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40 Dollar Store Hacks for Organization

Use Luggage Tags as Napkin Rings

Luggage tags help you find your baggage, but they can be so much more. Get cheap luggage tags from your dollar store and use them as napkin rings. Bonus points if you put names on them so you can organize a dinner party!

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Keep Organized with File Boxes

The worst thing about the bathroom is all the hairstyle stuff all over the place. File boxes are perfect for organizing everything. Hang one on the wall or the side of the cabinet and store everything there. If you don’t use heating tools, you can put extra personal care items or magazines in it.

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Buy Reusable Bags Instead of Plastic Bags

Everyone knows that plastic is bad for the environment because it ends up in the ocean. Instead of using plastic bags, purchase a set of reusable bags. These reusable bags are ideal for all kinds of food storage. Whether you're storing leftovers or packing snacks for your child's lunchbox, these will be a gamechanger. 

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Store Candy in Glass Jars

Candy typically is packaged in bags or boxes, and although there's nothing wrong with this type of packaging, it's not aesthetically pleasing. If you wish to display your candy, buy a few glass jars or containers from the dollar store. These offer a trendy and decorative alternative to storing candy in the pantry.  You can even label the jars if you're feeling extra crafty. 

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Create Your Own Decorative Tray

Remember the days when people would use decorative trays to carry stuff? You can bring those days back by making your own tray. Purchase a large picture frame and a placemat. Slip the placemat into the frame and voila! You have your own fancy tray.

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Use a Cake Stand to Hold Soaps and Sponges

Cake stands are a great way to lift anything off of the countertop. It gives you a little extra room while making a convenient stand for things like dish soap and dish sponges. You can also use it in the bathroom to hold bar soap and lotion.

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Make Your Own Mirror Boxes

Mirror boxes are adorable, but they can be on the pricy side. We don't get why, so found a way to make our own. Simply buy five mirrors and glue them together. You can use it to hold plants, pens, or whatever you need organized!

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DIY a Sunburst Mirror

Hear us out—this one may take a bit more time, but it’s worth it. You can create a sunburst mirror with a plain, round mirror and bamboo skewers. Tape or glue the bamboo sticks to the back of the mirror in a pattern that makes you happy. Then, spray-paint the skewers and the mirror. Allow your project to dry before hanging.

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Glue Together Picture Frames for a Terrarium

Little glass greenhouses or terrariums can upgrade any home. You can make your own by using picture frames. It takes an hour or so, but you can make one by gluing each frame together. Don't forget to add hinges to one of the frames or create a liftable top so that you can get inside the greenhouse.

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Hang Colanders for Perfect Potters

Colanders are more than just ways to strain spaghetti. You can create your own rustic-looking planter using this kitchen accessory! Best of all, the holes make it great for any plants that can’t survive in a lot of water. The soil will remain damp without retaining a ridiculous amount of liquid.

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Organize Your Drawers

Purchase a few basic plastic organizers to get that junk drawer organized. Nothing is worse than having to dig around for 10 minutes looking for something specific because the drawer is so messy. These plastic organizers fix that, and they’re especially great for drawers that are too small for traditional organizers. 

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Make a Rope Basket

Rope can turn that ugly laundry basket into a basket with a nautical or rustic theme. All you have to do is hot glue rope to your plastic laundry basket. You can also dye the rope to create your own design or leave it au natural.

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Organize Beauty Products with Drawer Inserts

After a while, beauty products really start to pile up. It can be hard to find a place for everything, and eyeshadow palettes can slip and fall, cracking the pressed powders inside. Sort and organize all beauty products with drawer inserts. This will create an easy-to-access beauty bar!

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Use Full-Length Mirrors as Decoration

Full-length mirrors don't have to be just the boring, rectangular decorations you purchase from Walmart. If you purchase one or more of these mirrors, you can use them in new and innovative ways. Hang one horizontally above your bed or your couch, or hang two vertically on either side of your bed! 

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Create Your Own Lighted Letters

This craft is a little more intermediate but worth it. For this project, you'll need cardboard letters, tracing paper, scissors, flickering flameless candles, a craft knife, and electrical tape or hot glue. We've found plenty of tutorials online, but one of our favorites was found via Pinterest!

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Make a Corkboard Organizer for Your Kitchen

Corkboard is great for holding pictures and memories, but when you grow older, you may not want to display your favorite photos in this fashion. Instead, transfer that cork board to the kitchen to hold measuring cups and other light objects that you find yourself searching for.

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DIY Animal Magnets

Magnets don’t have to be boring. In fact, magnets can brighten up your kitchen. Instead of paying a ton for magnets on Amazon, you can make your own. Purchase hallow animal figures from the dollar store, paint them whatever color you want, cut them in half, and then hot glue a magnet inside. Done and done!

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Organize Your Pantry

The trick to looking organized is to use containers that are similar in appearance. Things like rice, oatmeal, and baking supplies can be stored in dollar store containers. This will turn rogue bags of powder into something that looks super chic and thought out. Make sure to use a label maker or stickers to mark what's inside.

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Set Out Terrariums

Terrariums are strangely expensive, but you can make your own easily. A fishbowl or candy jar works great. Fill it halfway with colored sand and put in a few cacti. If you don't feel like keeping live plants, get plastic ones.

