Organizing your home on a very small budget

     Organizing on a small budget can be hard. Organization is hot right now! It’s a topic on TV, social media, magazines, and has made it’s way onto many New Year Resolution checklists! But let’s face it, with high numbers of Americans struggling financially, who has money for expensive Organizational items? Small storage bins can run as much as several dollars each, and an average dresser can fit up to 4 in each drawer! Bin prices go up from there and before you know it, you can spend hundreds of dollars just trying out organizational items. One great way to organize is to look at items you already purchase. Here are some easy (and free) ways to upcycle items you may already have and organize your home!

     I have great news; If you can buy food, you can Organize! When organizing on a budget, look no further then your local Supermarket. Many foods come in containers that can be re-purposed as organizers and your organizational options are only as limited as your palate. When you’re shopping consider
the packaging your food comes in, and imagine it organizing your home. One of my favorite reusable containers are Salad clamshells. They
are durable, and can be used with or without the lid to hold many items. They’re easy to wash and help encourage healthy eating habits!
Tips for organizing your home on a very small budget
  • Place items in containers by function and similarity
  • Use containers already available that will not break down
  • Less is more, donate unused items and streamline
  • Ask yourself, do I really need this?
    • If the answer is no then it’s time to go!
  • When shopping at the grocery store, think double function for your order. Are the containers your food is coming in good for organization? Or will they make their way straight to the trash or recycle bin?
     A paper towel in the clamshell may help keep the lettuce from becoming moist and rotting. (Above) Wash the clamshell by hand (they will melt in the dishwasher), dry and start using right away! These containers make great drawer organizers for adults and children. They’re a great way to keep items like socks, underwear, and pajamas separated and easy to find. (Below) Find the food/clamshell that fits your dresser drawer space and organize away!It’s a great way to keep socks, underwear and even pajamas organized and easy to find. Help kids develop more independence with dressing by having items easy to find and within reach.

While It’s important to keep glass containers like the ones below our of little hands’ reach, jars can make great organizational items. When we’re finished with our favorite Jelly, the label gets removed and it takes a trip through the dish washer. I store my hair ties and bobby pins in a jar, making them easy to access when needed. Larger jars like those used for canning pickles make presentable and functional storage for coffee sweeteners. The jars are so attractive that they stay out for all eyes to see next to our coffee pot and keep an assortment of artificial and natural sweeteners available for guests who don’t like the organic sugar we use. In addition, these smaller storage containers can be used for small items including personal/beauty products like hair pins, office supplies like paperclips and can even hold your change. Use them to organize cupboards, your workbench, or desk. Jars come in many sizes and finding the right food product/organizing container begins in the supermarket aisle.

Finding containers to fit your storage needs is easy, once you know where to look!  So next time you hit the grocery store, think not only about your
diet, but also about how your food packaging can help organize your home. As always, thanks for stopping by! I really appreciate a follow on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and love to network on Google and LinkedIn. I’m also now on Periscope as @MamaBananasAdv. Companies care about these numbers when deciding which bloggers to select to review products etc. So thank you for following! Want to work together? E-mail

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Marie Lowther

I love the drawer organizer idea for kids clothes! I’ll have to try that out! Thank you!

Julia Clayton

Thank you for all the good ideas! I am running out to the trash to grab the salad container!!

Patricia DeHoag

Love these tips my house is in desperate need of organizing!!

Lexy Overstreet Broome
Lexy Overstreet Broome

Thank you for this helpful ideas! I need to try to organize my home too and I’m on a right budget for sure!

Rica K.

There are some really great organization and storage ideas here…something for me to try during spring cleaning.

Pat F

These are some great ideas Like using the big salad bins for other things and help sorting smaller things!

janie vezina

these are some great ideas to get us organized this spring. tank you

Briannon Leming

This is great!