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10 Inexpensive Home Organization Ideas

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Sometimes life can get messy, and when that happens, our homes can get messy too. Maintaining a clean and organized living space isn’t always the easiest task, and that’s why we’ve compiled this list of 10 simple and inexpensive home organization ideas to help you maximize the space in your home.  If you thought the answer to your organizational problems was to invest in expensive storage solutions, think again. The following crafty DIY home organization hacks are fun to implement and will ignite your creative spark. Let’s dive in!

1. Create an Artsy Egg Carton Collection Display Box

Most of us have items we love to collect but these are often stored in boxes and not displayed at all. While collection display boxes are available, they are often costly. Here, we will be making a low cost, upcycled egg carton display box that can be used to display small collections. If you ever want to store this box away, it will easily fit into any closet or bedroom drawer Let’s start!

Step 1:

Gather all the materials needed for this project:

Egg carton display step 1.



  • Small cereal box or a plain box
  • Egg carton
  • Several water-based paints
  • Paintbrushes
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors
  • Small personal collections

Step 2:

Cut the upper part of the carton.

Step 3:

Measure how many egg chambers would fit in your box and cut it based on the measurements.

Egg carton display step 3.

Step 4:

Place the egg carton on the box and make any necessary adjustments.

Egg carton display step 4.

Step 5:

Hot glue the egg carton to the box.

Egg carton display step 5.

Step 6:

Apply primer to the egg carton.

Egg carton display step 6.

Step 7:

Let it dry for an hour.

Egg carton display step 7.

Step 8:

Paint your egg carton with white paint and let it dry for an hour or two.

Step 9:

Paint the outer sides of the box with black paint. Let it dry for a while.

Egg carton display step 9.

Step 10:

Place your collections on each of the egg chambers of the egg carton.

Egg carton display step 10.

Step 11:

Check your egg carton display if you need to fix your collections with hot glue or leave it as it is.

Step 12:

Finally done! Be proud and display your egg carton collection display box in your living room or on your own desk!






The egg carton collection display box is perfect for collections that are quite small and fits right on each of its chambers. You can build a bigger collection display if you have a bigger collection. This can stand on a desk or on top of your chimney. You can also attach some strings to let the collection display box hang on your wall. This is an easy and fun activity that can organize your collection in an instant.

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2. Sew an Adorable iPod Classic Case

The first iPod Classic was released in 2002 by Apple, Inc. This has been a must have for every audiophile ever since. This tutorial will show you how to make a case for the 6th generation iPod Classic but you can adjust the dimensions to suit whichever iPod you own. Not only is this case stylish but it will also protect your iPod from external wear-and-tear. Let us begin.

Step 1:

Gather all the materials needed for this tutorial:

Ipod Case step 1.



  • 4 pieces of felt in different colors (pink, green, white and black)
  • iPod Classic for measurement reference
  • hot glue
  • scissors
  • short pointed scissors
  • sewing needle with big hole
  • crochet thread
  • sewing invisible clip button

Step 2:

Cut out a piece of pink felt based on the dimensions of the iPod. Do the same thing for the green felt. There should be an excess of 1 to 2 centimeters on top since this will serve as the locking tongue of the case later on. This will be the BACK body of the case. Take note that the outer felt is the pink one and the inner lining is the green one.

Ipod case step 2.

Step 3:

Cut an exact piece of pink and green felt based on the measurements, but this time, don’t cut any excess. This will be the FRONT body of the case.

Ipod case step 3.

Step 4:

Align the front and back part together.

Ipod case step 4.

Step 5:

Cut the excess 1 to 2 centimeters on top of the aligned felt but leave at least 2-cm. thick tongue on the mid part of it. This will be the locking tongue of the case.

Ipod case step 5.

Step 6:

Curve both ends of the locking tongue.

Ipod case step 6.

Step 7:

Curve the bottom edges of the front and back body as well.

Ipod case step 7.

Step 8:

Thread the crochet thread through the big-holed needle. A single thread will be used to sew the whole case.

Ipod case step 8.

Step 9:

Sew the top part of the back body of the case using a blanket stitch.

Ipod case step 9.

Step 10:

Do the same for the front body. Take note that you must blanket stitch the TOP part only.

