An organized home is a happy home. Making sure that each of your belongings has a resting spot within your house is the quickest way to add a little more zen into your everyday schedule. Even with how important organization may be in my eyes, storage items should NOT be the area that you splurge on in your home. Save your pretty penny for the exciting decor items that you’ve had your eye on, and save on the drawer dividers, filers, pantry organizers, etc.
I’ve hunted down some really thrifty ways to add some functional storage to your home using what you already have. Here are 27 super clever ideas for repurposing items into the exact organization helper that you’re in need of! ~Mesick
GT’s Kombucha drink is an incredibly popular fermented tea drink here in Los Angeles. I personally love it for two reasons: the crisp flavor and the sturdy glass bottles they come in. I avoid it for one reason – they’re so expensive! So here, Peas & Crayons shows us how to get a bang for the buck by repurposing Kombucha bottles into pantry storage.
I think this is an adorable way to make your storage reflect your style. Next time you come back from a retail excursion and have some pretty shopping bags, consider turning them into hanging office supply storage like Le Zoe Musings does here with Tiffany’s bags!
A lone dresser drawer can instantly be transformed into under bed storage like this one photographed by Cheri Lehnow Photography. Installing some wheels on the bottom of the drawer makes it more accessible and less likely to scratch your floors.
Combine a shoe box and a bunch toilet paper rolls and you’ve got yourself this DIY marker caddy by 30 Minute Crafts!
Have you ever had a shower caddy that just doesn’t feel stable on your shower head? Instead of getting rid of it, consider repurposing it in your office as a hanging wall organizer as Better Homes and Gardens shows us here.
With a little bit of crafting abilities, Make it & Love it shows us how easy it is to take a lotion bottle and transform it into a cellphone holder for when it’s charging. I’m amazed by how functional, thrifty and chic this craft is.
I’ve seen old rakes being used as hangers for just about everything: necklaces, spatulas, aprons, wine glasses… but my favorite idea has to be this example from Natalme. By combining an old rake, some natural twine and gardening tools, this otherwise grimy collection of items suddenly looks like an artistic statement piece.
This office drawer organization by Better Homes & Gardens uses two common items, egg cartons and cupcake liners. I love that one trip from your kitchen to your office can suddenly give you all the supplies you need for a sectioned off drawer. Genius!
Once your little one gets too big for their crib, repurpose the crib railing as a magazine rack like Nikki McBride of Salty Pineapple shows us above!
It’s safe to say that we all can fall victim to a mess of cords from time to time, so try this as an easy DIY storage trick! Our Thrifty Ideas adds a little bit of washi tape to the toilet paper rolls and has instantly colorful AND tidy cord organizers.
I’m not sure if it’s every day that someone has extra shutters laying around, but if you recently “de-shuttered” your home or stumble across one at a flee market, try this! Samantha Elizabeth added some nifty key hooks to her shutter mail storage.
Spray paint some cans as a super thrifty pencil holder. Here Wantcy took this idea a step further and made an artistic pencil storage wallhanging.
The Kitchn also shows us that recycled cans can tidy up your cooking utensils. I’m loving these vintage looking tins!
Make it & Love it is so stinkin’ good at making old bottles into new storage items that I had to share this one too. Here she cuts up a disinfecting wipes container and makes a hanging storage unit. Amazing!!
Cereal boxes are the perfect dimension to be crafted into these file holders for the office. Shelterness shows us that adding some fabric makes these filers look store bought. No one will ever know that they’re actually cut-up boxes!
It’s no secret that ice trays double as easy organization for little items like office or craft supplies, small jewelry pieces or even individual eyeshadows. For other ideas on how to repurpose your extra ice trays, check out Home Made Simple‘s list on new uses for ice trays!
Combining a wine rack and glasses creates this office supplies organizer. Such a clever idea by Triple The Scraps! Wine racks can also be used to store rolled up magazines or small towels. Give it a try!
I love this trick so much, I had to share it again! Recycle those soda pop pull tabs and reuse them as space maximizers in your closet. If you’re in need of more closet tricks like this one, check out our 20 Clever Closet Tips & Tricks.
Use an old CD case as a cord organizer, and never deal with that tangled, jumbled cord mess again!
By drilling paint cans into the wall, Crafty Nester created this unique flip flop storage. This is such a clever way to get your shoes up off the floor while also recycling those old paint cans!
Cake stands can collect dust far back in a pantry between special occasions, so why not use your cake stand for perfume or jewelry storage?! Ok, ok, this example is a bit more in the decor realm than a storage solution, but it’s such a clever idea I had to share! This lovely green cake stand is actually a DIY. Check out Dream Green DIY for the tutorial!
Silverware organizers can be repurposed for makeup, office supply, or jewelry storage. Here, wikiHow shows us how to organize makeup in one of these silverware dividers. Look how perfectly those lipsticks fit!
Next time you’re about to toss an empty candy tin, think again! From creating a mini embroidery kits like The Zen of Making did above to using this tin for paperclip storage in your desk drawer, this sturdy tin container can be adapted to store just about anything.
I’m loving this rustic trashcan turned stylish nightstand with built in storage. This trashcan would be perfect for storing extra blankets and pillows, or even thick winter sweaters on the off season.
We’re all familiar with the boxes that soda pop comes in, right? Well those same boxes are perfect for repurposing into DIY can storage for your pantry all year long! Then She Made… repurposed these boxes by using Mod Podge and gluing on some decorative paper.