The following is a post from contributing writer Kimberlee.
It’s January, so most of us feel the need to get life in order after the holidays. Magazines tell us how to get organized in three easy steps, Pinterest shows us thousands of organized rooms to drool over, and stores display colorful and expensive organizational tools. If we’re not careful, we can spend a lot of money in our quest to tame the chaos of family life.
The good news is that creating a peaceful home doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are just a few ways you can get organized on a budget:
In your quest for an organized home, one of the first tasks to tackle is decluttering. Getting rid of the extra stuff around your home costs nothing and may even save you money. Once you remove the excess, you can easily find what you really need rather than purchasing something because you can’t find it.
Decluttering doesn’t have to be a major project either. You can get your home in shape by focusing on one area at a time and working just 10-15 minutes a day. Only keep those things that you truly use (not those that you “might” use in the future 🙂 ) and that you think are beautiful.
Join our 10 Minutes A Day Decluttering Challenge for encouragement.
While you are decluttering, you can begin to better organize what you decide to keep. There are many items that you might think of as trash that work well as organizational tools. I use the cardboard tubes from bathroom tissue to corral my hair appliance cords, plastic produce containers as drawer dividers, and bread tags to keep my cell phone charger cord neat and tidy. (See more recycled organization ideas here).
You can also use items you already own in a creative way. I have a small rectangular laundry basket that fits perfectly on my linen closet shelf. I store all of my sheet sets inside pillowcases in this basket. It looks neat and I don’t have to worry about refolding all of the sheets when one of my children pulls out a set. I also use a silverware caddy to hold my art supplies.
Once you have taken a look around your house and re-purposed items you already own, you might find that you need to purchase some additional storage or other organizational tools. Rather than heading straight to the organization or home improvement store, purchase “pre-loved” items from thrift stores, yard sales and Craig’s List. You can find everything from shelving to storage bins and for 50%-90% off what you would pay in a traditional store.
Making your home a beautiful and functional space, doesn’t have to cost a lot. Just use a little creativity and you can organize your home for less.
For more organizing ideas, visit the Organized in 365 index.