One of the big secrets to staying organized is having the right tools. This does not mean that you have to go out and spend thousands of dollars to get your home organized and keep it that way. On the contrary, my favorite organizing tools are not only relatively inexpensive, but they are also extremely versatile. I can use them for many different projects in different ways. So here is a list of my favorite budget friendly organization tools that won’t break your budget.
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1. Label Maker
If you have never used a label maker you are missing out. I have used mine on almost every organizing project I have ever done at home or at work. Label makers are great for labeling the inside and outside of binders, files, storage boxes, pantry storage, and in the garage. I have a friend who even uses hers to label her light switches! What I love about my label maker is that it makes everything look neat and professional. I can use many different types of fonts and sizes with my label maker. I also like that I can instantly re-label an item later if I re-purpose it. You can’t go wrong with a good label maker.
For a basic label maker, I recommend the DYMO Letra Tag. If you want a fancier one that can do more fonts and personalization, I recommend the Brother P-Touch. Please note that I own both and they both work great!
2. Magazine File Boxes
Magazine file boxes are the perfect solution for many organizing problems. I use them at home and at work. At home I use them for thinner books, magazines, craft paper, printing paper, labels, and other paper products. The magazine files work well because they hold a number of loose items neatly together. The types of items that make a mess when you stack them and fall over or slide down when you place them vertically. The best part is these files are now made of a wide variety of materials to suit your needs as well as your style.
3. Storage Drawers
I love storage drawers big and small. Over the years I have used many different sizes and combinations in areas throughout my home. My current favorites are the Sterilite 3 drawer, Sterilite 1 drawer and the Container Store Like It Stackable Drawers. For smaller organizing projects I have used multiple Sterilite 3 drawers under the bathroom sinks in my home. They are great for holding hair ties, nail supplies, and extra makeup. In the garage I have some that hold smaller parts for projects and piece of items that we need to save. I have put the Sterilite Modular Drawers to use in my pantry as well as under my bathroom sink for smaller projects. I also like the Container Store Drawers for use under smaller bathroom cabinets.
4. Clear Shoes Boxes
You can’t go wrong using Clear Shoe Boxes for organizing. They are a great size, they stack well and they are super cheap. I use them all over my home for much more than just shoes! They can be used to store small craft supplies, jewelry, Playdoh and many other smaller items. I love that I can stack them and they are so much sturdier than a regular shoe box which eventually get torn or smashed. My favorite brand is Sterilite.
5. Stackable Shelves
Did you ever notice how far apart cabinet shelves are in most homes and how you never have enough? Do you have large stacks of items that get messy or topple over when you pull an item from the bottom? Stackable shelves are the perfect solution to both of these problems. They allow you to add extra shelving space at a low cost and keep the items in your cabinet from becoming a huge mess. I use them in my linen closet and pantry.
6. Craft Thread Boxes
Craft Organizer boxes by Darice are another awesome tool for organizing small items. They are stackable, durable, and inexpensive. I store craft supplies such as foam letters and beads in them for my children. I also store all my inexpensive and costume jewelry in them. It keeps my jewelry from getting tangled and it allows me to see what I have at a glance.
7. Drawer Organizers
Let’s face it. Drawers can easily become a disorganized dumping ground for items. There is a reason most people have a “junk” drawer in their home. Drawer organizers are designed to keep your drawers in order while keeping like items together.
8. Binders, Sheet Protectors and Tab Dividers
While it is perfectly acceptable to go paperless, there are some papers you may want to keep. At home and at work I use binders, sheet protectors and tab dividers to organize my papers. If you are like me, you may want certain pieces of information like calendars or schedules printed out and easily accessible. This is where binders can really help keep you organized.
There you have it. Organization tools that will make your home look neat without draining your bank account. Do you have any you would add to this list?