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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.
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November 6, 2011 Flag

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. I also take the boxes that the copier paper comes in at work and use them to store items. I've also found that these boxes stack better than luggage in the back of our van when we go on long road trips.

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By cdoss from Cincinnati, OH

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November 23, 20160 found this helpful
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I store tee shirts in my blanket zippered bags. I use these zippered bags in our RV to store linens, toiletries, windsocks, decorations for the exterior of RV, extension cords and other items. Christmas bows and ribbons fit nicely in these blanket zippered bags along with the Christmas linens.

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December 7, 20161 found this helpful

Declutter with Coffee Cans

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This is a guide about organizing with plastic coffee containers. If you purchase coffee in large plastic containers, be sure to reuse them for your clutter.

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March 19, 2013 Flag

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.

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March 21, 20130 found this helpful

Great idea "Grandma," I think I'll start using them for my craft supplies so I can find them easier. I like that these are see-through and that they're FREE. I've always put them in the recycling, but I'd rather find a use for things.

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November 8, 2011

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.

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January 30, 2014

Decorated Storage Jar

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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.

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March 20, 2012

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.

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December 16, 2015

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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January 1, 2013

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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November 8, 2011

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

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

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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January 31, 20160 found this helpful

Sealing Plastic Bags With Recycled Plastic Bottle Tops

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This is a guide about sealing plastic bags with recycled plastic bottle tops. Use the top portion of a plastic bottle, including the cap to easily seal plastic food storage bags.

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September 28, 2010

I found that all the old school backpacks can be put to use as storage for under the bed and in corners of bookcases and such. They look nice and they can hold a number of things in them.

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February 7, 20051 found this helpful

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, 20051 found this helpful

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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July 6, 2011 Flag

What are the best XL and XXL bags available? Space Bags have received terrible reviews. Why haven't any of the other companies stepped up to fill the void?

What is the largest vacuumed sealed bag available through Reynolds? If they don't make the large and XL and XXL, why not?

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By Diane

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July 11, 20110 found this helpful

Have you tried the over sized bags from ziploc? I recently used them for a car trip & they were great! Very strong & stuff-able, however they are not vacuum sealed so do not shrink. They also have flexible totes. Not sure how much they cost, I got two boxes through a freebie site when they first came out. It's worth checking out.

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God Bless.

Trish in CT

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July 11, 20110 found this helpful

I forgot to mention that I have tried many brands of the vacuum seal type bags you are talking about. They tear easily & the zippers are just impossible & I have yet to go it the attic to find one still un-inflated.

God Bless.

Trish in CT

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October 5, 2009 Flag

I am moving to a small 1 bedroom flat and need some funky ideas for storage for my craft stuff, also everything else. I hope ThriftyFun members can help me. Many thanks.

By Helen from U.K

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October 6, 20090 found this helpful

Up up up is the key! Anything that stacks is wonderful if you ask me.

Make a spare work table by placing a piece of plywood cut as you want it & place over a big outdoors garbage can. I'd want a metal one (it can be painted to match) but plastic would work too & several color choices. Then drape a vinyl table cover or pretty shower curtain over it. I wouldn't use a fabric one for a craft table but that's also up to you.

Or if you want a longer table, do the same thing but use 2 cans & top with a rectangle sheet of plywood or even an old door, and top with a cloth of some sort. Store all sorts of things in the cans below. If you are anything like me, tables tend to become heaped up with backlog of crafts, lol. Maybe you're like me in the way that you would be much better off to give some of it away or sell it!

Try a local daycare, school, scout troop, senior center, or church to see if they accept misc. craft donations. A nice way to get rid of scrap is a Martha Stewart idea to make (or buy) little bags & fill with scraps to give as party favors! I'd love one of those myself!

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October 6, 20090 found this helpful

What kind of crafts, and how much?

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July 12, 2011

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

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February 21, 20160 found this helpful

These would also be good for keeping cookie cutters together, cake decorating supplies together, birthday cake candles and cake toppers together, and chocolate or candy molds together. In the craft area, you could use them to keep supplies together for different types of crafts. I'd love to have some of these in square or rectangle shape, though, as the round ones I've saved aren't quite as useful. I've used round ones as small tubs for soaking small laundry items and for soaking jars to remove the labels, but that's about all.

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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

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March 2, 20120 found this helpful

Very clever!

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July 11, 2011 Flag

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.

I had an extra plastic kitchen size waste receptacle, and I had an extra lid that had belonged to a plastic storage tub. It just about fit the top of the trash can, it could not be too big or objects would fall off and it would be uneven. I use this to store things in and also as a desk to write on and to set things on.

It has been a blessing to me to have these ideas on how to store. I got this original idea from this site years ago, when I asked for help with organizing things. The original tip said to get a huge garbage pail, the black kind and put a wooded table topper on it and then a table cloth.

I had this white plastic table cloth, from when I used it over a window in a back room that was really drafty, after a friend broke the window.

I have really enjoyed using things I already have around the house for things I am in need of. I wanted to share how beautiful these little storage tables can be.

By Robyn F. from TN

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

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July 11, 20110 found this helpful

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October 5, 20090 found this helpful

We moved into a small house. We have too much stuff that I want to keep, and not enough room to store it in.

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February 26, 2008 Flag

We have moved from a big house to a smaller one and have less storage space and less space in general. We have a car port instead of a garage and live in a rainy climate so it's not easy to store much outside. Does anyone have some tips for storing items when you have a limited amount of space or some effective ways to store items outside in a rainy and cold climate? Or, are storage units worth the money? Thanks.

Janet

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Brainstorm: Frugal Storage Ideas?

I used Rubbermaid-type storage containers for storing Christmas decorations. I had them stacked outside, and during the rain and snow of MI winter, the contents remained dry.Storage units are expensive and inconvenient when you unexpectedly need something.So I would suggest taking the time to organize similar items in appropriately-size plastic storage containers, label them, and put them under your carport, if possible. It would be a good time to simplify and declutter your life by deciding if you really need to keep all that you have from your big house. - Errick (04/03/2001)

Frugal Storage Ideas?

I got bed lifts. I can't remember what they are called exactly but they are very sturdy hard plastic things that go under the posts of a bed and add 6 inches to the storage space under my bed, they were with the back to school dorm room stuff at Walmart. I love them. I got mine last year and I love the space and the height of my "new" bed feels luxurious. I got large storage containers that are the length of the width of my twin bed and I keep holiday decor, gift wrapping supplies and extra linens in them. (07/02/2006)

By meenah

Frugal Storage Ideas?

What about the attic space in your house? I climbed up a ladder into the crawl space in my bedroom closet and was AMAZED at how much space I was wasting up there! I just cut some plyboard to fit through the crawl space hole,and then put them together after I got up into the attic for flooring over the rafters,wow a whole new floor of storage space. Hope this gives you some ideas too. (11/20/2006)

By grammaoftwo

Frugal Storage Ideas?

I too have moved from the big house. There is no usable attic space due to vaulted ceiling. I went to Sam's Club and bought the free standing wire shelving that is 4' wide and 6'high and 6 shelves. This gives floor to ceiling storage for less that $80.00 I got one for almost every room.

Great for storing out of season clothes/blankets/extra pillows/holiday stuff. (03/01/2007)

By Zuni

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Another way to raise your bed is to put the frame on concrete blocks. That is provided you have a carpeted floor. This give you a lot more space under the bed. Better yet, declutter your stuff! (03/01/2007)

By Jonnie

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