Think you have to break the bank to bust the clutter? Think again. Home organization for less is easy and achievable! These 10 home organization accessories — each less than $10 — will help you streamline your home and stay on budget.
13-Slot Accordion File Folders
This common office product can be used to file bills, greeting cards, recipes, articles or just about anything else you can think of. It's all about how you label the sections. For example, make each section a month, and you've got a handy place to stash receipts and stubs after paying your bills; at the end of the year, store the entire folder with your tax return. Or label each section with a category (appetizer, entree, dessert) and file recipes. You can also label by category (health and fitness, hairstyles, home renovations) to store articles you want to read or save.
This inexpensive hardware can tame the mess of jackets in the hall closet or the dress-up clothes in the playroom. Hooks keep your purse, keys and dog leashes handy at the door. And because they can be hung at varying heights, they're great for short and tall people alike. The new Command hooks by 3M can even be removed in one piece without leaving a sticky residue. And the largest size holds up to seven and a half pounds!
Made in every shape, size, shade and material, baskets no longer qualify as strictly country decor; finding designs to suit your style is easier than ever. These lidless beauties offer easy access but can quickly become catch-alls for clutter, so be sure to label them. Tie on a tag with ribbon if you're not fond of sticker-type labels.
You can get the entire family organized by having one big basket per person in the mudroom for shoes, backpacks and umbrellas. Create a welcome basket by putting all those free samples in one place for use by your houseguests. Place a smaller basket near the TV for remotes and program guides, and use a larger one for grab-and-go snacks in the kitchen.
These nifty containers, which hang from existing shelves, allow you to make use of previously wasted space between the top of your canned goods, for example, and the shelf above. The baskets come in various depths, so you can use them to store everything from place mats to cookbooks.
These inexpensive partitions help sort items so you don't get conked in the head when you reach for something stuffed onto the top shelf of your closet. Dividers make room for shoes, purses, sweaters, games, even cookie sheets.
These are ideal when you have the height but not necessarily the width for storage. The shelves come in widths ranging from extra small (six inches) to jumbo (more than a foot) and are made of heavy-gauge wire coated in plastic, rubber or stainless steel. They're great for dishes, canned goods, spices, games, toys and craft supplies.
These come in mesh or solid styles, with compartments for everything from rubber bands and paper clips to pencils, kitchen utensils and even makeup. A clean egg carton or box lids will also get the job done.
Closet Rod Doublers
This handy gadget does exactly what it says it will. The doubler hooks over your top closet rod to give you a second hanging bar underneath. In a child's room, you can store rarely worn or out-of-season togs up top and keep everyday clothes within the little one's reach. To function properly in an adult's closet, the top bar must be at least 72 inches high. Rod doublers also work well in craft rooms for fabric and other supplies.
Pretty to look at, these help hide things in plain sight. Not only can acid-free boxes store and protect treasured photos, but they can also stash a year or two's worth of bank statements and canceled checks. Large boxes fit souvenirs and children's oversized art projects.
Try planting a mailbox next to your garden, where you can tuck away frequently used tools. Stick another mailbox near the children's play area for sidewalk chalk, jump ropes and other small items that are easily lost in the garage.
So dig out your loose change — these home organization solutions cost less than lunch out and will turn untidy rooms into clutter-free spaces in no time.