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19 Great Organization Tips That Won't Cost You A Dime

You'll be happy to know that you don't need to spend a fortune on plastic bins to tidy up your house.

Often when people suggest "organization tips" they're really telling you to build more shelves or pay for some fancy wardrobe system. But if you're like most people, you already have all the shelves you'll ever need and your home is still cluttered.

Thankfully, there are some free or dirt cheap ways to massively reorganize your life. Most of these tips can be done with things you already own, by recycling, or by changing your perspective. So see how many of these ideas you can use in your home!

1. Plan your outfits ahead of time

Make Life Lovely

This isn't just for kids anymore! Spend a few minutes each week planning your outfits for each day. You'll be cleaning your wardrobe and taking some of the stress out of your morning routine.

2. Use bread tags to keep track of your cables

Brit + Co

Nothing spoils movie night like struggling behind your TV to figure out which cable goes where while your popcorn gets cold. Labeling your cords with these tags is a simple solution.

3. Keep Tupperware lids in line with a CD rack

SuzyHomeMade

You're probably not using those old CD racks anymore, right? This is a great way to recycle them.

4. Put a clutter box in problem rooms

Snotty Noses

Often, we make more clutter for ourselves by putting things in the wrong place and forgetting it. Instead, toss anything without a home in your clutter box, then once a week spend time finding the perfect place for it.

5. Divide your storage with shoe box walls

Chocola Design

All you need is some scissors and an old box to instantly make your drawers feel neat and organized.

6. Hide clutter using some old books

FreshHome

This tip may be hard for book lovers, but pasting some old book spines on a box is a clever way to hide your junk in plain sight.

7. Tidy up your wrapping paper

Curbly

Odds are you have a whole shelf of these rolls taking up space somewhere. With a little creativity and some string or a bungee cord you can move them almost anywhere.

8. Color code your folders

Alejandra

It may seem childish but you can tell right away what's in each folder, so you save lots of time looking through your files.

9. Use binders for everything

There's no reason to have any paper sitting in a drawer. Move old instruction manuals, takeout menus and other scraps into a binder and you'll free up lots of space.

10. Recycle old gift bags

Le Zoe Musings

This simple design for a home organizer shows how much you can do with gift bags. Try hanging one on your door knobs to hold clutter or trash.

11. Here's a good excuse to drink more wine

Popsugar

A bottle with a nice design is a gorgeous way to show off your jewelry.

12. Give your house keys a manicure

A Bubbly Life

Never struggle to remember which is which again after you give your keys a makeover.

13. Get creative with magazine holders

Better Homes

These are perfectly designed to fit anywhere in your home, either standing up or on their side. Buy a couple and watch how fast you find a use for them.

14. Put your jewels on ice

All Women's Talk

An ice cube tray is the perfect size to keep your earrings separate and safe but still on display.

15. Use the five pile method

Cheryl and Samantha

When you clean up a room, you should always divide things into five categories. Trash, things to regift, things to donate, things that belong somewhere else, and "marinate" if you really can't decide. Stick the Marinate box somewhere out of view for six months. If you never open it in that time, it's probably trash.

16. Make your own tiered hangers

The Shabby Closet

You could buy these space-saving hangers at the store, but you can also make your own with soda can tabs.

17. A wine rack will save space for your magazines

Home Talk

If you can't put your feet up on the coffee table because it's covered with magazines and newspapers, try rolling them up and storing them in a wine rack.

18. Make the most of your old dishes

Studio C

Antique cups and saucers or mugs with a funky design make great jewelry holders. Really, every room in your house could use an old mug to store small things in.

19. Pin up your plastic bag boxes

Tiffany Hladik

With a few pushpins (or some sticky hooks) you can move your plastic bags off your shelves and keep them somewhere more convenient.

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