Monday, August 20, 2007
Reader Christie asks for some ideas for organizing products that fit a smaller budget than many of the products I've featured. While it's fun to note the more unusual pieces (which often come with good-sized price tags), many of us do have budget constraints!
First of all, a number of organizing products (anything from plastic bins to bookcases) can often be found at one of these places:
- Freecycle - a good-quality bookcase was offered on my local Freecycle just today.
- Garage/lawn/tag sales
- Thrift stores
- Dollar stores - I've bought plastic storage bins there for clients on a budget.
I imagine you could also get some good things from craigslist or eBay if you got lucky.
Coming up in price a bit, you can often find reasonable products at the local drugstore or hardware store, or at major chains such as Target or IKEA. I've had some great success with baskets from Cost Plus World Market. The picture above is their flax collapsible box, $14.99 for the large one.
A Few Interesting Products (beyond basic plastic)
1. One of my clients just bought some of these toy trolleys from The Container Store, and she's happy with them. They're made from recycled fiberboard. $19.99 each.
2. This toy organizer is currently on sale for $29.99.
3. Hooks are one of my favorite organizing tools - so easy to use. I have this turtle hook by Metalmorphosis (in a different color) by my front door to hold my key ring. They have many different designs, all for $14. Update on Sept. 14, 2010: Metalmorphosis is now Metallum Creations - and still selling hooks.
4. Schoolfolio provides a way to save your child's art for $27.95.