35 Best Rustic Home Decor Ideas from the Dollar Store

Love this, adorable ideas that don’t cost a fortune. Thanks to Prudent Penny Pincher for this!

Get the rustic look for less with these dollar store rustic home decor ideas. From centerpieces and decorative accents to wall decor and candles, these ideas will add country style to every part of your home!

Candle Dollar Store Rustic Home Decor

cinnamon stick candle holder

Cinnamon Stick Candle
cinnamon sticks + twine + vanilla pillar candle

Rustic Stick Candleholder
glass candle holder + small pillar candle + sticks

Branch Candles
$1 tealight candles + large branch (free) + saw + large drill bit

Clothespin Candles
clothespins + mason jar lid + glue gun + twine + buttons + pillar candle

Acorn Candle Holder
acorns + white votive candles + mason jar

Farmhouse Candle Holder 
candle stick + $1 cake pans + white satin finish spray paint + E600 adhesive + $1 greenery garland

Other Dollar Store Rustic Home Decor Ideas

Twig Picture Frame
wood frame + twigs + glue gun + photo mat + photo + Sharpie

Wood Block Picture Frame
wood block + dark walnut stain + twine + chevron burlap ribbon + photo + glue
You can get the twine, ribbon and glue at Dollar Tree. Great project if you have some scrap wood.

Twine Lanterns
balloons + twine + white glue  + petroleum jelly + clear, fast-drying spray paint + lantern lights

Picture Frame and Message Board
glass taper candleholder + twine + paint or stain + clothespins + burlap ribbon

DIY Rustic Twig Frame 
picture frame + shears + brown acrylic paint + foam brush + hot glue gun + small twigs + faux flowers & moss

Hanging Wire Baskets
wood + d ring + wire baskets ($1.50 each at Walmart) + greenery

DIY Wall Sconces
twine + mason jar + faux mum flowers + scrap wood + wood stain (optional) + hook
You can get everything but the scrap wood and stain at Dollar Tree.

Twig Letters 
cardboard + hot glue gun + $! pack of glue sticks + twigs

Rustic DIY Mason Jar Wall Lantern 
votive candle + river rocks + mason jars + twine + wood plank + plant hanger hooks + wood stain
This is a great project if you have some scrap wood lying around. You can get everything but the wood, stain and hook at Dollar Tree. The hook you can find at Walmart for $1.50 – $2.

Kitchen Dollar Store Rustic Home Decor

Twine Pears
light bulbs + twine + twigs

Twine Cabinet Handles
All you need is jute twine, which you can get at Dollar Tree

Vintage Pantry Labels
$1 mason jars + free printables

Kitchen Utensil Holder
mason jars + wood box + twine + stencils + craft paints in various colors
You can get the jars and twine at Dollar Tree and the craft paints at Walmart for $0.50 each

Tiered Stand
table legs +  $1 3 cake pans + plywood circle  + paint
You can get the cake pans at Dollar Tree and you could use $1 glass taper candleholders instead of table legs

DIY Tiered Farmhouse Tray
$1 frames + chalky paint + wood + wood glue + satin poly + $1 candlestick + $1 finial

Salt and Pepper Shaker
mason jars + acrylic paint + stencil + twine + drill + sandpaper

Wine Rack (Source Unknown)
$1 wine glasses + old rake + $1 natural raffia

Centerpiece Dollar Store Rustic Home Decor

Rustic Succulent Pots
terra cotta pots + white and aqua acrylic paint + twine + succulents + potting soil

Rustic Mason Jar Flowers
mason jars + twine + flowers
You can get the first two items at Dollar Tree

Rustic Fall Centerpiece
sticks + coffee can + fall florals + burlap ribbon + brown paint

Rustic Sunflower Jars
empty jars  + chalk paint  + burlap ribbon + lace trim + fake sunflowers and “grass”

Home Burlap Centerpiece
burlap ribbon + mason jars + white acrylic paint ($0.50 at Walmart) + foam brush + sandpaper + raffia

Wreath Dollar Store Rustic Home Decor

Burlap Wreath
burlap ribbon + wire wreath + embellishments

DIY Farmhouse Boxwood Wreath
$1 brown willow wreath + greenery garland  + hot glue gun

Dollar Store Cotton Wreath
$1 brown willow wreath + berry picks + cotton balls  + $1 floral wire cutter + $1 burlap ribbon

Storage Dollar Store Rustic Home Decor

Burlap Dollar Tree Bins
burlap fabric + plastic baskets + spray paint + labels

Metal Storage Bins
storage bins + metal and oil rubbed bronze spray paint +  wooden chalkboard tags

Cardboard Box Basket
jute twine + cardboard + white fabric

Rope Trash Can
wire mesh trash can (Dollar Tree) + rope (or $1 twine) + hot glue gun

7 Ways to Keep Your Home Smelling Great

Looking for easy ways to keep your home smelling fresh? Take items you already have in your pantry and produce bin to naturally eliminate odor from various areas around the house. These natural ingredients are the key to a great smelling home!

Make Your Home Smell Good
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  • DEODORIZE THE TRASH CAN

  • Make your own super-simple deodorizing discs with 4 parts baking soda to 1 part hot water. Combine into a thick paste, adding more water if necessary, then press into parchment-lined muffin tins or silicone molds and bake at 350° for about 20 minutes. Top with a couple drops of your favorite essential oil, if desired. Leave in the bottom of your trash cans or diaper pail for up to a month.

