked on the floor. They were practically spilling out the door, and it was completely disorganized. So I decided to make a shoe rack!

It was a lot of fun to create the concept and bring it to life, and our entryway is so much more organized (and less frustrating) now. The rack isn’t big enough to house all of our shoes, but we can keep our favorites on it…the ones that we wear most often. The rest of the shoes are still in the closet, but they fit in a single layer now, instead of a big, messy pile.

It might be a small thing, but I love being able to easily find the shoes I want to wear in the morning! And the shoe rack also doubles as a bench, for lacing shoes or pulling on boots.

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How to Make a DIY Wall Organizer

Posted by: on July 30th, 2013 | Make A Comment


This easy-to-make wall organizer is a great example of the types of interesting projects The Home Depot Community is constantly creating and sharing to help and inspire avid and would-be DIYers.

In this short video, Robin will show you how to repurpose a paneled door into a wall organizers perfect for use in an entryway, kitchen, mudroom, home office and many other places around house where you’re trying to maintain some order.

Besides an old paneled door (or shutter), coat hooks, chalkboard paint and cork board, most of the tools and materials needed for this project you may already have. But just to be safe, make sure you also have a drill, tape measure, level and a stud finder will come in quite handy too.

In less than a couple of hours you’ll can have your new wall organizer-slash-coatrack hanging and be ready to take on your next project, or tackle some lunch.

Find written step-by-step instructions for making your own DIY wall organizers and tons of other cool projects over on The Home Depot Community forum.

Check out more DIY and home improvement videos here on the Home Depot blog and on The Home Depot’s YouTube channel.

Places: The Well-Organized Garage

Posted by: on July 25th, 2013 | 2 Comments
Image of a well-organized garage with everything tidy, hung up and put away

Image via We Heart Junk


A well-organized garage is not an oxymoron, something out of a photo op, or a feat to be achieved only with the assistance of professional. If you’re willing to invest some time and effort and let go of a few (or a lot) of items that are truly no longer useful, your garage could look as nice as the one above.

But, before you go purchasing any garage storage items, think about what kinds of things you need to store, and the storage method that you believe will work best for you. Think about how your garage space could enhance your lifestyle and make your life easier rather than more stressful.

To help you in your quest, we’d like to show you a few organization ideas we spotted in well-organized garages around the web.

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DIY Décor: How to Customize a Wooden Storage Crate

Posted by: on February 11th, 2013 | 31 Comments

Finished DIY wooden storage crate with pillows and blankets inside


On our website (and in some stores), you can find unfinished wooden storage crates that are often handy for out-of-sight storage, like in a garage. But their unstained finish may not make them a great storage option for your living room. With a bit of stain and some cabinet pulls, however, we were able to customize a DIY wooden storage crate to give it a more finished look.


Supplies needed to build a DIY Wooden Storage Crate


For this project, you’ll need the following supplies:

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Organization Tips and Home Storage Ideas

Posted by: on January 29th, 2013 | One Comment


Almost every home has one: a scary closet, a little room of horrors, or the junk drawer from another planet filled with who knows what. There’s no time like right now to tackle your clutter problem. To lend a hand, we put together a few organization tips in this video to help you sort out the messy areas in your home.

Getting started is always the most difficult step in the process of reclaiming order from chaos. Just remember – you don’t have to do it all at once, nor should you even try. Whether it’s the closetgaragekitchen pantry, home office or the shed in desperate need of organization – jump in and get started somewhere.

We’ll show you some storage systems and options for organization that you can easily customize to get everything back into its proper place.

You’ll see wire shelving systems to tame unruly closets and pantries, modular and ceiling mounted storage for overrun garages, tracks systems that turn attic spaces into neat storage hideaways and our ever popular plastic totes for versatile everyday storage and organization. Plus, you can also take a look at cabinets, cubbiesshelves and a whole assortment of accessories that will enable you to turn underutilized space into functional storage.

And the best news is – once you do get organized, it’s much easier to stay organized.

We have more DIY and home improvement videos here on the Home Depot blog and on The Home Depot’s YouTube channel.


From the Forums: Overhead Garage Storage

Posted by: on January 25th, 2013 | One Comment

A woman places items on an overhead garage storage unit by Hyloft


When it comes to decluttering the home, the garage often becomes the last ditch place for all the stuff we don’t want to throw out, but have no other place to store. And, let’s face it, it’s also usually the last space in the home that gets the attention it needs for some effective storage and organization solutions. The good news is, garages offer a lot of options for storage that other parts of the house don’t. Overhead garage storage might be the best of these solutions.

