I’m sharing 15 budget-friendly DIY home organization hacks that can help you declutter by using storage solutions already in your home.
I use all kinds of bins and boxes in Birch’s closet. Plus a stick-on hook!
Brainstorming is half the fun of organizing!
Sometimes I surprise myself that I still have organization tips and tricks to share, but then when I look around my own personal spaces, I am reminded just how many organization hacks I use on the daily.
I’ve shared how you can organize your linen closet, organization tips for your kitchen, how to organize your phone, and even 20 storage ideas for empty mason jars!
To me, a tidy home – one that is organized so you can save time and effort in finding stuff that you need – is a happy and welcoming home.
Having a clean and organized home is important to me, but I don’t necessarily think you need to always buy the overpriced matching clear bins to simplify your spaces.
Shop your home
One of my favorite things to do when I have an clutter problem to solve is to “shop my home” for containers or accessories that I can repurpose.
Today’s post is dedicated to 15 DIY organization tips that can help you clean up counters and cupboards without breaking your budget.
15 DIY Home Organization Hacks
1. Old wooden boxes are my favorite container.
My mom and grandmother used to love antiquing and I would always tell them to look for boxes. You can find vintage boxes for under $10. The same box at Pottery Barn would be $100! I have a bunch in my home (this one holds tablecloths). I love the warmth the wood adds to a space.
2. Fold sheets with the pillow case inside, or store sheet sets inside their pillowcase.
A built-in solution all in one! I love the idea of rolling up sheets and storing them inside of their matching pillowcase. Sheet sets stay together. Sure, it takes an extra moment to put them inside, but you’ll never dig through your linen closet for a fallen pillowcase again.
3. Decant the items in your pantry.
You guys know I use jars in 100 ways. Decant items like nuts, seeds, and granola into large, wide-mouth mason jars. Better yet, purchase these items in bulk so you have less cardboard and plastic waste to begin with.
4. Use an empty egg carton to organize your jewelry or office supplies.
Don’t have a jewelry box? Not to worry. Use an an empty egg carton to organize your smaller pieces of jewelry like rings and stud earrings or paper clips and rubber bands. Cut off the lid so it looks pretty, and if you’re crafty, paint it!
5. Double up your clothing hangers with “soda” tabs.
Instead of buying double hangers, break off the aluminum tabs from any type of canned beverage – like sparkling water – and place around the top of a clothes hanger. Then you can slip a second hanger through the other hole to layer hangers in your closet, taking up less space. This works well for storing sets and suits together.
6. Corral kids’ craft supplies in a shoe organizer.
Those shoe organizers that you hang on the back of a door are not just for shoes; use them to contain craft supplies – scissors, markers, glue, ribbon, etc. – and hang on the playroom door. Easy to sort, easy to spot, easy to return to its place.
7. Think creatively about furniture.
We use a big buffet as large appliance storage in our living room (since our kitchen doesn’t have a walk-in pantry). I use a small secretary desk to store all of my Beautycounter business samples and paper. Any piece of furniture can become an instant storage solution and not always for what it was intended.
8. Hang shallow shelves as a decorative way to store + display anything.
If you’ve ever browsed Pinterest, I’m sure you’ve seen the IKEA shelves used in nurseries. These are perfect for facing books outward, but they’re also great for older kids’ knick-knacks, rock collections, as well as spice racks, for toiletries and more!
9. Repurpose pretty boxes
Any time I get a pretty gift box or decorated cardboard box (like my Birchbox collection!), I save it! We use these to store things like crayons and markers, Hex bugs, Pokémon cards, small Legos, and other toys that need to be grouped together.
10. Tame cords by stuffing them inside empty toilet paper rolls.
Empty toilet paper rolls are the perfect size to store wrapped up cords for your electronics.
11. Store things in things.
I get mad any time a kid’s toy doesn’t have built-in storage. They all should! Birch has been doing these Melissa and Doug puzzles like crazy, and I love that they come with a storage box. All puzzles should come in a box! Then we pop open our West Elm coffee table and store the puzzles in there (since he loves to do them on the porch).
12. Use large baskets to store lightweight things up high.
You know the giant Tupperware containers you only need a few times a year? We store those in a big basket high up in our kitchen. The basket is surprisingly easy to get down and sort through because it’s so lightweight. I use the same basket in my bathroom to store all the extra toilet paper!
13. Utilize hooks everywhere.
Messy space? Add a hook. The back of every door should have a hook! We use pretty adhesive hooks for super lightweight things (like a single hand towel) and durable screw decorative hooks for anything heavy, like towels. S hooks are great for existing shelves that might have room on the end (we use these in our garage a lot).
14. Take advantage of the height in your fridge by using stackable bins.
You don’t need to purchase the fanciest of bins that, say, The Home Edit recommends. I’ve used a wire basket, drawer organizers, bowls, and jars. Just don’t choose anything that will trap moisture (like cardboard). Target and The Dollar Store have affordable bin sets to organize your home – like these.
15. Store extra water bottles on a wine rack.
You’ll want to tuck this out of sight and ensure you have the right kind of rack that the bottles don’t fall through (like this one), but extra water bottles are easy to access when stored on their side.
What genius home organization hack can you share? Like, how do you organize your wrapping paper!?
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8 days ago you said that you decant things into mason jars anymore, today you say you do. Is this hypocrisy or lazy proof-reading? Sorry, the value of your posts has gone way down.
Kath Younger says
Chill out. I DO still use jars in my pantry. For chia seeds for example, or if I buy granola in the bulk bins in a baggie. I said in the pantry post that I’m not going to decant EVERYTHING (cereal, crackers, flour) just so the pantry looks perfect.
I love when people comment only to be mean. I love organizing, but I just moved out of my house and am on the road for 4-1/2 months. However, the toilet paper roll suggestion is brilliant and will be used!
Kath Younger says
Good tips. I wish you posted pictures, I get the tupperware in the basket .
But how big is the basket that you can fit into a cabinet?
The sheet tip is excellent
I don’t drink anything in a can at.all. 😉 I cannot visual your bottle cap in the closet, pics please!
Keep nuts in the freezer as they last longer
I was excited to read this post because like you, I organize and enjoy it. My dream job .
Really like the word tip though, hack is a new word I think ?
So , thank you for the tips Kath. Happy Hump day. Make sure to VOTE
Kath Younger says
You can see the big tupperware basket in this post. It’s above the pantry! Pretty lightweight to get up and down.
Ok now I understand the big baskets
It’s the dollar tree that has the over the door hooks, 4 for 1.25.
Kath Younger says
You should do a series of organization suggestions for readers! We could seriously use the help since we have no dedicated pantry (just cabinets) and one small closet for everything besides clothes and kids’ toys!
Kath Younger says
You can find a lot of my organizing posts here!
I appreciate your posts and ideas. I, too, have a bunch of Birchbox boxes that have been so useful for home organization.
These are great! Thank you. I appreciate that it’s to help store things we actually use on a regular basis. I also use TP or paper towel rolls for extension cord storage in an old cereal Rubbermaid type container. I’m so thankful we just added another Billy bookcase from IKEA for my art supplies, paints, and have a lot of pretty boxes that I enjoy using with them. Working on going vertical with some storage.
With your buffet, did you redo the shelves inside to fit taller appliances? I’m trying to find something that I could redo on Craigslist that I can afford but I’m having trouble finding something that works.
Kath Younger says
Nope I got lucky they were pretty tall to start!