Restore order to your space using our easy expert tips.
By Laura Serino
When it's time to fix a wobbly table or tighten a loose knob, tracking down the right screwdriver can be frustrating. Norma Vally, author of Bathroom Fix-Ups, says having the essentials in place is key to effortless home repairs.
Install pegboard (available at hardware stores) on the wall for hanging supplies like paintbrushes, ladders or hand brooms.
Place items that are rarely used—drop cloths, power tools—on a high shelf.
Screw the caps of old glass jars to the bottom of a shelf for instant recycled storage. Stow nails, nuts or bolts in each and label accordingly.
Group like objects in one spot. For example, keep paint supplies in one container, twine and tape in another.
Pare down by checking out the condition of your tools. Rusted? Cracked handle? Toss them. And if you have multiples of the same one, donate.
Never stock heavy or bulky products like paint gallons up high. Put away within reach on a low shelf, where they'll be easier to lift.
Smart Idea: If you have a quarter of a gallon or less of leftover paint, pour it into a glass jar so it stays fresh longer. Label it by room and color.
Invest in a workbench for frequently used belongings, such as hammers or safety goggles. Keep the surface clean for spontaneous projects.
Originally published in the August 2009 issue of Family Circle magazine.
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