Ipod case step 10.

Step 11:

Align the front and back together.

Ipod case step 11.

Step 12:

Sew the front part and back part together using a blanket stitch. Start from one side going to the bottom and the other side again. Leave the top part open.

Ipod case step 12.

Step 13:

Fit the iPod classic to the case and make any necessary adjustments.

Ipod case step 13.

Step 14:

Cut a small rectangle from the white felt that is large enough to fit the upper part of the front body of the iPod. This will be part of the iPod design. The measurement of this should resemble the iPod screen.

Ipod case step 14.

Step 15:

Curve the four edges of the white rectangle felt.

Ipod case step 15.

Step 16:

Cut a pair of small oblongs from the black felt that will represent a pair of cartoon eyes.

Ipod case step 16.

Step 17:

Cut a pair of small D-shapes from the white felt. These should be smaller than the black oblongs you cut in step 16 because they will represent the eyeball of the cartoon eyes. Hot glue this together.

Ipod case step 17.

Step 18:

Backstitch the smile of the design just below its eyes.

Ipod case step 18.

Step 19:

Glue the rectangle cartoon design on the upper part of the front body of the case.

Ipod case step 19.

Step 20:

Hot glue the sewing invisible clip button on the lock tongue on the top back part and on the top front part of the case.

Ipod case step 20.

Step 21:

Done and ready to go! You can now place your iPod classic in your new and adorable iPod case.

Ipod case complete.






You can use a different color combination for your case. Personalize your case further by adding some designs. This iPod case will truly protect your well-loved device since the felt material will also clean your gadget whenever you put it in or remove it from its case. So, what are you waiting for? Make one now!

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3. Create an Innovative Keepsake Box

We, as human beings, have various special memories to keep. It could be happiness, sadness, achievement, or mourning. The best way to cherish special memories is to keep a memory box or a keepsake box.

Throughout the ages, memory boxes have been used to store valuable things (jewelry, childhood toys, etc.) that hold a special place in our hearts. They are typically made from wood or brass, and are usually used or created during special occasions such as weddings and graduations. They can be owned personally or be given as gifts, especially on sad occasions like the bereavement of a family member or a friend.

Today, we will be making a simple yet innovative way of making a keepsake box or memory box that you can give to your special someone. We will be using common items found in the comforts of your home. If you want to have one to store your mementos, then let us begin making one now!

Step 1:

Prepare all the materials needed:

Keepsake box step 1.



  • several pieces of thick cardboard
  • thin colored cardboard
  • cereal box or anything similar would do
  • acrylic paints
  • paintbrush
  • ruler
  • cutter or X-acto knife
  • pencil
  • black pen
  • ½ centimeter in width purple satin ribbon
  • hot glue

Step 2:

Draw a 7 cm. by 7 cm. square in a piece of thick cardboard. Make at least 6 to 8 pieces.

Keepsake box step 2.

Step 3:

Cut the squares into pieces.

Keepsake box step 3.

Step 4:

Draw a medium-sized diamond-shaped polygon in the middle of the squares. Make sure that the polygon that is drawn in the middle is the same all throughout the other squares.

Keepsake box step 4.

Step 5:

Make a hole in the middle of the square cardboard. Run the cutter on the diamond-shaped polygon. Be careful in doing this since you have to maintain the uniformity of the hole on each of the squares.

Keepsake box step 5.

Step 6:

Do the same thing for the other squares. Be careful in doing this since you have to maintain the uniformity of the hole on each of the squares.

Keepsake box step 6.

Step 7:

Align the cardboard squares together. Take note that the hole in the middle should be properly aligned as well.

Keepsake box step 7.

Step 8:

Hot glue the stacked-up squares one by one.

Keepsake box step 8.

Step 9:

It should look like this when done.

Keepsake box step 9.

Step 10:

Make a cover for the stacked-up squares. Get the measurement of the squares on a piece of thin cardboard. This should cover the top, the bottom, and one side of the square. This should resemble a book cover.

Keepsake box step 10.

Step 11:

Trace a square on a piece of the colored cardboard. The size of this should be approximately the same size as the stacked-up square. This is where you will place your personal note later.

Keepsake box step 11.

Step 12:

Cut the thin cardboard cover and colored cardboard.

