Happy Thursday! This month is already flying by, but I’m so happy to get an extended weekend due to the holiday.
As mentioned in my last post, I’m spending January working on decluttering my home. I’ve been following the tips, and it’s been extremely successful. One thing about decluttering and organizing that I love is buying all sorts of fun organizational items (I LOVE the Container Store). The thing is, all of those little trinkets and things start to really add up to some major $$$, and it’s easy to get carried away. My goal was to declutter and reorganize using only items I had on hand, and I think I’ve succeeded.
My stipulation for selecting items was that they 1) made my life easier, 2) looked neat, and 3) could be used for multiple things. Without further adieu…
Cheap Solutions for Organization
1) Shower Curtain Hooks
All I can say is: I’m obsessed. I first considered using them because I didn’t really have a convenient way to organize my belts. Let me tell you, these work for so much more than belts.
I also used them for my most worn necklaces and scarves so that I can grab and go. The thing I love the most though? It makes it easy to hang back up again. My issue is that I don’t particularly like putting things away. I’m good at keeping clean, but once one jacket/scarf/sweater is on the ground, it all goes downhill from there. The hooks make it super easy to just put it all back in place. I think they would also work great for camis, jeans (hanging by the belt loops), or even purses.
You could most definitely use the cheaper plastic rings, but these are some I had in storage at home and are prettier. I think I paid $10-15 for, but the plastic ones can be as cheap as a few bucks for an entire set. Here’s how my closet looked after donating 3 bags of clothes, putting hooks in place, and organizing.
2) Fun Shoe Boxes & Plastic Trays
My bathroom drawers were getting out of control with make-up, various samples, nail polishes, hair ties, clips, and the list goes on and on. I needed help ASAP. I had a few shoes boxes laying around that had really fun colors/prints on them, and they fit perfectly inside of my bathroom drawers. For the extra spaces, cheap plastic trays or old check boxes did the trick. I got the plastic trays for about a buck at the Container Store. And then my nail polish collection outgrew my trays, so it looks like it’s time for another.
3) Apothecary Jars
For more visible areas, I love apothecary jars. They’re functional for so many things, but I like them best for my Q-tips and cotton balls. You could also put hair accessories, nail files, or just any about anything that needs to be spruced up with a nice container. I got these for less than $12 a piece (also from the Container Store and a steal compared to other places).
I’m sure there are so many more cheap or free ideas out there to quickly organize your home, but here are just a few to get you started.
Question of the Day: Do you have any cheap or free tricks for getting organized?