Organizing your home doesn’t have to be done with expensive organizing units and lots of matching bins. You can accomplish the same goals with some simple items that you may already have in your home. The best part is that these won’t cost you anything extra!
Keep reading below for 15 free organization ideas that will help get your house in great shape and make it easier to find everything.
1. Leftover Boxes for Storing Almost Anything
One type of box that we all have a lot of these days is Amazon boxes. When ordering multiple items, it’s common that they will be shipped in several different size boxes.
You can store so many different items in empty boxes, like books, DVD’s, kids toys, shoes, cleaning supplies, and more.
Boxes can be cut down to shorter heights for creating a storage solution where you want to be able to see what is in the boxes, or you can keep the flaps on the box to be able to close them, which will provide the option to stack the boxes in a closet.
Empty diaper boxes are great for holding toys and clothes that you want to keep for future baby’s. You can easily write on the side what size clothes are inside and then they can be stacked in a closet.
Use kleenex boxes for smaller items. They could even be cut down to fit multiple in a junk drawer to create separate spaces for pens, paper, chargers, and anything else that you prefer to store in the junk drawer.
If you have any long boxes that aren’t very tall, these can be used for storing clothes, shoes, toys, wrapping paper, etc. under your bed! Since you won’t be able to see these, it doesn’t have to be beautiful, just functional
I don’t recommend using boxes for anything that you eat off of, because they could be dirty and they are hard to clean without damaging the boxes.
2. Empty Coffee Tins
Empty coffee tins are great for storing art supplies, small toys such as Lego or blocks, or use them in your shop for storing small fasteners and tools, such as nails, screws, bolts, or a set of screwdrivers.
Coffee tins can be painted to make them look nicer and you could use them on your countertop to store your serving spoons, whisks, ladles, tongs, etc.
Are you tired of having lint and dust everywhere in your laundry room? A coffee tin can be used as a garbage can for the lint from your dryer and used dryer sheets. Then put the lid on to make sure that the lint won’t spread around the room.
3. Baby Wipes Containers
Do you have any leftover baby wipe containers? These are great for storing crayons, pencil crayons, glue, and basically any art supplies that your child would use.
They can also be used for storing smaller bathroom items, like nail polish, make up, q tips, nail files, and makeup brushes.
Use them in your kitchen cabinet for small medicine bottles or in your bathroom as a first aid kit.
They could also hold rolled up microfiber cleaning cloths to be stored in a kitchen cabinet or laundry room.
4. Hand Me Down Bins
Many people go through their homes multiple times per year to declutter items they no longer use. So maybe you have friends or family that you could ask if they have any extra bins that they don’t plan to use again.
Bins are perfect for organizing items in every room of the house. The goal is to create spaces for all items in your home and bins help to give everything a set space. In some cases, they can keep items hidden so that the home looks clean and tidy.
Don’t worry too much about the bins matching. While this may look nice, it may not be possible to get all matching bins with hand me downs.
As long as you have the right sizes for the space that you want to put the bins in, you will still be able to organize everything so that it functions well for your family.
5. Pasta Sauce Jars
Clean the jars thoroughly before storing anything in them.
The larger pasta sauce jars are great for storing craft supplies, Lego, pens/pencils, makeup brushes, etc.
They could also be reused for other food items, such as to store tea bags, oats, nuts, coconut, brown sugar, and so much more.
Small jars could be used to store spices, salt, pepper, or sprinkles.
Any size jar would work well for storing hair elastics, hair bows, and barrettes which can then be stored in a bedroom or bathroom.
They can even be painted (preferably with chalk paint) to make them pretty so that you can use them on your countertop in the kitchen to store items such as straws, or silverware.
6. Empty Soup Cans
Soup cans would work well for holding screws, nails, washers, nuts, bolts, and other small tools.
You could also paint the outside of the cans to match your decor. Then use them to store your forks, knives, and spoons on your kitchen counter.
They are also great for using on your desk to hold your pens, pencils, ruler, white out, erasers, scissors, elastics, paper clips, etc.
Use them on your bathroom vanity to hold your hair brushes, or toothbrushes and toothpaste.
7. Create your own drawer dividers
Your silverware drawer doesn’t need any fancy drawer dividers or bins.
