Happy January! Now that all of the Christmas decorations are put away and (hopefully) the last pine needle has been vacuumed, life is all about cleaning and organizing. Every store you go into is prepared to sell you the latest in home organization. I love this time of year when everything feels clean, fresh, and new. However, you don’t need to break the bank and spend a great deal of money to get yourself organized. Here are some of my favorite, budget-friendly home organizational tools.
- Baskets: I love baskets. They are decorative, and can keep your home organized and tidy, while adding some charm. I use them all through my home to organize everything from snack foods in our pantry to washcloths in our linen closet. Around the house, baskets hold books, magazines, newspapers, and even bathroom tissue. They can be found in almost any store, at a variety of price points. Some of my favorite places to find baskets at Home Goods, Hobby Lobby, and Michael’s.
- File Folders: With all of the papers that come into our home on a daily basis, everyone in our family has their own file folder. File folders are inexpensive and come in a variety of colors and fun patterns. Each family member can use their folder to store any important papers that might be needed later. At just $25, this Fold N’ File from Thirty One Gifts is the perfect way to organize and store our family files. Now, when I need that permission slip or sports form, I can put my hands on it pretty easily. I try to go through each family member’s file once every few months, or when they become a little too full, to stay on top of things.
- Trays: Trays are very popular right now and are a great organization tool for corralling clutter or like items. I like to use one in the kitchen, to keep the counter relatively clear, as well as on the coffee tables in the living room and family room. They also are perfect spaces to create some fun, seasonal vignettes. I have found my trays for under $20 each at both Home Goods and Hobby Lobby.
- Jars: I am a big fan of jars. They are classic, timeless, and inexpensive. In the craft room, I use jelly jars to hold small items like buttons and pins. In the kitchen, I jars can be used for everything from holding baking ingredients to utensils. Adding some cute chalkboard tags just makes these jars even better!
- Decorative Photo Boxes: These boxes are perfect for pictures, but have so many other uses too! Pretty and economical, these decorative boxes can be used to store stationary, office supplies, as well as personal momentos and keepsakes. You can find them in Michael’s or Hobby Lobby for just a couple of dollars each.
What are some of your favorite budget friendly organizers? Have you found any items or systems that have worked well? I would love to hear your thoughts.