It’s the little things that count the most. Those simple genius little touches that make things cozier or more efficient and add up to make our house feel like a home. And there are so many special little DIY touches you can make around the house to beautify your home, improve its organization, and increase its storage for little or no money.
Here are 20 of our favorite home improvement hacks.
1.) Hide Your Thermostat Controls
Hanging a painting by some hinges to your wall is the perfect way to hide a thermostat box.
2.) Use a Shoe Organizer in the Pantry
Hang a plastic pocket shoe organizer in your pantry and fill it with snack items. This will cut down on the number of boxes you have to fit in your pantry and utilizes a space that wasn’t being previously used.
3.) Stop Buying Swifter Pads
Use a pair of fuzzy socks instead of buying Swifter pads. You can toss this one in the wash and keep reusing it.
4.) Magnetize Your Hammer
Glue a magnet to the bottom of your hammer so you don’t have to always search for nails or hold those dirty things in your mouth.
5.) Hang Your Ironing Board With Coat Hangers
Place two coat hangers about 6 inches apart and hang your ironing board from it.
6.) Use Command Hooks
These babies can work miracles in your home, especially if you live in a place where you can’t put holes in the walls. There are pretty much endless things you can do with Command Hooks, but they work great for storage like hanging bibs from behind the highchair or using them to hang your curling iron.
7.) Classy Detergent Bottles
If you buy in bulk and can’t stand the sight of those gigantic detergent bottles, you can put it in one of those fancy glass drink dispensers to make your laundry room look neat and classy.
8.) Use Mail Organizers to Store Shoes
Mail organizers or magazine holders are a perfect place to store flip flops and flats.
9.) Keep Paint in a Jar
After you’re done painting a room, make sure you save a little bit of paint in a baby jar and have it on hand for when you need to make a touch-up.
10.) Shoe Organizers for Your Water Bottles
Are there always water bottles rolling out of your cabinets every time you open them? Store them in an over-the-door shoe organizer and they’ll always stay in place.
11.) Use a Shower Rod for Storage
Place a storage rod on the inside of your shower and hang stuff from it for extra storage.
12.) Hang Your Pants With Shower Curtains
Use shower curtains to hang your pants so they take up less room in your closets or drawers.
13.) Hide a Key With a Pinecone
Place a key inside a prescription bottle or camera film case and glue a pinecone or a rock to the top of it. You can hide it by burying it into the ground with the pinecone sticking out.
14.) Aluminum Foil Balls Instead of Dryer Sheets
You can ball up some aluminum foil and use it in place of dryer sheets.
15.) DIY Dry Erase Board
Use a picture frame with a piece of glass as a dry erase board.
16.) Use Foam Noodles As Door Stops
Cut a foam pool noodle in half and screw it to your wall to prevent your doors from scratching your walls.
17.) Tissue Box For Plastic Bags
Stuff your plastic grocery bags inside of an empty tissue box to keep those bags from taking over your cabinets.
18.) Tennis Ball Holder
Glue a suction cup to the back of a tennis ball and slit a hole in the front. The slit or “mouth” will hold all sorts of items like mail, a pen, or a sweatshirt. Googley eyes are optional.
19.) Hide Your Router With Fake Books
Cut the side off of a hollow book-shaped box, decorate it and use it to hide your ugly router.
20.) Squeegee Pet Hair
A squeegee can be used to remove pet hair from carpets and upholstery.
21.) Do a 10 Minute Clean Every Evening
Your future self will thank you if you take 10 minutes every evening to do a quick clean-up. It prevents the place from getting too dirty and can in some cases even be therapeutic. We suggest setting an alarm every evening for you to do the quick pick-up.