6 Dollar Store Organization Products For Every Home

I’m all about saving money whenever possible and not spending more than necessary when containing clutter and eliminating disorganization. Dollar stores can be an invaluable resource when it comes to finding storage solutions for your home. I think it is best to start inexpensive and work your way up for most products but there are exceptions, of course. Today, though, we are talking about some fab products I found at my local Dollar Tree but you may have a different type of “dollar store” (f.k.a. “five and dime”) near you. This post is not endorsed by anyone but me. 🙂

Stackable Storage Bins

Stackable Storage Bins

  1. Stackable Storage Bins–While you may not love the bright colors in every room of your house, the size and shape of these are great for kids’ toys, tools and hardware supplies, socks and underwear in your closet, under sink storage in the bathroom, and craft or art supplies. You can color coordinate if you want to go that extra step or just pick your favorite and get several of one color. Colors are also helpful for kids as well as labeling: cars, pencils, blocks, etc. 
  2. Small Containers with Lids

    Small Containers with Lids

    Small Containers with Lids–I’ve written about these containers before but they are still my favorite in the kitchen for small amounts of leftovers. They also come in round shapes if you prefer that but I’m partial to the easy stacking with the rectangular ones.

  3. 4 Cup Containers

    4 Cup Containers

    ~4 Cup Containers–There are more expensive versions of these at your grocery store and they aren’t crazy expensive there but you can’t beat the price of $1 for 3 of these. They are great for leftover food, dried beans, supplies under the bathroom sink, containing cords in your desk drawer, and taking your lunch to the office. What I love about this type of container is being able to label and stack them anywhere. These are 3.8 cups each which is great if you make and freeze stock–that’s usually the minimum a soup recipe requires.

  4. Wire

    Wire Drawer Organizer

    Wire Drawer Organizer–These are perfect for separating small items in your drawers like socks, underwear, scarves. They are also great in drawers for keeping kitchen utensils in place, separating items in your desk or utility drawer,

  5. 3

    3 inch boxes

    3″ Boxes–Is there anything better for keeping hair accessories in place? What about paper clips, staples, and other office supplies? How about keeping lipsticks in place in a makeup drawer? If you do not need all of them at once, you can keep the extras stacked in place. You can even have them by the door for storing your keys with a color for each person.

There are 2 other products I am going to mention here that aren’t for containing things but are part of general home-keeping and making your life easier:

Brown Kraft Paper for gift wrapping

Brown Kraft Paper for gift wrapping

Brown Wrapping Paper is your solution to all of your giftwrapping woes! It can be used for any gender or occasion and provides a perfect foundation for your creative embellishment such as  a simple ribbon or baker’s twine tied around it, cut flowers and greenery from your yard, burlap, newsprint or just draw a bow with markers!

Felt Pads

Felt Pads

Felt Pads should be used under all of your furniture legs if you have hardwood or tile floors. This will not only protect your floors but make it easier to slide furniture around if you need to move it. They are also helpful placed in the corners of the backs of your picture frames on the wall to keep from scratching your paint finish. It’s amazing how much damage your pictures can do to your walls, especially those near doors that are opened and closed a lot. I also think they are good under lamps. Protecting your furniture and walls will help them last longer.

The main goal here is to find a home for your clothes, food, supplies, and tools and a way to contain it all attractively, efficiently, and easily. 

Do you have any dollar store products you like to use in your home? I’d love to hear your suggestions and comments below.

Happy organizing!

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Artist’s Studio Organization Project

I wanted to share a fun project that I worked on recently that involved an artist’s studio and office space. Andrea Krakovsky (http://okdre.com/art), an Atlanta-based artist, contacted me about helping her organize her studio and office spaces that are shared in the same room. She was feeling overwhelmed by projects and wasn’t able to locate all of her materials and supplies as they were scattered throughout her space. She was spending money on additional supplies because she couldn’t find them and she need a place to feel motivated to work. Sound familiar? Have you ever looked at your desk and just let out a collective “ugh” because it was such a disaster? Fortunately she recognized that this disorganization was keeping her from achieving success in her passion so we got to work quickly on clearing the space.

Studio before organization 1

Studio work space before organization

Studio supply area before

One of Andrea’s challenges, like for most artists, is that she works in multiple mediums. What that means is that she has a lot of different supplies to keep track of: pencils, paints, brushes, beads, wires, hooks, paper, etc. Her primary focus is making jewelry so that was our priority in organizing her studio but she also needed a place to do the business side of her work so we created an office space with her desk.

She also didn’t want to spend additional money on organization bins or containers. I absolutely agree that you can find a lot of materials in your own home that you can use to corral like items. One of my favorites is glass jars because they are available anytime you buy and use spaghetti sauce, pickles, mustard, jelly, etc. You can put them in the dishwasher when finished so that they are ready to be used when needed. Of course, don’t start hoarding them—you can always just recycle them, too. Being organized does not mean that you have to spend a lot of money on boxes, containers, and labels.

You can find Andrea’s work at Re-Inspiration Store, which specializes in artwork made from recycled materials. If you are in the Atlanta area, this is a great place to go for gifts and art made by local artisans.

If you are an artist who needs your studio organized, please contact Neatsmart to get started on clearing your space and making room for calm, inspiration, and motivation.

Happy Organizing!

Studio and office after

Studio supplies labeled and ready to use!

Studio workspace after: a place open for creativity and inspiration.

Beads
Thousands of beads organized by color and material into zippy bags. These will ultimately find themselves in glass jars which are easier to manage than flat, divided plastic cases.

Clear desk+organized supplies=productive space!