Even More Cheap Organizing Suggestions {Organizing on the Cheap}


I’m so happy you are here with us this week for 5 Days of Organizing – more than 20 bloggers will be bringing you daily inspiration for organizing every aspect of your life. And with back-to-school days breathing down our necks, we all need it!

Have you ever been frustrated by all the creative organization ideas you see in magazines and on blogs, only to realize that you simply can’t afford (or don’t want to spend the money) all those gorgeous bins, boxes, baskets and other containers? Me, too! I’ve learned to organize my home (uh, to a certain extent) without spending an arm and a leg, and I’ll be sharing my tricks with you all week long. Stick with me for great cheap organizing ideas!

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I am not the only crazy person who organizes her home with other people’s cast-offs, recyclables, and cardboard boxes (Hey! Sometimes I get new stuff at the Dollar Store!). A quick browse through Pinterest reveals that many other people prefer to re-use, recycle and repurpose when it comes to organizing their homes.

Proof? Here ya go:

Take an old cylindrical wipes container and use it to store and dispense plastic bags. Keep one in the car, one under the kitchen sink, one in the diaper bag, and one in the beach bag!

This blogger used containers from IKEA to store kids’ games and card games. I like IKEA and all – hey, it’s cheap! – but I happened to have a surplus of empty wipes containers (the box kind this time) that served exactly the same purpose! Now the Toy Story 3 Memory game is neatly contained. Awesome.

So simple, so quick, so CUTE! I love this idea from Martha Stewart. Now I just have to find some of those adorable little tins somewhere.

I need to remember this idea from My Repurposed Life the next time I’m staring at a shutter in an antique or thrift store and wondering, “Now what was that really cool project I was going to do?”

This is one of those head-smackers. You know, the kind where you smack your head and say, “Now why didn’t I think of that?!” Repurpose old TicTac boxes into bobby pin holders (perfect for your purse!).

Use a toilet paper tube to corral cords. Brilliant!

From oven rack to jewelry organizer. That’s just about the coolest thing ever. From Just Sew Sassy.

Do you have an organizational idea for repurposed items? Do share!

Visit these blogs for lots more ideas on organizing your kitchen, your office, or your homeschool room!