QUICK & EASY SOLUTIONS: DE­CLUT­TER YOUR HOBBY SPACE

Bring or­der to your zone for craft­ing, gift wrap­ping, pho­tog­ra­phy, and more with these creative set­ups and stor­age tricks.

Secrets of Getting Organized - - Contents - WRITER RE­NEE FREEMON MUL­VI­HILL

TRANS­FORM FUR­NI­TURE

into a handy work­sta­tion for your fa­vorite hobby. An old dresser, op­po­site, was out­fit­ted with a new top that hangs out 12 inches on the back to ac­com­mo­date a chair. Some draw­ers were re­moved to make room for vin­tage sew­ing boxes that or­ga­nize easy-to- lose items.

USE DOWEL RODS

to or­ga­nize gift wrap, rib­bon, thread, tape, and more. The dow­els can be added in­side a book­case, right, or in­stalled on a wall or in a closet. A pa­per towel holder mounted to a wall or the bot­tom of a counter also can work, pro­fes­sional or­ga­nizer Jan Lehman says.

WORK ON ONE PROJECT

at a time, if pos­si­ble, and cre­ate a ded­i­cated space to tuck away unfi nished projects. “To keep clut­ter to a min­i­mum, only pur­chase items for a par­tic­u­lar project,” Lehman says. “Re­frain from pur­chases that merely add to your stash. Ex­tra stuff costs more and needs to be stored.”

Cut dowel rods 1∕ 8 inch shorter than the cabi­net width for easy re­hang­ing.

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