Inexpensive Organization Solutions

Feb 18

Success = I nursed my daughter back to health from the terrible stomach bug and kept the boys from getting sick.

Failure = didn’t have as much success keeping myself from getting sick.

What can you do? Mommies can’t win them all. Silver lining is I don’t have the stomach bug. What I have is a terrible sinus infection. Instead of sharing a project today, I’m sharing awesome, inexpensive organization solutions I’ve spied over the last few weeks.

Not only do I enjoy keeping a tidy and organized home, I really love finding great org solutions for a small investment. I’ve done many projects in here with re-used materials, but sometimes if we have a bigger project we pull out the pocketbook and buy something. No problem – it’s fun to do that. But when you’re on a budget, it’s nice to know there are still low-cost options available. I’m able to easily find great solutions for little money. So, if you’re gearing up for some early spring cleaning, check these out before they are gone!

I’m a gluten, I admit it! After I discovered these cool $1 compartment organizers (4 in the set for $4) at Home Depot, I went back to buy more. Especially after hearing from many of you that your local store wasn’t selling them….

Call it me being a “cautious shopper”. Ha, I’ll use any excuse!
I used these to organize the small things in our office as well as my daughter’s doll house accessories. But because there are endless ways to use compartment organizers like these, I grabbed 2 more sets. While in the home depot, I discovered several more varieties that are just as awesome. They have an 11″ 21-compartment organizer for $4…

A 9″ 9-compartment organizer for only $3…

They even sell an 11″ 20-compartment organizer for $8…and it’s waterproof (which might be why it’s a bit more costly)…

If you have a lot of little things, here’s a 14″ 27-compartment organizer for $5…

The 14″ organizer compartments are customizable as well…

Apparently I’m part bear…notice my claw-like Vanna White hand…

Love these compartment organizers because while they keep your small things contained, they also keep them orderly. Nothing worse than having those small things rolling around with each other. The point is to get organized and not frustrate yourself more.

Last week I popped into the $1 spot at my local target to find some great little org solutions. The $1 spot seems to offer something organization-related always, but the colors spoke to me this time and was inspired to share.

I love these colorful plastic containers…

Hard to tell but there is a stack of pink containers sitting to the left of the pretty blue color. Great for organizing your drawers or small toys.

These are fabric bins that are great for holding practically anything, even toys like I did in the playroom…

Love the pattern on this accordion-style pocket folder…

There were many colors and patterns to choose from and they had large / small sizes too. Great for receipts, financial info, scrapbooking papers/stickers, school papers, or blogging project notes if you’re a blogger.

These medium-sized plastic buckets are great for holding small balls, toys, or pet supplies…

How cute is this…

It’s a mini-version of the caddies I purchased in the $1 a few years ago. Great for small office supplies, tiny craft supplies, crayons or pencils…and much more.
On this Target trip, I snagged 5 of these cute and colorful tin buckets…just $1 each…
You’ll see soon how I used these. I also discovered these…

Couldn’t wait to get the set home to organize my daughter’s doll house accessories.

Praying these clearance prices aren’t a sign that the Martha Stewart line at Staples is going bye-bye. Someone tell me it isn’t so!? If you’ve been wanting to purchase a few of her products but couldn’t handle the hefty price tag, now might be a good time to buy. Found great prices at my local store.

Metal-rim tags for just $.50 (originally $2)…

Adhesive brass bookplates for $1 (originally $4.99)…

And 84-count removable color-coding labels for $1 (originally $3.99)…

What a deal for beautiful office and home organization!

There are many places to discover great, low-cost organization options — the dollar store, Michael’s, grocery stores, hardware stores, office supply stores. No need to spend a fortune at your local Container Store…although I totally understand how fun it is to roam the aisles.

When I find great deals while out and about, I often snap a photo and share it on my facebook page. It’s a great way to share a find/deal with all of you. If you aren’t a friend over there, I’d love to have you! And if you’d like to see more photos – some organization related and some personal – join me on instagram. I’ve been having fun on instagram sharing photos like these…

A bunch of new La Perla comfies I received for Valentine’s Day. These are my absolute hands-down favorite lounge pants. You will become addicted if you buy!…

Up late working with my favorite office-mate…

And recently shared my excitement about a much-needed (!!) new purchase…

Would love to have you friend me on instagram….I’ve enjoyed seeing a glimpse into your life too…because I do click through to see who you are and what you’re up to when you join me!

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  1. What a lovely work mate, I sometimes can't get over the price of somethings in the US compared to Ireland….so much cheaper

  2. Melissa says:

    Aww I hope you feel better soon!!!

    It's tough to get rest when you have a ton going on! I have an awful cold that just won't go away- it's driving me crazy! Of course my OCD tendencies won't let me rest one little bit though! =)

  3. Emily says:

    Love the Dollar Spot at Target! I always seem to find great things there.

  4. melissa says:

    I managed to find 3 of those 4 packs at the Home Depot in the town over and am sending my hubby to pick them up! Thanks for the rec!

  5. I was so upset about our Home Depot. I went to stock up on the storage containers and all they had was the 14" containers. I bought a few but I really wanted the other ones. I found them in the tool dept. Is that where you found yours? I have tried to get to Staples since you last posted about the Martha Stewart stuff being on clearance but I haven't had the time. Then at night, it is all I can think of. I hate that. I love La Perla. I LOVE my comfy pants. We are getting snow tomorrow here in California, crazy weather. So I can't wait to go to staples and target on Wens.
    Hope you are feeling better soon.

  6. lori says:

    I wish we had a Staples in New Orleans! I might have to drive to nearest one (180 miles round trip!)

  7. Michele Day says:

    I have been looking for a photo printer but I need one that shrinks documents. I imagine that yours does but I just wanted to be sure. Thanks!

  8. Great finds!! I am totally going to stalk our Home Depot in the hopes that they have those cases! So cool!

  9. Lianne says:

    I wish we had a Lowes, Home Depot and Staples in my country at all. Even an Ikea would be great…no such luck in NZ

  10. Unknown says:

    I had to giggle cause I bought the same file folders at our target!!!! My desk is so much more organized now that all the bills and paper stuff is filed away. And for a $1 you really cant beat that! My fiance is always giving me crap about stopping in the dollar section. Im like you wont believe what you can find in there!!! some of it literally is a a steal!

  11. Great tips!

    Would love for you to link up at Empty Your Archive. We have a special focus this week on decluttering and organisation, Alice @ Mums Make Lists x

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