Organizing on a Budget

Many of my clients are on a tight budget and are looking for ways to organize inexpensively. Here are few ideas that will improve your space without breaking the bank:

 A closet recently organized on a budger...similar hangers help to create uniformity, and plastic drawers add storage.

A closet recently organized on a budger...similar hangers help to create uniformity, and plastic drawers add storage.

  1. If you're organizing your closet, begin by getting rid of everything that you no longer wear, things that don’t fit, torn or stained clothes, and clothes that you haven’t worn in over a year. It always looks more orderly to have one type & color of coat hangers, so instead of purchasing the more expensive slimline felt hangers, purchase one color of inexpensive plastic hangers at Walmart or Target (Walmart sells a set of 10 black or white hangers for $1.17). Hang all similar clothes together (dress shirts, t-shirts, coats, etc.). You'll be surprised how much more orderly your closet will look when you finish!
  2. Do you have any large clear plastic drawers around the house that you aren’t using? They work really well to store cords, bungees, random tools, and craft supplies in your basement or mudroom. Extra clothes in your closet can be stored in these plastic drawers if you have a rod that is hung up high with storage space underneath that is currently underutilized.
 Plastic shoe boxes keep similar items together.

Plastic shoe boxes keep similar items together.

 Dollar Store bins corral cleaning supplies

Dollar Store bins corral cleaning supplies

3. When you clean out under your sink, purchase inexpensive bins at the dollar store to corral all of your cleaning products, extra shampoo and body wash, makeup, etc.

4. Use inexpensive clear plastic shoe boxes to store extra light bulbs, batteries, travel supplies, etc. Make sure to label each box with what is stored inside so that everyone in your home knows where to put things away.

I hope that these ideas help you get started bringing order into your home without spending much money! Let me know what other inexpensive organizing tools you have found.