We all hate it, but most of us live by a budget. Maybe, we don’t hate the budget; we just hate it when there doesn’t seem to be much allotted to organizing.
I mean, really, have you ever seen a line item on any budget that says “organizing.” It almost makes me laugh to think about it. (As a professional organizer, I know that everyone from time to time needs something or somewhere organized, and the help of a professional is often a great option. But no one ever told me I was a budgeted item. Come to think of it maybe we should encourage such a thing.)
When there isn’t a budget for organizing or buying products that aid in that pursuit, then organizing on a budget it is.
But just because you don’t spend a lot doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful!
A deep search on the topic will yield tips for storage containers like:
- “shop” for baskets and bins in your own home first
- use hacks for storage, i.e. cover cereal box bottoms with pretty paper, egg cartons, muffins tins
- shop at thrift stores and dollar stores
Ideas for shortcuts are everywhere for different areas of your home, but when you finish, somehow you think “this isn’t as pretty as the pictures I see online. I guess that’s what I get for trying to do this on a budget.”
Here are a few ideas on how to be pretty on a budget:
- Use the same color containers or involve a color scheme that you love. Even if you have to cover boxes with paper, for heaven’s sake cover them with paper; don’t leave just the box. Make the papers coordinate or match, whatever you love. Even if you have to buy dollar store containers, buy the same color. The color coordination will add the value of being pleasing to the eye.
- Use items that you have stashed away because you “love them and don’t want anything to happen to them.” My experience with my own “valuables” tells me that I’ll never enjoy them because there is always the possibility that “something will happen.” Truthfully, I’m not hard on my possessions, and I’m guessing that you’re not either. Get out those beloved pieces and re-purpose them for your organizing. It helps the budget, and you’ll love “what you’ve done with the place.”
- If you need to buy products, spend the little bit more to get buy the products that enhance the appearance of your space, even if it is a closet. I know that other people don’t see inside your closet, but you do. And you matter. This is the space that you live in and work in. It matters what it looks like. It makes the work seem lighter if you love being there.
Organizing on a budget doesn’t mean that you can’t have a pretty spot. Take your time finding the right pieces in the right color scheme that are the right size and shape for the job. You’ll enjoy space even more.