No matter how organized our smartphones help us during our day, they still can’t magically get our home office organized. How I wish there was an app for that!
However, when it comes to getting organized, you can get there one of two ways – you can buy the most colorful office supplies or you can choose the frugal route.
There’s really no need to spend a lots of money when there are at least ten cheap supplies to help you get organized.
Calendars are the number one item for keeping family and yourself organized, at least as far as appointments are concerned. You can find calendars at dollar stores and discount stores, often for as little as $1.00. Or you can download them free at Vertex42.com
Or, if you have your heart set on a particular calendar, wait a week or so after the new year and you could save as much as 50 percent.
If you have a watertight location to store items, you may be able to save money organizing by using boxes that you get at grocery stores. There’s really no need to go out and spend money on boxes when you can get them for free.
3. Cereal Boxes
These are great for storing magazines. Just cut off one corner of the box, cover with contact or wrapping paper, and use them for storing magazines. Here’s a helpful tutorial on how to do this. Plus, there’s really no need to purchase magazine holders if you’re going to eat cereal anyhow.
You can finds these at your local dollar store. Or, you can find them online (One online timer to try is TimeMe.com ). Then just set your timer for fifteen minutes and spend that time de-cluttering, cleaning, or organizing. You’ll be amazed at how much you can get done in a small amount of time.
5. Index Cards
There are a number of ways you can use index cards when organizing. Shopping lists, goals, recipes, menu planning, frequently used telephone numbers, just to name a few.
These are wonderful holders for so many objects. Crafts that you’re working on, wash cloths or towels in a bathroom, fruit, or any other number of things can be kept in baskets to help keep things neat and organized. You can find them at your local Goodwill store or consignment store.
7. Storage Bins
Totes, or bins, come in all shapes and sizes. They also come in a variety of materials: wood, plastic, fabric, metal, or glass. Some have lids and some don’t. They vary in price, as well, but are great for storing and organizing. You can find these at your local dollar store, discount store or Amazon.
8. File Folders & Labels
What organized person doesn’t need an effective filing system for wayward papers? You don’t have to have a large filing system for it to work for you; plan on having just enough files to store and be able to locate important papers for finances, insurances, health, utilities, credit cards, warranties, or anything else you can think of.
These are an organizer’s best friend. You can use them for keeping up with to-do lists, shopping lists, and any number of other things requiring paper. They help corral papers, can hang on a wall, and yet are out in the open rather than tucked away in a filing cabinet.
10. 3-Ring Binders
If you don’t want to keep a filing cabinet in your home, you could have 3-ring binders for each category and store everything on a shelf instead. You can find great deals on these around back-to-school time.
These ten cheap supplies will help you get organized and won’t break your budget. If you think about it, there are probably other items around your home that you can repurpose for organizing. Look around – you may be surprised at what you find.