Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thrifty Organtization

On multiple occasions I've mentioned my adoration for thrifty finds.  Sure, I splurge on items I'm certain will never be on sale... or be given to me... or be found in a thrift store.  Seriously, I do.

I don't, however, like to spend my money for items priced at the retail rate... especially when I don't have to.  So, you know I'm all in for this whole commitment to organize and stuff, right?


I saw this picture on pinterest and totally think my family can benefit from baskets along the steps for the little things I pick-up everyday.

I went looking for baskets with a similar structure and OMG!  Would you believe they're close to $20/each?! Did you hear me? For my little ol' family that means I would need no less than $60... on baskets alone?!  To think, I was considering a general basket for the 'everybody' stuff... well, that's not going to happen at that price.

I started to shop around and I found some baskets that would work but none were nearly as close in price to some of the fabulous baskets I've purchased from the thrift store.  It's like a snobby thrifty mindset where the thrifter feels guilty because you KNOW you can get it for much cheaper if you hold out.

UGH.  I'll keep you posted on my findings.  I'm just bummed that I was motivated to fix an issue but couldn't get the supplies... I panicked like my organizing super power might completely diminish if I didn't utilize it somewhere in the house.  I needed to fix something at that moment and on the cheap! I headed to my Dollar Tree.

O, the Dollar Tree.  The store where I feel like I'm on top of the world... where I can buy whatever I want.  I'm ballin' like a big shot here!

I walk around.  I throw things I want into my basket simply because, in this store, I can buy whatever I want...  no questions asked.  I have a post planned to discuss some of my favorite Dollar Store items BUT for today, I'm sharing the organization item that rescued my mood that day - the 7-hook wall mount wire rack.  It totally saved my super power!

I will give you a hint. It's probably far from what you're thinking.

Nope, I didn't hang belts from it:

Nope, I didn't mount it in a cabinet to hold cooking utensils:

Nope, it's not hanging from the side of my bathroom cabinet for hair styling items:

I didn't mount it to a hanger for my scarves:

I didn't even use it for necklaces:

Where'd I wind up using it?  In the laundry room to hold my cleaning mops, broom, dust pan and more.  Awhile back, I purchased an over-the-door rack that was really pretty but the hook ends were too thick for my tools' handles.  The Dollar Tree rack was perfect!

It even came with the mount hardware (two screws)... although, I didn't need them... two nails were strong enough and, let me just tell you, it looks awesome!

You know the sound of a broom that suddenly hits the floor?  Well, I despise that sound!  The only sound I despise more is when the vacuum turns on after it unplugs mid-streak. You know how, in the seconds it takes to walk across the room and plug it back in, you forget you didn't turn it off and it starts right back up when you plug it in?  Yea, that sound.  I have a mild panic attack when it revs up again.  What do you mean that doesn't happen to you?  Just me? REALLY?!  Well, whenever the broom slams onto the floor, I 'bout jump out of my skin... it's one of those sounds I can never get used to.

I thought I was doing something original... then I found this image:

Don't you just LOVE when someone else is as much of a genius as you are? *rolls eyes*

PLUS, her cleaning stuff is cuter than mine and she added cool text to her image.  You can read more about it here.  Her cleaning closet turned out awesome.

The end.  O wait!

I'm so glad I was able to quickly organize something! I'm able to save my floor space in the laundry room (as it's precious when it isn't covered in laundry) and I did it for $1.00!

Whew, I thought my organizing super powers would be gone for good... Thankfully the Dollar Tree let me live to fight clutter another day.  I can't wait to share other laundry room organization ideas we've implemented!  See you tomorrow with more!


1 comment

  1. Hahaha, the kids always get impressed when I take them to the dollar store. "Boys, you can have whatever you want, you don't have to ask, just throw it in the basket!" They think I'm Super Woman when we go there. ;)


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