Inexpensive Ways to Organize Your Home
For many of us, a clutter-free home equals a clutter-free mind. Although at first home organization can seem daunting, it doesn’t have to be a major chore. With a few low-cost ideas and fresh techniques, you can find a place for all of your belongings.
Good storage solutions don’t have to include expensive storage products. You can invest in inexpensive plastic bins for most of your storage needs. These bins come in a variety of sizes, colors and shapes. You can also search around your home to find containers that you can recycle into storage bins.
- Clean food jars of any size are great for small items, such as buttons, coins and hair accessories;
- Shoe boxes are sturdy enough to hold important belongings and small enough to put in a crowded space;
- Plastic food containers, such as ice cream tubs, also work great at storing miscellaneous items;
- Cardboard food packaging, including cereal boxes, can store tall items.
Think twice before throwing something out next time. You might be able to find a new life for it as a storage container.
A good home organization system involves using your creativity and a bit of effort.
- Purge frequently. The less stuff you have, the fewer places you’ll need to create for storage;
- Rotate your items based on the season. During the summer, there’s no reason for your heavy ski parka to hang right next to your swimming suits. You can store the unnecessary clothes in a plastic container, hidden away in another part of the house;
- Maximize your closets. You can install some inexpensive additions to your closets to increase the storage space, including wire racks, hooks and shoe racks;
- Utilize all of the space available to you, including your home’s vertical space. Wire shelving is an inexpensive way to add storage to almost any space.
If you want to get the most out of your home’s storage capacity, learn how to see the hidden potential of each part in your house.
Room by Room
Many rooms in your house can store more than is obvious at first glance. In your living room, try installing hanging shelves to take advantage of vertical space. In the kitchen, don’t stuff your pots and pans into your drawers. Instead, install a ceiling mounted rack for the kitchen items you use the most. The kitchen is also a great place to purge appliances you use infrequently to give you more counter space. In your bedroom, take advantage of the space under your bed. Avoid stuffing boxes under the bed, and invest in clear plastic containers with wheels for easy access to your belongings.
With a little work and sense, it’s easy to organize your home without spending a fortune. Once you’ve figured out your own home organization system, keeping your house clutter-free will be a snap.
Guest Post: Carly Lance is a personal finance junkie who loves to blog about saving money, frugal living and getting out of debt whenever she can. She believes a happy life = happy finances. She is also employed by Personal Bankruptcy Canada, a company of experts in the bankruptcy and insolvency act.