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New Projects for Cheap

When I’m tidying up my apartment and feel like there’s just not enough “space” in general, I find myself wanting more areas and storage space to put my general stuff in order to keep more organized. The problem is, I’m on a budget that pretty much would see new storage opportunities as an unneeded item.

From an overabundance of coasters that my fiance and I have stolen from breweries to my ungodly amounts of shoes, I need more dedicated spaces to put all that stuff. As I mentioned, unfortunately, I just can’t justify dropping cash on containers and boxes when I’m alright with my place being a little messier than I truly want it to be. So, in essence, I’m cool with being cheap even if it means that the apartment is a bit more untidy than I’d prefer.

Lately, however, I’ve begun brainstorming little projects I could do that are pretty much cost free and can still do the job of satisfying my need for storage. If you’re interested in the crafts I’ve brainstormed, read ahead!

A bookcase

As of late, I’ve come to find a few large cheap moving boxes, and before I threw them out, I was brainstorming ideas on how I could use these for my home. I came up with the idea of flipping them on their sides so that they were taller, and then I placed books within to hold them down and have it all act as a mini bookcase. From here, all I have to do is a bit of decorating on the cheap moving boxes so that they don’t just look like boring old corrugated cardboard. A few packaging supplies like tape, sharpies, and even packing paper can help to get the job done on tidying it up.

Dental gear holder

Flower pots aren’t really my thing, yet I have a few in my home lying around with some perennials in them. So, at the end of the plant’s life cycle, I’m left with an empty pot. Just the other day I decided to move this up into my bathroom for who knows what reason and placed our toothbrushes in it. It’s pretty, I’m getting use out of the pot, and I used no money in getting something new.

Knife rack

We have too many loose knives with no dedicated rack that it can honestly be a bit dangerous to reach into our utensil drawer at times (I’m sure I’m not alone on this). So recently, I came up with the idea of using a large styrofoam block as a knife holder. By sliding the knives we have into the block of styrofoam very carefully, I made “slits” for the knives to rest in. It’s not pretty but at least we don’t risk cutting ourselves in our drawers.