  • USE ESSENTIAL OILS TO REFRESH THE BATHROOM 

  • Add a few drops of pure essential oil to the inside of your toilet paper roll—the scent releases as the paper’s used. Lemon, eucalyptus and peppermint are all fresh choices.

  • REFRESH THE GARBAGE DISPOSAL WITH CITRUS PEELS

  • Pour half a cup of baking soda into the disposal, followed by about a cup of vinegar. Let sit for ten minutes, then flush with boiling water. Now, toss citrus peels and a few ice cubes into the disposal and turn it on. Consider freezing citrus slices in ice cubes to keep on hand for regular quick disposal refreshers.

  • LAVENDER & CHAMOMILE OILS: AROMATIZE THE BEDROOM

  • To freshen your mattress, sprinkle with ¼ cup baking soda that’s been mixed with a few drops of lavender pure essential oil. Let sit for about half an hour. Vacuum. Keep your personal dreamland smelling fresh with a calming homemade pillow and linen spray made from distilled water, a little vodka and 10 drops each lavender and chamomile oils.

  • DIY: AIR FRESHENER

  • Freshen the rooms in your house with this do-it-yourself natural air freshener. In a small glass spray bottle, combine distilled water, a little rubbing alcohol, and 10 to 20 drops of your favorite pure essential oil or oils. Some of our favorite combos? Orange & clove, lavender & vanilla, or peppermint & rosemary.

  • FRESHEN THE CARPET

  • Use this DIY carpet freshener to get rid of any lingering carpet odors in the main rooms of your home. Empty a box of baking soda into a large bowl. Add 10 to 20 drops of your favorite essential oils, mix, then, using a funnel, return to container. Sprinkle on carpet and let sit 10 minutes before vacuuming.

SAVE ON CLEANING SUPPLIES WITH THESE DIY PRODUCTS

An American family spends an average of $504 per year on cleaning supplies. That’s a lot of money, especially toward products that are made mostly of water! In the spirit of saving, Sparkle® paper towels brings you a way to seriously scrub down your cleaning budget: homemade household products. If you cut 75 percent of your cleaning-supply spending (which many of the following ideas do), you could save up to $378 a year. That could cover 2.5 weeks of groceries, 10 months of air-conditioning, or 47 movie tickets. Pick your jaw up off the floor and get ready to DIY!

  • ALL-PURPOSE CLEANER

  • This cleaner is the solution to so many messes — in the kitchen, bathroom and the dinner table where your little one (perpetually) spills some milk. Vinegar is a homemade cleaning heavyweight and the star of this potion, with disinfecting properties thanks to its acidity. A batch of this miracle worker cost its inventor 52 cents, or a sixth of what leading cleaners sell for.

  • HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

    • 1 part water
    • 1 part vinegar
    • 10-15 drops essential oils of choice
    • Spray bottle
  • Pour all three ingredients into the spray bottle, shake, and bam – you are done creating your all-purpose cleaner! Make sure to shake before each use to ensure ingredients are well mixed.

  • GLASS CLEANER

  • Save lots with this easy-to-make glass cleaner. It’s as simple as vinegar + rubbing alcohol + water — three ingredients already in your house! The gamechanging ingredient in this concoction is rubbing alcohol, which works to dissolve dirt and oil and dries quickly for a streak-free finish.

  • HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

    • ½ cup rubbing alcohol
    • ½ cup white/distilled vinegar
    • Water (Clean tap water is fine for short-term use. Use distilled or boiled and cooled water for long-term use.)
    • Essential oils of choice (optional)
    • 16 oz. glass spray bottle
  • Add the alcohol and vinegar to the spray bottle first. Then added water into the bottle until it is full. If you do not care for the vinegar scent (which goes away when the surface dries), add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. When using, spray the cleaner on windows and mirrors, then wipe with a microfiber cloth. Store spray bottle at room temperature when not in use.

  • FABRIC SOFTENER

  • It’s worth repeating, vinegar is the cleaning superhero that conquers all. This recipe for fabric softener uses it as a softening agent and static cling fighter, while a measure of conditioner incorporates your favorite scent. And at as low as $2 per batch, the price can’t be beat.

  • HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

    • 12 oz. container of hair conditioner
    • 1 ½ cups distilled white vinegar
    • 3 cups warm water
    • Whisk
    • Mixing bowl
    • Storage container
  • Mix all ingredients together in a mixing bowl and whisk together. Pour ingredients into a storage container (e.g. glass jar with a lid), and that is it! You are ready to use your homemade fabric softener.

  • FABRIC REFRESHER

  • This DIY makes use of the simple ingredients to fight unwelcome odors. Baking soda acts as a deodorizer, while essential oils add your favorite scent. Essential oils are another concentrated ingredient; a little will go a long way. Mix the ingredients and place in a small jar to make this easy room freshener. Perfect for bathrooms, your pet’s favorite chair and teenager’s bedrooms everywhere.

  • HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

    • 1 TBSP of baking soda
    • 2 cups warm water
    • Essential oils of choice
    • Spray bottle
  • Start by adding the baking soda to the spray bottle, followed by adding in the 2 cups of water. Put the lid on the spray bottle and shake well. Once the baking soda has dissolved, take off the lid. Add 10 drops of essential oil. Shake all ingredients together, and you are ready to deodorize your house. Spray your chemical-free refresher on fabrics or in the air to leave your house smelling…refreshed!

