Trust me when I say, no one is more surprised than myself that I am writing a post on home organization. My home is nowhere near organized. I had things under control when it was just my husband and myself. And then I had kids…
My husband actually laughed out loud when I told him what this post is about. Cause obviously, he’s in this mess with me. By this mess, I mean: I’m literally staring at a pile of unfolded laundry, and toys strewn across our living room floor…
All laughs aside, since the majority of us are practicing social distancing, we are spending a LOT more time in our homes. I think it’s more important than ever to somewhat minimize the clutter.
I thought I’d share some of the organization and storage solutions we’ve been using for our boys’ toys and books, arts and crafts, etc. And all of these products, except for one, are less than $50! (At the time of writing this post. Some items’ prices may fluctuate on Amazon.)
Clearly, my home organization is still a work in progress. But I hope these products can inspire you (who am I kidding, I need the most inspiration) to de-clutter your home. And hopefully also help you stay sane during this time!
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I love this thing! It actually holds a lot more than you would think. The bins are sturdy, and I think it looks quite nice. It is the perfect height for my boys (3 yo and 1 yo) to easily grab things from the bins by themselves.
I was worried that it could easily topple over. We haven’t had an issue with that. But you can always secure it to the wall if you want.
Kid’s Bookshelf Option 1
This is actually a closet organizer, meant for clothing and accessories. However, I was looking for an affordable and functional bookshelf for the kids, and this one works perfectly for us.
You can rearrange it into whatever shape works for your space. It’s really easy to put together and fits all our boys’ picture books. One thing to note is that it isn’t super sturdy. Each side is made of a plastic sheet panel. Remember it’s actually made for organizing clothes.
This was the most affordable solution I could find for our needs, and it worked really well for us for about a year.
Below is a picture of how we use it. In honor of showing you how messy the reality of my home is, I didn’t clean up all the clutter around the bookshelf. #reallife Sorry, and also you’re welcome 😊
Kid’s Bookshelf Option 2
We recently upgraded to this bookshelf. This is a pricier item but I’m in love with it. I think it’s really great quality, it looks beautiful, and it’s very functional for what we need.
We aren’t using the boxes that came with it. We’re just using the bottom 2 shelves like a regular bookshelf.
Here it is in our home!
Craft Storage Cart For Kid’s Arts and Crafts
We live in a small 2 bedroom apartment, so we have two of these inside our hallway closet for all of our boys’ arts and crafts supplies. I think these are the perfect size!
Also, if you haven’t already done so, check out my previous post on all the supplies you need for an arts and crafts starter kit for kids!
Mini Plastic Boxes
These are actually quite small. Here’s a picture of ours in use, so you can get a sense of what the size is actually like.
I love these for containing crayons which tend to break and get all over the place. And they stack really well too!
Arts and Crafts Caddy
These are nice for markers and coloring pencils–things that my older son uses on the daily.
Crafts Storage Cart
I use this to store my own arts and crafts supplies. I had an Etsy shop last winter, and this was really helpful in keeping my materials organized!
Cloth Storage Bins
I use these for a variety of purposes. You can see in the picture above, I have one placed next to the kids’ bookshelf. That bin is dedicated to storing borrowed library books. I’ve found it to be an easier way to know where the library books are, and separate them from the rest of our books.
Additionally, we use them to store diapers, clothes, accessories. Really, you could use these for anything you want.
Large Plastic Tubs
I mainly use these to store clothes that my older son has outgrown that I’m saving for my younger son. But obviously you could also use these to store a variety of things.
Clothes Drawer Organizers
These drawer organizers are a game changer. Especially for my kids’ clothes. Instead of socks tumbling around the entire drawer, they’re contained in one box.
I use these for my husband and my underwear/sock drawers too. Seriously makes the biggest difference.
These cloth ones are from Amazon. They’re very sturdy, but a little shallow.
SKUBB from IKEA
We also have these from IKEA, which are super affordable. They are higher in height, but they are a bit more flimsy than the Amazon ones. I love both these options!
White Plastic Baskets
These following several plastic baskets and bins are very versatile.
(I believe there are affordable basket options available at dollar stores. The dollar stores I’ve been to don’t have many in stock. So I haven’t personally bought them from a dollar store before. But that’s a great budget-friendly option!)
I use them to organize snacks, makeup, toiletries, etc. The options are endless. They really help to organize and contain the clutter.
VARIERA from IKEA
Mesh Laundry Hampers
I’m going to be ordering a couple more of these today, since I feel like we have clothes strewn all across the floor of the entire apartment. The mess ends today! (Actually, it ends when they arrive.)
I love that these are collapsible. So you can just fold them up when they’re not in use.
Vacuum Seal Bags
These things are awesome! I actually got these when we moved last year. And they were so helpful in saving space.
You just put your clothes in it (we also used it for our kids’ stuffed animals). And then you zip it, and then use a vacuum to suck the air out from the hole. And then you close the lid so air doesn’t get back in.
It compresses things so much! So helpful when you’re moving, but also awesome for storing winter clothes.
Well, there you have it! Affordable home organization and storage options to declutter your home and keep you sane.
Hope this was helpful! Now, I’m itching to organize my closet, but dinner won’t make itself.
Let me know if you have any favorite budget-friendly home organization tips. I would especially love to know any space-saving hacks for a small closet!
5 thoughts on “Affordable Home Organization: Helpful Budget-Friendly Storage Tools for Kids’ Toys, Books, Arts and Crafts, and Clothes”
I love the clean simple look of these organizers!
I have a four year old I will have to give some of these.a try because our house is always a mess!
I love the craft caddy! Things with handles always win with me! 😆
I put everything in vacuum seal bags. With all the baby stuff our house is starting to feel cluttered and this post was exactly what I was looking for
These are some awesome home organization tools! I love having my kids things organized though they don’t seem to stay that way for long. It’s still worth it to me to have a home for everything!