10 Dollar Store Items You Can Use to Organize Your Home This Weekend

Spend $10 or less to get your home in tip-top shape.

It's not difficult to get organized if you have an unlimited budget for all of the bins, trays and containers you need to get your place looking in tip-top shape. But for the rest of us, we've got the dollar store. There are all sorts of clever storage solutions that you might be overlooking while you're busy filling up your cart with cleaning, office and party supplies.

The next time you hit up the dollar store, be on the lookout for these smart, penny-pinching organizing solutions for your home, car and more.

 Shower Caddy = Kids' Meal Caddy

This plastic caddy is the perfect solution for kids who turn car meals into messes. In fact, you might even want to purchase one for each member of your family. Keep a small pack of wipes in each caddy for even quicker clean-up.

 Cosmetic Bag = On-the-Go Emergency Kit

Use an inexpensive cosmetic bag to create a portable emergency kit to keep in your purse, diaper bag or car. Include items like bandages, scissors, antibacterial spray, hand sanitizer, pain relievers, bobby pins, tweezers, floss, one-time use toothbrushes and an extra copy of your health insurance cards.

 Tiny Jars = Contain Tiny Supplies

Red Cabinet Stores Hardware in Organized Garage

Red Cabinet Stores Hardware in Organized Garage

Install pipes along the ceiling for an all-encompassing storage solution. James Angus and Jamie Bolton used S-hooks to hold a variety of tools. A red medicine cabinet rescued from a friend’s junk pile is filled with salsa jars that hold hardware.

Photo by: James Angus and Jamie Bolton, The Cavender Diary

James Angus and Jamie Bolton, The Cavender Diary

Jars are an easy, attractive storage solution and work for a number of different items. Small jars are a great solution for nails, screws, craft supplies, hair ties, spare change and small toys.

 Over-the-Door Organizer = Finally Organizes That Junk Drawer 



An inexpensive over-the-door shoe organizer is a great way to finally get rid of your junk drawer. Set it up inside your pantry or kitchen cabinet and use it to store scissors, notepads, pens, extra batteries, a flashlight, lint rollers, glue sticks, business cards, wipes and anything else that might be "junking" up your junk drawer. If you happen to have a lot of different items, you can even try this set-up in several cabinets.

 Ice Tray = Jewelry Organizer

Ice Cube Tray Jewelry Storage

Ice Cube Tray Jewelry Storage

Empty ice cube trays make inventive storage containers for small pieces of jewelry, including rings and earrings.

Ice-cube trays are another great option for storage. Use them to hold small jewelry. If you love to craft, they also work great for storing beads, glitter or rhinestones. They're also perfect for small toys, sewing supplies or small erasers.

 Construction Paper = Chic Labels for All the Things



Whether you're using baskets or bins to store things in your kid's room, pantry or linen closet, labeling them is a nice, extra step to take. Dollar stores often have packs of labels you can use and attach to your baskets with string. Or you can even use pads of construction paper to make your own. If you want to get extra fancy, you can try to print out labels using your printer to bring a more uniform look to your space.

 Tin Cans = Drawer Organizers

Clever Organizers: Can the Clutter with Can Drawer Dividers

Clever Organizers: Can the Clutter with Can Drawer Dividers

Get control over small odds and ends by nestling clean tuna cans into a drawer. Each little compartment can store thumbtacks, rubber bands, clips, or twist ties. Say goodbye to junk drawers forever!

Desk drawers are typically a spot in our homes that can quickly get out of control. A simple solution like these small, inexpensive tins are a great way to get a handle on your mess. Measure your drawer before shopping to see how many you can fit, and purchase as many as you need. Then you can use them for all of your smaller office supplies.

 Simple Hooks = Smart Kitchen Storage

Stylish Island

Stylish Island

For extra serving and prep space, a custom island made from an old console table was updated with a spray-coat of bubble-gum pink lacquer. It was then outfitted with hooks for kitchen supplies and topped with a Carrara marble remnant.

Photo by: Mali Azima

Mali Azima

Hooks are one of the most versatile solutions you can use in your organization toolkit. You can find a variety of hooks at the dollar store, and choose the ones that work best for your current needs. In this example, we see how five simple hooks have greatly expanded the storage on this kitchen island, creating extra space for oven gloves, measuring cups and other cooking tools.

 Plastic Bins = Kids' Toy Organization

Kitchen Toy Drawer

Kitchen Toy Drawer

Keep little ones busy while you finish up dinner prep with hideaway kitchen storage for art supplies. Roll-out shelves make the most of the storage space at the end of this colorful island and make it easy for kids to access crayons and paper then neatly put everything away again. Photo courtesy of Mullet Cabinets, Inc.