  • WOOD POLISH

  • This two-ingredient furniture polish employs olive oil for shine and lemon juice to help remove any buildup or stains. Leaving your furniture shiny and lemony-fresh will only cost you $1.55 per bottle, a fraction of leading commercial wood polishes.

  • HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

    • 2 parts olive oil
    • 1 part lemon juice
    • Spray bottle or empty jar
  • In an empty spray bottle or jar, mix 2 parts olive oil with 1 part lemon juice. Shake well! Now you have yourself some natural, chemical-free wood polish. Spray or pour sparingly onto wood and in circular motions, rub the polish into the wood until it is well buffed with a soft cloth.

  • OVEN CLEANER

  • Cleaning out the oven is not for the faint of heart. Between the crouching, scrubbing and nauseating fumes, we tend to avoid it for as long as possible. This oven cleaner is nontoxic and fume-free, and budget-friendly. Just mix baking soda and salt for ultimate grease-cutting, scouring power. Let it sit and work its magic!

  • HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

    • ¼ cup castile soap or concentrated dish detergent
    • 1 cup baking soda
    • ½ cup coarse sea salt or kosher salt
    • Warm water
    • Distilled white vinegar
    • Sponge or scrubbing brush
    • Spray bottle
    • Mixing bowl
  • First, mix the soap, baking soda, and salt, adding a little water, if needed to make a paste. Then apply your paste the interior of the oven and let sit for several hours, preferably overnight. When ready, dip a sponge or scrubbing brush into the warm water and wash the interior clean. Spray interior with some distilled white vinegar to rinse away any excess paste residue.

  • BLEACH PEN

  • Bleach pens are the laundry room sidekick we can’t live without. But they’re a little pricey! This homemade bleach pen will cost you a minuscule 25 cents. That’s not a typo. Cornstarch, water, bleach and a little bit of stovetop magic make for a household product that’s cheaper than anything we can remember buying … ever.

  • HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

    • 1 cup cold water
    • 5 tablespoons cornstarch
    • 5 tablespoons regular bleach
    • Medium sized sauce pan
    • Container of choice (e.g condiment bottles)
    • Container of choice (e.g condiment bottles)
    • Whisk
  • Mix cold water and cornstarch and whisk together in a medium sized saucepan. It’s important that the water is cold so that the cornstarch doesn’t cause any lumps in the gel. Over medium high heat, stir the mixture continuously until it is very thick and pasty. Remove from heat and let cool completely. Add the bleach to the gel and blend well. Carefully pour the gel mixture into container of choice like an empty glue bottle or condiment bottle. Bada bing! You have your own gel bleach pen. Use the same way you would a regular bleach pen on dirty areas like grout. Also, when working with bleach it might be a good idea to use gloves!

Spring cleaning tips YOU WON’T WANNA SKIP

Ahhh, springtime. After months of chilly temperatures and hibernating under the blankets, it’s finally time to embrace the warmer weather and promise of renewal all around us. Our favorite part about this time of year is how energized and inspired we feel to refresh our own homes and get things tidy and organized once more. Of course, everyone has their own particular way of taking on spring-cleaning chores and no one’s house or apartment is exactly the same, so we pulled together an easy-to-follow spring-cleaning checklist with the basics to get you started. 

Take a look below and feel free to print it out as a handy-dandy guide you can check off as you complete each task. Need a little more inspiration to get started? We like to create a special “Spring Fever Playlist” with all of our favorite high-energy tunes to keep the pep in our step as we go from room to room (and pretend the mop is a mic stand if no one is looking). Ready? LET’S DO THIS!

  • Kitchen Items

    • Clean and disinfect all kitchen countertops
    • Throw out expired foods from the pantry
    • Organize all kitchen cabinets
    • Clean & reorganize kitchen drawers
    • Clean & disinfect the garbage disposal
    • Clean & disinfect your trash can
    •  Clean all the stovetop burners & change the hood vent
    • Give the microwave a deep cleaning
    • Clean out fridge and defrost the freezer
    • Restock cooking, cleaning & emergency essentials
    • Throw out unnecessary items under the sink
    • Wipe down walls and backsplashes
    • Disinfect all handles, fixtures and light switches
  • Bathrooms Items

    • Deep clean the tub or shower, including faucets & drains
    • Replace shower curtain liner
    • Clean & disinfect toilet and tighten toilet lid hinges
    • Clean mirrors and metal fixtures
    • Refill soap, lotion and shampoo dispensers
    • Restock linen closet with essentials
    • Wipe down drawers and throw out junk
    • Throw floor mats in the wash
    • Wipe down exhaust fans
    • Re-caulk the bathtub and re-seal tile & grout
    • Scrub and wipe down walls
    • Disinfect all knobs, fixtures and light switches
  • Bedroom Items

    • Flip the mattresses
    • Wash all blankets and comforter covers
    • Wash pillows and re-fluff in the dryer
    • Pack away all winter clothes, donate anything you won’t use again
    • Weed out junk from the closet and reorganize
    • Clean under the bed
    • Organize your nightstand, dresser & closets
    • Donate kids’ toys, clothes & books no longer being used
    • Disinfect all knobs, fixtures and light switches
  • Household Items (For All Rooms)

