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10 Ideas For Cheap Organization and Storage Solutions

Below are 10 ideas to cheaply organize your home.  Since the object of organization is not to buy stuff (As discussed on Wed.) to organize I have been trying to find ways to repurpose objects I already have hanging around.  Plus I threw in a few cheap and/or creative ideas that might require getting a few things, but damn they look good and organized.

In no particular order:

1. Single Socks

Get rid of single socks (you know the ones left behind after the sock monster eats one) and make a holder to keep your wrapping/craft paper from unrolling.

2. Mint.com

As we discussed Wed.  organization goes beyond your stuff.  Get a clear picture of your finances with this free website.  It takes a bit to load everything but will calculate everything from net-worth to projected budgets.  www.mint.com

3. Baby Food Jars

Yesterday we made a mounted spice rack with baby food jars.  Today we find they are the perfect height for loose bobby pins.

4.  Old School Trapper Keeper

I have a magazine problem. Do you?  So instead of buying scads of these:

These are Martha Stewart magazine organizers. You can google them and find a variety of sources. Pretty, but bulky and expensive.

I buy an old school trapper keeper, then yank out the articles/inspiration/recipes I want to keep from each magazine as I read it.  Throw them in a labeled folder , such as recipes (like I’m actually going to do any of those), or three hole punch and move on.  Sure the racks of magazine containers can be pretty but the single folder takes .1% of the space and is a lot faster since I don’t have to flip through for the article I am looking for.

5. Garden Gear Inside

Got some unused hanging baskets in the garage?  Pour out the dirt, remove the coconut liner, and hang from the ceilings or walls for instant storage. Image courtesy of Centsational Girl via BHG.

6. Google Calendar

Got family members everywhere?  Sure a large blackboard calendar or dryerase board is great at home but what about when you’re on the go?  Check this calendar from work or your smart-phone. google.com/calendar

7. Dollar Store Cutlery Organizers

Those random plastic draw dividers made for utensils…  Yeah perfect for nail polish, lotion bottles, brushes.  The list goes on and on.  Just think you could pay $10.00 on Amazon to store your nail-polish or .50 cents using kitchen gadgets.

8. Old Packaging

I didn't actually turn that into that, but I'm hoping to. See the tutorial link below.

Sure the discarded cereal box is not the storage solution for everyone… BUT what if you could make it fabulous?  Here is a tutorial at Positively Splendid that takes these ugly diaper boxes and makes them faboo!  What other free packaging can I turn into chic holders?

9. Goodwill Containers

Maybe you aren’t into thrifting your footwear, but take a second look at second hand.  Glass apothecary jar $1.75 and juice glass .75 cents at Goodwill.  Keep in mind I knew I needed containers for Q-tips and cotton balls before I went so I didn’t buy a bunch of glass items that wouldn’t fit.

10. Old Furniture

Sure we have all seen the TV cabinet turned into a craft station or an old dresser made-over into a buffet.  But how about these puppies:

Old tables give a totally new life as bookcases.

Yep, that takes the idea of using old furniture for storage to a new level. Image courtesy of Art Eko.

I hope this gets your creative juices flowing to find cheap or free storage solutions already on hand or right nearby.


5 comments to 10 Ideas For Cheap Organization and Storage Solutions

  • Patricia Ganskopp

    Great ideas! As you know I love repurposing!

  • how cool are those tables as bookshelves! thanks for sharing these ideas!
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    • Brianna

      I know! I can’t think they would go to well with the style of my house… But then I go back to that image. I’ve had it pinned on pinterest for almost a year now.

  • Hey Brianna, just thought I’d reply to your comment here since icky blogger doesn’t thread comments. So far I’ve only gotten one of the two feedback replies. I gave really specific feedback to the blogs I looked at, so I was really disappointed when the one feedback I got so far was really vague and therefore slightly unhelpful. I’m hoping the second one will be more precise or detailed. Or maybe I expect too much! It was a really genius linky party. And I think it turned out to be more work than she anticipated because originally she had it open through the end of January and didn’t have a limit on how many! I’m sure it is a TON of work!
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    • Brianna

      Well, hopefully the second one will be more useful. I can’t imagine trying to keep it all straight if she is just using email without a specific format. I would go bonkers!

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