It is easy to spend money, but it’s difficult to save it. With the uncertainty of the economy and job market, everyone’s looking for ways save as much as they can. If you’re one of the many who are trying to cut down on their home maintenance costs, you’re in the right place.
You can keep your home clean and organized without spending for expensive furniture, hipster jars, and chemical-rich cleaning supplies. Try these six DIY projects you can easily make to save money.
DIY Vertical Storage
Floating shelves, hanging racks, hooks, and hangers, otherwise known as vertical storage, are the way to go if you want to maximize the space in your home. Normally, you will need a contractor to install them in your house. With some power tools and lots of research and practice, though, you can build your vertical organizers without breaking your house.
If your knowledge and skill are not on that level yet, try out some simple DIY vertical-storage ideas for your home. For example, you can create an organizer for all the receipts, notes, and papers you need to keep using sturdy, acid-free A7 envelopes. You can glue the envelopes on a long piece of cardboard and stick the cardboard on the wall or behind the pantry door for easy access.
After organizing the groceries, you can just place the receipt inside one of the envelopes. You can also use it to leave food money for the kids when you go out.
Hooks and tension rods are also pretty easy to install. You put a hook anywhere, over your kitchen counter, by the front door, and on your walls. Hooks save major space, and you can hang different things on them.
Instead of buying new containers and pretty jars for your things, repurpose cereal boxes, peanut butter jars, and used bottles as organizers. You can make use of them to store herbs, spices, accessories, trinkets, and office supplies.
Cereal boxes can be made into many things. You can cut the boxes into scraps and create smaller boxes to use as drawer organizer.
Or make a desk organizer out of the boxes. Just cut two cereal boxes in the middle to create four open-top boxes. Stack and stick three open-top boxes on top of one another with the opening facing the same direction and stick the fourth box on the side.
Now you have a three-tiered mini shelf with a side shelf for documents. Cover it with pretty wrapping paper to make it more presentable.
For bottles and jars, simply clean them thoroughly, decorate as you wish, and store whatever you want inside. Remember to label the jars if you’re using them to store food to avoid mistaking the contents.
Holiday and Party Decorations
Holidays and celebrations will not be complete without ornaments beautifying your home. Every year, you spend hundreds of dollars for mass-produced decorations in an effort to capture the holiday spirit. It’s a wasteful and tedious affair.
You don’t need to throw out your old ornaments just because you don’t want to have the same decoration as the previous year. Make old decor pieces look different new with a few modifications and your all-time favorite craft supplies—glitters, colorful paints, markers, ribbons, lace, strings, etc.
You can repaint used Christmas balls and add glitters, lace, and ribbons to make them new and attractive again. Or spray-paint an old wreath in white and give it a snowy look. If you don’t have reusable decorations, you can also use recycled materials logs, bottles, and cardboard to create your own decorations.
Some things at home require daily cleaning, so you’re probably always running out of cleaning spray after a week or two. Fortunately, your kitchen has most of the things you need to create safe and cheap cleaners for different surfaces.
What you need are the basics, such as baking soda, borax, castile soap, and essential oils. Some of these ingredients may not be available in your pantry, but they’re easy to find in the grocery and inexpensive. Plus, you can create a few bottles of cleaners out of the few raw materials, which saves you more money than buying cleaning sprays every time.
To make an all-purpose cleaner, you need to mix one teaspoon of borax, one-half teaspoon of baking soda, and one teaspoon of castile soap in a bottle. Next, pour two cups of hot water, and shake thoroughly to combine ingredients. Finally, add eighteen drops of your favorite essential oil to add fragrance to the cleaner and shake gently. Now you have an all-purpose cleaner perfect for removing grease stains and smudges.
DIY Cloth Napkins
In the United States, 3,000 table napkins are wasted every year. Assuming that one person uses 1 table napkin per meal, that’s equal to 1,095 napkins every year. Multiply that to 325.6 million people, and that’s 356,532,000,000 table napkins used annually.
You can save on your table-napkin expenses and help cut down the waste by switching to reusable cloth napkins. To make cloth napkins, cut fabrics made from natural crop fibers (e.g., cotton, flax, and hemp) into squares, measuring forty-five centimeters on all sides for a standard napkin.
Leave one centimeter for seam allowance and fold all four sides. Hand-stitch the seams, or run them through a sewing machine. One cloth napkin should last a year or more, depending on the use.
Recycled Dog Toys
Dogs are adorable, but they’re also notorious for going through toys like there’s no tomorrow. It’s a dog parent’s eternal quest to find the perfect (and safe!) toy that can last for months. If you’re sick of buying the same dog toy and being disappointed again and again, you may as well stop wasting your money and start getting creative.
Reserve your funds for treats and puppuccinos. You can make dog toys out of recyclable materials you have around the house. Instead of throwing them away, use your old clothes to make a rope toy for your pooch.
Cut the clothes into thick long strips. Braid the strips together, then tie each end securely. Now, you have a “new” toy for your puppy to chew on.
Dogs love the crunchy sound of plastic bottles, but it’s not safe to give them one to chew on since they may swallow the plastic bits they bite off. If you have old socks, place a bottle inside and tie the end tightly. Your pet will have a blast biting the crunchy toy.
Why buy things when you can make them yourself? That’s the motto of many DIYers. Whether it’s minor repairs or building your own organizers, learning to do things yourself is a highly useful skill.
A few home DIY blogs are also helpful to start and master this craft. It doesn’t just help your save money; it also helps you become independent and competent.
Embracing the do-it-yourself culture has other benefits. DIY projects don’t always work out on your first try, so you need a lot of patience and perseverance if you want to take on this hobby. You also learn to face your fear of failure because mistakes are part of the process. As your project list grows, your knowledge, skills, and satisfaction also grow with it.
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