Keepsake box step 12.

Step 13:

Fold the thin cardboard cover accordingly. The middle part of the cover should accommodate the thickness of the stacked-up squares.

Keepsake box step 13.

Step 14:

Paint the stacked-up squares with a diamond hole. Let it dry for an hour and make sure that all the sides of this are fully painted. Do a double coat if needed.

Keepsake box step 14.

Step 15:

Trace the hole of the painted square to the colored thin cardboard. Write your special personal message to your loved one using a black pen.

Keepsake box step 15.

Step 16:

Paint the thin cardboard cover with yellow acrylic paint. Let it dry for an hour.

Keepsake box step 16.

Step 17:

Hot glue the colored cardboard with the message on the stacked-up square. Make sure that the message will peek through the hole. This layer is supposed to be oriented at the bottom part of the box.

Keepsake box step 17.

Step 18:

Hot glue the thin cardboard cover on the bottom and the side part of the stacked square, making this a keepsake box now. The remaining side of the cover will be the flip-top cover of the keepsake box.

Keepsake box step 18.

Step 19:

Place your precious item in the box. This can be a ring, a bracelet, or a necklace that holds a memory of a friend, a lover, or a parent.

Keepsake box step 19.

Step 20:

Tie a ribbon on the box to finalize the overall look of it. Congratulations! You have now made an innovative keepsake box for yourself or for a special someone!

Keepsake box step 20.






This keepsake box can only accommodate small items, but you can make the box bigger based on your own needs. If you will be storing taller items inside, it is better to make a taller stack of cardboard. Everything can be altered based on your own liking. Hope you like it! Enjoy!

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4. Re-purposing Mason Jars into Beautiful Desk Containers

Mason jar final.






I have lots of odds and ends containers around the house that I have saved so that I can re-use them. Mason Jars are something I have an abundance of. So, I decided to decorate a few of them into storage containers for my desk. Let’s see what’s required for implementing this easy home organization idea!

Mason jar materials 1.

What you will need:

  • Hemp braiding cord, or something similar
  • Decoupage medium such as Mod Podge
  • Scissors
  • Beads and other embellishments.
  • Mason Jars

Mason jar materials 2.

Step one:

Thoroughly clean and dry your mason jar.

Step two:

Begin by attaching the end of the cord to the inside lip of the Mason jar. You will want to do this with glue or decoupage medium. Make sure to leave the cord attached to the spool because you won’t know how much you need until much later.

Mason jar step 2.

Step three:

Wrap the cord around the jar, making sure to coat each part of the jar with decoupage medium or glue. I estimated how much cord I would need and clipped it. I then strung my beads onto the cord and kept wrapping, arranging the beads as I went.

Mason jar step 3.

Step four:

If you didn’t clip your cord, decorate the jar with sequins, beads, or other embellishments as you choose.

Mason jar step 4.

Step five:

Once you have finished decorating your jar, paint a thick layer of decoupage medium over the entire thing and allow it to dry completely. Once it is dry you can spray a clear coat over it to make it shiny.

Mason jar step 5.







Good Luck & Happy Crafting!

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5. Create a Cool Pencil and Marker Organizer

Pencil and marker organizers are useful, especially when it comes to school or office desks. They make your life easier by keeping your pencils and markers in one place and reduce the chances of them being misplaced. They also make your desk neat and presentable. We will be upcycling toilet paper rolls in this project, so this organizer will not cost a lot to create. All we need is a little creativity to transform this into a cool pencil and marker organizer. Let’s start!

Step 1:

Prepare all the materials listed below:

Pen organizer step 1.



  • 3 pcs. Toilet paper rolls
  • 3 different types / colors of 1 cm. thick ribbons
  • 3 different colors of construction papers (any paper with designs would do)
  • Cardboard or cereal boxboard
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors

Step 2:

Pen organizer step 2.






Get the three toilet paper rolls and cut the two rolls in different heights in reference to the original, uncut one. This will create a leveling for each of the rolls.

Step 3:

Pen organizer step 3.






Roll a piece of construction paper around one of the toilet paper rolls. Use enough construction paper to fit around the roll.

Step 4:

Pen organizer step 4.






Hot glue the end of the paper on the toilet paper roll.

