DIY Home Storage Ideas on a Budget (or for free)

Originally published: May 25, 2016 Updated: March 6, 2020

Every time I opened the silverware drawer I was greeted with a mess of random utensils that I wasn’t using.  The little silverware organizer wasn’t enough for all of the stuff in there anymore.

The top part that used to hold all of my vegetable peelers now housed the baby spoons and medicine applicators.  There was a mess of funny spreader knives and oyster forks that never get used and of course an abundance of bread bag tabs.

Switching to a minimalist utensil organizer

Last week I was browsing the container section of Wal-mart for a new organization system for my kitchen drawers.  It was mostly a fact finding mission since I forgot to record the dimensions of the drawer.  I wasn’t ready to spend $8 on a new plastic silverware organizer so I mentally added it to my list of items to keep an eye out for at yard sales.  

Organizing using what I had

My 6 month old has been waking up at 5am so yesterday I had a little bit of extra time in the morning.  With coffee in hand I tackled the drawer that has been on my mind for days.

Silverware or flatware drawer organized with recycled or reused containers.

The green bags were folded and put in a ziplock, the funny silverware that never got used went into the box of fancy stuff from my grandmother (that also never gets used).  

Reusing containers instead of buying new

My favorite part about doing this drawer was getting to pull out my stash of berry containers to use as free organization!  A strawberry container now holds my peelers and the baby feeders are in a blueberry container.  

I save any plastic containers that I think can be reused in some way.  It saves me the time and trouble of shopping for the perfect organizer because I just go look through my small stash.

To organize my baby bottle pieces I’m using a cherry tomato container and also a blueberry container. This is a free way to DYI some organizing.

Small clear containers holding baby bottle tops

Other places to reuse produce containers

Another great place to reuse food containers that you would normally throw away is the baby items. I organized the top drawer of my daughters dresser using more containers that I had saved.  This forces me to not let clutter accumulate in these small containers.  For example I can only fit about 6 pairs of socks in the container shown.  And she really doesn’t need more than that, its a rare occurrence when she wears socks.

Baby items organized into reused containers

By limiting your space to the number of items that will comfortably fit it creates an area that looks neat and tidy and is easy to maintain.  Spending a little bit of time organizing in my home makes me feel like I’m putting the universe back in order.  What are some creative ways that you’ve re-purposed items to use for storage?

4 thoughts on “DIY Home Storage Ideas on a Budget (or for free)”

  1. Such a great idea!
    We have a chest that we wanted as we’re both fascinated with them. We decided to out our socks in it, which was great except we had great difficulty finding the pair needed. I used thick pieces of cardboard that came in some crazy packaging to create dividers. Now opening the sock chest is bliss and it’s so easy to find exactly we need.

  2. I love the plastic berry containers too! I grew up with my parents repurposing them for everything so I’ve grown fond of them as a multipurpose container as well.

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