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 Stores Jewelry

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

Pink Kitchen 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 island with toy storage

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

Utensil Bins Hanging from Towel Holder

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.

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