Step 5:

Pen organizer step 5.






Cut the excess paper on all sides of it.

Step 6:

Pen organizer step 6.






Do the same for the remaining two toilet rolls.

Step 7:

Pen organizer step 7.






Get your ribbon and glue this around one end of the toilet paper roll.

Step 8:

Pen organizer step 8.






Cut the excess ribbon. Do the same for the two remaining rolls.

Step 9:

Pen organizer step 9.






Hot glue all the three rolls together. Make sure that they are aligned at the bottom, so that they will stand perfectly alone.

Step 10:

Pen organizer step 10.






Get the cardboard and glue this on the bottom part of the three rolls.

Step 11:

Pen organizer step 11.






Cut the cardboard in reference to the bottom form of the three rolls. Make a small allowance of at least 1 centimeter.

Step 12:

Pen organizer step 12.






Put your pencils and markers and you’re done!

You can make several compartments for this if you want more. You can also paint and put more designs on it to make it more personalized. Just make sure to generously glue each part to make it more durable. You can now use your pencil and marker organizer. This is an adorable organizer on your desk done in less than an hour! Hope you like it!

6. Create a Cute Piggy Earphone Cable Tie

A cable tie is used to organized loose cables on electronic devices with long cables. They are usually plastic (e.g. cable ties) and are permanent once tied, so can’t be used multiple times.

Audiophiles, especially those who are fond of using headphones or earphones, usually wrap their wires around their audio device (e.g. iPod, Sony Walkman, MP3 players, etc.). Unfortunately, this often causes the wires to get tangled.

In order to keep these wires organized and prevent twisting, I came up with a clever idea of making a usable earphone cable tie. This is an easy and fun activity that can be created by teens or even you! Let us begin!

Step 1:

Gather all the materials needed for this activity:

Cable tie step 1.



  • 5 pieces craft felt (pink, fuchsia pink, black, white, and light blue)
  • a piece of pattern paper
  • pencil
  • sewing needle
  • velcro
  • scissors
  • hot glue
  • crochet thread

Step 2:

Cable tie step 2.






Draw a small silhouette of a pig head with ears.

Step 3:

Cable tie step 3.






Cut the pig pattern.

Step 4:

Cable tie step 4.






Use the pig pattern to cut the pink craft felt. Cut two identical shapes for this.

Step 5:

Cable tie step 5.






Cut a small strip of light blue craft felt. The dimensions should be 5 to 7 centimeters long and 2 centimeters thick.

Step 6:

Cable tie step 6.






Align the pink pig heads you cut in step 4 and sew them together using blanket stitch.

Step 7:

Cable tie step 7.






Align the blue strip below the pig head and continue blanket stitching the whole tie.

Step 8:

Cable tie step 8.






Cut a pair of small ears from the fuchsia pink craft felt and glue this on the ear part of the pink pig head.

Step 9:

Cable tie step 9.






Cut a small oblong from the fuchsia pink felt. This will be the snout of the pig. Cut a pair of small circles that will serve as the nose hole of the pig.

Step 10:

Cable tie step 10.






Hot glue the nose hole to the pig’s nose and hot glue the snout on the face of the pig. This should be situated in the middle of the face.

Step 11:

Cable tie step 11.






Make a pair of eyes. Cut a small oblong piece from the white felt. Cut a smaller circle from the light blue felt and cut an even smaller circle from the black felt. This should be done in pairs. The white is the eye, the blue is the eyeball and the black is the pupil of the eyes.

Step 12:

Cable tie step 12.






Cut a small piece of velcro.

Step 13:

Cable tie step 13.






Hot glue the velcro to the back of the pig’s head and on the opposite end of the light blue strip.

Step 14:

Cable tie step 14.






Test the earphone cable tie and make any necessary adjustments based on your own personal preference.

Step 15:

Cable tie step 15.






Finally done! You now have your own cute piggy earphone cable tie ready for use!

The earphone cable tie can be adjusted based on how long the earphone or headphone wire is. You can also stick a longer velcro if you wish to give more adhesive power to the tie. You don’t have to buy plain boring cable ties now. All you have to do is create one for yourself or for your friends. Hope you like it!