    • Wipe down ceiling fan blades
    • Clean all the windows, inside and out 
    • Vacuum or wash all curtains 
    • Shake out and vacuum the rugs 
    • Steam clean carpets (rent a machine to save money) 
    • Vacuum under couch and seat cushions 
    • Wipe down baseboards and touch up scuff marks 
    • Vacuum all the air vents 
    • Wipe down window blinds 
    • Dust curios and bookcases 
    • Wipe down lamp shades and light fixtures 
    • Put a new filter in the air-conditioning unit 
    • Run a sanitary cycle on the washing machine 
    • Wipe down and polish any wood furniture 
    • Wipe down windowsills and around the frames 

15 THINGS MARIE KONDO SAYS EVERYONE SHOULD DISCARD

The KonMari Method is a very specific approach to decluttering and organization Marie Kondo insists her clients make tidying an event…a marathon is actually how she describes it. She wants people to do one major overhaul and then micro activities daily to maintain a tidy home. The KonMari method has people tidy (discarding + storing) by category instead of by room. For example, instead of tackling your bedroom and then your kitchen, she has you sort something like clothing from all of the rooms at once which to me makes so much more sense!

Based on her experience with clients, Marie has specified the order to take on the tidying process.

  1. Clothing
  2. Books
  3. Papers
  4. Miscellaneous
  5. Sentimental Items

She also has an order of categories within each category. For example, when sorting clothing, you should do it in the following order: tops, bottoms, clothes that should be hung, socks, underwear, bags, accessories, clothes for specific events e.g. swimsuits, and shoes.

THE IDENTIFICATION PROCESS

In order to identify what things need to be discarded, she recommends gathering all of the category items throughout your house and putting them all in the center of the floor. This helps one to visually see how much they have accumulated as well as makes you deal with it at one time instead of repeating the process with the same types of items multiple times.

SELECTION CRITERIA

Marie encourages people to focus on what they want to keep instead of what they want to get rid of. She has one very clear criteria – “Does it spark joy?” Her recommendation is that the things we keep we should enjoy, they are things that should make us happy, and thus, the only things that stay in our house (for the most part) are the things that “spark joy.”

This is much different than the criteria I’ve used in the past. My criteria include:

  • is it worn out?
  • does it still have a purpose / function?
  • might I or someone in my family use it someday?
  • is it still in style?
  • could I repurpose it for something else?

I warned you, I’m not a minimalist and I can find plenty of good reasons to keep things! With that said, the book included many good points and I was inspired to immediately prune things from our home.

HERE ARE THE 15 THINGS MARIE KONDO SUGGESTS DISCARDING

1) EVERYTHING THAT DOESN’T “SPARK JOY”

We already talked about this earlier and it’s important to note that this applies to all categories, clothing, books, paper, sentimental items etc.

2) ALL UNREAD BOOKS

Marie shares that most people have too many books and specifically unread books. In her estimation, the majority of people never find the time to read these books. If they haven’t already, they likely won’t in the future. It’s time to get rid of them!

3) REFERENCE BOOKS

Reference books include study guides, old text books, dictionaries etc. Her logic is that we likely don’t use these and therefore they fall into the same category as the unread books.  She also questions if these bring joy for most people!

4) PAPERS

Papers include bills, receipts, credit card statements, old warranties, manuals, greeting cards, used checkbooks, and pay slips. Marie recognizes that they serve a purpose for a short period of time, but then it’s time to get rid of them. Additionally, in most cases, none of these spark joy. (See #1!) Once you get your credit card statement, confirm it’s accuracy then shred.

Her “rule of thumb is to discard everything” related to paper. She excludes items of sentimental value like journals, and personal letters. There are 3 exceptions to this rule. Papers that are currently in use, are needed for a limited period of time, and papers that must be kept indefinitely.

5) GIFTS

We’ve all received gifts that weren’t exactly our style or perhaps we didn’t have a use for. Marie says to get rid of them! We are not obligated to keep them. The real joy came when the giver gave you the gift, but that time has passed. Cherish the memory and move on.

6) COSMETIC SAMPLES

I have to admit, I was glad to read this one. Lancôme is my make-up of choice and I have made a practice of only buying makeup when they have their “gift with purchase” events.  As a result, I had a ton of face moisturizers, eye moisturizers, colorful pallets of mini-eye shadow sets. I’ve kept them for years and usually never use them. You’ll be pleased to know that they no longer reside in my home!

Marie’s logic is that most people keep these samples in order to take them when they travel, but then they usually forget they have them. But, don’t worry…if you love your cosmetic samples, and they “spark joy” then you are in the clear to keep them!!!

7) BOXES FOR ELECTRONICS

Many people keep boxes for their cell phones, computer, etc. They think it will increase the value if they resale. Others keep boxes in case they move. Marie suggests that it costs more to store empty boxes than the value they add to resale. She recommends getting boxes when you move instead of storing them. This is one that is now on my to-do list. We have a plastic bin full of empty technology boxes. I’m pretty sure we don’t need to keep them around!

