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Get Less Clutter And More Awesome With These Simple Organizing Tips

Everyone knows it’s hard to get anything done when the house (or office, or desk, or anything) is a mess. For one thing, you can’t find any of the things necessary for getting work done because everything is a huge pile of old paperwork, food containers, and dirty socks. For another, there’s no way you are going to be comfortable perched atop said mound of paperwork and dirty socks and if there isn’t room for you, then there isn’t room for work. Or play. Or company. Or, you know, having a life like a functional adult.

But cleaning up, especially when it gets really bad, can be daunting. First, life gets in the way. You have to go to work, make meals, take care of kids, and (if you’re lucky) get some sleep. And hey, that marathon of Buffy the Vampire Slayer isn’t going to watch itself, right? Second, even if you have the time to clean, where do you start? And where does everything go?

Luckily, a bunch of cleaning enthusiasts came up with easy solutions to organizing your life that will not only look great, but are also affordable, many times using things you probably already have.

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1.) Bungee Cords: Good in the Home, Too

An old board and a bungee cord make for a cheap, lightweight rack to store not-too-heavy things like sunglasses, scarves and wires. Just thread the bungee cord through holes drilled into the boards and fasten with staples. If you want to get fancy, you can also decorate the board.

2.) DIY Pen and Marker Holder

This nifty pen holder is made from toilet paper and/or paper towel rolls, trimmed to size and lined up inside a shoebox. Feel free to decorate the box with paper for a stylish look. You can organize the pens by type and color, too.

3.) Scarf Hanger

A regular hanger and some shower curtain rings make for a space-saving way to hang up your scarves, as well as a way to pick them out easily.

4.) Magnetic dishes

These magnetic dishes make it easy to store tiny metal things like pins, tacks, and clips vertically, which will save you space. A coat of spray paint will add color without affecting the magnetic properties.

5.) Sheets IN the pillowcase

File this one under how-did-we-not-figure-this-out: store sheets (and the other pillowcase) inside their matching pillowcase for easily stackable and grabbable packets.

6.) Mason Jar Crafting

Not just for food, mason jars can store anything, including craft supplies. Add labels to the lids so you know what’s in each one.

7.) Makeup Brush Organizer

A bamboo placemat and a strip of elastic make a cheap, easy way to keep your brushes organized and clean. Simply roll up to store or travel.

8.) Maximizing Shelves

If you have a lot of low-profile dishware, you might be wasting vertical space in cabinets. Clamp-on hanging selves can double your space.

9.) Notebook Storage

If you’re a notebook user, you can simply glue an envelope onto the back cover to store odd scraps of paper (receipts, notes, etc.) that would otherwise end up in a flurry on the floor.

10.) Hidden Toothbrushes

This one requires some power tools, but it’s a neat way to keep toothbrushes out of the way and prevent them from falling.

11.) Recycled Organization

That’s right, recycling IS fun. Old cans and other containers (washed out, of course!) covered with decorative contact paper make for great storage containers.

12.) Accessory Rack

Made from chicken wire and an old window frame, this rack makes jewelry and accessory organization easy. If you don’t need such a big one, you can also do this with a piece of old screen and a picture frame.
13.) Instead of letting your phone dangle on the floor where it could be damaged, you can make this hanging holder out of an old lotion bottle. Simply cut out the shape and hang it over the plug while your phone is charging. This one is covered in decorative fabric and Mod Podge.

14.) Artistic Earrings

A palette for paints can also be used to store smaller items of jewelry, like earrings. It’ll also make picking out what to wear easier in the morning.

15.) Spray Bottle Storage

Here’s another one of those ideas that we can’t believe we didn’t come up with, it’s so simple and space-saving. Just stick a tension rod in an under-sink cabinet and use it to hang up spray bottles, thus clearing up shelf space.

16.) Peg Boards: Your New best Friend

Peg boards are awesome because you can use them to hang anything from tools to jewelry to crafting supplies, and they can be arranged in any way that suits you. And if you find you need a change, they’re easy to rearrange, too.

17.) More jar ideas!

These are jam jars, but really any jar with a metal top will do. The lids are screwed into the bottom of a shelf, making a row of “floating” jars that store little odds and ends while also doubling space.

18.) An Upcycled Mail Organizer

And old shutter hung on the wall makes for a great way to store mail. You can even make up a system of arranging mail by priority.

19.) Keep Your Cords Untangled

Just stick a binder clip onto the edge of a desk and thread cords through the metal loops. This will keep your wires from becoming a tangled nest, and also keep them up off the floor.

20.) More Mason Jars!

This is especially good if you have jars without lids kicking around. Hot-glued into this pyramid formation, they become a way to store pens, pencils, and other smaller items. And they won’t roll away.

Once you have your belongings tidied up, you’ll probably find you feel more relaxed and more inspired to be productive. And keeping your space clean will inspire you to keep keeping it clean, which means less work in the long run! Happy organizing!

