Organizing doesn’t have to be boring.
It doesn’t have to be expensive either.
I took a visit to the $1 Store with my daughter, Bridget, to find 10 products that we can actually use to get organized!!
Here they are…plus a few bonus ideas.
10. Ice Cube Tray
Instead of buying these expensive jewelry organizers you can spend a $1 on an ice cube tray. Fill each cube with a pair of earrings or a ring. Place it (or several of them) in your dresser drawer. They are stackable, too.
9. Pill Container
While we’re organizing jewelry, grab this pill organizer for your travels. This large one works great to store your jewelry in. Pack up rings, necklaces and earrings in the compartments to keep them from getting tangled!
8. Plastic envelope
Place this envelope in your car. Write COUPONS on it with a big, black Sharpie. Place coupons – Bed, Bath & Beyond, Dicks, restaurants, Kohls, etc – in it as they come in the mail. I also like to put gift cards in mine. If you have a lot of gift cards (which I do not :() you can put them in a smaller envelope inside of this big one. I use the black binder clips to keep food coupons and BBB coupons together.
While you are traveling to a store have your kids pull out expired coupons for you!
7. Muffin Tins
A classic! Use them in a desk drawer, craft room or your makeup drawer! Muffin tins could replace these tuna cans without the fishy smell!
I love organizing with baggies. They are clean. You can see what is in them. They come in different sizes. They are very inexpensive. They are flexible and fit any where. I use one taped inside my pantry door to collect box tops.
5. Containers with lids
I love these containers for kid’s crafts. Load all the crayons in the whole house in one container. If they don’t all fit GET RID of some until they fit. Use a big Sharpie and write CRAYONS on the front. Do the same for the other craft supplies and then stack them all in a craft cabinet.
I have started using jars to get organized. I store all of my healthy foods (pine nuts, chia seeds, sesame seeds, almond flour, etc) in jars and line them neatly on a shelf in my pantry. You could also make salads ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator for your lunch each day of the week. One of my clients uses various sized jars to store her craft supplies (buttons, knitting needles, old fashioned thread bobbins, etc) and sets them in clusters to decorate her craft room. So cute.
Clothespins are so useful for organizing. We’ve had a lost sock holder on a wall in our laundry room (just a ribbon threaded through clothespins with the ends tied to nails) for years. Here is an example of one we made in a Moms group. Cover the clothes pins with paper and Mod Podge or use cute sticker paper. Thread a ribbon through it and tie it to a nail on each end. We stuck a magnet covered with the same paper to the end of the nail to make it cuter!
You can hang art work on clothespins in a playroom or hallway. Hang missionary prayer cards on clothespins in your dining room as a reminder to pray as a family.
Lana from Lana Red Studio hangs her tights with clothespins! LOVE it.
2. Bins, bins, bin!!
Look at the variety of bins we found. Use these in a desk drawer to organize your office supplies. Use them in the linen closet to organize medicines, nail polish and other miscellaneous items. Use them in your makeup drawer (we organized ours here and here). What about candles and candle supplies, batteries, junk drawers, etc. The bucket style container Bridget is holding would be great for bird seed or dog treats or a craft project you are currently working on to take as you travel around! The options are endless! Cute colors, too, or go for clear/white.
1. A Carabiner
Never lose your keys again. Hook a carabiner to your key ring. Everytime you get out of the car clip your keys to your purse or your belt loop. When you get home clip them to a key hook in your house. This can be located inside a cabinet door or on the wall near where you enter your home.
I never have to dig in my purse to find my keys (unless I don’t take the 5 seconds it takes to clip it to my purse when I get out of the car!!). Now that I’m using a small Vera Bradley purse (I gave up my big purse) I hook it to the strap. I LOVE this little habit.
Other $1 ideas that I saw online but didn’t find at my dollar store:
Mini buckets for desk supplies (scroll down to her boys at their desk). The mesh cups in #2 could work if you added a handle!
What are your Dollar Store deals that you’ve used to get organized?
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