8) UNIDENTIFIED CORDS

Do you have a bag or box full of spare electronic cords? Maybe it’s one for an old iPod, a camera, or that whatchamacallit you bought in 2010. Throw it out…at least according to MK! I’m in agreement. We never go into our box when we’re looking for a cord. We just assume after we’ve looked in the usual places that we no longer have the cord. Our personal Marie Kondo pile is getting pretty big!

9) BROKEN APPLIANCES

Now, I can’t relate to this one at all. But apparently, many of Marie’s clients keep broken TVs or radios around. If this is you, it’s one more thing that you can discard!

10) SPARE SETS OF BEDDING

This one hurts a little. I have a hard time getting rid of old comforters, extra linens, and even towels that no longer go with our décor. Usually, they are not worn out and I always believe I can repurpose them e.g. a drop cloth for the next time we paint. KonMari teaches that if you have extra bedding you’ve saved for your guest room, but you don’t have guests very frequently, then it’s time to get rid of it. They will just end up smelling and won’t be nice for your guests. I guess I have some more work to do!

11) SPARE BUTTONS

Do you save all of the spare buttons from new suits, tops, or dresses in case one day one pops off and you need to replace it?   This is another item not worth saving. Marie’s experience says that the majority of people never actually uses these spare parts. Discard!

12) PRODUCTS FROM THE LATEST HEALTH CRAZE

Machines, gear, I’d imagine even old hobby items could fall in this category. If you bought rubber bands for resistance when you exercise, Suzanne Summer’s Thigh Master, or Buns of Steal and never use them, then it’s time to part ways.

13) FREE SWAG

Novelty goods you picked up at a conference while traveling, or even in the office and little gadgets or pens with a businesses name on it. These are unnecessary items and likely don’t spark joy.

14) SMALL CHANGE

Now this one surprised me! Kondo does not recommend keeping spare change in your house…not in a jar, a bag, a bowl, or even a piggy bank. Change should be spent. Put it in your wallet and get it out of your house.

15) SENTIMENTAL ITEMS

Of course, rule number 1 is huge with this bucket. Marie keeps sentimental items as the very last thing to sort through because it’s the toughest for people. She feels we should cherish the memories and not the things. If you’re holding on to old love letters, excessive historical photos, or things your grown kids made when they were little, it’s probably time to check your joy-meter. Does it feel burdensome to keep these things…is it time to part ways?

9 Practical Linen Closet Organization Tips

Spring is a good time to clear out some of your accumulated clutter. But beware of overzealousness and heed the advice of experts: Tackle one small project at a time. Wise counsel in general, this is particularly good advice during your summer – which may be dotted with vacations, weekend jaunts, and visitors from out of town.

Choose a project small enough to be seen to completion, so that you don’t have to abandon it midway and find yourself in more of a mess than when you started. Linen closet organization is one such perfectly contained home organization project. In this post, we’ll share 9 practical linen closet organization tips.

1. Group Like with Like

Here’s a recommended approach for most home organization projects: start by pulling out all the contents of your linen closet and grouping like with like. Instead of sorting by type, experts suggest grouping by household member. Your beds are likely different sizes. Sorting by person will make it easier to grab the right sheets for the bed you’re making. It will also make it easier to spot the extra items that are unnecessarily taking up space. More on this in the next point.

Linen closet organization: group like with like

Linen Closet Photo from How to Decorate

2. Limit what you store

The number one obstacle to a well-organized home is that we tend to accumulate too much stuff. Less is more. Try to limit your linen to 3-4 towels and a couple of sets of bedding per family member, with an extra set for guests.

Linen closet organization: Limit & purge

Linen Closet Photo from Better Homes & Gardens

3. Maximize your space utilization

If your house has limited storage, you may want to use your linen closet to hold more than linen. Here is a creative way to use the inside of your closet door to neatly store pharmacy items.

Linen closet organization: maximize use of space

Linen Closet Photo from Kelleynan

4. Tuck sheets into pillowcases

Here’s a clever but ultra-simple way to keep your sheets ineatly organized by set. Bundle each set inside a matching pillowcase. Simply genius.

Linen closet organization: maximize use of space

Linen Closet Photo from Imperfect Homemaking

5. Use bins and baskets

Bins and baskets are a great way to keep like with like. We really like these metal baskets because they let air circulate and you can easily see the contents of each basket.

Linen closet organization: use bins and baskets

Linen Closet Photo from Simply Organized

6. Add Some Nice Scents

Who doesn’t love freshly scented sheets? In this tutorial, learn how to handmake charming lavender sachets for your linen closet.

Linen closet organization: Add nice scents

Linen Closet Photo from Kenarry

7. Label Contents

Labeling your bins or baskets is a great way to maintain your linen closet organization system, particularly if you are not the only person placing items in your linen closet.

Linen closet organization: Add nice scents

Linen Closet Photo from Waiting on Martha

8. Add Decorative Touches

Just because your linen closet is functional doesn’t mean it can’t be pretty. Consider storing smaller items in decorative containers, or stenciling pretty details into the shelvings, as you see below.

Linen closet organization: Add decorative touches

Linen Closet Photo from Dear Lillie

Conclusion

We hope our tips will help you reorganize your linen closet in a way that makes you smile every time you reach for a towel. Have you got any other suggestions to add? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.

95 Way to Get Extremely Organized

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1. Write everything down.

You can’t organize your information and tasks if you are storing them in your head.

Or maybe you can but it will be incredibly hard.

