Frugal moms are always in search of cheap storage solutions. When you have an active family, you start to accumulate a ton of stuff. From children’s toys and books to an endless supply of kitchen gadgets and holiday decorations, many mothers find their homes are bursting at the seams.
If you don’t have the cash to invest in a lot of fancy organizational supplies, here are some ideas for cheap storage solutions:
- Use plastic storage carts to organize supplies in your office. If you want to make them look more attractive, cover the insides by taping decorative scrapbook paper to them.
- Make your own magazine holders by cutting cardboard boxes to the correct size. Paint them or cover them with pretty paper if they’ll be stored someplace you can see them.
- Save empty glass jars for storing beads, ribbon scraps, and other tiny craft supplies. Baby food jars work especially well for this purpose.
- Stash bubbles, chalk, jump ropes, jacks, marbles, and other outdoor toys in empty plastic ice cream buckets.
- Use empty Valentine’s Day candy tins to organize pieces for a child’s board game.
- Use plastic soap dish containers to keep card games protected.
- Use dollar store laundry baskets in each room to corral children’s toys.
- Glue together a collection of tiny boxes or box lids to make your own drawer dividers.
- Keep hats, mittens, umbrellas, and other necessities in pretty reusable shopping bags hung from a hook by your front door.
- Keep cords for electronic items together by stashing them in empty Crystal Light containers that are labeled with the item name.
- Use old casserole dishes to keep spices, snacks, and other small items organized within your kitchen cupboards.
Many of the above tips can be implemented simply by repurposing items from around your home. However, thrift stores and consignment stops can also be good sources of baskets, boxes, jars, and other organizational supplies. In the Cedar Rapids area, try:
5520 Council Street Northeast
2000 Scotty Drive Southwest
Stuff Etc Quality Consignment
Williams Blvd SW # 100