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Put Towels in Wicker Baskets

You could hide your towels, or you could display them for the world to see. It can look good as long as you put them in something decorative. Displaying towels in wicker baskets will instantly stylize your bathroom.

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Create Cheap Planters

Plain planters are fine, but is fine all you want? If you could jazz them up, why not? Grab a bit of rope or twine and glue it around the edge of the planter. It can change the whole look without costing a lot of money or time.

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Make a Beautiful Wreath

No matter the season, you can make your own wreath. All you need is a few fake flowers, berries, or ribbon, and a metal wreath form. Some dollar stores only have wooden wreath forms, but they work just as well!

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Create Your Own Decor

With a few trays, stickers, spray-paint, hanging hardware, and super glue, you can make your own signage. Spray-paint a wooden sign and let it dry. Then, prime it a few times. Next, hot glue the hanging hardware on the back. Finally, stick the applique on there, and you're done! Add a coat of paint if you want some color!

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Use Shower Curtain Rings for Scarves

Don’t store your scarves in a box or a bag. Instead, clip shower curtains around a hanger. Slip each scarf into each ring, and you’ll never have to search for your favorite scarf again!

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Make Your Own Non-Slip Hangers with Hot Glue

Don’t spend a ton of money for non-slip hangers when you already have plain ones hanging in the closet. Instead, add hot glue to the edge of the hanger. It will make hanging delicate camisoles and heavy sweaters that much easier.

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Organize Your Folders and Mail with Magazine Holders

This tip is an easy organization tool. Use magazine holders to store books, folders, mail, or whatever. If you hate the color, you can paint them. A painted plank of wood on top can even create the perfect shelf to hold decor.

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Repurpose a Spice Rack

Spice racks are great for oregano and sage, but they can also be a spinning rack for other things like office supplies and beauty products. Your family will thank you for making everything easy to find.

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Storage Hooks Everywhere

The best thing about the dollar store is that it has tons of things to help you get organized at a cheap price, like storage hooks. Storage hooks can help you keep everything within grabbing distance and off your countertops.

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Put Picture Frames Around Light Switches

A small thing you can do to upgrade your space is to put picture frames around your light switches. It makes a room look a bit cozier. You can go with something really ornate or a plain frame–it’s up to you!

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Hang Plastic Folders for Takeout Menus

Takeout menus are necessary, especially for a busy family. The only issue is that they can pile up, and you’re left with a stack of messy papers. Grab yourself some plastic folders and stick them to the side of the fridge with sticky tack. Now, you have an easy way to organize your takeout menus. 

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Store Earrings and Jewelry in Ice Trays

Storing your earrings and other jewelry in ice trays can be a great way to keep everything tangle free. Just put each pair of earrings or necklace in its own individual little place. With all the different types of trays out there, it should be easy to find one with large enough compartments for your jewelry.

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Organize Your Ribbon in Plastic Bins

For this hack, you’ll need a plastic bin that has holes. You can store your ribbon in the tray and pull a piece of ribbon through the hole. Next time you need it, you’ll be able to find the design you want and pull on it without everything getting tangled.

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Add a Second Shower Rod for More Storage

Your shower has plenty of free real estate! Get yourself a second shower rod and a few plastic baskets with holes and handles. Loop the handles of the baskets in the rings, and you’ll have plenty of extra storage for all those extra soap bottles.

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Use a Plastic Tray to Store Toothbrushes

Do you have a lot of toothbrushes sitting on the counter? Not only is it unsanitary, but it can also be hard for little ones to distinguish their brush from another. Get a plastic tray and organize those toothbrushes. Plus, you can write a name on the plastic tray so that everyone can tell their brushes apart!

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DIY Magnetic Tray for Spices

Every cook spends far too long looking for the spices they need. This DIY magnetic tray makes it easy for you to find whatever you use on a regular basis. All you need is a metal tray (like a pizza pan) and small spice containers. Some have magnets already in the bottom of the pot, but you can add your own magnets with hot glue if yours don't already have them.

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Hang a Coat Rack to Show Off Coffee Cups

A coat rack has tons of uses outside of hanging your winter wear! Our favorite use is hanging coffee cups, especially if you have some that are exceptionally pretty or decorative. Plus, it keeps them close at hand for those sleepy mornings.

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Organize Hair Accessories in a Craft Box

You know those little boxes that hold beads and other craft supplies? They can actually be used for other things too! They’re great for organizing hair accessories like barrettes, hair ties, and bobby pins.

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Make a Car Trash Bin with a Cereal Container

Cereal containers can be used to hold tons of stuff, including trash. Whether you need it for everyday trash or you’re going on a road trip, make a bin out of a cereal container. Simply slip a bag into the tub and use the top to hold it in place.

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Create Extra Storage with Magnetic Bins

Most of us don’t utilize every nook and cranny in our kitchen. For example, your fridge probably has tons of free space. Create magnetic bins and stick them to the side of the fridge. These are perfect for storing spices or everyday utensils. Our suggestion: don’t put it on the front because the sudden movements will knock them off.

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Save All Those Bobby Pins

We all know how difficult it is to keep track of bobby pins. This dollar store hack uses a magnetic strip to hold all of your bobby pins in one place. They won’t move, and as long as you put them back, they’ll always be easy to find.

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