Chaos and clutter are monumental issues for some homeowners. Reality television shows exposing colossal household disorganization are popular and in many cases, those at a complete loss turn to professionals to help bring order where this is none. Still, there are measures you can take yourself to help make sense of messiness. We’ve asked Monica Ricci, a Certified Professional Organizer, speaker, trainer and author, to give us 10 affordable DIY tips on organizing your home.
Here are Ricci’s suggestions:
1. To corral toys inexpensively, purchase white bankers boxes at an office supply store, and with a blade, cut a large “notch” in the front to make the contents easily visible for kids to store and retrieve their things.Approximate cost: $3 each.
2. Instead of drawer dividers, save the boxes your checks and shoes come in and use them to separate different categories of items inside drawers. Approximate cost: Free
3. Organize and store jewelry, beading and small crafting supplies in empty egg cartons. Approximate cost: Free
4. Store leftover food in Ziploc containers. They’re inexpensive and you can send food home with friends without worrying about getting the container back. Approximate cost: $1 each.
5. Add milk crate-style file boxes to the top shelf of your closet to create compartmentalized storage spaces for off-season items and accessories. Also, stack the crates on their sides on the floor of the closet create vertical storage for shoes, sweaters, or bags. Approximate cost: $7 each.
6. Quickly add up to 56 square feet of storage space under your bed simply by raising it up on cinder blocks. Approximate cost: $2 each.
7. Organize garden tools inexpensively by attaching threaded hooks to a furring strip, nail the strip to the garage wall and hang garden tools on the hooks. Approximate cost: $15
8. Use an empty tissue box as a dispenser for plastic grocery bags. Approximate cost: Free
9. Save glass jars from pickles, peanut butter and mayonnaise and use them to organize small parts and hardware. Approximate cost: Free
10. The best way to save money organizing is to not spend it in the first place. Be aware of your shopping habits, rein in impulse spending, and resist shopping out of boredom or for entertainment.
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