Cheap Ways To Organize Your Home

Man with a laundry basket cleaning house.

I don’t know about you but when I look around my home, I feel overwhelmed and frantic when things are not organized. Now, I am not talking about a “lived in” environment. What I am talking about is when the members of my family are just downright lazy and don’t put things away or clean up after themselves! Hopefully these cheap ways to organize your home will help maintain the clutter that is threatening to take over!

My favorite motto has always been, “a place for everything and everything in its place”. This has helped so much in cutting down on the disorganization in my home. But let’s face it—everyone has a “catch all” area. It’s the one place that everyone uses to put their items on—backpacks, keys, mail, etc. You name, it gets thrown there! To keep this area neat and clean, make an effort every night to put away any items that have collected here. Make it a family group effort and pass out rewards to the kids for pitching in and helping out!

15 Minute Clean Up

Another easy and free step in organizing your home is to set aside 15 minutes each day to de-clutter. Do as much as you can during that time. Start in one room and begin picking things up and putting them in their respective places. Set a timer so that when that 15 minutes is up—you are done for the day! Then the next day, do the same thing again and before you know it, you will have a clutter free living environment.

Man with a laundry basket cleaning house.

What about clutter that is not so easily stored away?

If you have items that are taking up room in your home that you are no longer using, it’s time to sell those items! By doing this you will be clearing out your unwanted items and making some extra cash on the side.

Two of my favorite places for selling used items are Craiglist and Ebay. When I finally decided to clear out some of the bigger items in my home, I made almost enough money to pay my rent for a month! So keep an eye out for items that are not being used. Clutter sold is cash in the pocket!

R e-purpose and Recycle Items to Use for Organization

Try saving baby food jars, cereal boxes, or other items that can be used in another area of the home. Baby food jars are great to organize nuts, bolts, screws, buttons, and small objects. Then place them in a box or bin with a label on the outside. Cereal boxes when re-purposed can be used to hold magazines or books that need organizing.


Laundry Clutter

I took a trip to my local dollar store and purchased enough laundry baskets for each member of the family. When I am folding laundry I place each person’s laundry into their own laundry basket. This is definitely a much easier way for the laundry to stay organized. Before, I would pile all the laundry in one basket. Now each member of the family can come to the laundry room, grab their basket and go put their clothes away! Less work for me and more organization for my family.

These are just a few tips I have learned over the years in helping organize my home. While I am not completely organized all the time, I strive to take steps in creating a more peaceful and “put together” home life for my family.

30 Days To An Organized HomeSomething that’s made a huge difference for me is the “30 Days To An Organized Home” ebook by

Work your way through organizing and decluttering every room in your house in 30 days. The daily tasks make it easy to follow along and kept me from getting overwhelmed with the task at hand.

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Gina - July 25, 2011

One thing that I have done to help with laundry is I purchased a hamper for each of my kids. They do their own laundry. The only thing I help them with is putting the soap in the washer. (Kids are 9 and 6) I do still help my 6 year old with putting away the laundry. I’ll often fold and then she’ll put away. And stuff that needs to be hung up we’ll together. Slowly she is able to do more on her own. And I make it a point that they can’t play outside or go to friends houses until all their chores are done. Every little bit helps.

Becky B. - July 28, 2011

regarding laundry, if it can go on a hanger, it does! From T-shirts to dress shirts, jeans to shorts, they all go on a hanger. This has reduced my “folding” laundry from 8 baskets to 2. I hang my kids’ clothes in the closet under the stiars for them to take up; I put my husband’s and mine away. It required the purchase of more hangers, but the kids bring them down w/ their dirty clothes hampers, so I have plenty each laundry day. And I only do laundry once a week.

Phoenix - July 28, 2011

I’ve found that everyone, not just kids, have an easier time putting things away if there’s a label on the shelf it lives on – ie shoes go on the rack labelled “shoes”, saucepans go on the shelf labelled “saucepans”, T-shirts in the drawer labelled “T-shirts”… It made me feel like a super-scary neat freak when I first started labelling things, but now it’s soooo much easier for everyone else to help around the house! My husband has been the one to show biggest improvement! As he put it “honey, I don’t live in your head – how am I meant to know where things go if you don’t TELL me?”

I’m planning on adding little pictures to the labels I already have up when our baby is old enough to start helping – that way they don’t need to be able to read to feel like they’re “grown up” enough to help.

Chris - August 13, 2011

I’m a flybaby ( The website is free, the downloads to build your control Journal (home management binder) are free. All it takes is 15 minutes (with the help of a timer), everyday, and Marla (aka Flylady) helps with getting routines that fit YOUR life. Part of her team is Kelly who looks after our daily tasks as well as little “missions” geared to kids, Leanne who is the nutritionist, Jonathon who is our virtual personal trainer, and others to name a few. Sometimes it’s fun to check out “competition” because you never know where a great tip can come from. The problem with shows like “Clean Sweep” is it doesn’t get to the heart of why things got out of hand. Hiding stuff in baskets doesn’t work. And with being frugal minded, keeping stuff/clutter just in case is making things worse. How many nuts and bolts do you really need to keep on hand??? There is such a thin line between keeping stuff just in case and being on an episode of “Hoarders”… I’m not an expert but flying keeps my sanity intact. lol

    Scarlet - September 21, 2011

    @ Chris, this made me think of the ‘Flylady’, too. I followed them for awhile, and check back in occasionally just to stay on track. :)

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