When a lot of people think of ‘organising’ they picture heading to a big storage shop and shelling out lots of cash for specialised storage items. But creating a well-functioning, organised home can be done on a budget and in fact some projects may even be free.
Here are some of the ways I like to make sure my organising frenzies don’t turn into spending frenzies:
Why organise more than you have to? Once you’re done you may find that all you needed was to clear out some junk and that you don’t actually need to do any organising after all. As a bonus, you’ll have less to maintain and put away in future, plus you might even make a bit of pocket money if you have good quality items that you can sell.
Wrapping paper, contact paper, leftover paint and fabric can turn your less-than-trendy storage into something really cute. Clipboards, trays, memo boards, boxes and tins are all prime targets to receive a colourful makeover.
Before you head to the shops to buy new storage, peek your head in the recycling bin. Cereal boxes, tissue boxes, soup tins, yoghurt containers, coffee jars and sauce jars all make great free storage. Cover cereal boxes in paper and turn them into magazine files and use empty coffee jars to store your pantry staples.
Hunt around your home for items that could be repurposed into storage. Think: old muffin trays to store jewellery, your favourite mug with the broken handle becomes a pencil holder and that cute bowl that you never use for serving becomes a great place to toss your keys.
Stop! Don’t head straight for the storage aisle, as it’s full of ultra-specific tools with boring and utilitarian looks. Head to your favourite second-hand shop to source rustic crates and wire baskets and try homewares stores for bowls and trays. Other great places to try are bargain shops for your basic storage gear such as plastic drawer organisers and storage tubs.
Labels don’t need to be expensive. Fancy up some coloured paper scraps with corner punches or paint some cheap archive boxes with chalkboard paint and let your kids label and decorate them.
There’s not much you can do with a key rack that says ‘KEYS’ or a jar that says ‘PASTA’ after you’ve decided you longer need it for that purpose. Opt for versatile storage pieces that can be used in various rooms in the home for various purposes. Floating shelves, baskets, over-the-door hooks, magnetic strips, shoe hangers and drawer dividers are all great multi-purpose options.
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