Thrifty Tips (Part 1 of 2)

Since I’m on an organization kick– and a budget– I thought I’d use the next few days to present some easy (and mostly free!) ways to help you get the most out of your spring cleaning. The trick to keeping a clean house, no matter what the size, is to have a place for every item. To make that happen,you don’t need to buy a hundred dollar organizer for every closet or buy a machine to vacuum seal every garment you own. These tricks I’ve listed are just a few examples of budget organization tactics that will save you time and money that you can spend on other activities.

1. Get Into Boxing

Plastic containers with tight fitting lids are ideal storage containers for clothes, shoes, toys, blankets– you name it. However, they can be a little pricey (considering what they are), especially if you’re in need of quite a few. If you don’t want to pay the piper for plastic, plain old cardboard boxes will certainly do the trick. You might already have some around the house, or you can usually find local stores that will be happy to hook you up with some nice boxes. My favorite kind are the extra sturdy ones used to hold and transport reams of paper. They usually come with nice, durable lids and are strong enough to stack. They also tend to be cleaner than produce boxes, which can also make good storage boxes if you can find some in particularly good condition. Make sure to clearly label each side of the box before you put them away. If you’d like, you can even cover them with wrapping paper, the funny pages, contact paper, or have your kids work their decorating magic on them, to make them a little more attractive.

2. Free Calendars

If you search on the Internet, you’ll be able to find many different types of complimentary calendars that you can print out yourself. You won’t ever need to buy another calendar again– unless you just feel the urge to splurge.

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