Some people will try anything to defeat the clutter monster, but PVC pipe? Oh yes, PVC is our friend. PVC has a life that extends far beyond the plumbing aisle. You can organize your life and decorate the tables at your next formal event with it. Just pick the right size pipe and a few embellishments and get to work. The only limit is your imagination, and maybe your tolerance for adhesive fumes, so work in a well-ventilated area. Here are 14 great ways to improve your life with PVC pipe:
1. The Mudroom Shoe Organizer
This is a great project for any home. Most of us are guilty of walking in the door and kicking off our shoes, sometimes multiple pairs per day. To control the chaos build this simple shoe organizer out of six-inch PVC pipe decorated to match your décor.
2. Pot Those Plants
Planters are so expensive, I’ve passed over plants I’ve wanted because I couldn’t bear the expense of a new pot. That isn’t a problem anymore. Just choose the size pipe that’s right for your desired planter and get started. Even without paint or other embellishments these can look very nice. Who would have guessed?
3. Save a Razor
Razors and replacement blades are crazy expensive. Make a place for them to hang safe and dry post-shower. A piece of PVC and a couple of cable ties and you can say bye-bye to rusty blades.
4. Silverware to Go
Put an end to eating your summer salads with a plastic spork. Make an elegant little caddy to carry your silverware to the picnic out of a bundle of small PVC pipes wrapped in ribbon or fancy metal trim.
5. Keep Boots Standing Tall
Instead of having a floppy heap of expensive cast-offs, keep your boots on the straight and narrow with an easy organizer that helps them stay shapely and dry quickly too.
6. Make a Holiday Statement
Create a modern wreath or snowflake to hang at your threshold. Guests will compliment your Holiday décor. It’s up to you if you want to tell them what it’s made of.
7. Corral Your Curler
Keep your blow dryer and irons safely at hand, but out of the way with this neat hair appliance stand make out of a simple PVC union.
8. Make Your Kitchen Measure Up
Organize that pile of measuring spoons and scoops laying in a drawer by hanging them on the inside of a cabinet door. You can even label the holders to help little chefs find the right ones in a hurry.
9. Declutter Your Desk
Forget those flimsy desk caddies that won’t hold enough or just don’t hold up. Make your own with your choice of pipe sizes and decide how much room you need for everything.
10. Make Your Rake Stand at Attention
Set up this easy organizer for your yard tools and you’ll never pull a shovel out of the corner only to be attacked by a hoe. All it takes is a few cuts of PVC and a few sheetrock screws.
11. Get Your Toothbrushes Out of Harm’s Way
Ever see that show where they test the germs that end up on your toothbrush standing by the sink? Just a few simple pieces of PVC and a couple of hooks and you’ll have modular toothbrush holders that hand inside a cabinet.
12. Garage the Little Guy’s Cars
Get all those toy cars off the floor, but easy to access by making this simple toy storage center that hangs on your tike’s bedroom wall. Best of all, its expandable as long as you don’t run out of wall.
13. Make Elegant Bud Vases
Here’s an inexpensive but elegant set of small vases you can use for centerpieces for your next important function. Narrow lengths of PVC covered in Metallic paint plus a spray of bright blooms in each one and no one will ever know your centerpieces started out at the hardware store.