You don’t need a ton of money to be organized: Here’s how to do it on the cheap!

It’s nice when you look at something like this, ooh and aah, and wish you had all the cash in the world to just snap your fingers, have little Ikea elves come in and do the work for you.

Instead, it costs money, takes time to unpack those sleek flat pack boxes and you h ave to assemble all of it yourself, following language-free diagrams!

If you’re looking to trim the budget, and willing to spend the time to do so, here are 3 tips to help:

Forget it all and start by de-cluttering!

Forget organizing them into sexy little boxes. Just get rid of STUFF.

This is the step my parents get hung up on; they can’t seem to get rid of anything.

When I tell my mom she’s just shifting clutter from one room to another, she should just get rid of stuff, she tsks at me.

If you don’t just get rid of stuff, you’re just organizing too many things that just won’t fit into a space properly again.

Has anyone ever watched those organizing shows on TV?

Well, the thing I’ve noticed in common with ALL of those shows, is that the organizer makes you get rid of stuff.

Lots of stuff.

Like 50% of stuff.

When you think you just can’t get rid of any more, the organizer swoops in, has a little heart-to-heart with you, and ends up getting you to get rid of another 30%.

Use existing boxes or tins & make ’em pretty

I keep EVERY box that looks sturdy and can serve a purpose:

  • Shoe boxes
  • Moving boxes
  • Packages
  • Gift boxes
  • Necklace and jewellery boxes
  • Cookie tins
  • Chocolate tins
  • Any kind of pretty tin or box with a hinge

I suppose I could spend the time putting a pretty wrapping paper on them so they look like a real box, but I’m too busy lazy for that, and it isn’t a priority for my time — I’d rather blog 😉

I use boxes to store my socks, underwear, makeup and all of my little knick knacks such as pads of paper, pens and CDs by the side of the bed.

They’re great, because they’re natural dividers. Just line up those jewellery boxes side by side in a drawer and voila! Free dividers.

Shelving can be made from anything

Old doors, Cinder blocks, Bricks (haha, old school style), old pieces of wood…. or rack shelving!

We use this big metal rack meant for the garage as our little COE (Center of Excellence) where we put all of our tech and business stuff:

What’s really great about that black rack, was that it didn’t cost a lot of money (cheaper than the sexier ones anyway), and it packs down into a couple of racks and 4 poles, ready to move at any time.

Check out your local thrift stores, sometimes the items there just need a little sanding down with some elbow grease, a good clean up, a re-stain and a varnish to be brand new again.

Or just paint the whole thing.

There are many ways to re-use what you already have in the home.

Even old jars or containers can have a purpose if their bones are good.

About the Author

I'm a 20-something year old girl who lived out of a single suitcase in 2007, and now I'm living with less, but only with the best. You don't have to get rid of everything to become a minimalist! Minimalism can help simplify and organize your life, career, & physical surroundings. You can read more about me as a minimalist. Or come and visit my other blog Fabulously Broke in the City where I got out of $60,000 of debt in 18 months, earning $65,000 gross/year.