It’s almost springtime! This, for some of us, might mean spring cleaning! Though most of the time, what your home needs isn’t a floor-to-ceiling clean, but a complete organizational makeover. Clutter accrues over the winter months and as the light of day finally reaches indoors (literally), it often becomes clear that a little re-organization is necessary.
In small spaces, the most ideal way to get organized is with strategically placed shelving! There’s truly no better storage than a well-placed shelf. Not only will it provide you with extra table space, but it will also free up floor space below.
Here are a couple of great ideas that will renew your home with little effort and time.
One of our favourites for the upcoming spring season are the mini-greenhouse window shelves. Rather than looking out the window to the dreary winter scenery, transform your kitchen, bathroom or bedroom window into an inviting spring display. From herbs, houseplants and even little pots of grass, breathe new life and colour into your home with this DIY.
1. To determine the dimensions of the shelves, measure the depth and width of the window frame, and subtract 1/2 inch from the width.
2. Have a glazier cut a 1/2-inch-thick piece of glass to size for each shelf; for a more finished look, have the edges sanded. Using a level and a ruler for precision, make pencil marks where each shelf support should go, starting from the top of the window frame.
3. Make supports out of molding, available at hardware stores: Using a hand saw, cut two lengths of molding for each shelf (the molding length should equal the depth of the frame). Sand the ends smooth.
4. Drill three evenly spaced holes (just bigger than the head of a wood screw) in each support. Hold a support against the appropriate mark on the window frame, insert the bit of an electric drill through one of the holes, and drill a starter spot into the frame. Repeat for the other holes, then countersink screws so the heads don’t show. Repeat for remaining supports. Fill holes with wood putty, sand smooth, and paint supports. Once paint dries, attach a felt dot or plastic glide to each support end, and set glass shelves in place.
This idea is perfect for bathrooms that need to be more functional. Put your space to work with cubbyhole shelves for a stylish and neat bathroom. Store large items as well as toiletries and accessories in accessible surgical or Mason jars.
To make the cubbyhole shelf yourself:
Each of the shelves is made from five pieces of 3/4-inch-thick plywood. The top, bottom, and two sides are each 12 inches by 9 inches; the back is a 12-inch square. The top, bottom, and sides are mitered along the ends, glued together, and secured with 1 1/2-inch finishing nails. If carpentry isn’t your cup of tea, you may want to avoid mitering. Instead, have the lumberyard cut the boards for the box’s top and bottom to be 10 1/2 inches by 9 inches, and the sides 12 inches by 9 inches. Glue the ends of the bottom and top boards to the inside edges of the side boards, and secure with finishing nails. Glue on the back, and secure with more finishing nails. Sand, prime, and paint the wood. Screw the finished shelves right into the wall through the back (centering them on a stud), and cover the screws with paint.
To make it even easier, you can purchase ready-made cubbyholes relatively easy. Try IKEA, Canadian Tire, or your local home furniture store.
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