Whether you’re trying to tame your trash drawer or line up your bedroom closet, good organizational tools are key.
You want your things to look nice and neat. You want to know where everything is so you don’t have to buy extra batteries or patches when you actually have them … somewhere. But a trip to the Container Store or Crate and Barrel for home organization supplies could be expensive.
Instead, there are free and inexpensive ways to organize yourself at home without spending a lot of money. Here are 30 cheap organization ideas to inspire you to tame your messy mess at home.
Before tackling a home organization project
One important thing to know before starting any home organization project: you don’t want to organize trash.
Before you go down to the perfect container, jar, or storage system, go through your belongings and determine what you really want to keep. If there are things in good condition that you no longer want, you can donate them or to sell them for extra money. Throw away or recycle the stuff that is really junk.
Throwing, selling, and saving stacks will give you a better idea of what organizational tools you actually need. For example, if you give away half of your books, you will need less shelf space than you originally thought.
If you’re doing an entire home organization, break the work down into individual rooms so that you don’t feel overwhelmed by tackling everything at once. You may even want to focus on a single problem area – the kitchen pantry or hallway cabinet, for example.
Keeping a master list of the items you keep is helpful in two ways: you know which items you need organizers for, and you can clearly see which items are duplicates.
After you’ve completed all of the prep, it’s time to find the best ways to store and view your data – without breaking the bank.
30 inexpensive organizational ideas
As you browse your main list of items to organize, be aware of how you want to save certain items. What needs to be open for regular access and what can be kept out of reach for most of the year?
The following two lists introduce store-bought home organization solutions, as well as other ideas that you can create yourself. Don’t worry if your DIY attempts don’t get Instagram worthy. You can always use them for items hidden on a back shelf.
Organizational solutions that are budget friendly
Buy cheap home organization products from your local dollar store or other discount chains like Walmart, Target, Ikea, HomeGoods or Big Lots. Thrift stores, garage sales, and garage sales are other good options. Online neighborhood Buy nothing groups could be a source to rate items for free.
1. Plastic containers or boxes
Use these to separate and save articles by category. In a linen closet, you can use multiple trash cans for bathroom supplies, washcloths, towels, and extra rolls of toilet paper. In a child’s room, you can store toys and books in colorful plastic boxes.
2. Canvas storage container
These are good options for lightweight items like extra blankets in the living room or the dog’s various chew toys. You can use them in a bedroom closet to hold items like scarves or belts together.
3. Pill organizers
Separate and store small items like jewelry or ponytail holders.
4. Adhesive magnetic strips
Attach peel-and-stick magnetic strips to the wall above your kitchen counter to display knives, or in your bathroom cabinet to hold manicure tools or stray hairpins. You can also put small pieces of magnet on the back of important papers or photos to display on your refrigerator or on a magnetic dry erase board in your home office.
5. Ice cube trays
Purchase additional ice cube trays to organize office supplies and knick-knacks on your desk, such as: B. paper clips or rubber bands.
6. Lazy Susan
Put one of these rotating turntables in a closet to group similar items together, being careful not to neglect what’s on the back. They come in different sizes and styles. Consider one in the kitchen cupboard or pantry for groceries and another under the sink for detergents.
7. File box
A filing box is the perfect place to keep important documents. If you have children, you can use these boxes to collect works of art, essays, testimonials, and other memorabilia.
8. Pop-up baskets
For any parent who is tired of taking over stuffed animals everywhere, buy some cheap wire-and-mesh pop-up baskets to serve as a home for all of your little one’s stuffies.
9. Three-ring binder
These common, inexpensive school supplies are a great tool for organizing bills, mail, and other paperwork cluttering your countertops.
10. Shower trays
Portable shower trays may be reminiscent of life in a student dormitory, but they are also a suitable storage solution for art and craft supplies or office supplies. They are easy to take with you so that household members can use them in multiple rooms.
11. Drawer organizer
Tame a trash drawer with an inexpensive drawer organizer that divides items into their own compartments.
Show items that you use often or that you want easy access. Attach a pen holder, scissors, and tape to a breadboard in your office or use one to keep tools in the garage.
13. S-hooks or shower curtain rings
Use these hooks in your closets to hang items like belts, scarves or purses.
14. Shoe organizer above the door
These multi-pocket organizing tools are great for many items, not just shoes. Use them to store toys, art supplies, toiletries, or cleaning supplies.
15. Snap hook
Wrangle elastic bands in a trash drawer or ponytail holder in a bathroom drawer by grouping them with a carabiner.
16. Travel soap container
These small storage solutions are the perfect size for crayons, business cards or cut coupons.
17. Tie rods
Use a tie rod in your base cabinets to hang spray bottles of various household cleaners. Or you can attach an extra pole to the inside wall of your shower to hang small baskets of body wash, shampoo, or tub toys.
18. Magazine rack
Put a cheap newspaper rack on the kitchen counter to store your aluminum foil, plastic wrap, and parchment paper. Or use it in the living room for its intended use – for organizing magazines or books for coffee tables.
DIY home organization solutions
Don’t empty your trash yet. There are tons of ways to reuse items that you already have lying around at home. A few coats of paint, a brightly colored washi tape, scrapbook paper or wrapping paper can help you turn dreary boxes or containers into attractive storage solutions.
19. Plastic take-out containers
Reuse sturdy take-out bins to store similar items together. Use one as a makeshift first aid kit and one for making supplies.
20. Cardboard boxes
Cardboard boxes are very versatile DIY storage solutions. You can use larger boxes to store extra pillows in the living room or round up toys in a kid’s room, while smaller boxes can be used to organize mail, important papers or magazines. Be sure to decorate the outside to make them look more appealing.
21. Old rucksacks or suitcases
If you have old book bags or luggage lying around, keep them out of season so your closet and drawers are less cluttered. You can also use them to store handcrafted clothing that your younger child will want to grow into.
22. Paper towel or toilet paper rolls
Cut these reels to hold different power cords for all of your electronics that are not in use.
23. Recycled cans
Tear off the labels from tin cans and use them to hold pencils, pens, or paint brushes. A reused can can also be used to store beauty items such as mascara, eyeliner, lip gloss or foundation brushes.
Attach a ribbon to your wall with nails or pins. Hanged horizontally to hold sunglasses, bracelets, necklaces, scarves or belts. Hung vertically, use clothespins to display hats or photos.
25. Comforter pouch
Duvets and bedding sets are often delivered in sturdy plastic packaging with a zip. You can reuse these to store out of season clothes or bulky winter jackets.
26. Plastic cups
Bundle power cords and store them in plastic cups to keep them organized. Cups are also great for storing crayons, markers or painting utensils in a child’s room. Smaller plastic cups – like former yogurt or pudding cups – can contain batteries or other small items in a garbage drawer.
27. Glass beer or soda bottles
Spray these recyclables, then use them to organize bracelets or ponytail holders.
Glasses can be used for different purposes depending on their size. Old pasta sauce or jelly jars can be turned into a piggy bank. Empty baby food jars can hold paper clips or pins.
29. Tea boxes
Tea boxes, divided into several sections, are great for organizing jewelry or small knickknacks.
30. Old egg cartons
Use the bottom half of an egg carton as a drawer organizer for small items like paper clips, elastic bands, or zip ties.
Nicole Dow is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder.
This article originally appeared on www.thepennyhoarder.com