Cheap ways to organize your home

An array of ideas to help organize your home — a place for everything and everything in its place.

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  • I've lived everywhere from a room in a shelter to a six-bedroom/three-bath home on 55 acres and one thing remains true: no matter where you live, you need to be organized and find a place for all of your "stuff."

  • I hold fast to two tenets: 1.) Every article of clothing must have pockets; 2.) Everything in my home should have storage space.

  • Below are some ideas for storage that I have collected and put to good use through the many years and many more moves:

  • Clear pocketed over-the-door shoe hangers

  • This is my number one all-time favorite storage idea and I use them in every room in my home! They are especially nice because you can keep certain things higher for safety and others lower for kiddie access:

  • For office supplies

  • staplers, pencils, pens, scissors, glue sticks, paper clips, rulers, 3 x 5 cards, batteries, etc.

  • In the kitchen

  • oil, spices, wooden spoons and other utensils, baking soda, rolling pins, cooking spray, silverware, etc.

  • In the bathroom

  • curling irons, blow dryers, hair doo-dads, peroxide, alcohol, hair spray, cotton swabs, cotton balls, etc.

  • In the children's rooms

  • crayons, craft supplies, small toys, socks, underwear, shoes, small electronics, etc.

  • In the sewing room

  • marking tools, scissors, snips, Velcro, measuring tape, threads/bobbins, zippers, buttons, etc.

  • In the garage

  • WD-40, hand tools, degreaser, old rags, hardware, etc.

  • On the patio

  • poke several little holes in the bottom (or use a cloth shoe hanger), pack with potting soil, and have a vertical herb garden

  • Baskets

  • I collect baskets at every yard sale and thrift shop I go to. They are pretty and functional. They are great for organizing.

  • Bookshelves

  • Cinder blocks and 1 x 6s.

  • Workbench or crafting table

  • Cheap plastic drawers and an old closet door.

  • Nightstand

  • : Plastic bins (for quilts, winter coats, and seasonal items) stacked and covered with a pretty cloth.

  • "Baskets" on Shelves

  • Rather than those adorable woven or cloth baskets that you see on shelves, make your own by using boxes covered in pretty paper and ribbon. If you want them uniform in size and shape, choose something that you use over and over again, like a box from diapers or ramen noodles.

  • Magazine organizers

  • Cut down cereal boxes and cover with pretty paper and labels.

  • Under bed storage

  • Think of places like this as bonus storage space. Use cheap plastic containers found at dollar stores, label them, and shove.

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  • Silverware trays

  • These are great for organizing small household tools and office supplies in a desk drawer.

  • Old dish rack

  • Great for file folders.

  • Old jars

  • I love the way my beans and pastas look in assorted old jars on the back of the countertop. This is a much better option than open bags spilling all over the cabinets. This also helps keep brown sugar soft.

  • Old milk crates

  • Make a covered wooden "lid" and create a footstool with storage for board games or electronic game controllers, cartridges and cords.

  • These are just a few ideas. Let your imagination run wild. Basically, every time you go to a flea market, yard sale, or thrift shop, look at something you like and ask yourself, "What can I store in this?" You will be amazed with what you come up with!

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Becky Lyn is an author and a 35+ year (most of the time) single mom.

Website: http://www.beckytheauthor.weebly.com

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