Dollar Tree Organizing (Love. It.)

 

Do you ever see those beautifully organized pictures on Pinterest but realize just how much was spent getting there? While I love me some organizing, spending way too much money to tidy things up just isn't going to happen around here.

 

Enter the Dollar Tree.

 

This morning I ran in and they had tons of cute containers all priced for just $1 (woot!), and it's such a great way to organize. Here's a re-post of my favorite Dollar Tree organizing clean out . . . see what $12 can do!

 

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We've all seen those fabulously organized photos on Pinterest of perfectly designed crafty spots, just waiting for someone to get a little crafting inspiration.  I noticed a few more recently as I was checking out organizing ideas on Pinterest, and was slightly discouraged looking around my own (*disastrous*) crafting spot.

 

Now I'm super fortunate, and have some room up in our playroom for all my craft supplies, but it constantly gets destroyed (no matter how often I tidy it. . .) because it tends to be the junk table hidden away out of sight!  But after seeing one too many cutely organized pins on Pinterest, I decided I'd had enough.

 

As I headed into town to hunt down some cute bins, I commiserated about how much I was going to have to spend to get organized. . . until I remembered The Dollar Tree.    (WOOOOHOOO!)  Guess what I found there?  Perfect, adorable, tidy little bins for my shelves, all for (you guessed it!) A DOLLAR!  I bought everything used in this week's project for a whopping $12 (WOW!)  So, here's the before & after of my disaster . . .

(~gasp!~ I'm telling you what, I couldnt' make this stuff up. . .)

 

 

 

 

 

Now, obviously I moved things around a bit . . . I've been wanting to put the scrapbooks that were still left on those shelves in a plastic bin downstairs (with way too many more of them), in case we ever needed to get them out in a hurry.  (I know, that sounds nuts but I've spent some serious hours on those books, so I hated that they were so far upstairs in case we ever had an emergency!)  I also finally took a few minutes to put all of my kids special artwork and pictures away in their Rubbermaid container that has been littering that table for way too long. 🙂

What to Buy at The Dollar Tree

Looking for more penny pinched Dollar Tree transformations? Here are a few of my favorites . . .

This post is linked to Living Well Spending Less Thrifty Thursday.  I'd love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

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  1. Tracy Andrews says

    I got some of those similar Dollar Tree bins to use to organize my pantry shelves. I put my bagged stuff like rice and beans in a rectangular bin and my Kcups in a square one. I have made a ton of cloth napkins from scrap material and they fit perfectly in one of the rectangular bins.

  2. I am on facebook, kelly bradshaw… but I am wondering… I am a double stroke victim and because of it I have Epilepsy and am on ssdi.. I am getting into couponing, for financial reasons and more… but I would love help finsing a VERY cheap printer. I have been using your site and love it so much. I just used your Dollar Tree bin idea to organize under my sink, laundry room and under the bathroom sink:)

    • Hi Kelly! My favorite printer (not the cheapest) is the Brother Laser Printer – because in the long run you save SO MUCH on toner cartridges. I change out my toner cartridge maybe once a year (if that often), and print all the time, compared to having to refill ink cartridges every two weeks! Here’s a link to it –

      This is the one that’s wireless, my favorite but a little pricier! http://amzn.to/1jrjKnh

      This is the one that’s not wireless, so you’d need to connect your computer to the printer, but it’s a little cheaper – http://amzn.to/1rC7Mww

      Praying that helps, and love that you were able to do some organizing at the Dollar Tree (my favorite place to shop!)

      • Laurie and Kelly,

        I have a brother laser jet too! I love it. I buy my toner from 123inkjet.com, always search for a coupon and make sure you get cash back ( I use evreward.com to see which portal is offering the best %). We got our printer at Staples. Keep an eye on their website and sign up for rewards. Occasionally they offer 25% back in rewards, so you could pick up some other goodies for “free”.

    • Kelly, I have a printer that you can have if you want it. It has extra ink cartridges and the startup disc too. 🙂

  3. Love it! I have those taller ones in my sons bathroom. I hung them with curtain rings on his towel bar (inside the shower) and use them for bath toys . Those suction cup bath toy holder won’t stick to the matte tile we have, so these work fabulously .

  4. I also love brother laser printers but I have recently been surprised at how much their price has increased. I understand wireless and double sided but I miss their super cheap simple laser printer which was great for students – got each of my kids one when they left for college until now… today while shopping at a local computer parts store I found I can get a new drum and ink at a fraction of the cost of big box stores! Happy day!! Shop around!!

    • That is for sure!!! I used to get a Brother laser or $49-$69 Cdn. I bought them or myself and my kis when they went to college too 🙂 Now they are so expensive and I have had more trouble with them as the price has gone up! I swore by brother for years but not so much now :/ That makes me sad for sure.

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