11 Cheap Organization Ideas to Declutter Your Home

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Tired of living amidst clutter? Get organized without spending a ton of money. Your home is likely filled with many useful items, such as toilet paper rolls and cereal boxes, that can be repurposed to keep you organized. What you might think of as trash can be given a new life as storage for common items around the house.

Here are some cheap organization ideas to get you started.

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    Toilet Paper Tube Cord Organizer

    Cords in a toilet paper roll

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    If you have a big jumble of cords that aren't currently in use, wrap up each cord and tuck it inside an empty toilet paper roll to keep it tangle-free. Write what the cord goes to on the outside of the tube. Then, place all of the tubes in a storage bin to keep them contained.

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    Soda Box Can Container

    Canned goods in soda can box

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    Canned goods can easily become scattered throughout your pantry and cabinets. So to keep them organized, use empty soda can boxes to contain them. This is particularly helpful if you like to stock up. Just use one box to organize each type of canned good. You can even wrap the soda boxes with wrapping paper to make them more attractive.

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    Cardboard Drawer Organizer

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    Create DIY dividers for your drawers and storage bins by cutting up cardboard boxes. Unlike store-bought dividers that come in specific sizes, the DIY approach can be customized to fit your needs and your style. Cover the cardboard with wrapping paper to personalize your dividers.

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    Hair Band Organization

    Hair bands on a toilet roll

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    Hair bands often seem to end up everywhere. The solution? Store them on an empty toilet paper tube. It's the perfect size to fit most hair bands. And you can easily store the tube in a cabinet or drawer to know exactly where all of your hair bands are.

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    DIY Magazine Storage

    Magazines stored in cereal box

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    Are piles of magazines taking over your home? Make your own magazine storage boxes out of cereal boxes to keep your reading material nice and tidy. Simply cut a diagonal opening on one side of the cereal box. Then, cover the box with paper or fabric if you wish to make it look more stylish. Besides magazines, you can use it to store paperwork and even the mail.

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    Repurposed Jewelry Tray

    Jewelry stored in muffin tin

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    Repurpose a muffin tin or an ice cube tray to hold your jewelry. The small compartments are ideal for containing necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings, so all of your jewelry is at your fingertips and free of tangles. Also, by separating your jewelry into individual sections, you won't have to go searching inside a jewelry box for matching pieces. They should already be together in their section.

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    Office Supply Jar

    Colored pencils stored in jar

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    Jars are the perfect size for organizing many office supplies. For instance, use baby food jars to hold paper clips, rubber bands, push pins, and other small items. And use canning jars for pens, pencils, and other slightly larger items. Moreover, empty coffee cans can work well to hold large collections of office supplies, such as a stash of markers or crayons.

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    Repurposed Shoe Organizer


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    Hats, gloves, scarves, and umbrellas have a way of taking over the hall closet, especially if you don't have built-in shelving. But rather than springing for a pricey closet organization system, simply hang an empty shoe organizer on the back of the closet door. It's perfect for storing all those odds and ends that you can't hang up, and it keeps them neat and right at your fingertips.

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    Grocery Bag Container

    Plastic bags

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    If your collection of plastic grocery bags is overflowing, there's an easy DIY way to bring it under control. Simply roll up the bags, and store them in an empty tissue box, baby wipe box, or cleaning wipe container. Then, it's easy to pull out a single one as needed for tasks, such as lining the garbage can. If you don't use plastic bags often, minimize your collection by remembering to bring reusable bags to stores.

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    Wrapping Paper Storage

    Wrapping paper rolls

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    There are storage containers made especially for wrapping paper, but they can get pricey. An economical way to keep all of your rolls of paper together is to store them upright in a spare wastebasket, bucket, or other tall-sided container. You'll be able to see all of your wrapping paper at once and select the roll you need.

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    Craft Supply Box

    Ribbons in strawberry box

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    If you love to craft, then you probably have a variety of craft items in varying sizes and shapes that you need to store. There might be ribbons, paints, stamps, beads, and more cluttering your space. To keep everything organized, divide your supplies into categories. And then store each category in its own reused box, such as an old strawberry container or a spice jar. This will prevent loose craft items from becoming scattered and disorganized.