If you have accumulated a lot of clutter over the years, decluttering is a lot of work. But what is even harder, actually, is keeping the clutter away. If you don’t want to have to declutter your house every few years, you need to have systems in place to prevent clutter from building up in the first place. That’s where organizing comes in.
For those of you going through my “30 Days to an Organized Home” email course right now, keep in mind that after you declutter every area of your home, you will need to find ways to organize everything you decided to keep. When you are doing your entire house in a short amount of time, it’s important not to go overboard spending money on expensive bins, baskets, and drawer organizers. Focus on problem areas (the ones that give you the most stress) and go from there.
One thing that will stretch your money further is shopping at a dollar store for your organizing needs. I shop at Dollar Tree — they always seem to have these items in stock, especially this time of year. Obviously these items aren’t anything fancy, so they are great for organizing “hidden” jobs like drawers, cabinets, and closets.
I went to Dollar Tree recently and left with quite the haul. I was able to purchase 44 organizing items for the price I could have purchased maybe 4 things from Target. I spent $44.52, which got me some drawer liners, a vase, and all of this:
(If you live in my area, you may want to shop at a different store since I may have bought them out. 😉 Just kidding! But seriously, go quickly since organizing is a popular thing to do this time of year!)
I would recommend that you stay away from their thin, see-through bins. I bought these in the past and they break easily. This time I stuck to the ones that have proven more durable over time. Obviously if they do break, it’s less heart-breaking when you know you only spent a dollar on it! All of the bins in the picture below are plastic, but the ones in the front are made to look woven and appear stronger. The stackable baskets on the far right seem a little flimsy, but I’m not too concerned since I will be the one using them in my office, rather than my kids using them and probably breaking them right away. Ha!
I purchased mostly blue bins and baskets, because that’s the common color throughout most of my home, but I also bought some pink bins for my girls’ closet.
I got red bins for my son’s closet since he has one red accent wall in his mostly gray room.
I also shopped for drawer organizers, but these were fairly picked over. I only found one nice one with a grippy liner inside it (below on the right). I found all of these drawer organizers on this trip:
I really liked these wire baskets for some reason, and I’m not sure what I’m going to do with them yet. They would be cute on a kitchen or bathroom counter. In the kitchen, they could hold fruit or in the bathroom, they could hold washcloths or extra toilet paper.
Not bad, huh? They aren’t the most attractive things ever, but they get the job done. Now I just need to get out my label-maker so my kids actually use them!