Getting organized is a great way to declutter your home and streamline your life. With all of the organization systems and products, though, home organization can get pricey if you let it. So, why not focus on getting organized without adding any more unnecessary items to your home or your budget? If you’re willing to get a bit creative and take a little time, you’ll be able to organize your home like a pro on a low to zero-budget!
Tips for Organizing without Spending
I love organizing as much as the next person, and yes, I am drawn to all of the cute storage boxes and organizers. But, I often find myself wondering is all of that really necessary, and you know what? It’s really not. With a little ingenuity (and a lot of Pinteresting) we all can have expertly organized (and beautifully decorated) homes without spending a fortune. Check out my favorite tips for getting organized without breaking your budget!
Okay, so decluttering isn’t necessarily “organizing” in and of itself; however, I’ve found there isn’t much use in organizing if you haven’t gotten rid of the excess. So, take a few hours (or a few days) and sort through the items in your home. Choose what needs trashed, donated, and kept and work your way from there.
2. Look for Preexisting Organizers in Your Home
After you’ve decluttered, it’s time to get started organizing. So, start the process by searching your home for preexisting organizers. Do you have a collection of baskets shoved in a closet or maybe you have a whole set of baby food containers that you’ve been keeping for the “perfect project.” Inventory the items that you have that you can use to organize your space and then assign each item accordingly. For example, baby food jars are great for spices in the kitchen or jewelry in the bedroom. Baskets are perfect for corralling books, stray toys, and almost anything else.
3. Design Your Own
Okay, honestly, it takes all of my willpower not to go out and buy all of the beautifully matched shelf organizers out there, but those organizers can definitely cost a pretty penny. If you want the same color-coordinated look without the added expense, consider designing your own. Collect several of the same size boxes (diaper boxes seem to work really well) and then select scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, or even wallpaper in a design you love. Adhere the paper to the boxes with a strong adhesive and organize away!
4. Tackle the Paper
There are lots of different systems for organizing paper clutter, but one of the easiest and cheapest is by using a digital filing system. Begin by switching all of your bills, etc. over to electronic statements, and you’ll cut down significantly. Once you’ve made this switch consider a system for uploading any documents you might want to save and store them on a secure device. Instead of having to keep all of the paper, you’ll be able to organize all of your documents digitally and access them much more easily.
So, obviously you’ll need a few boxes or baskets to organize things around your house, but what you really need is the right strategy. As you’re working on decluttering and getting organized, focus on simplifying as well as keeping “like items” together. These dual-faceted strategy will help you shift to a more clutter-free lifestyle and make getting and staying organized all the easier.
Remember, getting organized doesn’t have to cost a lot. Use these simple tips for organizing your home, and you’ll be well on your way to a decluttered, beautifully organized living space!