Frugal Clutter Tips
Ikea has some great boxes to store magazines. These are great
if you magazines are going to be displayed. However, if you are going to keep
them in a closet, you may want to think about just using a cereal box. Just take
the top off one end, and cut the front of the box about 1/3 of the way down. You
can also cut the sides lower - slanting the cut from the low front to the upper
back. A lot of people cover them with contact paper- but I would do a cost
comparison with the ready made wooden boxes first. Contact paper can be
I don't know why...but men's items are usually priced
lower, whether it is clothing or hobby equipment. When you need storage for
small items, look in the sporting section for bait and tackle boxes and other
items predominantly used for storing items used by men. You may find something
that works for you at a much cheaper price than in places like the sewing or
Some of the cheaper storage solutions are over the door shoe
holders (which can be used in any room, for any purpose), and the canvas type
shoe holders which have Velcro around the top and can be used on a closet rod or
any other type of pole.
We see many kinds of containers in the stores today to help
organize our homes and possessions. However, there are many ways to organize
your home more economically. One idea is to go to your local hardware store, and
pick up paint cans. They do not cost much. Your can store a lot of different
things in paint cans. They can store everything from jig-saw puzzle pieces to
fabric scraps. You can use them as a portable ice bucket, or as the container
for a gift assortment. They have an advantage over baskets, in that they are
stronger, seal tightly, and the hard surface allows you to decorate them in a
variety of ways.
If the storage space is limited in your home, and you
need to pack things away and put them in damp or in other ways undesirable
areas, think about putting a few dryer sheets in with your items. This will hold
down the mold and mildew. However, if you are storing clothes, be sure to
include moth balls.
You can save a lot of money by storing items where you
can find them. How many times have you purchased something only to find you
already had what you needed- which may or may not still be useable. Make good
use of all the closets in your home. If they are dark, paint the inside white.
It will be much easier to see everything you have inside them. You can also buy
battery operated lights for the interior. We have a couple of them. You just
push them on and off, and it illuminates the interior.
Under the Bed
You can find a variety of plastic storage
containers that are designed to slide under a bad. If you have access to
some old wood drawers and wheels, you can even make something that will work
yourself. The advantage to the plastic drawers is that they are covered.
If you want your children to be neat and tidy, you have to make it easy for
them. When they pick up toys, you need bins or boxes that they can easily throw
their "stuff" in. Another thing they will do is to hang up things if the pegs
are easily accessible. Think about putting up a high chair rail in their room.
You can attach hooks or pegs, and then they can hang up bathrobes and other
items that they would otherwise leave on the floor.
Be careful about renting a storage space/locker. Most of the
time, it is a waste of money. Sometimes you have items you really want to keep,
but just don't have the space. However, most of the items you store could
probably be replaced with new items with the money it costs to store them.