Plastic bins work for a variety of storage challenges. In this case, they're helping to wrangle a variety of kids' art supplies. They work great either in a cabinet like this one, out in the open on a shelf or on top of a table in a kid's room.

 More Tin Cans = Stylish Cutlery Storage

Recycled Utensil Storage Containers

Recycled Utensil Storage Containers

Looking for a pretty place to stash small kitchen items or herbs? Recycled tin cans create adorable utensil holders offering additional organization for storing kitchen gadgets.

Photo by: Layla Palmer

Layla Palmer

Even simple food cans can work great for storage and organizing. These tin cans were decorated and used for utensil storage in the kitchen. Cans could also work in a garage for storage or in an art studio for paintbrushes.

Repurposing Everyday Items for a More Organized Home

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Vintage Grooming Station

A vintage test-tube rack keeps all your grooming tools neatly in one place. Brushes, nail polish and nail files fit perfectly in the test-tube compartments, giving your bathroom an organized look and keeping everything conveniently at your fingertips. Design by Melissa Hruska

Photo By: Photo courtesy of Melissa Hruska

Ladder Drying Rack

Laundry can take over your entire house. Rebecca Kuenzi solved that problem by hanging an old ladder from her ceiling, allowing her to dry her clothes in once place rather than scattered throughout her house.

Binder-Clip Cord Organizer

With so many new gadgets these days, wires can make your home office desk look cluttered. To keep them at bay, attach binder clips to the edge of your desk, and place the cords through the clips. This will also make it easy to plug in your electronics.

Soda-Crate Toy Storage

Creating storage boxes from vintage items is simple. Holly Mathis attached casters to old soda crates, and placed her son's favorite toys inside. The crates fit nicely underneath the bed and provide easy access to his toys.

Cleaning Supplies Holder

With so many types of cleaning supplies, your kitchen and bathroom cabinet can fill up fast. To keep things more organized, make use of every inch of space by hanging household cleaners from a tension rod, saving space on the shelves for other everyday items.

Photo By: Aimee Lane

Dish-Rack Coloring Station

Organize your craft supply in a dish drying rack. Coloring books stay put in the grates, while the silverware tray stores crafting tools, such as colored pencils and scissors.

Bobby Pin Holder

Loose bobby pins are hard to keep in one place. Next time you finish a pack of mints, save the container to store your bobby pins. The small opening easily dispenses the pins, and the container's compact size makes it easy to travel with.

Frame Jewelry Organizer

Get rid of tangled jewelry by displaying your necklaces and bracelets neatly on the wall. To do this, remove the glass from a picture frame, and screw in hooks to the top of the frame. You can hang the frame in your closet or on your bedroom wall.

Hair Accessories Storage

Large kitchen canisters are perfect for storing hair accessories. The clear containers make it easy to pinpoint exactly what you need when you're rushing to get ready.

Magazine Holder Bookcase

Use low-cost file folders from the school supplies section to hold children's books. The folders fit just about anywhere and you can paint or decoupage them to match any room.

Scarf Hanger

Folded scarves can get wrinkled in your dresser. To keep them at hand and looking fresh, attach shower curtain rings to a basic hanger, and loop your scarves through each ring.

Shirt Hanging System

Get use out of your entire closet, including the door. Hang items that you wear often on a clothing hanger that's made to fit on top of the door.

Spice Cabinet

Finding the right cooking spice can be hard when they're all the same size. To make them easier to access, place the containers on stacked reclaimed wood.

Organized Menu Folder

Is your collection of takeout menus out of control? Keep them in one place by placing them in a plastic folder and adhering the folder to the inside of your kitchen cabinet.

Photo By: Photo courtesy of Cristin Bisbee Priest

Thread Organizer

An old golf-ball holder makes the perfect thread holder. Display each spool of thread in each cubby so you can easily grab the color you need.

Office Supply Jar Holder

Make your own utensil case by turning a few Mason jars on their sides and gluing them together. Each jar can hold a different type of writing utensil so you don't have to search through a messy drawer for your favorite highlighter.

Cookie Tin Storage

Do you have leftover cookie tins from the holidays? Use them to store large office items, such as ink cartridges for the printer. Stack the tins to save counter space.

Photo By: Photo courtesy of Serena Thompson

Decorative Soda Box

Stacking canned goods on top of each other isn't the most efficient way to find your favorite soup. Amy Williams uses an old soda box to store her cans. She covered the boxes with decorative paper, attached labels and cut openings in the back so older cans rotate to the front.

Photo By: Photo courtesy of Amy Williams

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