How To: Organize Your Home on a Budget

How To: Organize Your Home on a Budget

Posted on April 18, 2012

Spring is upon us. We're dressing lighter, (trying to) eat lighter and looking to lighten the clutter. Cue Spring cleaning! If you're looking to clear out your home, or just make it look a little more organized, we've got tips to help you make your place look flawless without depleting your funds.

Use Your Space Wisely

I live in a very small one bedroom apartment. I'll be honest, sometimes I have no idea where to put things. I hate clutter, but with limited storage space, sometimes I need to be a little creative in my clutter-hiding techniques. I always try to think about the space I already have, like the space above the bottom level in cabinets or on shelves. Since the square footage is small, my best option is to get the most out of the space I have.

Favorite Ideas:

  • This Expandable Over Washer Shelf from Brylane Home is great because you're not using up any more floor space, but you can still store all of your laundry products. Use code BHAFF20 to drop it to $31.99.
Mainstays Helper Shelves

Use shelves to create more storage

  • I have a wall mounted key hook right by my door and I love it. I hang all my keys on it (instead of throwing them on the counter) and also hang my dog's leash and collar on it to keep it all in one place. This Twist Wall Mount Key Rack is just $4.99 at
  • The cupboards in my apartment go all the way to the top of the 11-foot ceiling. I don't like storing things all the way at the top, so I make the most of the bottom shelves with these Helper Shelves ($9 at Walmart). You can safely store glasses on top of plates, and have more room in your cupboards.


I can get ideas for nearly anything on Pinterest. You can spend hours scanning through the DIY section and looking at ideas others have tried, or have stumbled across, and then try it for yourself!

Some favorite DIY money-savers:

Hanging Metal Baskets

Use garden planters to store toys and keep them off the floor.

Bathroom organization

Decorate old boxes and use them to organize your bathroom

Storage Boxes

Use space wisely and store things in storage boxes on the ceiling!

Give Everything a Place

This may sound like an obvious tip. But, whenever I go through and try to organize items into similar groups, I start finding things I don't need and can get rid of completely. Start by grouping everything together, clear out unnecessary items and store all like items together. Whether you get creative with how you store these items, or take a more practical route, there are several online stores that offer great storage options:

Michaels Waste Basket

Use craft stores to help turn old baskets into new storage bins!

Rinse, Reuse, Recycle

From mason jars, to shoe boxes, to ice cube trays, we all have things lying around the house that can help in our quest for organization, with little to no out of pocket cost. Whether you cover an old shoe box with fabric to store toys, or use an ice cube tray in your dresser to store earrings, be creative and consider new uses for old treasures.
Some stores to help you turn the old into new:

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