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Organizing on the Cheap

Friday, May 6th, 2011

One of the first posts I wrote a year and a half ago was called ‘Organizing on the Cheap.’ It focused on organizing products that cost very little money or nothing at all. Organizing products don’t have to cost a fortune. In fact, many of them can be made from recycling an item already in your home.

I have two little kids and I’m always in need of a plastic bag. Most of mine live in a bag holder in my kitchen or in the garage but when you have a dirty diaper or need to bag up things before nap time is over, believe me–you need them handy.

Today’s Organizing on the Cheap Award goes to: The Empty Tissue Box

It’s original cost is approximately less than two dollars–that’s pretty cheap. Once you’re done with all the tissues, don’t recycle the box. Stuff it with plastic bags that you wish to keep. Here’s a picture of one from my home. The yellow bags are from ShopRite but dig deep enough and you’ll find bags from Target, Marshalls, and other stores:

I realized that there were many spots in my house that needed plastic bag storage. I have one of these tucked away in both bathrooms as well as the laundry room and both of my kids’ rooms. Not only have they been convenient, these plastic bag organizers only cost me what I paid for the box of tissues. Have tons of bags? Buy a larger box of tissues.
I don’t wish anyone the flu, but if you happen to finish a box of tissues anytime soon, consider stuffing them with plastic bags. It’s a great way to organize them, keep them tidy, and all in one place. 

About Stacey Agin Murray

Stacey is a professional organizer & speaker in New Jersey specializing in residential organizing, time, and paper management challenges. She also authored The Organized Bride’s Thank You Note Handbook: Let Systems and 101 Modern Sample Thank You Notes Take You From Overwhelmed to Organized.

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2 responses to “Organizing on the Cheap”

  1. ABFarish says:

    That is an amazing idea! Underneath my sink is OVERRIDDEN with bags, so I registered for the bag holder…but this seems more useful!

    <3 A

  2. Thanks so much for your kind words. Keep the bag holder on your registry! Maybe you’ll get it and use the tissue boxes in another space in your home. If no one buys you the bag holder, you and your husband-to-be need to start sneezing!

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