7. Make a Perfect Plastic Cap Sealer for Storage

Whenever we have excess food in plastic bags, we tend to just tie the open end. Most of the time, this causes the food to become contaminated after a few days and a lot of the food ends up getting thrown away as waste. The concept of this project is to perfectly seal your plastic food storage bags and prevent contamination. Not only does it provide a perfect seal but it also gives you easy access to the food without damaging the plastic bag. This is an easy and fun activity, so let’s begin sealing your plastic bags now!

Step 1:

Gather all the materials listed below:

Cap sealer step 1.



  • cutter
  • wide-mouth plastic bottle (e.g. milk bottles, energy drink bottles)
  • plastic bag

Step 2:

Cap sealer step 2.






Remove the bottle cap.

Step 3:

Cap sealer step 3.






Remove the neck sleeve of the cap.

Step 4:

Cap sealer step 4.






Cut the neck of the bottle just below the thinner plastic part.

Step 5:

Cap sealer step 5.






Keep the neck or the mouth of the bottle since this is the usable part.

Step 6:

Cap sealer step 6.






Insert the plastic bag through the bottom of the neck. Make sure to have an inch allowance at the top of the plastic bag.

Step 7:

Cap sealer step 7.






Fold the excess plastic from the bag down the threads of the bottle head and seal it using the neck sleeve that we removed in step 3.

Step 8:

Cap sealer step 8.






You can now fill your plastic bag with your desired food.

Step 9:

Cap sealer step 9.






Screw the bottle cap now to seal the plastic bag.

Step 10:

Cap sealer step 10.






You now have a perfectly sealed plastic bag ready for storage!

You can use several types of plastic bottles, but wide-mouth bottles are perfect for this project. The size of the plastic bag doesn’t matter. As long as you still have a reasonable amount of space on top of it, this will still work flawlessly. This is a perfect all-around sealer that doesn’t even cost a penny.

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8. How to Use Pringles Cans for Kitchen Storage

Almost everyone loves Pringles and well-organized kitchens right? Then this cheap organization hack is for all you Pringles lovers who have some empty containers sitting around, this DIY project is for you.

Pringles storage final.

Step 1:

Prepare all the materials listed below:

Pringles storage step 1.


  • Empty Pringles cans (they come in several sizes, small, tall, and the tallest cans, we have the tall can and the next larger size for this)
  • Craft Paper or Sticker Paper to match your kitchen décor/theme
  • Scissors
  • Pen/pencil
  • Glue (optional)
  • Permanent marker or sharpie (or use puffy glue for texture

Step 2:

Pringles storage step 2.







Measure how much of the paper you will need to cover your Pringles can.

Step 3:

Pringles storage step 3.







Cut accordingly, giving at least half an inch of extra to overlap the edges later.

Step 4:

Pringles storage step 4.







We are using sticker paper (also called sticker self-adhesive wallpaper). You can clearly see the two sides, which are the backing and the side with the adhesive and design. Carefully peel the backing away like so.

Step 5:

Pringles storage step 5.







Locate where the wrapping of the Pringles can meet. Use it as a guide to adhere your paper to the can.

Step 6:

Pringles storage step 6.







Wrap the cans and smooth out the paper.

Step 7:

Pringles storage step 7.







Use puffy glue or marker to write whatever product you’ll store in the can later. Pringles cans are perfect for storing pasta like linguine and spaghetti.

Step 8:

Pringles storage step 8.







Let the puffy glue dry. You may use a sharpie for convenience.

Step 9:

Pringles storage step 9.







Store your pasta in the can. Perfect fit right?

Step 10:

Pringles storage step 10.







They can also be used to store rice, beans, or any other dry kitchen staple. They really look nice when there is a group of about 7-9 cans all arranged in a row, especially if they are the same size.

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9. Sew a Cute and Useful Scissors Case

A scissors case is used to protect you and your family members from the pointed ends and sharp edges of scissors. These cases can be made from both hard and soft materials.

In this tutorial, we will be making our own cute version of the scissors case from simple sewing materials. This is very useful, especially to those people who love sewing and crafting. This is a fun and easy activity, especially if you love sewing. So, if you are excited to make one, let us start now!

Step 1:

Gather all the materials needed for this tutorial:

Scissors case step 1.



