Save Space and Combat the Mess

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About: So many things to learn and make, so little time! I like things that are cool, useful, efficient, well crafted.

Instructables fans are busy and creative. May bring some chaos.

But we can combat the mess and save space, through creativity...

These steps are no Instructables, but presentations of various installations I made in this topic, to (maybe) give you some ideas.

Step 1: A Computer in the Shelf

This Mac-mini has a foldable LCD screen mount (on hanging rails), and a drawer for the keyboard and mouse.

Step 2: A Nokia 770 in the Kitchen

It is nice to have recipes (among which, of Instructables) on hand and online while cooking.

This Nokia 770 wifi tablet is mounted inside a sliding trapdoor under a kitchen shelf.

Step 3: A Sliding Panel for Brooms and Umbrellas

The sweeping brooms and umbrellas are at our disposal in the entrance hall.

A bottle filled with water, in a bag, gives the force to pull it back.

The umbrellas holder is made of a sawed plastic box.

Step 4: A Pivoting Sweeper Holder

This sweeper can hide in its 2-inches-wide cranny.

Step 5: A Recharging Organizing Shelf

A recharging and storage place for the common portable electronic devices, keys, sunglasses, etc.

It is made of an horizontal CD shelf, to which I added many mains plugs, and mounted vertically.

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    PetrichorXFi

    3 years ago

    Very nicely done!

    I especially appreciate how you kept the broom/mop sliding panel open to the room, I suspect that if it was a closed flush to the wall "hidden storage", it would probably get moldy.

    Question... are you able to sweep the slot this is located in? Looks like it might be hard to dust out nicely.

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    lakazdi

    5 years ago

    These space saving methods remind me of my own house! It's great being a problem solver!

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    laxaplakazdi

    Reply 5 years ago

    it appears that being a problem solver should be a well-kept secret --otherwise, the more problems you solve, the more new ones come!

    Feel free to post any of your solutions!

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    uersel

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Wher did you get the CD-shelf? I need something like this to catsafe/close a gap between my "billywall" and the wall...

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    laxapuersel

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    This is an Ikea vertical/horizontal shelf. It seems that they do not sell it any longer :-(

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    uersellaxap

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    I was afraid you might answer that... So I have to come up with something different.

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    lobalt

    7 years ago on Step 5

    That's literally a high-fi remote! :)

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    Dr.Bill

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Cool Idea for a crack of a space ! Wish I HAD a crack of a space to use !

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    dafoofoo

    8 years ago on Step 3

    Awesome idea and yet so simple! Using a water bottle as weight to retract it back was not necessary but I really liked the idea. It's a bonus to make it even that much better!

    This house deserves a medal. But i know you're holding back, there's some room in this house that you added, and you have to hit the secret button under the trapdoor or pull the yellow book. 

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    berky93

    9 years ago on Introduction

    it would be cool if that organizational shelf was inlaid into the corner of your wall there instead of right in front of it. but that may weaken the structural integrity of the wall/house

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    chrwei

    9 years ago on Step 1

    can you expand on how this is done? the keyboard drawer is obvious enough, but where does one find the mechanics for the LCD drawer? doesn't look like standard server rack stuff which commonly works the same way

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    laxapchrwei

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    The LCD drawer was home-made with these parts:
    • 2 x drawer rails: full extension drawer runners; 300mm extension
    • 4 x L, to hang the two above rails; not visible on the pictures
    • 2 x foldable L brackets; with ratchet and spring-loaded release
    • 2 x steel bars, to hold the monitor on the L brackets
    • 2 x aluminium bars of L profile
    • lots of bolts, nuts and washers

    Maybe I should write a detailed instructable for this alone ?
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    Killanat3laxap

    Reply 9 years ago on Step 1

    Would you please make a instructable . For this I have a plan for this I need it bad. This would work great for a 22 in that i want to run off my laptop at the end of my bed !

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    chrweilaxap

    Reply 9 years ago on Step 1

    it's certainly worthy of it's own. Might be a short one, but those are some of the best

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    myckro

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Really cool instructable!!! good to take ideas from!!!

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    Nucleus

    9 years ago on Step 5

    You, love hiding everything don't you?