Compost is one of the best additives to soil because it helps to retain water in sandy soils and improve drainage in clay soils. Making compost is easy, and adding compost to soil fosters a healthy soil-food web.
Don't bag up your fallen leaves and send them to the landfill. Dump them into a wire bin instead and let them decompose. This DIY bin is 3' tall and 4' in diameter. According to author Michelle Balz, it can hold about as many leaves as you'd stuff into nine paper bags. Once the leaves settle, you'll have more room to add more. The resulting compost is called leaf mold, and while it's not as nutrient-rich as traditional compost, it's still a valuable amendment for improving your soil and helping retain moisture.
What looks like an ornamental stone accessory is actually a waste bin. Made from a blend of crushed stone, resin, styrene and fiberglass, this lightweight, weather-resistant trash holder from Horchow can be placed anywhere.
If you're a serious composter, consider a unit with multiple bins. They're available for sale, or you can make your own from wire and wood (try re-purposing a wooden pallet). Use wire on one side to let air circulate around your scraps or clippings, and add a lid that locks or secures to keep critters out. Aim for at least two bins in your unit so you can transfer your materials from one to the other. "Stirring" the pile lets more air reach them and makes it break down faster.
Put children’s snacks on the bottom pantry shelf, suggests Clea Shearer, cofounder of The Home Edit. This makes it easy for them to help themselves without accidentally knocking over, say, a nearby bag of flour.
Aluminum beverage tubs get a second life as clever containers for snacks. Open wall space in a pantry serves as the perfect place for these metal bins. Simply drill holes in the tub and attach with screws to the wall. Blogger Ashley Hackshaw of Little Blue Boo is the mastermind behind this project that keeps snacks accessible for little ones.
Give yourself options when storing toys. In this colorful and fun contemporary playroom, movable open bins secured to the wall create flexible and user-friendly storage for stuffed animals and picture books. The open floor space below the bins is smartly used for larger items, including toy trucks.
Here’s a trick for making the most of deep shelves from Clea Shearer, cofounder of The Home Edit: Line up boxes and jars of food on top of a bin, basket or serving tray that’s not in everyday rotation. “Pull out the whole container to access anything in the back,” she says.
Storage and organization are essential in a child's room. When toys are grouped together, it makes playtime and clean up more manageable. This bookcase from Land of Nod does double duty, offering bin storage below for stuff animals.