Use What You Have - Thrifty Organizing Alternative!

Organizing and saving money, those were the two things I first thought of when the new year rolled around.

I think most of us are "container freaks" at heart. We love all the cool, cute and awesome different containers that are out there these days. There are so many for different jobs. And I do buy them occasionally when they are clearanced super cheap, which doesn't happen often. But, generally these organizers are on the expensive side.

So, finding cheap or free organizers that are around the house is always a good thing.

Okay, I am about to enter the embarrassment of showing you one of my cabinets. This is the top cabinet of a free standing cabinet I have in my kitchen. I use it mostly for boxed and bagged packages of food. I don't know about you, but all those bags of food just do not stack! Every time I open this cabinet I would basically duck in fear of having some flying food packages come shooting out at me!

I decided I was going to go and buy a couple of baskets and see if I could get this flying bagged food under control.

Then I saw this box that Clementines came in. We got two of these boxes for Christmas. And I decided these were perfect for what I needed.

Bagged items fit nicely inside.

Here is what the cabinet looked like before I added the boxes.

I pulled out everything and rearranged with the boxes.

You could cover the boxes with pretty scrapbook paper or decorate them any way you want but, I actually smile to myself when I open the cabinet door and see the words "Cuties" in big letters. I'm odd. LOL

So, rethink things you already have on hand. You never know what will work for you.

I'm joining these fun blogs:

Round Robin over at Amy's blog, "Keeping Up With The Schultz Family"

Finer Things Friday at "The Finer Things in Life"

Frugal Friday at "Life as Mom"

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  1. Lovely idea - it's frugal, green and cute! I like the boxes just the way they are! I think it would make me smile to open that cupboard each time, as well!

  2. I love this idea and I have one currently filled with the fruit. But like everything else I want to spray paint mine. Maybe Oil Rubbed Bronze to match my hardware. Thanks for the great idea.

  3. Neat idea - and I'd leave the Cuties on it - what the heck!

  4. great idea! especially because i hate re-buying things i already have but just couldnt see!! the cuties make me smile too! lol

  5. This is a great idea. My tupperware is out of control. I need to do something like this! I would love to have you come link up at Thrifty Thursday!

  6. I really love this idea. It is a great way to re-use what you have. I am so happy you played along this month. Thanks.. Have a great weekend.

  7. What a neat idea! I'm all for repurposing! :D

    Have a great weekend!

  8. Hey, I do that too! My pantry shelves are made out of closet organizer shelving. So the small bottled things always tilt because of the grate and end up falling over and rolling off. Velveta boxes are one of my favorite organizing boxes. :)

    Great job!

  9. This is a great idea! We do a similar thing with our snack shelf. Small things go in an empty box so they don't get lost among and bigger bags/boxes of snacks.

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  11. Plus those boxes are really "cutie!" My pantry needs a little help.

  12. Oh my pantry is scary! I should do that I have some of those boxes too. Thanks for sharing.

  13. So true. I'm going to look twice at boxes now to see if I can use them. I'm all for it (and recycling too).

    Have a great weekend.

  14. Your cuties are cute, I would let my kids mod podge something on them too. great idea, thanks for sharing.
    Cha Cha

  15. Such a great idea! I did this with snacks in my cupboard. I used an old shoebox!

  16. Great idea to use what you have in order to make your home more functional. Doesn't have to cost a thing!


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