Oh no! You almost spent more than $100 for organizing your storage space. That is so easy to do with just a ‘click’ on Amazon or at almost any store!
When it comes to cleaning and organizing, I might have that covered. That didn’t come without a learning curve on how best to organize the space where we lived when we were first married. We didn’t always have the money to invest in an organizing project. In fact, my husband probably wouldn’t have thought organizing a closet or drawer was important in the first place.
1. FIRST OFF
There are a few things to remember.
When you are frustrated with your messes and lack of storage space, it is easy to become discontent.
It really doesn’t matter if you are young or older. We all still keep struggling with the same things.
We all want more of whatever it is we want!!
Godliness comes only ONE way and that is with contentment.
Stores (and Amazon if you are at home) easily tempt you (and me, I might add) to be discontent in a huge way.
But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. 1 Timothy 6:6-8
You slipped out of your mother without a stitch of clothing. You had no belongings whatsoever. Zip!!
When we die (or when Jesus comes back) we will also leave this world and carry nothing out of it! Nothing. Nada!
If we have food and clothing – for now. We are doing good. We can be content.
2. Are Your Closets and Drawers MESSY?
All that being said doesn’t mean that we don’t have to deal with finding storage space for what we have.
We have two choices.
Either we give it away or organize it.
There are all sorts of storage ideas these days that are not costly. What you have to watch is how quickly they add up and break your budget.
When we were first married, we lived in a very small cottage with little rooms. Storage was at a premium and our stuff tended to spill out into the room if we weren’t careful.
I had to be creative!
- I used an older dresser for storage of my husband’s scuba gear.
- My husband built a wooden frame out of two-by-fours to hang our clothes because there was no closet.
- We used three (cheap) small stackable tables to organize items in our bedroom.
- Pots and pans can be stored in the oven (if you are short on kitchen cabinets.
There is no need to think you have to start off with the American dream house. We sure didn’t!
3. How to Organize Drawers with Small Boxes
I am all for plastic containers bought at the dollar store but maybe that will break your budget!
It is more important to keep to a budget than to have to have storage containers and baskets. At the end of the day, they won’t pay the bills!
For years, I organized my storage spaces with small boxes. You know those boxes that certain kinds of cheese come in at Sam’s Club or Cosco? Keep the bottom part and organize your pencils and other office supplies.
Smaller shoe boxes work too for keeping socks and underwear.
You get the idea? Even at a dollar store, you can run up your bill.
4. How to Organize Your Books with Boxes
By the time we started homeschooling, we had accumulated a lot more stuff. There was no money for extras. We needed to organize the storage space for school supplies.
The difference now is that whether someone is young or getting a little older, they are spending even though they have no money for extras.
Debt is normal and on the rise. Few people have desire to get out of debt.
There are plenty of blogs out there about organization. So if you have the money to spend on great organizers you can easily find the ideas.
Hopefully, your kids still have books and aren’t reading all their schoolwork on tablets.
I got some sturdy boxes and put them in a row and stacked more on top. The boxes were about three boxes high. Some of the books were taller and helped to steady and strengthen the book stack.
This worked for a couple years until my husband built a three-unit bookshelf.
5. Throwing or Giving Stuff Away to Organize Storage Space
Most of our storage problems stem from being pack-rats.
We are trying to hang onto things as if we can take it with us. The Egyptians and other civilizations already tried that by burying their dead in a tomb with all their prized possessions. This was so they could take it with them to the afterlife. Problem is that it stayed behind in the tomb with the corpse!!
Although I am thankful for all the provisions that the Lord has blessed me with, I also try to pass on what I am no longer using.
What storage area are you planning to organize? Will any of these ideas help save on your budget?