The 12 Inexpensive Organization Essentials Every Home Needs

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Organizing your home doesn’t have to be expensive. Check out our top picks for organizing your household stuff on the cheap.

There’s something almost magical about opening a drawer, wardrobe or cupboard to reveal everything neatly in its place, preferably sorted by color, size and season. While you can hire a professional organizer to help you contain clutter in your home or get rid of it altogether, there are cheaper ways to tame trouble spots for less than you might think.

Anyone who has ever lived with the chaos that clutter brings knows that it can have another price. When you can’t find exactly what you need when you need it, sometimes you have to spend more of your hard-earned cash to buy the thing you already own but can’t find. Ultimately, clearing clutter from your home and becoming more organized will help you feel less stressed and be more productive. (That, we’re here to tell you, is a feeling worth its weight in gold.)

Here are some of our favorite budget essentials to help you organize almost any space in your home.

Hanging Shoe Organizers

Years ago I read a magazine article praising the modest plastic shoe organizer above the door. It made me realize that they are not just for shoes. In addition to neatly storing shoes vertically inside our closet doors, there’s now one with clear plastic pockets on the pantry door in our kitchen that holds everything from matches and bottles of coffee. reusable water bottles to grocery bags and small packets of snacks for school lunches. In the bathroom, another shoe organizer hangs inside the linen closet door to keep soap, shaving cream, hair care products, makeup, extra razors and toothpaste easy of access. When my kids were babies, we used a shoe organizer hanging on the nursery door to store diaper changing supplies, extra diapers, packaged wipes, bibs, socks, pacifiers, and all the necessities. other things parents need to take care of newborn babies.

This one of Room Essentials is $10 at Target and features four metal hangers and reinforced tabs. If you are going to use it for shoes, you can spend $18 for one canvas and mesh version also available on Target.com.

Lazy Susans are reborn as turntables

During the first months of the pandemic in 2020, The Home Edit inspired me, and probably countless others, to rediscover the usefulness of what my mother and grandmother called a lazy susan. Traditionally, these round turntables were used in the kitchen to provide easy access to spices and preserves in deep cabinets. Thanks to modern home organization gurus, hardworking gadgets have been redesigned to be used in almost any room of the house AND inside other devices. The turntables in the refrigerator can hold various juices or jams, which could otherwise get lost in the back. Lazy Susans that spin are also a wonder in bathroom cabinets and can be used to hold hair care and other beauty products, or even cleaning products. In the pantry, lazy susans keep us from forgetting the black beans hidden behind jars of spaghetti sauce and chicken noodle soup. Some people proudly display their turntables on kitchen counters to neatly hold the spices they use most often. We like it Copco Pantry Non-Slip Lazy Susans available on Amazon for $9.99.

Transparent shoe rack with lids

These stackable containers will work great under a bed or at eye level on a closet shelf to keep your shoes top of mind and dust free. Bed, Bath and Beyond sells a six-pack of Simply Essential for $25 These containers would also be great in a kid’s room to hold Pokemon or baseball cards, LEGOS, or even art supplies like markers and paint pens. Those on a serious budget can find cheaper shoe storage containers with lids for $1 to $3 each at discount retailers including DollarTree, Walmart, and Target.

Storage containers under the bed

Sometimes you have to store your things out of sight. A cool thing about these PARKLA storage cases from IKEA are they can be used under beds, in closets or even on garage shelves to hold blankets, seasonal clothes, holiday decorations, sports equipment or even garden hoses. And it’s hard to beat the price at $1.99 per 22 x 19 x 7 inch container. Other retailers sell the same bag at three times the price, so shop around before making your final purchase.

Mesh Hanging Shower Organizers

Not everyone has one of those cool recessed spaces in their tiled shower to hold shampoos and soap. My mom has used similar mesh organizers for years to keep her bath products from cluttering the inside of her shower. A bonus? Lightweight products, when stored on the shower curtain rod, do not interfere with showerheads like some metal overhead caddies do. This pocket shower storage bag available at Walmart uses your shower curtain hooks to keep everything up and (mostly) dry and off the tub floor.

Recycled glass food jars

Finding new life for everyday items — like glass jars of marinara sauce — can be a budget-friendly way to help organize your stuff. There’s a cheese ball I usually make on vacation that calls for beef jerky. The ingredient comes in a small glass container that is about the same size as an ice cream push-up. My sister-in-law started collecting the little glass jars to organize different items in her house. In the bathroom, she has half a dozen that hold small makeup brushes, eyeliners, lip liners and toothbrushes, all stored on an easy-to-reach shelf near her wardrobe. pharmacy.

kitchen drawer organizers

Confession: I always have a junk drawer in my kitchen that houses aging grocery receipts, random Sharpies, take-out menus, and plastic-wrapped appliance manuals. All other drawers, however, have been outfitted with utensil organizers. Over the years I’ve added dividers specifically for large kitchen knives to keep them all in one place and off the counter. When choosing new drawer organizers, it is important to ensure that your cutlery will fit the product you choose and that there are enough slots for your tablespoons and salad forks. Find dividers that are easy to clean and will last for years of use. Discount stores carry sets and separate pieces that you can use together to create slots for almost any slotted spoon and spatula you own. The target sells a bamboo cutlery organizer for $12 with matching rectangular bamboo organizers available for $7 each. Plastic versions sell for as little as $2 at the national retailer.

Hooks above the door

For moms, wives, and caregivers who dutifully pick up towels from the bathroom floor, or scarves and hats from the hallway, these over the door hooks are for you. Point them out to your children and spouses as often as necessary, and don’t hesitate to demonstrate how easy it is to snag a fleece sweater or a wet towel. (In two seconds flat!) This space-saving versionwith eight nickel-finished hooks for hanging scarves, purses, hats and more, is available at The Home Depot for $14.48.

Narrow rolling carts

When space is limited in your kitchen, bathroom, laundry room or mudroom, a narrow rolling cart is a perfect way to store cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, canned goods or even toilet paper, and keep it out of sight until you need it. This three-tier Spacekeeper cart sold on Amazon has four out of five stars and is priced at $18.67.

Nylon Wardrobe Boxes and Drawer Organizers

We love IKEA’s SKUBB series of storage boxes. They are super affordable and durable. We have several sets of this six pack soft drawer organizers that will keep socks, underwear, belts and scarves accessible and in their place. Made of polyester, they’re foldable and come in six-packs in a variety of colors for $4.99 at IKEA.

White Wire Cabinet Shelves

Although we’re not a fan of wire hangers, unless you need to make s’mores in the fireplace, we really appreciate it. a wire shelf. When space is limited, place them in a kitchen cabinet to store coffee cups, saucers and bowls above other dishes. They also work for stacking extra items in a pantry, freezer, or refrigerator. I have a version in my closet to easily see folded sweaters and scarves. DollarTree sells them for $1 each in stores, with packs of four sold online for $4.

Gift wrap storage solution

Whether you prefer gift bags or wrapping paper, you need a place to store everything, including long tubes, tissue paper, tape, scissors, ribbons and cards. This gift wrap storage Amazon’s container, priced at $13.99, also includes two large pockets for bows and gift tags. Slip it under your bed or tuck it in a closet upright so it’s ready the next time you need to wrap a present.

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