For most families it’s important to follow a budget when managing your household. Not only will this help you set aside money for emergencies and large purchases, it will also allow you to delegate funds towards a specific project or task. One project you might want to start saving for is organizing your home. By getting a little creative you can organize your home on a budget, and make the best use of your money during the process of de-cluttering your home.
I’m a bit of an organization freak. I cannot stand clutter and items without a home. My husband on the other hand happily leaves things around wherever they drop. I’ve found that decluttering and creating homes for every single thing in our home has helped quite a bit.
Sure. He still leaves his jacket on the banister after walking right past our front hall closet but with a clean and tidy front hall closet it is no big deal to pick it up and put in its place on its hanger. Even if it makes me feel a bit like his mother when I clearly am not. My children know how to pick up after themselves. Just sayin’.
How to Organize Your Home on a Budget
Make a Plan
In order to organize your home on a budget, you’ll want to make a plan that includes your organizational needs. Do you have a lot of papers lying around? Are your kitchen cabinets bursting open? Are shoes cluttering up your entryway? Once you know what exactly needs to be organized, you can decide the best route to implementing your organizational plan.
Some of our problems included shoes in the entryway, an over-stuffed front hall closet, kitchen cabinets too full, my dresser was too full, too many toys with nowhere to put them etc… Half of this was solved by donating and throwing away unused and unneeded items. The rest called for organizational tools.
Use What You Have
If you already have some organization tools at home, save some money and make use of what you have. You can use repurposed boxes and crates in order to organize papers, tools, and more. You can also take advantage of unused shelves to organize items without homes. The less you need to buy, the easier it will be to stay within your budget.
Buy Clearance or Used
If you don’t have anything on hand that can be repurposed for your organizational needs, you can stay on budget by finding items on clearance or buying something used. Many times, you can refurbish used items so that they look brand new. This also allows you to personalize your organization item to better fit in with your home’s décor. In addition to used items, you can shop clearance items or sales in order to find home organization items at a low price.
Check out the Dollar Store
Y0u can find a great number of serviceable items for home organization right in the dollar store. They carry bins, hanging organizers, desk organizers and more.
Take a look at everyday items and think about how they can be used in your home to fit your needs.
For example, the girls, like most kids, have basically a zoo each of stuffed animals and bears. Keira’s was overtaking her bed and I do not like the look of that or of those hanging nets on the wall. Instead I went to the dollar store and grabbed a fold-able laundry hamper each that have been working well to store their friends in a tidy but accessible manner that can be kept out of the way.
Organizing your home on a budget is possible, especially if you have a plan in place. If you are really good you might even be able to splurge a little bit on a piece to make your life so much better – like a closet organizer!
What are your best frugal tips for organizing the home?
Elizabeth Lampman is a coffee-fuelled Mom of 2 girls and lives in Hamilton, Ontario. She enjoys travelling, developing easy recipes, crafting, taking on diy projects, travelling and saving money!