Looking for organizational products can be a delightful and visually satisfying way to complete your organizing process. Remember, though, that you don't need to spend a penny to get organized. You can always opt for cardboard boxes and still achieve excellent results. If you do choose to buy organizational products, keep in mind that they are only the finishing touch. Your first steps should be decluttering, knowing what you're storing and where, taking measurements, and identifying your organizational style before making a purchase.
If you've already put in the effort to organize your space but still want to add some personality, there are several places where you can find reasonably-priced organizing solutions. And if you're up for a little more of a challenge, I've included some gems where you can really score big if you're willing to put in the extra work.
No Hunting Required: My Top 3 Places to Shop for Organizational Products
1. Target - if you prefer to see and feel products in person, Target has a fantastic variety of clear bins, solid bins, and baskets in different sizes that are pretty sturdy.
2. IKEA - with a great website for browsing and sizing products, IKEA is a good option, but shipping can take some time.
3. Amazon - with thousands of options delivered to your door and easy returns, Amazon is a great choice.
The Thrill of the Hunt: Where to Find Affordable Organizational Products
If you're the type of person who loves a good deal and isn't afraid of a little adventure, then you're in luck! There are some great stores out there that offer amazing products at a lower costs. However, you need to be willing to do some hunting to find the right items. If you're up for the challenge, then keep reading because we're going to explore some of the best options out there.
TJ Maxx or HomeGoods: Just keep an eye out for their clearance items! But, be warned, these stores don't have regularly stocked items, so you might need to go on a treasure hunt to find the right size, shape, and style.
The Dollar Store: More like the $1.25 Store ;-)... If you're looking for a reliable stock of products, the dollar store is a good option, but the quality might not be the best, and the space-saving capabilities might be a little misleading. Those tapered bins can make you think there's more space in the bin than there really is, and they're super flimsy too!
Thrift shops: "I'm gonna pop some tags.....Only got twenty dollars in my pocket....", ah, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis! Their catchy tune always gets me in the mood to check out the thrift shop. And why not? Thrift shops are a treasure trove of high-quality items that can be found at a fraction of the price. But it's not just about the amazing deals - shopping at thrift shops also supports a good cause, which is always a plus. Of course, finding the perfect item can be a bit like searching for a needle in a haystack, but the thrill of the hunt is part of the fun. So, if you're feeling adventurous, head to your local thrift shop and see what treasures you can find!
"Buy Nothing" Groups: And last but not least, have you heard of "buy nothing" groups on Facebook? They're amazing! You can request or search for free items, and it's a great way to reduce waste while also getting what you need. Check out my blog post about why I love Facebook "buy nothing" groups here.
Now remember, buying organization products is the final step in organizing. Before making any purchases, it's important to know your organizing style, dimensions, and what you'll be storing. With a little planning and smart shopping, you can create a clutter-free environment that is both functional and beautiful. So, take the time to plan and organize before you start shopping. That way, you'll know exactly what you need, and you can focus on finding the perfect items to fit your needs.