I haven’t shared an organization project in quite awhile. After spending this last summer writing the book Organizing Your Life and taking more than 1500 images around my home, I pretty much needed to step away from organizing for awhile (I’ll be sharing an update next week on the book release). However, I did venture back into a little project a couple weeks ago and I’m really excited to share my new secret weapon (obsession) for closet organizing.
One of the things that I talked a lot about in the book is how traditional organization pieces are crazy overpriced. If it’s used for organizing, the item will be automatically marked up 2-3 times. The organization market is a serious racket! For instance, clear acrylic/lucite storage bins for closet organizing can run anywhere from $15.00-$30.00, depending on size. They’re just clear plastic but yet because they are marketed for organizing closets so the price is marked up.
A few weeks ago, I made a discovery at my local TJ Maxx and Ross stores. In the clearance section, I found stacks of these clear storage bins that are marketed for organizing the refrigerator and pantry. I always see these pieces in the clearance section but for some reason, it never clicked with me that I could use them in my closets, bathroom, office, etc.. The regular price on these bins are high BUT apparently, people don’t use them that much in the fridge and they are always on clearance marked down 60-90% off.
These are the refrigerator/pantry storage pieces I’m talking about. I’m sure you’ve seen them before:
The prices for the various size bins that I found on clearance were anywhere from $1.99 to $5.99. Oh yes, I went to town and bought everything and then I hit the clearance sections in the rest of the stores in my town. At one store, I picked up four of the extra large bins that were marked down twice down to $3.00!! These extra large bins are normally $24.00 at a high end organization store.
Here is just a small sampling of all the sizes I found on clearance:
Those smaller trays above, with the rubber bottoms are meant for the fridge but I picked them up on clearance for $1.99 and will be using them in bathroom drawers.
Ok, so what have I been doing with these bins you ask? Well, because I use the stacked shoe shelving and cube storage in my daughter’s closet for organizing (best way to organizing kids closets), I have narrow shelves to slip in these bins. The best part is that my girl can now see everything to find what she’s looking for and won’t have to turn the closet upside down looking for something:
So all my girl has to do is slide out the bin like a drawer!
I will also be using these bins in my office for files, notebooks and in my craft room, I’m using them to store supplies in my shelves. Gosh, at $2.99, they are cheaper than traditional bins and look so pretty:
I’m in the process of accumulating more of these bins for my own closet revamp, which I’ll be starting in a few weeks. There is nothing left in my town (sorry guys), so I’ll have to hit the clearance aisles in Houston next time I’m in town for reinforcements.
So, the moral of the story here is; scour that clearance aisle and be open to the creative storage possibilities and secondly, just because it says it’s used for one thing (like the refrigerator), doesn’t mean you have to use it in that way! I feel like such an organizing rebel!!
I hope you guys can use this idea in your own home and save big bucks digging through the clearance!
Thanks for stopping by and by the way, my book Organizing Your Life is now available for pre-order on Amazon. I’m so excited about it and if you want to find out more about the book, you can check out this post here.