As I mentioned yesterday when I told you about the 5 Simple Ways free ebook, I’m once again joining in on the “5 Simple Ways” series for 2012. A number of bloggers (see below), myself included, are each writing a post about 5 Simple Ways to do something in our respective niches.
Last year I wrote about 5 simple ways to organize your home and this year I’m sharing 5 simple ways to organize your home without spending the big bucks. This topic is near and dear to my heart because nothing frustrates me more than when I hear others say they are putting off an organizing project until they can afford to get organized. Trust me when I say, it does not have to cost a lot of money to get organized. It certainly can, one visit to the Container Store will confirm that. When I visited the store this past October in NYC I nearly fell over backwards when I saw this plastic drawer unit for $109 buck-a-roos.
Granted they had a pretty poppy motif but really $109.00??? For plastic? Yikes!
1. Follow the PROCESS
I just wrote about my PROCESS acronym the other day and by following these steps you will find you will save yourself so much money. How? Because the containerizing step is actually the fourth step of the PROCESS not the first. Before rushing out to buy baskets and bins (trust me I know it’s hard to resist, especially at this time of the year!) do your sort and purge first. That way you’ll ensure you’re not just trying to organize clutter which is a big no-no! Throwing clutter (things you don’t use regularly and/or love) into bins and baskets is still clutter no matter how organized it is. Plus the best part is purging is FREE!
2. Shop the dollar store
Oh my how I love the dollar store for organizing bins. It might take awhile to find a dollar store that stocks up on these types of products but when you do find one that looks like this it’s bliss baby, pure bliss!
I use these everywhere in my home. Granted they aren’t the prettiest of organizing tools but you know what, if it’s what you can afford, it’s what you can afford. For functionality they do the job, they establish limits and boundaries which is ultimately more important (in my book) than just looking pretty.
3. Shop thrift stores and garage sales
Both of these stops are great resources for finding inexpensive organizing tools. I’ve found some very sweet deals at both. The trick to this though is knowing what you need (see the first step of the PROCESS) and keeping your list and measurements with you at all times. With thrift stores it helps if you can pop in regularly as inventory is constantly changing. Makes friends with the owners and they’ll often tell you when they put out new stock and might even hold something for you if they know what you are looking for.
4. Think creatively
While at these garage sales and thrift stores, be open to using items in new ways to organize spaces around your home. I love coming up with different ways to use a product other than what it was originally intended for. I really get quite the high from it! For instance, microwave stands are a fantastic organizing tool as are plate racks. Who knew? It really opens up your possibilities for organizing solutions.
Here my daughter uses a skirt hanger to keep her bags off the floor:
One of the most inexpensive ways to organize is to simply use what you have around the house. Tissue and tea boxes are fabulous for junk drawers for creating those ever important limits and boundaries we talked about early. All it takes is some scissors to cut the tops off and you are in business! Hairspray cups are the perfect size for holding push pins and paper clips. Empty wipes containers, old diaper boxes and pre-divided liquor store boxes make excellent storage containers. Also cut down cereal boxes work awesome as magazine holders. The possibilities are endless really!
Have you’ve gotten creative with inexpensive storage solutions?
Please also visit the other participants in this 5 Simple Ways series:
- Springs Bargains-5 Simple Ways To Save More By Wasting Less
- Heavenly Homemakers- 5 Simple Ways To Accomplish More Each Day
- A Familiar Path- 5 Simple Ways To Make The Most Of Your Pictures
- Smockity Frocks- 5 Simply Ways To Occupy Preschoolers
- My Blessed Life- 5 Simple Ways To Update Your Home Decor
- The Happy Housewife- 5 Simple Ways To Save Money In 2012
- Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures- 5 Simple Ways To Save Money In The Kitchen
- Balancing Beauty and Bedlam- 5 Simple Ways To Freshen Up Your Wardrobe for 2012
- Southern Saver- 5 Simple Ways To Not Get Overwhelmed in Couponing