Simple and Thrifty Organization Ideas

Hi everyone!



January we are all gung ho about organizing and trying to tame the chaos around our home. A lot of you have been following my “purging/re-thrifting” adventures this past year and even this year via Facebook and TTG FB page. I try to post at least once a week things I am purging and trips to what I refer to as the donation store. To be honest, by posting pictures, it keeps me motivated. And I hope it helps motivate someone else.


A huge part of my goal for 2014, Finding Balance, is organizing. And organizing for me means I need to let go of things that I don’t love. We have all heard the saying, “You can’t organize clutter” and it is so true! So, I will continue my mission of de-cluttering/purging/re-thrifting until I feel comfortable and feel the balance I need in my home.

Now before I continue, I have to warn you. My simple and thrifty organizing tips and ideas are not “perfect, cute, pretty or coordinated”. I make due for the most part with things I have on hand or things I can find at thrift stores or any other cheap (yes, I used the “C” word!) things that fulfill the organizing need. When my world becomes perfectly organized, then I will come back and beautify all my little organized areas. But, what I have learned is if you wait until you have just the right or perfect thing to use for organizing, guess what? It rarely gets done for one reason or another.

On with the show!

For storing candles, I shared a cheap and easy way to keep them from getting marred or damaged in this TIP POST

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And using empty paper towel tubes again to keep freshly ironed linens wrinkle free! Check it out HERE.

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So, we have put all our Christmas things neatly away in storage. Then we go out shopping and find the most amazing wonderful deal on some Christmas item…or Thanksgiving…or any other holiday out of season! What are you going to do with this great find? Especially during the Spring when you find it at a yard sale! Keep a box for misc. holiday treasures that you find throughout the year in a closet. they all stay neat and in one place. Read more about this HERE!

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I love finding marked down and cute cupcake papers but, they were creating a little mini chaos mess in my baking supplies. So, they got organized into canning jars. Neat, thrifty and I can see at a glace what I have. Check it out HERE!


Craft Supplies another crazy area that needs taming! So, clear container boxes and labels was the answer. See the beginning of this mess HERE.


Spices and seasoning can get out of control and be a total pain to find when you need just one out of the gazillion you have. Here is a quick, easy and free way to control them.

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And all those small boxes or bags of baking supplies never stack and stay neat or even in place. I know you know what I’m talking about….the cabinet door you never want to open because things come flying out at you! I conquered that by using Dollar Store shoebox clear containers.  Check it out HERE.


The top of the fridge! Need I say more? That is where any “snack food” bags go. I hated looking at them and them falling off and bopping me on the head! So a thrifted burlap boxed saved the day for me. Check it out HERE.


All those bags of rice, noodles and other things that just do not stack in the cabinet become so annoying! I just use the little heavy duty crate like books that tangerines come in to keep them together and in place. Check it out HERE.

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Cloth napkins were running amuck here! I finally gathered them up and used dollar store ziplock type bags and basically “filed” them in a plastic drawer set I had according to color. Check it out HERE.


Those are just a few of my favorite thrifty and simple organization tips. Needless to say, there are tons of major and awesome organizing ideas out there! I have been pinning my little heart out on my Organize Board on Pinterest. So, for more ideas, check it out HERE!

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  1. Oh thank you! Now I know what to do with my cupcake papers!

  2. Great ideas Diann! You know I'm still in purge and organize mode also. Taking a little break for the holidays and visit to my Mom, but then I will be back to it!

  3. I love the cupcake papers also and who doesn't want to be more organized.

  4. I am a big fan of plastic boxes as storage containers. GREAT IDEAS here.

  5. Great ideas! I am definitely using the one for storing candles, and the cup cake papers too!

  6. Oh my gosh--so organized! Gonna steal your paper tube candle storage idea and the cupcake liner one as well. I've got cupcake liners all over the place--they need taming! Have a good one :)

  7. I love all your tips! NEVER thought about a paper towel roll holding tapered candles! WOW! Thanks for all the tips! I am always looking for ways to organize! Hugs and blessings, Cindy


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