Ever want to get organized but the thought of spending money on containers talked you right out of it? There is a way around spending money on containers and other organizing gadgets; you just have to think outside the box and look around your house to see what you already have.
Not sure what to look for in a reliable, sturdy container? Every time you make a purchase, you have a discussion to make. To throw away the container your purchase came in or not to throw away the container. It’s safe to say sometimes you really are left with just trash, but other times you are left with a great opportunity to organize something. Here are some suggestions of items you may want to think twice about before tossing them.
- Thin boxes
- Clear small jars
- Plastic containers
Thin boxes are great to use when organizing your drawers, they don’t take up a lot of space and you don’t even have to worry about decorating the boxes since they are in drawers and not visible. Here are some examples to help get you thinking.
- If you have shoe boxes laying around, then you have the ability to create your own custom drawer dividers. Typically, shoe boxes are thin so they don’t take up too much space. But, if they happen to be too tall or wide than what your drawer is all you need is a pair of scissors to create the perfect fit. Remember, they don’t have to be pretty – only functional.
- Electronics come in great, thin, sturdy boxes that would work really well to organize your drawers.
- Small jewelry boxes make great little cubbies for your junk drawer. Once you have the box and lid in place, you can use a paper clip to clip the boxes together so they don’t move around.
Not only are you saving money by using boxes you already have at home, but you are also getting exactly what you want. When you buy a drawer organizer it comes in sections already laid out for you. Sometimes those sections are too small, too long, too shallow, or perhaps the organizer itself doesn’t fit in your drawer.
Clear jars work wonders when trying to corral multiples of the same small item. When you can see what you are looking for you are more apt to put things back where they go and you spend less time searching for items in the long run. Some examples of clear jars would be mason jars, old jelly jars, or baby jars.
- Mason jars come in a variety of sizes and can be used for a variety of things. Since mason jars are so cute you can decorate with them, organize your desk with them, fill them with cotton balls and have them out on the counter top in your bathroom, even use them in your craft room to organize your craft items. If you aren’t into decorating your home with mason jars, you can also use them in your drawers or in your pantry to house baking items, seasonings, popcorn, or any other dry foods.
- Since old jelly jars aren’t near as cute, leaving them behind closed doors would be best. Even though they aren’t as cute, they are just as functional and can do the same thing as mason jars.
- If you have ever had a baby in your home, then you have probably wondered what you could do with the little glass baby jars their baby food comes in. Well Grandpa had the right idea when he used to take those little jars to the shed and use them to hold nails, screws, nuts and bolts, and any other small object that needed a place to call home. Even touch-up paint can be stored in a baby jar.
Plastic containers are another great way to organize your drawers at no additional cost to you. Not sure what plastic containers work best?
- The plastic containers that won’t cost you anything are the ones you get when you purchase lunch meat.
- Or, you can purchase plastic Ziploc containers.
Some ideas of uses for the plastic containers could be your USB cables, glue, markers, car fresheners, ear phones, chargers, different things you need but don’t get used every day that are currently thrown in your junk drawer. Separate them all by category. Label the lid of the container and place them back in your junk drawer. Now you have a drawer that is more orderly and looks so much better.
There you have it, ways to organize without having to spend a dime! Who knew organizing could be so cheap! Next time you get the urge to organize something look no further than your home to supply all your organizing needs.
Here are some other items that can be repurposed into functional organizational treasures:
- Drawer dividers: Instead of buying them, make your own. Cut up cardboard boxes to the right length with an pair of scissors or a utility knife. If you want to make the dividers pretty, wrap them in contact paper.
- Shelves: Use milk crates turned on their sides to hold linens, jackets, books and anything else that will fit. When they’re inside a closet, they don’t have to be the prettiest. They just need to function.
- Decorative storage boxes: Instead of buying adorably decorated boxes to put around the home, make them out of old shoe boxes using either heavy-duty wrapping paper or contact paper. If you’re really crafty, you can paint the boxes to match your room, then store photos, reading material or remote controls inside.
- Over-the-door fabric shoe holder: Don’t let the name trick you. These multi-pocket hanging racks are a perfect catch-all for any closet. You can use one in the coat closet to hold hats, umbrellas, bug spray — anything you need to grab on your way out the door.
- Over-the-door plastic shoe rack: Are you out of cabinet space? These racks are great for holding cleaning supplies in laundry rooms, kitchens or garages.