Instead, write every piece of information that comes to your mind and then organize it to lists, plans, and checklists.

2. Declutter your purse regularly.

Keep it clean and tidy to save yourself some sanity whenever you need to find something in your beloved bag. A great way to keep your bag seriously organized is by using a simple bag organizer.

These are very inexpensive + very beneficial since you can also use a few of them in your suitcase when traveling.

3. Set a laundry day every week.

Having a laundry day will help you get organized by tackling the whole clothes situation at your home.

You will always have clean clothes but you won’t have to bother yourself with laundry on the other days.

4. Start a planner.

If you really want to get organized, a good minimalistic planner can be your holy grail.

A planner is not only about setting schedules or appointments.

It can also include financial trackers, health trackers, project planners, academic plans – everything you need to stay as organized as possible.

5. Organize your closet.

Closets are one of the most unorganized things you can find in persons home.

They are also the perfect source of morning frustration.

Having a clean, organized and decluttered closet will give you a nice, stressless start every day.

Want to learn how to declutter a ton of clothes you have?

Learn the KonMari method – it literally saved me HUGE amounts of closet space (and time!) when I was decluttering my apartment. Master it with an online course.

Trust me, it is one of the best things you can learn in your life.

6. Use containers to sort things in your drawers.

A divided drawer is an organized drawer.

You can use:

  • Hard dividers for drawers where most objects are hard.
  • Soft dividers for underware and sock drawers.

These make a HUGE difference in your drawers and if you can use them in every drawer of your home, it will feel very organized.

7. Always put on matching bed sheets.

Not only it looks great but it also helps you to keep your linen closet more organized.

Pro tip: fold and put matching sheets into the pillow sheets of the same style.

Pro tip No. 2: use bedding sheets that snap together to keep them perfectly aligned.

8. Wear matching lingerie.

Now this one may seem controversial and I really want to emphasize that this may not be for everyone, but for me – it is one of the ways to get organized.

You see, organizing isn’t just about decluttering your drawers. It’s also about paying attention to the details.

Wearing matching lingerie doesn’t directly make you more organized but it helps you to start your day in an organized mindset, by paying attention to the details right from the start of your day.

9. Always wash your dishes after eating.

This one is easy and also very important.

It’s annoying to deal with a mountain of dishes so instead of piling them up or even worse – “soaking” them for hours, simply deal with them right after eating.

This will keep your kitchen clean & clutter free.

10. Take out the trash every morning.

Don’t wait until it’s too late – just take the trash out in the morning while you’re on the way to your car or other transport.

11. Plan your goals.

Planning your future helps to organize your decisions and schedules.

One of the easiest ways to fail at your goals is to think of them, but never really start doing anything about them.

Get organized by deciding on those goals and start taking (even the tinyest) steps towards them.

12. Develop a morning routine.

Mornings are hectic but if you have a morning routine, it can help you start your day in a streamlined, organized and stress-free way.

13. Hang a cork board in your work or study room.

Cork boards work great to organize your work or study room.

White magnetic boards work just as well! I use one in my home office and it really helps me to get organized whenever my work clutter accumulates.

I love to print separate task lists and attach it to the board to save some board space.

14. Trash spam e-mails immediately.

Trash them right away! This will keep your mailbox clean and tidy.

15. Declutter files on your computer.

This is particularly important if you’re someone who works on the computer a lot.

It’s incredibly easy to clutter your computer with files until one day you find yourself doing a simple computer task 3 x times longer than it could be.

16. Sort your photos into folders.

And if you are using physical photos, put them into pretty albums!

17. Close unused accounts.

I sometimes find myself having 10-20 accounts of online services and tools that I don’t really use.

So, the best way to tackle this mess (and avoid deleting hundreds of unnecessary newsletters in the future) is to simply dedicate an hour or two and delete all the accounts on their websites.

P. S. Talk to your financial advisor before closing bank accounts too.

18. Spend 10-20 minutes a day tidying up a little.

A simple way to get organized and stay organized too.

It’s quick, it doesn’t take up a lot of your time and it will help you get organized a little faster.

19. Spray your bath with scale remover after showering.

More of a cleaning tip but certainly something to help keep your bathroom clean and organized.

20. Plan your self-care routine and stick to it.

If you want to get organized, it’s important to plan and organize the must-have basics too, like your self-care routine.

21. Plan your meals in advance.

Prepare them ahead too to enjoy healthy and organized nutrition.

Once you start planning your meals, you’ll find that it takes much less time to shop for groceries and cook your meals every day.

You can also prepare your meals in advance and keep them in a fridge to save even more time.

22. Take time every week to clean your makeup brushes.

To protect the bristles, you should always dry them downwards so the water is dripping down. It’s hard to find a way to keep them in downwards position, so things like a brush holder come extra handy.

23. Make your bed as soon as you get up.

Get organized from the first minute of your day by setting the right mindset. Surprisingly, making your bed works pretty well for that!

24. Donate things you don’t need anymore.

Most of us really own too much.

Take a look at your belongings every season and check whether there is something you haven’t used much – then donate it.

It will help you organize your home and might be really needed by someone else.

25. Set a place for everything in your home.

It is much easier to get organized when every little thing in your home has its own home. 

Once I did this, it suddenly became so much easier to stay organized, and the cleaning time became much faster too!

