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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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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.

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.