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Today let’s talk about storage containers…
So when I talked about doing this organizing series on facebook, several of you mentioned that you wanted cheap or frugal ways to organize – not buying some elaborate system at the container store or something like that. And I totally get that!
So how about if you could organize many areas in your home for FREE by using things you would normally toss in the trash, essentially recycling at the same time? I do it ALL the time. And I am sure that some of you have other ways that you do too – I would love to hear things you use in the comments.
So let’s start with shoeboxes. Everyone has shoe boxes because at some time or another we all have to buy shoes. Unless you store your shoes in their boxes… if so, maybe ask a friend with kids to save shoe boxes for you. Shoe boxes are great – they are sturdy, thick and even have lids if you want to use those. And you can totally recover them with wrapping paper or fabric if you want to make them cute. I use them inside drawers and closets so no one sees them except me so I don’t bother.
Here’s some way I organize with shoeboxes.
Socks – sorting them by colors or types
More socks – filed
Household stuff like batteries, Command products, small cords, and more.
I also use cheese boxes (the kind that Velveeta cheese comes in) for smaller storage boxes like kitchen drawers.
I have 3 in my “junk drawer” in my kitchen to sort and hold different items.
And another one in my large utensils/kitchen tools drawer to keep measuring spoons easily found and accessible.
You can use baby wipe containers the same type way – to sort clothes, socks, or small things.
Toilet paper rolls – I use them to organize extension cords. Keeps them rolled up tight and so easy to store in a shoebox in a drawer or closet.
I think my sister-in-law who blogs at Rockin’ What Ya Got clued me into this tip. Use those bags that curtains, pillows, shower curtains, pillow cases, table linens, etc. come in (the kind with the zipper at the top) to store kids games, puzzles, or really anything! They are thicker and hold up better than ziploc bags plus a lot of the times they are bigger than a normal gallon ziploc bag.
Then this bin… Our refrigerator bit the dust the other day and we had to get a new one. But this bin from the freezer is in perfect condition! I will either use it in our big freezer outside to store smaller items or maybe even in the pantry for potatoes or something. No sense in just tossing it!
So while you are busy purging and cleaning, take a second look at the things you are throwing away. Could you use them for a different purpose, to help you organize something?
I would love to hear from YOU! What are some ways you use things that would normally get trashed to accomplish a different purpose?