26. Make a plan before any bigger task.

To become seriously organized, you have to learn organize your work too and the best way to do that is by using simple project planning techniques.

27. Shop mindfully and evaluate your purchases.

It’s hard to stay organized when you keep adding to your possessions list.

When purchasing anything, think twice – is it really something you need? Will you use it and benefit from this thing?

28. Use separate laundry bags for colored, white and black clothes.

An absolutely genius idea is to use a laundry sorter. They look put together and have little wheels attached so you can litteraly drive your laundry to the laundry room without having to lift it (and laundry can get really HEAVY sometimes).

29. Always put things back in their place.

Everywhere – in your car, at your work desk, in your bathroom… Once you master this habit, it will help you every day.

30. Track your income and spending.

If you want to get organized, it’s very important to organize your finances.

You can do this with a mobile app or use a printable finance tracker.

31. Use neat paper for your notes.

32. Spend an hour cleaning every week.

Just one hour and your home is a nice, tidy and organized sanctuary (well, unless you made it a mess before then it might take more than hour… and in this case, I really don’t judge! It happens to me too, way more often then it should).

33. Have a concealed trash can in every room.

Concealed trash cans make it so much easier to keep rooms tidy and mess free!

I have one in every room in my apartment and it really helps.

34. Get rid of the clothes that are damaged or faded.

Admit it – you have a few of these goodies in your closet.

When making a decision of purging these, think like this – would I be ok if a stranger saw me with these clothes?

35. Stock up on things you use regularly.

36. Use marked storage boxes in your basement or garage.

It doesn’t really matter if your basement is tiny or huge – having the things neatly organized in boxes makes it so much easier to find them when you need.

37.  Keep a to-do list.

38. … And even lists of everything.

39. Hang a clock in your bathroom so you don’t get late preparing.

This one is a life-saver if you tend to lose a sense of time while preparing.

Remember that being late is also a sign of being unorganized.

40. Plan your next day outfits every evening.

And, to keep those clothes separated and wrinkle free until the morning, hang them on a  clothes rack. These rods are also great if you want to hang clothes that aren’t dirty yet, but not clean enough to add back to the closet too.

41. Collect and sort your bills & receipts.

I try to save all receipts for at least 5 years.

I know this may sound extreme but this habit helped me majorly a few times when I needed to prove important purchases like health insurance.

Collecting all those bills and receipts can get a little messy so you might want to organize them with pretty binders.

42. Get insurance for your home, car, and health.

Speaking of which! Having insurance for important things is like taking your organization game one step higher.

It’s important – don’t miss this, as it can save you a lot of nerves if something happens.

43. Designate a place for your keys.

To me, it’s a pretty key plate next to my apartment door. It saves me time and I never have to guess where those keys are.

44. Create an emergency kit with things like band-aids, extra pantyhose, hair pins etc.

Pack it tightly and keep it in your bag.

45. Plan your daily tasks.

46. Create a full life binder.

47. Track your stress levels.

Sounds weird? I know! … But tracking stress levels can help you spot signs of burnout.

If you get burnout, you won’t get organized – you simply won’t care.

48. Clean up your desk and keep it tidy.

An organized desk is the first step to productive work. I have been planning to get a desktop organizer that looks like a mini shelve.

It allows you to expand desk space upward which means more space on your desk + less clutter around and can I mention again that it’s incredibly cute?

49. Back up important files on the cloud.

Get organized digitally – back up everything that’s important to cloud storage and keep the files organized there too.

50. Organize your thoughts.

Sometimes, there is just too much of them… If you need to sort them out, try journaling. It’s a perfect way to toss out unhelpful thoughts and organize what’s left so you can finally feel at peace.

51. Get rid of unhelpful subscriptions.

Beauty boxes you don’t like, magazines you don’t read – get rid of things that aren’t giving you benefits and are simply cluttering your life.

52. Throw out expired make-up, medications or food.

Those tend to sneak into our fridge and cabinets pretty often and create invisible clutter.

53. Always do one thing at a time.

This may be a personal preference, but I find it hard to get organized if I’m jumping from one thing to another.

Start with one thing, finish it and the do another.

54. Use colored folders for color-coded organizing.

I love color coding! Colored folders (they’re sometimes called file pockets) make it so much easier to sort papers, bills, binders, and tasks.

You can use colored stickers, markers, sticky notes, inserts, pens – anything!

55. Keep a food diary.

A part of having a clean, healthy and organized nutrition is writing down what you have eaten.

This may not be for everyone but it’s especially useful for those who are trying to lose weight or have to keep a specific diet because of their health issues.

56. Plan and track your exercise progress.

Same reasons as 55!

57. Keep a birthday calendar.

If you’re forever guilty of forgetting birthdays and anniversaries, this is something you should really have.

58. Declutter your mind – let go of the past and future.

The psychological organization is just as important.

If your mind is constantly cluttered with thoughts about what did or might happen, it becomes really hard to function at all.

I know this because it was something I used to do all the time.

Basically, I was living in my head instead of living here and now.

59. Make a clear decision to get organized.

This should have been number 1!

If you really want to get organized, make a decision. Write it down if you need. Just make it strong and irreversible.

60. Place dividers in your drawers.

An alternative to drawer containers + easily diy-able solution to drawer organization. Plastic drawer dividers are easy to use and they allow you to divide your drawers just the way you need it.

