Thrifty Tips (Part 2 of 2)

3. Got Babies?

If you have a baby, or know someone that has a baby, you’re probably sitting on a veritable smörgåsbord of storage possibilities. Empty baby wipe containers work perfectly for storing items like first aid necessities, crayons and markers, sewing supplies, etc. If you have baby food jars– wash them out and use them to hold small items such as thumb tacks, paper clips, or buttons. Even changing tables can be converted to shelves for toys or books when you no longer need them for their intended purpose.

4. It’s Okay To Be A Hooker

One of the most inexpensive and most effective ways to get organized, is by making use of hooks. You can get more than you can make use of at your local hardware store for super cheap and use them to hang pots, mugs, tools, jewelry, keys, belts, dish towels, plants– the possibilities are never ending. Grab several sizes to keep handy– the suction-cup kind can be useful in the bathroom and kitchen too. Use caution when using the self-adhesive type on painted surfaces. They usually can only hold very light objects and sometimes take the paint with them when they’re taken (or fall) off. Some are better than others, so use your own good judgment.

5. Shop your local rummage sale.

Don’t discount the possibilities of finding some great storage tools at local rummage sales. A friend of mine picked up a mug holder for a quarter that she uses to organize silk scarves. Another person I know found an old storage chest that she refinished. It looks like new, and she only paid $20 for it. She uses it to store quilts and throws in her family room.

6. Add some French flair.

French memo boards are perfect for holding event tickets, photos, coupons, grocery lists and more. Buy an inexpensive one at your local superstore or make one yourself with cork board, fabric and ribbon.

7. Shop in your fridge.

Once you’re done with food containers like margarine tubs and jelly jars, clean them out thoroughly and use them to store anything from hair accessories, to small kitchen items like corn cob holders and spreaders, to extra batteries.

Don’t forget to protect those you love and care for the most with a home security system, which can provide a lifeline in case of medical emergencies, fires, and of course burglaries. I personally recommend ADT home security systems. ADT is the leading provider of home security systems in the U.S., with more than 100 years of experience.

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