Okay so I understand not being able to organize because you can’t seem to find the time but what I don’t understand is not being able to organize because you don’t have the money. Just.Don’t.Get.It! Please don’t let the lack of funds hold you back. Yes we can all dream about having the latest and greatest containers and systems but what are we do if our budget just doesn’t allow for us to have them at this time?
Create a solution with what you can afford now.
It might not be your ideal solution but something is better than nothing and I have the most excellent example for you to illustrate my point.My friend Jenny has a nice big pantry and she would love to have beautiful customized wire shelving built inside to keep everything organized but for now that isn’t an option. She could have just left it alone until she had the money to do what she really wanted….but that might not be for awhile. She recognized that this was an area that needed to be organized and rather than complain about what she didn’t have, she came up with a terrific “temporary” solution that works just beautifully yet didn’t cost a lot of money. Please go take a look here and then come on back.
Didn’t she do a great job! I love it. So let’s break it down. She purchased 10 dishpans at $1.44 each, one package of 5 plastic shoeboxes at $4.88 and three bigger totes with lids for the bottom of the pantry which I’m going to guess were about $5.00 each.
Dishpans = $14.40
Shoeboxes = $4.88
Totes = $15.00
Total = $34.28
So for $34.00 she was able to organize her pantry into a nice, pretty, functional space. She used the containers to sort “like with like” and labelled each container accordingly.
But wait, I can hear some of you saying yah but I don’t even have $34.00 to do that. Okay so instead of the dishpans you can use regular shoeboxes or even cereal boxes…just tape up the end and cut out one side. Cost = $0. Get creative. Many household items can be reworked into an organizing solution of some sort.
The important thing of course is the sorting and purging process (which also costs nothing by the way). Once you have your stuff sorted and purged then contain it anyway you can afford, but please don’t let not having the money stop you from organizing and appreciating the space you do have.
Thanks Jenny for letting me use you as my excellent example!