Cut up a cardboard box into a few large strips that will fit the depth of your drawer and several others to fit the width.
Create small cuts about halfway up on each strip. They can then be fit together so that they won’t shift around.
This will provide separate spaces for forks, knives, spoons, measuring cups and measuring spoons, etc.
If you have any extra plywood, you can create the same effect with wood. This option would be even stronger and last longer.
8. Gift Bags
Many people give gifts in medium to large size gift bags. Don’t throw those away!
You can store wrapping paper, off season clothing, or linens in these gift bags.
They could also be used for storing stuffed animals and other soft toys.
9. Old Kitchen Containers
Do you have any Tupperware that you no longer use or sandwich containers? These containers are great for storing cables, small toys, or they can be used in drawers to organize utensils, batteries, pens, pencils, cleaning supplies, etc.
Consider also whether you could still use the containers to hold food items. If you have a container that you used for cereal, it could now be used without the lid for storing potatoes.
Sometimes containers are created for one purpose but can work equally well for another purpose.
10. Plastic Ice Cream or Margarine Containers
The plastic ice cream containers are often round and a nice size which would work well for storing cleaning supplies under the kitchen sink.
Put the products that you use the most often in the container so that you can just pull it out when you’re cleaning to bring around the house with you.
Margarine containers are either round and sometimes long and rectangular.
The smaller containers can be used for storing screws, nails, nuts, bolts, or small toys such as Lego, LOL dolls, Shopkins, or Hatchimals. Put the lid on to keep everything safe and write on the outside what is stored inside.
They can also be used for storing medication and vitamins in your kitchen cabinet.
The rectangular containers would be great for storing smaller kitchen items. These may fit into a drawer in your kitchen to organize your serving spoons, ladles, tongs, etc. Otherwise, use them in your pantry to organize your spices, baking supplies, or snacks.
They could also be used to store your jewelry. Lay your necklaces flat and put a small piece of tape at the top of the necklaces to keep them from moving around. If you have smaller boxes available to put inside the container, your rings and earrings could be placed into those to keep them separate from the necklaces.
If you have multiple containers, they can easily be stacked with the lids on to create more organizing space.
11. Paper Towel Rolls
Do you have lots of cords behind your TV, under your desk, or maybe even on your kitchen countertop?
An empty paper towel roll or toilet paper roll is great for creating a more clean look for pulling the cords through so that you don’t have a tangled mess in these spaces.
You can also use these to put around your wrapping paper to keep them from unraveling and looking neat.
12. Existing Cabinets
Not everything requires a bin or an expensive organizing unit. Many bigger kitchen items can just be stored directly on the cabinet shelves.
The way to organize these spaces is by creating spots that contain similar items and keeping the cabinets that way.
So have one section for bowls and plates. Another section for mugs, another for glasses, one for plastic containers, a separate area for pots and pans and so on.
Storing items where they are used frequently, putting similar items together, and being aware of exactly where to find everything is the key to an organized home.
13. Lysol Wipes Container
Use an empty Lysol wipes container to store grocery bags. This will keep them all in one place and you can just pull a bag through the top when you need it.
14. Curbside Storage Finds
Believe it or not, people will put out perfectly acceptable furniture at the edge of the property for free or they have set it out on garbage day to be thrown away.
If you have some time, drive around and see if you can find any cabinets, dressers, shelves, etc. that you could just sand down and paint. This will give you lots of organizing potential in your family room, garage, bedroom, basement. Where ever you need the most storage space.
15. Create Labels with Paper, Pen, and Tape
Don’t have a budget for a new label maker? No worries. You can create your own labels with a sheet of plain paper, a marker or pen, and some tape.
Write down what you are storing in the box on a small piece of paper and then put the clear tape entirely covering the label onto the box.
Packing tape works best for this because it will keep the label on securely and look nicer. However, regular clear tape can work as well. Just make sure that the entire label is covered and that the tape goes a bit past the label.
Organizing your home doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. We bring in boxes and packaging frequently that we typically just throw away. However, these can be reused to free organization solutions for items around your home!
Creating spaces for all items where you and your family know exactly where to find them and where they should go back will help your home look tidy and beautiful. It will also cut down on the time spent looking for everything.
I hope these 15 free organization ideas will help you get motivated to organize your home today!
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