There’s no need to spend lots of money organizing your home. Use these every day items that you already have to bring order and organize your home on a budget!
My husband is an amazing man of many talents, one of which is organizing. I kid you not. He can organize anything and make it functional and neat…and it always leaves me in awe.
Because while I am organized in some things and I love the benefits of decluttering and living with less, actually doing the organizing itself isn’t something that comes naturally to me.
I can do it, but it always takes me forever and I arrange and rearrange and then arrange some more before I am actually happy with the result.
He, on the other hand, assesses what needs to be organized, removes everything and then bam, arranges it to organized perfection on the first try. I love it…and well, I love him too! 🙂
The other thing he is really good at is working with what we have. I’ve learned so much from him about inexpensive home organization ideas!
Instead of going out and buying expensive things to use for organizing, he just rummages around the house and finds everyday items that work just as well.
No, they may not be as beautiful, but they work just the same. And the bonus is that they are often free too! You can’t beat that!
To be clear, I’m definitely not against buying beautiful things to use to organize your home. I appreciate beauty and use pretty things for organization too, especially for items that are going to be highly visible.
But sometimes simple, everyday household items win the day…and help keep that bank account just a little more cushioned, too!
Want to organize your house inexpensively too? Here are four everyday items that we use as well as some of the ways that we have used them.
4 Cheap Items That Will Help Organize Your Home
Most of us probably automatically think of using baskets to store blankets in our living room or maybe to organize our kid’s toys.
Sometimes though you need to think outside the box. Um, I mean basket. 🙂
This random little wicker basket was in our “to be donated” pile when I grabbed it and put it to work organizing our extra Mason jar lids.
When we no longer needed this plastic basket for laundry room organization, I realized it would work perfectly in the kitchen to neatly organize the lids in my container drawer. I had tried quite a few things before this, but none of them worked as well for me as this plastic basket!
The great thing about boxes is that they come in every shape and size, which makes it easy to use them to organize almost anything!
We love using checkbook boxes to organize small things in drawers. Here you see how I use them to keep my measuring spoons contained.
Both my husband and I also have them in our desk drawers to organize things like keys, small office supplies etc.
We had a terrible time keeping our kid’s coloring books neat. Finally one day my husband had had enough and found a box that held them all perfectly. It’s totally taken care of the books-falling-everywhere problem!
Our mudroom/laundry room in the back of the house doesn’t have a good place for putting the kid’s coats and hats and it was a continual headache. Once again a simple box saved the day!
We put it on the bottom floor “shelf” of the built-in laundry cupboard. And because all of the kids can access it easily, it solves the problem wonderfully.
3. Food Containers
I’m pretty sure all of us have plenty of empty food containers, which makes them the perfect item to use to organize your home on the cheap!
An empty yogurt container works really well for holding markers. And if you’re observant you probably also noticed that there is an old cottage cheese container in the background of the photo, as well as an ice cream bucket.
Clearly, we take this thing of using old food containers for storage pretty seriously!
The cottage cheese container stores our small magnetic letters. And the ice cream bucket works perfectly for holding various craft supplies that the kids like to use.
Tired of all those seasoning packets falling everywhere? Again, an old food container for the win!
4. Baby Wipe Containers
I usually try to buy baby wipes in the soft plastic packages just because I feel like there is less waste they also take up less space.
But sometimes I still end up buying the ones in the hard plastic containers for one reason or another. And when I do, we often end up putting them to use organizing something when they are empty.
They work great for holding crayons.
Or we’ll snap the lids off and use the bottoms to hold our candy stash
….or toiletry items. The uses are pretty much endless!
What do you use to organize your home inexpensively?
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I just found your blog and how refreshing to find simple solutions to organizing,etc. I am always trying new ideas to help stay organized but have a husband that is not. I’m always picking up after him…. I refuse to buy more stuff to help get organized and your wonderful blog is just what I needed to find. Thanks so much for being a thrifty frugal mom!!!
I’m so glad that this was helpful! I love pretty organizing solutions, but sometimes simple, free options are just the perfect thing- especially if the items are going to be in a cupboard anyway!
Ahh, I finally found someone who does organization JUST LIKE US! I had to smile when I saw this post and thought what fun it would be to show you our baskets and boxes. 🙂 When we first were married and I had extra time. . . I grabbed a can of cheap spray paint at the Dollar Store and spray painted the cardboard boxes a cheerful coordinating color. Yes, cardboard can be spray painted. you have to do it carefully so it doesn’t get too wet, but it gives a great finished look. Another place I use cardboard boxes is under the bed. We don’t have a pantry, basement, or cellar so I keep all those hundreds of jars of home canned food in very sturdy long low cardboard boxes under the beds. I found identical ones at the grocery store that were actually BLACK and classy looking. Now when I go to the pantry for green beans or peaches I just pull the appropriate box out from under the bed (like a drawer) and there are my cans. Ha. Problem solved! I wouldn’t actually use that space for anything else anyway because I hate clutter under the bed. And this keeps socks and other mysterious items from losing themselves under the bed too!
Never thought of spray painting boxes! Good tip! And I’m all about saving money on things like this to spend it on things that I care about so much moe.
laura l sampson
YES!! I love baskets and boxes for organizing, my pantry is FULL of unloved boxes and baskets!
Great post, just pinned it to my organizing board 🙂
Aw, thanks for the pin! 🙂
Kelly @ Kelly Lynns Sweets and Treats
I love all of your ideas! I will definitely need to put some of those to use. Plus I totally dig that it is recycling what we would normally throw away!
Yes, I love turning trash into something useful! Glad it could inspire you. 🙂
Funny how something as simple as boxes can make such a difference in how well my cabinets are organized. I’m loving it. Thank you!
I’m slowly learning that often simple equals amazing! So glad that you’re enjoying a more organized life. 🙂 That’s always a good thing!