So you're a do-it-yourselfer, and you want to solve the problem of family members coming into the mudroom and dropping backpacks, shoes and other items on the floor, leaving the room in a disorganized muddle.
Or maybe you have a blank wall in a big room that needs some floor to ceiling shelving, or a place for a media center.
Working on these problems can be as simple as taking some measurements and designing a simple plan for what your family needs.
Once plans and measurements are made, you can take them to Wheelwright Lumber, 3127 S. Midland Drive, in Ogden, and buy the materials needed to construct your project.
"When a homeowner brings in his ideas, we can help," said Matt Bick of Wheelwright Lumber. "Basically, we have all of the supplies for it."
The do-it-yourselfer can go to the company and tell its employees what he or she needs and they'll pull together the supplies.
Wheelwright Lumber is in a business park, with 80 to 90 percent of its business being with contractors, but Bick said homeowners are more than welcome.
If it's shelving that's needed, the unfinished particle board shelving is sold in three widths: 12 inch, 16 inch and 24 inch. And it is sold in three lengths: 8 feet, 10 feet and 12 feet. The homeowner just needs to know what size is needed for the project. Hook strips are attached to the wall and the shelves are placed on top of the strips, Bick said.
"We don't have a design center, so they need to bring in their own design," he added. "In most cases we beat home improvement center prices and quality."
Bick said that if it is pieces or parts you need, Wheelwright is a good place to look for them because, "We have access to thousands of vendors."
Adding shelving or extra rods to closets is a good way to create more storage space. And depending on the configuration of your home, you may be able to convert some unused space in the kitchen, under a stairway or at the end of a hall into a pantry, an enclosure for tools or toys, a linen closet or even a quiet nook for doing homework or balancing the checkbook.
Even on a tight budget, the possibilities are virtually endless for making the most of the space you have. It simply takes a little imagination, a plan and the right materials.