Budget Finds- Organizing doesn’t have to be expensive

While it can be easy to get carried away and spend big bucks on organizing items, it’s not a requirement. Let me give you a few options that will be easy on your pocketbook. Read on!

The leaves will be turning soon, the days are getting shorter, the s’mores aroma is in the air, and the kids are going back to school. But don’t miss the most exciting thing about this season: when school supplies come out, so do organizing options. Notably, the Dollar Tree brings out some pretty great things in the fall. Bins, buckets, baskets– all $1! Also remember that things like pencil cases can be used to corral any small objects, not just pencils. Silverware organizers can also be handy in a junk drawer to sort pencils, random membership cards and the like. I trekked down to my local Dollar Tree yesterday to see what they had. Check out this sampling, then continue below for more tips:

 

Another great place to find organizing items is the thrift store. Many people cast off these items (I can’t imagine why?!) and their loss is your gain. This one takes a bit if patience as you might not find what you want right away, but it can pay off big in the long run. For instance, I found a couple of pot/pan organizers which cost me only a couple of dollars at the thrift store, while they are usually around $15 give or take at places like Amazon. As a sample:

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It may not look like much but it’s an amazing product that keeps you from having to pull pans out of a stack each time you need one. Can also be used horizontally. Here’s how they look at work in my cabinets (the white metal shelf came from the thrift store as well):

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And last but definitely not least, if you have a Big Lots close by, I’d recommend swinging by there. They sometimes have some neat organizing items in their home/kitchen area. Some of the things are similar to what you might find at the dollar store, but for a few cents more you’ll get nicer quality. Many of the items are somewhat unique compared to what you’ll find at other discount type stores. I found these handled baskets (below) there for $1.50 each if I remember right. Since my spices are up higher, I like to be able to pull them down so I can get a good look at them. This system of organizing spices won’t work for everyone, but it is perfect for me! The metal shelves were snatched from the thrift store.

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So, as you can see, you don’t need to break the bank to tidy up your space. Once you purge your excess “stuff”, get out there and pick up a few of these budget friendly options to tame your items!

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