For me, organizing has always much more about function than form. Because while I love the look of gorgeous, high-end organizing systems, I’m rarely willing to shell out the money to buy them!
And since most of us homemakers have a budget to consider, it’s important to remember that getting organized doesn’t have to cost a fortune! That was the motivation behind a post I wrote a couple of years ago sharing a roundup of dollar store organizing hacks.
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And since being budget-conscious never goes out of style, I thought it was high time to revisit the subject! :-) So today I have a brand new list of organizing hacks to share with you centered around things you can find at your local dollar store.
9 Brilliant Dollar Store Organizing Hacks
1. Organize Your Schedule
Need help keeping track of all your appointments and to-do lists? Dollar stores offer a surprising variety of calendars and planners!
Look for wall calendars, desk calendars, pocket-size calendars, and more. It’s a great way to keep yourself on track without emptying your wallet to do it!
2. Keep Office Supplies Handy
Use simple containers from the dollar store to help keep supplies organized in your home office or workspace. Cups and magazine organizers are perfect for pens, markers, and copy paper!
3. Keep Track Of Papers
Keep track of your bills, contracts, and other important documents with portfolios, folders, and envelopes from the dollar store. I even found a binder of notecards with section dividers at my local dollar store that I’ve been using to keep recipes handy.
4. Easy Access To Linens
These dollar store organizers were advertised as bins for picture books, but that’s certainly not the only way you could use them. I personally thought they would make a perfect solution for storing table linens like napkins, placemats, and tablecloths!
5. Double Duty Containers
Small containers with locking lids are extremely versatile, and you can find them at many dollar stores! Use them while you travel to store bar soap, hair accessories, cotton swabs, and more.
Speaking of travel, I also found this handy pencil case that’s perfect for my makeup brushes. It protects them in transit and has the added benefit of being easy to clean!
6. Mesh Earring Organizer
Mesh baskets like this one are a mainstay at dollar stores, and there’s a million ways to use them at home. Try mounting one on a wall and hanging your earrings from it!
You can also store things inside the basket too, like bracelets and other accessories.
7. Creative Closet Storage
Coat closets aren’t always the most useful if you’re short on storage space. But with a trip to the dollar store and a little bit of creativity, you can make it a much more functional space!
One way to add more storage to a coat closet is to make your own hanging basket system. Just thread the handles of a few lightweight baskets over the hook of a hanger, then hang them from the bar in the closet.
Use your hanging baskets to store craft supplies, clothes, or anything else you want to keep organized!
8. Color Code With Stickers
Kids aren’t the only ones who can benefit from the wide variety of stickers that most dollar stores offer! You can use small, colored stickers to color code items around the house.
For instance, a few sheets of star-shaped stickers can help you color code your collection of herbs and spices! Use green for dried herbs, purple for chilis and spicy powders, yellow for baking spices, etc. A simple color coding system like this makes it easier to find what you’re looking for.
9. Corral Your Coin Collection
I found a bag of coin wrappers at the dollar store recently, and I’m kicking myself that I didn’t think of buying them there sooner! (I bought a package on Amazon recently for much more than a dollar and ended up with way too many of them!)
With a collection of coin wrappers at home, you can save the fees of going to a coin counting machine and keep that money in your pocket.
Have you come across any great finds at the dollar store recently?