You don't need to buy organizers at $50 a pop!
6 Cheap Home Organizing Ideas
by Alison Wood
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It's exciting when we get an overwhelming desire to get rid of clutter and organize our home. However, too many of us think, "Oh, I need to buy new canisters, a laundry organizer, a closet organizer, a kitchen drawer organizer, and anything that will help me get and keep this house organized!"
If you've ever purchased those items, you know that buying organizational helps for your home can be very expensive. Your average laundry organizer is $50! You could easily spend over $300 trying to organize your home.
But, it doesn't have to happen that way. With a little of creativity, you can organize your home on the cheap. Many times, you can spend $20 or less or even nothing at all!
Check out these creative ideas to get you started creating a clean and organized home.
- Save your jars. Save mason jars, spaghetti sauce jars, jelly jars, and the list goes on! Use those sturdy glass jars to organize all your knick knacks and small food items. You can also use them to keep your hair bows and accessories organized. Add some fun chalkboard stickers to the front of the jars and some ribbon, or even paint them for a cutesy decor. If you're trying to organize a man's space, how about using these jars to organize nails, screws, and other supplies? Just label the jars and place them on a shelf for easy access.
- Drink some pop! Go ahead and splurge and buy that can of pop you like! Save the tab on the can, and use it to add some room to your closet. Just slip it over a hanger and you can pair pants with a shirt, skirts with a shirt, or even hang two shirts on one hanger. It creates more room in your closet and creates a more organized feel and look.
- Use your cardboard boxes! There are some pretty sturdy cardboard boxes out there today. Don't toss them. Use them! To make some super cheap and crafty storage bins for magazines, toys and who knows what else, here is what you need to do.
Grab some sturdy boxes. Measure and cut to your desired shape. A popular shape of most store-bought, fabric covered storage bins is a bottom piece that is 10 x 9 inches, two side pieces that are 11 x 10 inches, and front and back pieces that measure 10 x 9 inches. I recommend using one 1.5 x 3 inch opening for the front piece for a simple handle to easily move the box around. You should aim for 1/2 inch of thickness, or use two pieces of cardboard for each piece for added sturdiness. After you cut your cardboard to desire shapes, then glue the cardboard pieces to form your cube-shaped storage bin. Once the glue is dried and all pieces are sturdy, cover with modge podge or your favorite adhesive and add some decorative material. Let it dry completely before using. You just saved a lot of money and recycled. Yay for you!
- Re-use your extra trash cans. Lots of things can be stored in a clean trash can. Sports balls, wrapping paper, golf clubs, and the list goes on. You can use trash cans to organize outdoor or indoor items. Just make sure it's squeaky clean before you use it!
- Try canning it! Save those tuna cans, formula cans and soup cans. Clean them thoroughly, let them dry, and get to organizing! Try gluing them together in a fun shape for kids' school supplies. Place smaller cans, like the tuna cans, in pull out drawers to organize safety pins, paper clips, erasers, and more. Paint them or add some decorated fabric to them and use them on your counter to keep utensils all in one place. The organizing possibilities are endless!
- Stop tossing your cereal boxes! Yep, you can use those to organize things too! Try decorating three cereal boxes and gluing them together for a simple file folder for papers. Cut off the bottom of cereal boxes to use as a drawer organizer for utensils, crayons, markers, pencils, and anything you can keep in a drawer.
Have you found some ways to organize your home on the cheap? Keep your home organized without spending your paycheck! Be sure to share your on-the-cheap organizing tips with us on our Facebook page!
Alison Wood is a writer for several online parenting resources, a missionary in Southeast Asia, mom to six kiddos and blogs about parenting, pregnancy and frugal living at Pint-Sized Treasures. Visit Alison on Google+.
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