Some People Just Throw Plastic Bottles Away, Others Make This…

 

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Practically everyone drinks soda and if you are someone who prefers 2 liter bottles, you may have mounds of plastic to throw away at the end of the month. Instead of throwing out those bottles, why not do something creative? People are increasingly creating different ways of reducing the damage we are causing to the planet bringing intelligent ideas about recycling and reusing daily objects.

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Broom

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Beautiful Mosaic From Caps Left By Hurricane Sandy

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Spoon Lamp

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Jewelry Stand

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Cherry Blossom Paint Stamp

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Parking Canopy

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Bouquet Lamp

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Christmas Tree

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Cute Planters

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Intricate Bottle Vase

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Durable Purse

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Sci-Fi Rocket Jet Pack

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Hanging Chandelier

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Lake Boat

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Pencil/Marker Organizers

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Solar Light Bulb

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Ottoman Seat

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Curtain

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Bottle Cap Decoration

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Bird Feeder

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Napkin Ring

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Street Artist From Portugal Creates 3D Graffiti That Appears To Float In The Air

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Not every great piece of art is hung from the walls of a fancy museum with marble walls and ancient artifacts. In fact, some of the most incredible art can be found on the streets of Portugal.  Portugal is known as the birthplace of graffiti, and with so many street artists in one location it takes a lot to be recognized as one of the best at the craft.

Odeith, a talented Portuguese street artist who creates 3D graffiti that literally appears to be floating in the air, is one of the best. Odeith’s careful skills ensure each 3D masterpiece tricks the eye into thinking the artwork is leaping off of the wall and into the street. Take your time looking at the photos, as there is such more to analyze and dissect. Check out his stunning street art below!

image 1Each distinct piece is full of detailing and bright illusions that take time to fully soak in. Notice how his paintings appear to cast shadows and give off light, making the 3D quality of his work that much more spectacular.

In an interview with Bored Panda Odeith revealed, “I was kind of tired of the conventional regular 3D letters so I was always searching for something original. I got my first leg from one letter coming out of the wall. Since then, I’ve always been trying to reach a new level.” And a new level Odeith has certainly reached with his latest works of dramatic street art.

image 2Born in 1976, Odeith picked up his first spray can in the mid 1980’s. Yet it wasn’t until the 1990’s that his love for spray painting really took off, right alongside the boom of street art taking place in Portugal at this same time.

He started small, sketching out works of art on local street walls and train tracks. His talents showed through clearly and before long he was given the opportunity to create large murals in Damaia, Carcavelos, along with other social housing neighborhoods, including Santa Filomena, Cova da Moura, and 6 de Maio.

image 3From early on Odeith showed great interest in shading, which he started calling “sombre 3D.” His overall goal is to create images and messages that stand out for their realism, as well as technical skill.

Odeith explains how his work has developed and grown over the years. If you look at some of his first work compared to his street art today, you can see the changes in both his artwork and style as the years go by.

image 4Odeith has always loved art, but he has never taken any art lessons. At only 15 he dropped out of school and worked hard to pursue his dreams as a street artist. He says, “I think everyone is capable of anything – you just really need to want to do it.”

image 5Working with spray paint isn’t the easiest tool of all, and it takes a lot of practice to get it just right. Odeith explains, “It takes a lot of time to reach a higher level of perfection. Spray paint to a lot of artists may be a big headache, to know how to get the quality you desire.”

iumage 5Odeith’s advice to anyone out there aspiring towards a dream, “Never quit your dreams if you’re a dreamer. And sometimes, it may take a few years to earn credibility.”

It took Odeith some time but he has certainly earned credibility in his field today. He now has a portfolio full of large-scale projects for names such as, Coca-Cola, Samsung, London Shell, and many more.

image 6 image 7 image 8 image 9Thanks for the inspiration and the incredible 3D street art, Odeith!

22+ Hypnotizing Rice Fields That Look Like Broken Glass

Rice is a staple of half of the world’s population and has been instrumental in our efforts to prevent potential famines, but that’s only part of what makes it such a beautiful plant. The flooded rice paddies that stretch across the Far East and other areas that cultivate rice are stunningly beautiful, lending their landscapes a unique beauty that at once structures and blends in with the natural landscape.

Rice technically doesn’t have to be flooded, but it does require a lot of water to grow, and flooding it makes it harder for weeds to take root and for vermin to eat the precious grains.

Luckily for landscape and travel photographers, these flooded paddies also give them wonderful photo ops! Take a look, add your own if you’ve got them, and vote for your favorites!

21+ Brilliant DIY Ideas How To Recycle Your Old CDs

Remember the days when we had shelves full of CDs with music, movies, and back-ups of our more-important-than-life files? If you haven’t thrown them away yet, this list is for you!

