How to Get Organized Using What You Have

You don’t have to spend a fortune to get organized. In fact, you shouldn’t have to spend anything when you know how to get organized using what you have. The average home has more than enough organizing products already…even if you didn’t buy them at the big box store. Click on the links below to see the full articles on how to get organized using what you have.

How to Get Organized Using What You Have In the Bathroom

Votive holders as makeup organizers.get organized using what you have in the bathroom medicine cabinet, organizing with metal cups



Baskets to store towels as wall art.

Basket with towels mounted above toilet

Baby bins repurposed to hold bath items.

Get organized using what you have containers in bathroom


How to Get Organized Using What You Have in the Kitchen

CD boxes to organize the freezer. “File” your veggies. (Find similar ones here) (affiliate link).

bins to organize the freezer

Magazine files to hold plastic wraps on the counter. You can take it one step further to cut and cover cereal boxes into magazine holders, but that’s really hard core DIY when magazine holders are so inexpensive.

magazine holder as organized storage for plastic wrap and plastic bags


How to Get Organized at Home Using What You Have

Mason jars for…everything, including office supplies. Yes, you can paint them.

Home Office Makeover in Coral and Blue-mason jars holding office supplies


Magazine files also make great mail slots for each family member.


tips for paper in mudroom organizing

Drawer organizers from tissue boxes or…wait for it…cream cheese boxes.

recycle to organize



Trash bag holder from a pretzel can.

repurposed trash bag holder


Shoe storage from a tote bag. And you’ll need to BYO for this one. 😉

use wine case dividers to organize shoes


Doorway ribbon holder from a tension rod.

how to organize the linen closet storing ribbons


Rolling boot tray from an old drawer.


Trinket tray from leftover marble or granite. 

Marble tray DIY upcycle to display jewelry


One last thought…organizing items mentioned here are mostly for smaller groupings. When it comes to bigger storage, don’t go out and buy plastic, if you can manage it. Go through your drawers and closets first. Chances are, you’ll be able to free up space in the furniture you already own. Or if you need four or more medium-to-large bins, see if a dresser or furniture item might work better for you. Something that you re-use or purchase second hand can be a much better value all the way around.

This is the “seasonal” aisle at Target this month. Yes, those bins look so seductive! All nice and clean…they stack nicely, and they hold such promise. But I have seen the seedy side of plastic. The cracks. The lost handles. The lost lids. The unstackables. January is called Get Organized month #GoMonth, not plastic bin month. Save yourself some money, and save the planet, and get organized using what you have before you buy more plastic.

plastic bin storage for organizing your home


If you are ready to get organized at home and looking for ways to create systems that will KEEP you organized throughout the year, start here. The free mini course on SORT and Succeed is well worth the twenty minutes or so to get through it. It even includes a song to get the whole system stuck in your head…in a good way.

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How to Get Organized Using What You Have

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This Post Has 3 Comments

    1. Darla

      Glad these ideas help. Do you want to throw out there a couple of your own ideas?

  1. Teresa

    There were some fresh ideas I haven’t seen before. Good post.

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