Dress up those cordsWe are all familiar with the junk drawer. We are also all familiar with the fact that our clutter and disorganization is rarely limited to a single drawer. And, even if everything we own is in its place, it’s easy for those organizational spaces to look cluttered and detract from the overall impression we want our homes to give. For example, you might have a large board game collection. You’ve taken pains to build shelves that will hold that collection. Even so, those shelves are packed full and even though you know where everything is, you also know that all anybody else is going to see is a mess.Another good example is figuring out what to do with all of those ugly and pesky cords that power our electronic devices. Even when we try to organize them and tie them back, they just look messy.Guess what: there are ways to creatively and decoratively hide these (and other) problems. Here are a few of our favorites:Two Creative Methods for Out of Sight Out of MindNo, we don’t mean simply shoving everything into closets and hoping the doors will stay closed. That is for amateurs. Instead, try the following suggestions:Partitions: These are especially helpful for larger open spaces. Many people use partitions and room dividers to make a studio apartment feel like it has rooms and to divide rooms shared by roommates. Even if you don’t have a roommate, a quick perusal of the gallery at sites like Room Dividers Now will show you that partitions are a great way to block off different parts of a home. For example, you can use the free standing kit to set up dividers in front of the shelves stuffed full of games to keep them out of sight.Drawers: Instead of storing items on shelves or in decorative boxes, store them in a dresser. You can find basic dressers to paint and decorate at second-hand stores, IKEA, etc. Dressers can double as television stands, art supply hutches, linen storage, etc. The nice thing about dressers is that you can make them look however you want them to look. All you need is a little paint and some time. And if you ever decide that you want to redecorate, you simply repaint the unit!Dress Up Those CordsThere are few things uglier than a tangle of electrical cords or an extension cord snaking across a floor. Even in an otherwise perfect room, electrical cords are a huge and unfortunate distraction. Here are a few tips to help you dress them up.Cover it up: No, we’re not suggesting that you run cords under rugs--that’s a fire hazard! Instead, cover the cord with some adorable fabric or ribbons so that you’re not staring at the ugly color of the plastic sheathing.Fix it down: In addition to covering up the cord, don’t let the cord simply run along the floor. Fix the cord in place using a simple kit that you can get pretty much anywhere. Use the cord fasteners to keep the cord from moving around or accidentally tripping someone up.Fix it up: Instead of running the multitude of cords that you use for your entertainment center to a power strip that sits on the floor, put the power strip up and along the back of the unit (there are velcro and adhesive strips that make this pretty simple) and then tie up the extra cords so they don’t dangle down and into your view when you sit to watch a movie or play a video game.Hint: you can use this same tip for a desktop computer. Fix the power strip to the underside of your desk and then tie up the cords to keep them from dangling down and potentially catching your feet or legs.Turn It Into ArtThere are some household items that are just going to look disorganized even when they aren’t. Kitchenware, for example, often looks messy in its drawers and cabinets. So don’t try to hide them away! Instead, turn them into wall art for your kitchen! This is incredibly simple to do. You can install some cork board, a’la Julia Child or you can fix decorative hooks into your walls to serve as anchors for your pots, pans, larger utensils, etc.Use clear jars and vases to store spare change, shells you collect on the beach, interesting rocks you find when you walk through your neighborhood, etc. Line up the jars on a wall shelf in your entryway so you’ll remember to empty your pockets when you get home.You see? There are lots of ways to dress up your clutter and organizational spaces!
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