Now that the new year is here, it’s the perfect time to get everything tidy and organized before spring cleaning begins in a couple months. But with all of our money spent on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year celebrations, we find ourselves needing a be a little more frugal when it comes to organizing.
Believe me when I tell you that you really don’t need to rush out to the store to buy endless boxes and crates. I promise you can organize everything in your home with things you already have. Once you know where to start, it’s easy!
Today, I’m sharing 14 frugal ways to organize under $15. Hope you find these tips useful!
Is your fridge so small that you struggle to fit everything in? We went from having a humongous fridge to one that is much smaller with a lot less depth. I really had to think outside the box to fit everything in, but I managed it! The answer, yet again, is baskets. Each basket has it’s own category and helps me keep the fridge looking clean and organized. Get your small fridge sorted with this easy trick!
Okay, you might be sick of baskets now… but they’re just SO useful for literally anything when it comes to organizing! This time, I’m using them to organize water bottles and plastic cups and stop the pesky things from falling over in the drawer. No more re-arranging them because they’ve fallen all over the place!
We’ve looked at how to organize under the bathroom sink, but how about the kitchen? There’s so much stuff to fit under there, including cleaning products, sponges, dishwasher tablets and more. Luckily, there are some perfectly-sized containers to organize everything so you can quickly find what you need. Find out how to do it!
Tupperware lids are probably one of the most annoying things to store. You can stack your storage containers but what do you do with all the loose lids? The solution is easier than you might think… all you’ll need is a medium-sized basket from your local dollar store! I set my basket on the shelf and then I store all the lids upright in the basket. Get those annoying lids under control!
Under the bathroom sink is a place that a lot of us struggle to keep organized. We are in and out of there multiple times a day, grabbing lotion, makeup, mouthwash, etc. And I’m sure you get frustrated knocking items over each time you reach in to grab something, am I right? Here’s an affordable way to keep it organized.
Unless you’re looking for something specific, you may not look in your bathroom drawers very often. This was the case with my daughter’s bathroom – I looked in the drawers and realized how messy they were! In a few quick and easy (and affordable!) steps, I made sure everything was tidy and had its own place. Try these tips yourself!
My favorite items ever from IKEA are the SKUBB organizers. They’re so useful, I have one in practically every drawer in my house. I find they’re especially useful for organizing my daughter’s clothes and toys in her room. The organizers make sure everything has its own place and goes away tidily. Come and see the different ways you can use them!
Here’s another useful kitchen tip. I always like the look of glass jars in a pantry, each with a different item in, but in my house it’s just not practical. Instead, I use the boxes that the products come in to help me keep things tidy. My daughter’s snacks and lunchbox items could get super messy, but with the help of some trusty baskets and jars, it can all be organized and easy to find!
When your kids want to get all of those art and craft supplies, at the time, it can seem like such a brilliant idea. A couple hours of peace while they explore their creativity – what could be better?! But then you remember that you have to clear it all up afterwards… oh no! Don’t panic – there’s actually a really easy way to organize it using plastic boxes and labels. It’s so simple that your kids can put it all away themselves – hooray!
Other Useful Tips
This is a super easy and low-cost way to organize your purse. With all of the store receipts, coupons and other bits and pieces that might be lurking in the bottom of our purses, it can be hard to find something when you need it. Not anymore! Using just an envelope, you can eliminate that purse clutter once and for all.
Are you constantly losing the remote controls? Did you check the couch cushions? We used to have this problem all the time, until one day I decided it was ridiculous to waste so much time looking for remotes and I came up with a free solution that has worked wonderfully in our house. The secret? Just a simple basket!
If you look around your living room now, what’s one of the things taking up a lot of space? I bet it’s your DVDs. For people who love movies or have a ton of kids films and TV shows, DVDs can take up so much valuable space. With this clever hack, 50+ DVDs can fit in the space of about 10! It saves SO much space.
What better way to save money than to re-purpose old items into something useful? It’s also better for the environment. With the ends of empty plastic bottles, you can make your own mini storage bins for office supplies. No more rogue paper clips or stacks of Post-Its that mysteriously go missing – now they can all have a home! Here’s the tutorial.
There are so many great, affordable organizing products that I love – I just had to share them with you! These aren’t just cool things I spotted and thought I’d share – they’re all things I actually own and use in my own home. Before you buy anything, have a look at this list first to get you inspired!
Now it’s over to you. I hope these tips help you organize everything a little better, and save you some money too! If you have any more tips on how to organize without spending a lot of money, please let me know – I’d love to hear them. Which tips are you going to try first?