If you’ll recall, one of my goals for 2015 was storing food in the event of a natural disaster.
This means researching, buying, and mostly, organizing all of that food so that it’s up off the ground, easy to find, and away from the main part of our house, lest my family steals food from it whenever they felt like it. While I was working on that massive project, that got me looking critically at the rest of my house, and seeing areas in my bathroom, linen closet, kitchen, and even the bedrooms that could really use some organization – or maybe a whole lot of it!
But, I don’t have the funds to go out and drop hundred of $’s on cute, new, expensive organizers, so I had to improvise. Of course, I took to Pinterest, and you know what I found? YOu can organize your entire house with stuff you already have on hand, and it’sll be hust as cute as buying new totes and baskets!
Store your makeup brushes
Do you have pickle or jelly jars lying around? Rather than tossing them in the trash when they’re empty, a great way to both waste less and organize your makeup brushes is to utilize these jars! The picture above shows decorate rocks being used to hold the brushes upright, but really dry beans or rice will work just as well! For a little extra aesthetic appearance, grab some ribbon you already have on hand and tie it in a bow around the jar! (Image & idea courtesy of Daily Makeover)
Nail Polish Organization
Clear contains are great for organizing beauty supplies for two reaons: 1) you can easily see what is inside, and 2) because you can find glass containers for organizing for free! I know I have at least 7 bottles of nail polish lying around my makeup table and bathroom at any given moment, and a great way to organize them is to use old candle jars. You’ll need to use jars from larger candles, but once the candle has burnt out, removing the wax is easy!
Simply boil water and pour straight into each candle jar. Set aside and let cool. When you come back to the cool water, the wax will have floated up to the top in a solid piece that you can pull right out. You’ll be left with perfectly clean glass jars perfect for storing nail polish! (Image courtesy of Peek & Ponder – check out their site for more ways to use empty candle jars!)
I firmly believe that every husband has PVC ends lying around his garage. Or at the very least in the basement. Regardless, these small ends that will never, ever be used for anything else are a great way to organize your hair tools. Just attache them to the inside of your cabinet doors to keep your hair tools and their cords organized, accessible, and out of sight! (Image courtesy of Daily Makeover)
The picture above is way over my abilities, but I was able to draw some inspiration from it – and find a way to use all of those baby food jars I have lying around. They’re glass, so they’re the perfect container to keep moisture out of my spices, and they’re just small enough! (Image courtesy of Brit+Co)
I love to bake – and any home baker knows that you have more than a few cupcake liners lying around. You don’t know what to do with them, but you also don’t really have a good way to store them. Enter empty spaghetti sauce/mason jars! The openings are the perfect size for cupcake liners, the clear glass ensures you’ll never forget whats in it, and the lid seals tightly to keep kitchen mess from getting inside! (Image courtesy of Brit + Co)
This last one in the kitchen maybe isn’t the prettiest, but trust me, it’s the best tip on this list! I absolutely hate looking under my sink to dig out the cleaner I need because it’s so messy! Because of how low it is, plus the size of the cabinet, it’s just a hard place to organize – and that’s why I love the idea of a shower curtain road (or any suspension rod, really) being placed under the sink! You can hang your cleaners by their nozzles to make locating them, and organizing the cabinet easier! (Image courtesy of Top Inspired)
Your bedroom should be your sactuary, a place where you can rest, but oftentimes it ends up being the place where everything gets dumped. Or stored. Or the last place to get cleaned. And it get it, we’re busy people. So, take make your bedroom just a little bit nicer, set up a charging station inside of one of your nightstand drawers. Less unsighly cords and blinking phones = a happier you. (Image courtesy of Gurl.com)
There are days when my dresser looks like a jewelry store exploded – and I don’t really have that much jewelry! Egg cartons in those small dresser drawers work great for keeping jewelry separate, from getting tangled, and off of the top of your dresser!
Linen Closet Organization
Aside from learning how to fold a fitted sheet, and placing folded sheet sets inside their pillowcases, sometimes you just need a basket or box to place those sheet sets inside to give your linen closet a more finished look! One great way to do this is to (especially for mamas) is to wrap diaper boxes in sheets you no longer use, or fabric. Add a tag, some ribbon, and you have a nice, sturdy, beautiful box to store sheet sets or towels in! (This idea is from HomeTalk)
When organizing your linen closet, especially when you’re stowing sheets & towels in baskets or boxes, labels are essential. They will keep you putting things in the correct place time and time again, and should any company peek into your linen closet while you’re entertaining, they’ll be thoroughly impressed! Most of us have some sort of labels already on hand, be they from a label maker, leftovers from a garage sale, or even blank printer labels. Whatever you choose, make sure that they are clearly displayed and easy to read. (Image and photo courtesy of A Bird And A Bean)
Take a look at the picture above. Anyone else have baskets like these left over from college? I know when I lived in the dorm I had like 4 of them, which I used as “shower baskets.” You might not have these exact baskets, but I’m sure you have something similar on hand. Think out of the box and I’m sure you’ll come up with something similar. And don’t forget to throw them in the dishwasher if they’re grimey!
How do you organize your home when you don’t have much money to spend?
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