From one-of-a-kind Christmas ornaments to glamorous plates and mirrors, this list will show you a few of the greatest ways to recycle that pile of your old CDs.

If you liked these DIY ideas, be sure to check out our list on how to creatively repurpose old stuff.

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Geometric Paper Animal Sculptures By Wolfram Kampffmeyer

Wolfram Kampffmeyer, a talented artist based in Germany, creates beautiful geometric paper animal sculptures in elegant pastel colors that look like computer models that have come to life.

These paper critters’ resemblance to 3d computer models is intentional. Kampffmeyer, who studies Computer Animation, writes, “if you are sitting in front of the computer all day watching your virtual models, you start wishing to hold them in your hands.

Due to their reproducible nature, Kampffmeyer’s clever works take a variety of forms – paper sculptures, post-cards with punch-out sculpture parts, and even light fixtures. All of these can be assembled at home – a bit like Steve Wintercroft’s cool DIY paper masks.

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Surreal Animal Sculptures Carrying The World On Their Backs

Greek mythology maintained that a titan named Atlas held up the earth, but Chinese sculptor Wang Ruilin has a different idea about all that. His powerful and story-like “Dreams” series features beasts of seemingly monolithic proportions that carry the world we live in on their backs.

Ruilin’s sculptures (some of which are almost life-sized) are heavily influenced by traditional Chinese art. Indeed, his formative moment as an artist happened when he was 4 or 5 years old and saw an ink painting of a horse by Chinese artist Xu Belhong. “I was concerned on it for several days and even be obsessed with Chinese ink and wash paintings, which consist of brief sketches but are full of vigor,” he writes on his website. “Perhaps my attention on ‘horses’ had increased little by little from that time.

More info: wangruilinart.com | Behance (h/t: colossal)

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13 Of The Most Creative Works Of Chocolate Art

Chocolate has come a very long way since it first appeared in its solid form in Europe in the 1800s. Today, artists can manipulate and mold this sweet and delicious confection to create works of art or cleverly designed treats.

Before European confectioners even thought of giving chocolate a solid form, civilizations in Mesoamerica had already been cultivating the bean and consuming a spicy and bitter drink from it for thousands of years. This drink became popular in Europe as well before the solid chocolate that we know today was conceived in 1847.

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#2 Chocolate Truffle Planets

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#3 Functional Chocolate Lego Bricks

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#4 Chocolate Paint Tubes

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#5 Chocolate Skulls With Brains

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#6 Painted Bars Of Chocolate

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#7 Chocolate Pencils

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#8 Chocolate Temple

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#9 Chocolate Nails

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#11 Chocolate Rhinocerous Beetles

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Fairytales Come To Life In New Papercut Light Boxes By Hari & Deepti

Deepti Nair and Harikrishnan Panicker, two Colorado-based artists who create stunning works of illuminated fairytale paper art, are back with a new wondrous series of images, fittingly named “Oh, The Places You Will Go!”

The artist-couple’s work (which we wrote about previously) inspires images of ancient legends or of enterprising, futurist explorers, which makes sense, because they were initially inspired by Balinese shadow puppets.

They achieve their extraordinary atmospheric effect by backlighting their framed paper artwork with strips of colored LED lights. The layers of paper grow darker and darker as they grow further and further from the light, giving them their strikingly dark and layered appearance.

More info: blackbookgallery.com | Facebook | Instagram (h/t: colossal)

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18 Of The Most Magnificent Table Designs Ever

We just can’t get over the fact that creative designers are still able to find ingenious new ways to turn tables into works of art. You’d think there’s only so many different ways to reinvent a board with 4 legs, but these 18 examples of brilliant and artistic table design will prove you wrong.

What makes these tables so awesome is their effortless fusion of function and artistic form. Each is a piece of art meant to be used, not just admired.

If you’re looking for interior design inspiration, be sure to also check out ourchair design and kids’ room design posts!

Wood Log Table

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Designed by John Houshmand

Glass River Tables

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Amethyst Table

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Designed by Crystal Works

Citrine Tables

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Designed by Empressive Geo Designs

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Designed by Touchstone Galleries

Sparkling Table

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Designed by John Foster

Branch And Tree End Tables

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Designed by Bleu Nature

Abyss Table

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Designed by Duffy London

Recycled Jet Engine Table

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Designed by MotoArt

Swing Set Table

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Designed by Duffy London

Bubbling Table

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Designed by Liana Yaroslavsky

Picnyc Table

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Designed by Haiko Cosnelissen

Wood And Aluminum Tables

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Designed by Hilla Shamia

Petrified Wood Accent Table

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Image credits: Touchstone Galleries

Leaf Table

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Dripping Chocolate Table

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Designed by Matthew Robinson

Moon Table

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Designed by Liana Yaroslavsky

Ghost Table

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Designed by Essey

Lake Table

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Designed by David Gill

 

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