10 Thrifty Ideas for Getting Organized

I am headed off to NYC (for the first time EVER!) this morning to attend Save Up ’11 with my fellow Savings.com DealPros. Can I just tell you how excited I am?  Tomorrow all 50 of us will be posting our unique Savings Stories on our respective blogs, so be sure to come back and check out my personal story of learning how to be the thrifty girl I am today!

Getting prepared for this has definitely been a challenge!  I’m sure any of you moms who have travelled before can relate to the massive coordination that goes on to make sure your kids will be cared for, dressed, chauffeured, and fed every moment you are away!  And then of course, there’s the packing & deciding what to wear.  I am so glad that I finally got around to organizing my closet a few weeks ago.   It made packing SO much easier!

When I get back from my trip, I am bound and determined to organize all the other neglected areas in my house.  I thought I’d start today with some awesome (& thrifty) organizing ideas I found around the blogosphere.

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How to Organize Cords and Cables

How to Organize Cords and Cables via Unplggd  

I don’t know about you, but the billion cords underneath my desk absolutely drive me nuts!  I can never tell which cord goes to which advice.  I love this idea!

2.

How to Organize Q-Tips, Cotton Balls, and Other Small Bathroom Items

How to Organize Q-Tips, Cotton Balls, and Other Small Bathroom Items via Liz Marie 

I don’t know if I would use this in the bathroom, since I have a serious lack of wall space, but I could definitely use it for all the small items in my home office area!

3.

How to Organize Make-Up

How to Organize Make-Up via Laura Thoughts 

This might be the best idea for organizing makeup I have EVER seen & I can’t wait to make one of my own!  I love this idea for other areas too–I can see doing one in my girls’ room for all their small toys, or one in the hallway for things like keys & sunglasses.  I suddenly want to glue magnets to everything!

4.

How to Organize Flip Flops

How to Organize Flip Flops via EPBOT 

Okay, okay, so I already organized my closet, but how cool is this?  Here in Floriday, flip flops are pretty much all I wear 90% of the time, and I have managed to accumulate quite the collection.  This practically makes them look like art!

 5.

How to Organize Towels and Other Large Bathroom Items

How to Organize Towels and Other Large Bathroom Items via MyHomeIdeas.com 

Again my lack of wall space in the bathroom might make this one a little tricky, but I think it would be awesome for toy storage in the girls’ room, or miscellaneous storage in the guest room!

6.

How to Organize Spray Bottles

How to Organize Spray Bottles via Photobucket 

Genius!  Why have I never thought of this before?

7.

How to Organize Ribbon

How to Organize Ribbon via Spunky Junky 

I have a slight obsession with buying ribbon I find on clearance.  While it does come in handy for craft projects, it usually ends up as a jumbled mess!  This is the perfect solution.

8.  

How to Organize Produce

How to Organize Produce via Willow House 

It drives me crazy to leave my fresh produce sitting on the counter, and yet more often then not, that is where it ends up!  With our membership to Worden Farm starting soon, this will be the perfect way to store our fresh produce AND make it look cute at the same time!

9.

How to Organize Cupcake Liners

How to Organize Cupcake Liners via Torie Jayne 

This looks so much better than the random pile that falls on top of me every time I open my baking cupboard.  Now if I could just find myself some pink polka dot liners!

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How to Organize Measuring Cups and Spoons

How to Organize Measuring Cups and Spoons via Infarrantly Creative 

Why are measuring cups & spoons so hard to keep organized?  There is never a good spot for them!  I love this idea for keeping them out of the way yet close at hand.

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What are your favorite ideas?  Do you have any fun tips for frugal living and keeping stuff organized?  I’d love to hear them!

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  • Tanya@TheInspiredBudget October 12,

    I have a tall, thin tin that I like but never knew what to do with. Now I do – it’s going to store my cupcake liners!

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  • Pounds4Pennies October 12,

    Wow I really love #5. My spare bathroom has ZERO storage, but I do have lots of wall space. I have been looking for something to put in there that doesn’t look like a cabinet. LOVE this. Thanks for sharing.

    Have fun in New York! There is so much to do I am sure you will enjoy your stay.

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  • alohakaarin October 13,

    someone’s been on pinterest.com :) I’ve been on that darn site every night for the last 2 weeks. I love it! Great for planning parties and gathering ideas!

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  • Crystal L. (Crafting & Rambling) October 16,

    There are a lot of great ideas here! Some of them look familiar from Pinterest (my newest…ahem…hobby? wink)…I really do love organization, but I seem to have a problem with “piles” around here lately…so I love to look at stuff like this…it gets the organization-lover in me inspired to make a change! :)

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  • Lindsey October 19,

    Oooooh, my OCD self is loving this post!!!

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  • Zsa Zsa October 26,

    Awesome tips! Love the bathroom towels organization idea. This is not only perfect for adults — your trips are great for kid’s rooms too! Can’t wait to share and apply them in my own home. Thank you!

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