Dollar store solutions rock!

By Yuki
@yukimori (9072)
United States
April 29, 2016 5:39pm CST
I'm still working on the process of decluttering and organizing our apartment. My recent conquest has been the closet in our room, which was full of boxes that still hadn't been unpacked since we moved in back in 2011. Why yes, we are world-class procrastinators... Anyway, I finally got all of that stuff sorted and out of the way. Once that was done, I hauled a plastic shelving unit that's been sitting in the backyard back into the apartment. After a good scrubbing, it went into the corner on my side of the closet to hold all of my cameras and portable equipment. I bought four small organizer boxes to hold my camera bodies, lenses, and accessories. They're the perfect size for the purpose. It was really dark in that corner of the closet, so today I added a small LED light that I found during today's trip to the dollar store. It was just what I needed, and I love that I was able to get everything organized the way I wanted it for just $5.
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• United States
30 Apr 16
since 2011?? rofl, bless ya, hon! that was quite a deal indeed :) i wish i'd a closet big 'nough to worry 'bout a light, lol.
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@yukimori (9072)
• United States
30 Apr 16
I know, right? Our closet is a lot smaller than my post made it sound... it's just built so the overhead light doesn't shine into that one corner, and of course I had to choose to put my shelves there.
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@bunnybon7 (37157)
• Holiday, Florida
30 Jul 16
@yukimori now you made me want to get one of those lights as mine is dark also
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@sharon6345 (135181)
• United States
29 Apr 16
That is why I love going there tonight. But,I am freezing and it's getting cold.
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@yukimori (9072)
• United States
29 Apr 16
It's really cold here today, too. What's up with all this weather? We had snow a couple days ago.
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@amadeo (70249)
• United States
29 Apr 16
The Dollar store has many things there.Most people do not know this.You can almost find anything you want
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@yukimori (9072)
• United States
30 Apr 16
I love how their selection changes so quickly, too! The only downside is that you can't always find what you want when you want it.
@akalinus (19904)
• United States
29 Apr 16
I love the dollar store. They have a lot of useful things. Cleaning supplies, food, personal stuff like shampoo and body wash, garden stuff, decorations, everything. You should be proud of your organizing skills.
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@yukimori (9072)
• United States
29 Apr 16
Right now, I'm more proud of the fact that I mercilessly! weeded through those boxes and discarded most of the things in them. But yeah, I'm getting there on the organizing skills. I have a reputation for being an organizational freak at work, but it's taken me a lot of effort to get that home since I've been so out of it for the past few years. Feels really good to make visible progress again!
@akalinus (19904)
• United States
29 Apr 16
@yukimori Please come over and help me. I never know what to throw away. Garbage of course, but have no clue on everything else.
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@yukimori (9072)
• United States
30 Apr 16
@akalinus Have you ever heard of the KonMari method? It's what I've been following recently. The basic idea is that you go through everything you own and put all like items together on the floor. So if you were going through your books, you'd lay them all out in front of you on the floor. Then you pick each one up and ask yourself whether or not it brings you joy. If it doesn't, it goes. You're supposed to go through an entire apartment or house in one sweep according to the method, but I just can't do it. I've been working through portions of rooms at a time, so I basically take a single storage box and plow through it in one sitting. I don't lay like items out on the floor--I just take them out of the box. Papers get recycled or shredded depending on what they contain. Obvious trash like a broken toy gets thrown away, then I organize the items that are being kept by putting them where they belong. Most of the keep items end up being the kids' toys and books. Those are kind of my nemesis, because none of them spark joy for me... and they belong to the kids, which makes them something that should be left alone per the KonMari method. I'm honestly tempted to do what Ruth Soukup of Living Well Spending Less did and just take all the toys away. My kids are completely overloaded by what they have now. I think it'd be a step in the right direction.
@bunnybon7 (37157)
• Holiday, Florida
30 Jul 16
now thats the best thing ever. it is the kind of thing i would come up with as i like to save also. i have 5 of those little plastic bens with 3 drawers each. moved 3 times now.
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@yukimori (9072)
• United States
30 Jul 16
Those little plastic bins are the best thing ever.
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@bunnybon7 (37157)
• Holiday, Florida
30 Jul 16
@yukimori yes i have even moved them still packed
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@JudyEv (130066)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Apr 16
I always feel SO good when I get things organised as I want them. I am decluttering too and am working my way through some books at the moment.
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@yukimori (9072)
• United States
30 Apr 16
It's such a relief when it's completed, isn't it? I savor the five to ten minutes it lasts before the kids get to it.
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@JudyEv (130066)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 May 16
@yukimori Luckily I only have a husband to mess things up again!
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• United States
30 Apr 16
I love the dollar store! I always find neat little things that I can use. I need to get organized again and that's my go to place for bins.
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@yukimori (9072)
• United States
30 Apr 16
I love their bin selection! I use the small rectangular ones to organize my pantry, and I picked up a few small baskets yesterday to organize the kids' toys. I think the pen holder on my desk was originally from there, although I found it at a thrift store. I wish they sold some of the Sterilite bins with the snap handles... those are my absolute favorite for organizing closets. I've seen some pretty great dollar store alternatives on Pinterest, but we don't have the built-in shelves to manage it. We even have a bunch of them at work to organize the little odds and ends. I keep on bringing them in as find things that will fit our needs.
• Minneapolis, Minnesota
29 Apr 16
I have never really ventured into the dollar stores but I hear all the time what good deals people find. I bet I can find little baby pots for my plants there for cheap, tis the season for planting flowers
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@yukimori (9072)
• United States
29 Apr 16
Our store has tons of nice little plastic pots for $1 each. I bought several today along with some packets of vegetable seeds, so later this week the kids and I will be expanding our little garden project. They have tons of adorable little containers for plants and other things, too.
@shaggin (37294)
• United States
1 Jun 16
I love getting things organized. I am an organization freak. I hate when things are cluttered. Sounds like you found a good find. I wish I had that much camera equipment to organize haha.
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@Teep11 (7120)
• United States
29 Apr 16
There was certainly a lot of savings. That's good. The dollar is awesome. I appreciate all the savings.
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@paigea (22451)
• Canada
29 May 16
That is a nice inexpensive fix.
• United States
29 May 16
I love great deals and organized rooms, but I think our problem is we really need to get rid of some things and that is hard when some people want to "hang on" to their possessions.
@theBlock (2696)
• United States
21 May 16
$5! You are good.... I need a thousand bucks to organize my place
@marlina (76564)
• Canada
8 May 16
Wow! and that only cost you $5.00, that's a bargain.
@Marcyaz (35623)
• United States
6 May 16
It sounds like you did so much sorting and putting away things, shelving units are good to have. To think for just $5 you were able to get everything organized.
• United States
6 May 16
Sounds like quite an achievement for a little bit of money.Bet you'll be happy with the way you've organized all your camera equipment
@TheHorse (70780)
• Pleasant Hill, California
5 May 16
The dollar store can be a wonderful resource!
@jstory07 (69054)
• Roseburg, Oregon
3 May 16
You did good with what you needed just for one dollar.
@dodoazo (21033)
• Philippines
30 Apr 16
Because you are determined to do it, then you have it. Procrastinators have some to do in the future.
@IvySaysHi (4342)
• United States
30 Apr 16
The dollar store can be a magical place some times