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If you get creative, there are so many cheap storage solutions right in front of you. Consider re-purposing items when you have a storage need. This page contains cheap storage solutions.

Rocks inside two mason jars.
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August 15, 2016 Flag

I live in a tiny apt. and I have a small space to create things in. So, supplies and clutter and stuff just pile up.

plastic drawer unit with plastic coffee cans inside

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November 8, 2011 Flag
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Like most homemakers, I was always buying Tupperware or some store type of food storage containers. And like most people, I was always losing the lids. So there I was with containers and no way to seal them. One day, the sun shone on my brain and I realized I had lots of containers that I had bought at the store and then thrown away.

Jars, lots and lots of jars and plastic containers with lids are available when the filling is used up. I will not buy another container because I find it easier to use a clear jar with a lid to put leftovers in the refrigerator. They store dried beans, rice, macaroni, and all kinds of things. If one breaks, no big deal as it is easily replaced with another jar and another jar and on and on. If my husband needs a container, he can go to the pantry and pick one from the shelf. He doesn't have to worry about ever putting it back either. I love jars and jugs!

By Elaine from OK


March 19, 2013 Flag
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Being a Grandma gives me the excuse to have a lot of crayons and markers around. To keep everything in storage, I use clear leftover strawberry containers. They even lock on the ends. You can also very easily stack them.

Clear Strawberry Containers as StorageClear Strawberry Containers as Storage

July 12, 2011 Flag

I scarfed these cake containers from my grandson's recent party.

For this one, I now keep all my articles and magazines to read during quiet time, commercials, or any time I have some time to read. Your coffee table may not be like mine, but you can also use these for:

There are tons of uses for these wonderful clear cake tops. Any one of your "ITF" (Ingenius Thrifty Funers") care to add to the list?

By Poor But Proud from Salem, OR

Recycle Cake Pan for Storage


February 29, 2012 Flag

To make frugal storage, take a jumbo cereal box and glue a smaller cereal box inside that one. Decorate with nice fabric. and you have storage for papers and things.

By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario

Cereal box storage covered with green and white fabric

January 30, 2014 Flag
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I keep all of the large size plastic jars that cheese balls come in. I like to keep little things in them. Here is a picture of one I put an old calendar picture in.

Decorated Storage Jar

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March 20, 2012 Flag
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I live in the "backwoods" of Montana. In June of 2011, we had very heavy rainfall that resulted in my kitchen ceiling leaking. I was trying to figure out how to keep my pantry dry and thought about the old fashioned 1 gallon glass jars. I took a trip in to my local grocery store to see if I could get some at the deli.

I ended up with 1 Gallon plastic salad dressing containers. They work awesome for storing sugar, flour, cornmeal, baking mix, macaroni, cereal, rolled oats, dried milk, crackers, trail mix; you name it. They have a base of about 8 inches square, they have a pretty blue screw on lid and a very convenient handle on the side. I tore off the label and made my own for the outside. If there is a recipe that is on the outside of the bag (cornbread or biscuits, etc.), I simply cut it off of the bag, stick it in a baggie, and tuck it in with the baking mix or cornmeal.

Another added benefit of these containers is that I can see at a glance what I am almost out of when I make out my grocery list. I then bring home my groceries, open the packages, and dump them into the proper container.

The only mistake I made was telling everyone in the Deli what I use them for and now the ladies are taking them home themselves. These awesome containers are being thrown away on a daily basis by any restaurant or deli that uses salad dressing. I didn't spend a dime :)

By Linny from Roundup, MT

July 11, 2011 Flag
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I store lots of things on the patio and throughout the house. We have a hundred year old house with no closets, so we have to get creative.

A plastic storage container covered with a white cloth and used as an outdoor table.

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January 1, 2013 Flag
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You can cover many smooth containers with decorative Con-Tact or wrapping paper and fill them with homemade cookies or candy for gifts.

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December 16, 2015 Flag

If you're not agile enough for a cabin bed, but you really could use the extra storage - consider sleeping in the bottom bunk of bunk beds, and storing your boxes up top. You can even dress the bunks up as a four poster, thus niftily disguising all the bits and pieces stashed overhead.

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November 6, 2011 Flag
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I save the packages from blankets and sheet sets (the nice ones with zippers) and use them to store all kinds of things that need to be kept clean and dry.

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November 8, 2011 Flag
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We have too many mugs! So, I use some of them on tops of bookcases, file cabinets, dressers, etc. to store small items. One contains a pair of scissors, buttons, and single earrings for sewing and crafts.

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January 26, 2012 Flag

My son purchased a pantry for the apartment. It is the kind that comes in a box to be assembled at home. Last weekend, he put a lot of his collection of books inside the cabinet.

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August 29, 2008 Flag
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If you are storing long-term, do not use cardboard boxes. Anything can happen to them, be it roof leakage or bugs or mice.

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February 7, 2005 Flag
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In our area, Clementines come in nice little wooden crates. I have a bunch, which I have turned upside down on the computer monitor and the TV.

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January 6, 2005 Flag
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I use colorful cloth or plastic tote bags as storage for many things: reusable plastic bags, bits of fabrics and trims, travel items, scarves and shawls, gloves and mittens. I hang the bags from cute racks or pegs so they look nice. Most of the bags are purchased from thrift stores or from department stores. By Ann

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