Forget pricey organizing containers — your local dollar store has a treasure trove of ways to stash stuff for pennies. These Dollar Tree organizing hacks will blow your Instagram friends away.
Streamline spices with a DIY spin.
No need to spend $20 or more on fancy spice jar organizers. Instead, Marlene Alexander, the “Dollar Store Diva” and founder of DollarStoreStyle.com, suggests corralling spices on a DIY lazy Susan made from baking pans and a handful of marbles. Simply place an 8″ round pie pan on a cabinet shelf and fill with a pack of marbles, then set the other pan on top. Fill it up with spices and give your new $3 lazy Susan a spin!
Store dishwasher tabs in cereal containers.
The best Dollar Tree organizing hacks use unexpected items in new ways. Keeping dishwasher tabs easily accessible and protected from under-the-sink cabinet leaks is as easy as stashing them in a dollar-store lidded cereal container, says Alexander. The sealed, easy-pour container protects tabs from moisture so they won’t stick together, and its height means it takes up minimal space in a cabinet.
Hack pantry space with an over-the-door organizer.
Unlock untapped storage space by hanging an over-the-door clear pocket shoe organizer on the inside of your pantry door, then filling it with everything from bottles to slim boxes of pasta. The organizer frees up shelf space and keeps staples easy to see at a glance, notes Stephanie Bailey of PrudentPennyPincher.com.
Corral jewelry with Dollar Tree ice cube trays.
Ice cube trays from Dollar Tree are stackable, inexpensive, and fit nicely in dresser drawers, which makes them perfect for organizing jewelry, notes Bailey. She fills the wells of ice cube trays with earrings, rings and brooches, then stacks trays neatly in a drawer.
Organize hot tools with a magazine file.
Blow-dryers, flat irons and curling irons tend to get tangled up in bathroom cabinets. The solution: “Magazine files let you maximize storage space on a budget, thanks to their slim design that fits perfectly in small closets or cabinets,” says Bailey. Just wrap the cord of each tool with a rubber band, then stand the tools upright in the magazine file.
This article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.