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Organizing Ideas For Very Little Cost

Posted at 7:58 AM, Jan 14, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-14 08:33:59-05

cereal 2GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Do you have a room in your house that is so messy that you just close the door in disgust?

To observe National Organize Your Home Day, dubbed that by www.daysoftheyear.com, I found some great ways to help start the organizing process.

Cereal Boxes

  • You can actually make small trays for things like pencils, ink pens, or crayons by taping the  bottom and top shut,  go down about an inch from the top and bottom, slice all the way around the box, and then cover with contact paper or stickers. You now have a tray! I bought nine feet of contact paper at Family Dollar for around $3.
  • Using a utility knife, you can also cut from the top corner of the box, on angle, on both sides, to the middle of the cereal box in order to get the shape of a file folder holder. Keep in mind that large cereal boxes work best for this project. When you get the file folder shape, you can make the holder more appealing by using some of the contact paper and slice away the excess with the utility knife. For both of these projects, I only used about one foot of contact paper; therefore, I have eight feet left for other projects.

Over -the-door shoe organizer

  • This actually works great to organize everything from craft supplies, toiletries and jewelry, to children’s small toys and even kitchen utensils. I found one for $7 at Family Dollar.

Ice Cube Tray

  • Some of the smallest things can be the hardest to keep track of in your home. An ice cube tray works great to organize your earrings, rings, loose change, small nails, tacks, and other tiny objects. You can find them at thrift stores for as little as a quarter, or even buy brand new! I found some two for $1 at Dollar Tree.

Pant/Skirt Hanger

  • Have very little floor space in your closet but some extra room to hang stuff? Use pant hangers with clips as a great way to hang up boots that are sometimes flimsy and fall over.

Plastic Hanger

  • ‘Tis the season for scarves, scarves, and more scarves! Mine are strewn about the house, landing on chairs, the bed or hanging off of the full length mirror. Take a normal plastic hanger and tie your scarves all along the long, skinny part at the bottom! This also works great for ties, too!

If these ideas leave you with the need to do a little shopping and you are a frequent Family Dollar shopper, you can use a $5 coupon to save off a minimum purchase of $25 starting Friday. The coupon is at the bottom of their receipts and in flyers.

I would love to hear your frugal organizing ideas! Please email me: smartshopper@fox17online.com. And follow me on Twitter @FOX17deals.