If the spring cleaning bug hasn’t hit you yet, it’s liable to in the next few weeks. Last month we talked about freshening up your space on a dime, but what about organizing?
I’m talking about that playroom full of toys, your closet full of outdated or unworn pieces and the bursting junk drawers. Ahem- or those of you who have a third car garage and can’t park in it! It happens to all of us from time to time, but when spring hits it can get overwhelming. This week, I’m sharing some ideas on how to get organized without dropping serious coin in the process.
Storage bin alternatives
I understand why they cost as much as they do (around $20 for a large one). That doesn’t sound awful … unless you need 10-20 bins. Cha ching! One alternative is moving boxes, even if you’re not moving! No, they aren’t as pretty, but they are half the cost and easy to stack or move from place to place. Plus, you won’t feel bad if you mark them up.
Dollar store finds
For smaller storage, the dollar store is where it’s at. Whether you prefer Dollar Tree, Dollar General or a similar outlet, across the board their plastics in every department are awesome for tidy solutions. There are a plethora of videos and posts on social media with ideas you can replicate at home for very cheap.
Command center vs. mobile app
A few years ago, the in-home command center trend took off. The idea is, create an organization center the whole family can use to keep schedules, housework, to do's, etc. in check. With a small up-front investment, this can be a great way for you "pen and paper" junkies to keep it all straight.
However, if you like your updates in the form of a smartphone alert, there are some incredibly intuitive mobile apps for organization on the market that are free, real-time and sharable such as Trello, Any.do and 24me.
Resist the urge to spend your monthly income on a high-end organization system. You can experience an organized life inexpensively with these tips.
Kat's Money Corner is posted on Dollars & Sense every Tuesday. Kat Hnatyshyn, when not blogging or caring for her little ones, is a manager with CommunityAmerica Credit Union. For more financial chatter, visit http://communityamerica.com.