Thrift Store Organizing Solutions

The following post is from Laura of I’m an Organizing Junkie:

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Last week Mandi wrote a great post called Thrift Store Finds & Repurposed Decor.

I enjoyed reading it because this is something I have a passion for especially when it comes to re-purposing items for organizational purposes.

In the town I used to live in one of my best girlfriends owns a thrift store and we had a game we used to play where we’d find an item and try to come up with the most uses that we could for it. We’d bounce ideas off each other until we just couldn’t do it anymore.

It was fun and of course practical too.

Using products in ways other than what they were originally designed for opens up all sorts of organizing possibilities for you and can also help save you a lot of money in the long run.

Ways to Re-purpose Items:

A plate rack can be used for many things including… a notebook holder in your office.

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A thread holder can also be used for a number of things including… a jewelry organizer.

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Microwave stands can add storage in so many places even… in the bathroom.

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Even kitchen tools can easily be re-purposed into great organizing tools.

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And all of these items can regularly be found at thrift stores for under $5.00! It just not necessary to spend a lot of money to get organized.

If you want to find a few of your own thrift-store organizers, follow these four steps:

1. Assess your needs

Look around your home and identify areas that drive you crazy.

Are your counters always full of papers, are there piles on the floor, are your cabinets cluttered, remotes everywhere?

Once you’ve identified these problem areas, make a list and keep it tucked in your purse — then you’ll have a much better idea of what to keep your eyes open for.

This will allow you to be more intentional with your purchases so you don’t end up buying more stuff that just contributes to the clutter rather than helping you reduce it.

2. Be creative — think outside the box

Look past what a product was originally designed for.

Think about how you could put this item to use.  Hold it in your hands for awhile.  Turn it sideways and upside down.  Get a feel for it and let your creative juices flow.

3. Look past the ugly

Sometimes all it takes is a little coat of spray paint or other small tweaks to make something beautiful again.

When you look at an ugly picture for instance, imagine how you can use just the frame instead.  Maybe all it needs is a piece of cork added to it to give you an instant message center.

4. Shop with a friend

It really helps to toss ideas back and forth with a friend. Make a game out of it and have fun!

For more thrift store shopping tips visit this post.

What great thrift store items have you found to help you organize?

Laura is a wife and mother to three great kids, lives in Alberta, Canada and is an addict of all things organizing. You can find her blogging regularly at I’m an Organizing Junkie, and is the author of her recently released book, Clutter Rehab: 101 Organizing Tips & Tricks to Become an Organization Junkie and Love It!