As a child, I preferred organizing my toys over playing with them. I would line my dolls up in neat little rows and put my stuffed animals in groups based on what type of animals they were. I have always loved organizing – it clears my mind, reduces anxiety, and creates a more useful and aesthetically pleasing space.
Because the hubby and I are currently saving for a home and working on attacking our student loan debt, organizing supplies are not in our budget. But that doesn’t mean our place is a mess! I make use of spare items and re-purpose them for containing that pesky clutter. Here are 5 items you can re-purpose to get organized without spending a dime.
I have several old mugs that I received as gifts or for free. There’s no way we’ll ever use all of those mugs for their intended purpose (I don’t even drink coffee!). Instead, I use mugs to organize office supplies, including pens/markers, business cards, and post-it notes.
Shoe boxes are great for organizing DVDs and CDs.
Ice Cream Jars
Ice cream jars (or any other type of jar) work well for keeping spare change in one place.
I often receive jewelry as gifts from relatives for Christmas, and I always keep the boxes because I know I’ll use them for something. I’ve used earring boxes to organize push pins, bobby pins, and paper clips.
I use larger necklace boxes for organizing technology related items, such as memory sticks, chargers, headphones, and batteries.