There’s no need to spend a lot of money on organizing products. You might eventually have to purchase some containers, but I’m sharing free and Almost Free Organizing ideas you can start with now.

Free and Almost Free Organizing for Your Home

Shoe Boxes – Shoe boxes can be used to organize almost anything in any closet in any room. If the boxes are going to be out in the open you might want to paint them or cover them with pretty paper or fabric to match your decor. I used a large punch to make holes in these boxes to store rolls of thin ribbon.

ribbon storage shoe box

Dish Carrier – You can find dish carriers for free from many specialty shops. They can be used to hold picnic supplies, craft supplies, rolls of vinyl, or decorated as a gift box. I covered one carrier in a map and added supplies to make a portable homework caddy. The second carrier is used as a mail sorter by adding a few file folders to one side.

Homework Caddy 6

mail sorter 8

Toilet Paper Rolls – Do you have cords you don’t use everyday but you need to keep for future use? Cover toilet paper rolls in duck tape and place the cords inside. Label the cords with washi tape. Place them in a plastic container or shoe box to keep them all together.

cord control 9.1

Food Cans – Food cans make great organizers. Simply cover with wrapping paper, duck tape, or scrapbook paper to match your room decor. They can be used to organize many items, some even have lids.

Recycled Pencil Holder.2

Sheet Bags – I love how sheets and pillows cases come in fabric bags now so I can reuse them. They are perfect for packing shoes for a trip, packing a blow dryer and brushes in, or even for toys or electronics. I added fabric to these but you could leave them as is.

packing for a trip 7

Ziploc bags – Ziploc bags can be used to organize everything from small toys, to things in the pantry, to keeping jewelry and other things organized while traveling.

packing for a trip 5

Soda Bottle Carrier – You can paint the carriers or keep them as is. I love this coke carrier just the way it is. It’s perfect for holding utensils, picnic supplies, or even craft supplies.

carrier

Produce Bags – I re-enforced these mesh bags by sewing bias tape along the end of the mesh fabric. I can use them over and over again without having to use the plastic produce bags at the store. I can also store the produce in them in the pantry since they are mesh.

Produce bags

Diaper Boxes – Cover diaper boxes in fabric to make custom storage boxes for each room of your house. Since they’re made of thick and sturdy cardboard they’re really durable. Watch the video for step by step instructions.

Fabric Covered Boxes for storage

So before you go out and purchase more organizing products use what you already have for free.

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