  • 3 pieces craft felt (neon green, orange and purple)
  • pattern paper
  • pencil
  • big sewing needle
  • black velcro
  • scissors
  • hot glue
  • crochet thread
  • model scissors (for measurement purposes)

Step 2:

Scissors case step 2.






Trace the shape of the model scissors on a piece of pattern paper.

Step 3:

Scissors case step 3.






Cut the scissors pattern but make sure to leave a small border around it.

Step 4:

Scissors case step 4.






Use the scissors’ pattern to cut a scissors shape from the orange and purple craft felt.

Step 5:

Scissors case step 5.






Trace the shape of the handle of the scissors using a running stitch on the orange scissors felt.

Step 6:






Align the orange and the purple felt. Sew them together on the edges using a blanket stitch. Leave the widest part on top of the scissors case open.

Step 7:

Scissors case step 7.






Cut a small rectangle enough to be the sealing flap of the scissors case. Stitch the edges using a running stitch.

Step 8:

Scissors case step 8.






Cut two small pieces of velcro.

Step 9:

Scissors case step 9.






Hot glue one piece of velcro onto the rectangle flap.

Step 10:

Scissors case step 10.






Hot glue the rectangular flap on the middle top of the scissors case.

Step 11:

Scissors case step 11.






Hot glue the other piece of velcro on top of the scissors case body.

Step 12:

Scissors case step 12.






Try the scissors case. Make any necessary adjustments.

Step 13:

Scissors case step 13.






Finally done! You can now protect yourself and your family members from the sharp edges of scissors because they have their own case.

You can also put a loop on the other end of the scissors case in case you want this to be hung somewhere or attached to a belt clip. You can put some cool designs on the case and personalize this too. This case will definitely keep you safe, as well as your kids. Hope you like it!

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10. Sew a Simple Pen Pouch

Formal pen pouches are often made from leather materials. Some students at the collegiate level also prefer simple, yet formal looking ones. Most of the leather pen pouches are expensive, especially if the leather used is high grade. But if you’re on a tight budget, you need not worry! Because today, we will be sewing a simple and formal looking pen pouch that can be on par with the ones sold in the market. Since you are the ones sewing this, you can be 100% sure that it is sturdy enough to last you a long time. So, if you are excited about this activity, let us begin sewing this!

Step 1:

Prepare all the materials needed for this tutorial:

Pen pouch step 1.


  • a piece of blue-green craft felt for the main body
  • a small piece of orange craft felt
  • a crochet thread
  • a big sewing needle
  • a pair of scissors

Step 2:

Pen pouch step 2.






Cut a strip of craft felt from the blue-green felt. The width of this will depend on how thick you want your pen pouch to be. For this tutorial, the width is roughly 6 to 8 centimeters with an allowance allotted for sewing.

Step 3:

Pen pouch step 3.






Fold the lower side of the strip and measure it in accordance with the height of the pen.

Step 4:

Pen pouch step 4.






Curve the topmost part of the strip since this will be the flaps of the pen pouch.

Step 5:

Pen pouch step 5.






Cut a thin strip of orange craft felt. The length of this should be the same as the width of the pouch’s body with a little allowance for sewing purposes.

Step 6:

Pen pouch step 6.






Place the orange strip near the top edge of the lower fold of the pouch or the body itself.

Step 7:

Pen pouch step 7.






Single thread the sewing needle.

Step 8:

Pen pouch step 8.






Insert the excess sides of the orange strip inside the body.

Step 9:

Pen pouch step 9.






Sew the body of the pen pouch using a blanket stitch.

Step 10:

Pen pouch step 10.






Put the pens in the pen pouch.

Step 11:

Pen pouch step 11.






Close the pen pouch by inserting the flap on the orange strip.

Step 12:

Pen pouch step 12.






Finally done! You now have a simple pen pouch that can be used formally in the office or even in school.

This pen pouch is very useful, especially if you are the type of person who usually puts a lot of pens in your bag. This is a no-brainer pen pouch that can accommodate a reasonable number of pens for work and school. Try sewing now to organize your pens!


Sometimes it’s the little things that make all the difference, and hopefully these crafty and inexpensive home organization ideas have been helpful in your quest to clear the clutter and make like a little less messy!