That was the topic of a short article by The Home Depot’s Eileen Claar posted on our online How-To Community Forums. She’s a long-time Home Depot associate who posts under the handle DesigningWoman. She really knows her stuff when it comes to organization and storage ideas. Overhead garage storage frees up so much space on the floor of your garage that it’s almost like increasing the square footage of the area. It’s a very cost effective storage solution, too. It almost seems like every garage should have overhead storage.

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Craft Storage Ideas from Martha Stewart

Posted by: on January 22nd, 2013 | Make A Comment


We’re not saying if you build one of these awesome craft tables you’ll become the next Martha Stewart. But they do provide plenty of room to work, and space to store for all your crafting supplies. Having a dedicated work station and excellent craft storage allows you to be at your creative best and complete projects with ease. And that most certainly will make you a queen (or king!) of crafts in your own right.

Martha wants to help.

In this short video she shares some of her favorite craft storage and organization ideas. She’ll show you how to build a simple craft table using a hollow core door and two of her 6-cube storage organizers. You will also see how convenient it is to store all your crafting supplies using colorful fabric storage bins that fit neatly inside the cubbies.

Whether it’s jewelry, sewing, needlework, holiday crafts or whatever projects you enjoy working on at home, here’s a way to create a functional, well-organized work space in no time.

And once Martha has you inspired, take a look at our online Storage and Organization department for everything you need to keep your home, garage and office organized.

The Home Depot has plenty more videos to help with DIY projects, inspire home improvement ideas and show off new products. Catch up with YouTube Tuesdays and Thursdays on the blog, and visit The Home Depot’s YouTube channel.


Inspired: Lovelier Laundry Hampers

Posted by: on January 21st, 2013 | Make A Comment

An inspiration board of pretty laundry hampers


In a busy household, laundry can not only be a huge chore, but it can also create a lot of clutter! At any given time there could be dirty clothes on the bathroom floor, dirty dish towels in the kitchen, and socks in the living room. With all this laundry, it’s essential to have a designated spot for all of your dirty clothes. And since you need a designated spot for all the laundry to do, why not pick a pretty laundry hamper? We’ve rounded up some of our favorite laundry hampers for this inspiration board.

Which one is your favorite?

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Man Caves: The Garage

Posted by: on January 20th, 2013 | 5 Comments
Image of a car enthusiast's garage

Image via 12 Gauge Garage


The garage is the quintessential man cave. Before boys got too cool for school to hang out in the garage tinkering with their fathers or grandfathers, it was the place many of us learned to use tools and make simple household repairs. It’s where we built our first go-cart, worked on Boy Scout projects and fixed our bicycles. Still today, the garage remains a mythical fortress of solitude where men get away to think and create.

Jack Olsen built this immaculate 20’ x 22’ LA garage we see above. He wanted a reminder of the time he spent working in the shop with his father. He calls his man cave the 12-Gauge Garage, where he does some welding, woodworking and the occasional home or auto repair. It’s equipped with great lighting and multiple workbenches. And with all the tools and equipment, he needed excellent storage. Olsen opted for heavy-duty steel cabinets he dug up on eBay. If you want your garage to be tidy, organized and looking good, you can’t go wrong with steel cabinets. And check out the garage floor. When he noticed Home Depot had a great deal on ceramic tile, he says he jumped on the opportunity to teach himself how to set tile and give his garage a more polished look. We think it’s a pretty sweet job.

If you’re looking for more ideas to help you turn your garage into a better organized space, where you can work and perhaps pass on the love of making and fixing stuff, you should check out the rest of these garages.

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Inspired: Stylish Storage Ideas for Every Room

Posted by: on January 14th, 2013 | One Comment

Inspiration board of stylish furniture pieces that provide storage


Staying organized is much easier when you have the right tools and foolproof storage ideas in place, and some of the best tools come in the form of furniture pieces. Dressers, side tables, and even benches can be lifesavers when it comes to finding a spot for everything, so we’ve gathered together a few of our favorite furniture pieces that marry great furniture design with functional storage.


We love how the mirrored panels on the Reflections Addie Cabinet bounce light around the room and bring a bit of sparkle to this bedroom staple. With clutter-corralling cabinet doors, this nightstand will keep magazines, tissues, and any other necessities out of sight.

The Canali Nightstand brings a much more contemporary look to a bedroom with its sleek lines, mahogany finish and spacious drawers.

If traditional-with-a-twist is more your style, we love the Normandy Single Chest side table with two deep drawers made of caning!

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