61. Use sticky notes or washi tape for extra organization in your planner.

62. Recycle your trash.

Recycling seems to be pretty easy and important, but there are still a lot of people who aren’t doing that.

If you don’t have enough space for several trash bins, check IKEA – they have great recycling bins that stock on top of each other and won’t take a lot of space.

63. Get rid of unpleasant relationships.

These can clutter your life too…

64. Learn the KonMari Method

Learning KonMari was one of the best things I have done in my life and I am recommending this to you guys over and over again.

I used to struggle so much in my small apartment… I never had enough space for my stuff but I didn’t have enough space to buy new furniture either.

KonMari Method helped me to radically declutter, tidy up and keep only the things that are giving me joy.

Suddenly I had enough space for everything because I didn’t need so many things anymore.

You can imagine how much happier I am now!

If you want to get organized faster, definitely take at least a short course of KonMari, it will help you immensely.

65. Shop for holiday gifts on Black Friday.

I hate leaving gift shopping for the last day so I always recommend doing it much earlier, like on Black Friday or Cyber Monday.

66. Keep fine dry things (like cereals, nuts, and oats) in clear glass containers.

Glass jars look nice, they’re affordable, hermetic, help you see what’s inside and keep your pantry beautifully organized. Buy them in sets to save money and keep the design consistent!

67. Automate everything you can.

Get organized + save time and energy with automation. You can automate things like bill payments, e-mails, grocery delivery, insurance renewals, subscriptions, and many others!

68. Keep a shopping list.

69. Schedule appointments in advance.

A part of an organized schedule is taking appointments when they are needed.

For example, if you know you need to check your health every to months, schedule it in advance and put in your schedule so you won’t forget it.

70. Deep clean your whole home once a month.

Throw out everything unnecessary along the way.

71. Clean out your fridge regularly.

It’s very hard to keep a fridge organized if it’s full of products that are old or never used (I’m talking about you, condiment shelf!).

Take a look at your fridge regularly and if you something that is not fresh, dispose of it.

72. Put away or donate books that you never read.

Marie Kondo is applauding this hard.

Books that don’t provide you with any value, are also clutter. Donate them to your local library or give them away.

73. Organize your study time.

74. Start a decluttering challenge.

An interesting and fun approach to organization.

Start a challenge!

Decide on tasks and set up a challenge calendar to keep yourself motivated.

75. Track your moods and sleep patterns.

76. Keep track of your period too.

77. Keep the house hot-spots (like kitchen counters or bathroom sink) clean and tidy.

78. Set a time every day to relax and sort out your emotions.

Only a calm and organized mind can lead you to an organized and calm life.

Spend some time every day asking yourself honest questions: am I ok? If no, why? How can I help myself to feel better?

79. Organize your habits and implement better ones.

80. Tone down your room decor for less cleaning.

81. Have a binder for important documents.

A very important organization tip. Keep all important documents in binders and those binders – in a safe place, like a lockable drawer.

82. Go wireless wherever you can (like using a wireless mouse, printer etc.)

Cables are one of the hardest (and most boring) things to organize so the less there are, the easier it is.

83. Add a yearly calendar to your planner.

84. Set your priorities.

It’s hard to go on with your life and get organized if you don’t know which direction to choose.

One non-physical, but really important aspect of life organization is setting your priorities.

Once you have these in place, it becomes so much easier to plan your days, weeks and months.

It’s like having a sign which helps you choose your activities.

85. Learn to say no to things AND people.

If you want to get organized, you have to reclaim your time.

Sometimes we give too much of our time to things and people that don’t really need it as much as you do.

Have anyone in mind?

Try to gently refuse when you feel like you already have too much of your own.

86. Delegate things when possible.

It’s the opposite of number 85 but if you feel like you have way too much on your shoulders, delegate as much as you can.

You can’t keep pouring from an empty cup and taking on the organization when you’re all tired is an even worse idea.

87. Declutter your wallet regularly.

Busted! I  know it’s full of receipts and discount cards you don’t use.

88. Keep your car tidy too and organized too.

You can also use a car organizer that attaches to the back of the seat and works perfectly to hold all the random things you need to keep in your car like wet wipes, water bottles, parking cash etc.

89. Declutter your nutrition by choosing cleaner products.

I know, this seems off topic but if you want to get seriously organized, you need to tidy up your nutrition too. The point here is not organization itself, but your health and the things you can do to stay healthy and energized. Take care of yourself! It’s even more important than organization.

90. Declutter drawers in every room.

Do it once, repeat if needed and forget the clutter forever. Just don’t be afraid to let small, rarely used thingies go.

91. Write down your income and expenses every month.

This is the basis of financial organization and is very easy to do even for a beginner.

Simply write down what you have earned and subtract what you have spent.

If you get a surplus, put it in your saving jars.

If you spend more than you earn, it’s time to think about ways to earn more or minimize your spending in order to avoid debt.

92. Create schedules for weekly, monthly and seasonal cleaning.

This will help you keep things clean and organized all around the year.

93. Plan your weekends.

In order to have a productive weekend and avoid a full weekend Netflix marathon (guilty…), plan your weekend activities in advance.

Make sure to include some self care!

94. Have a list of health self-checkups.

Regular self-checkups can help you notice any unusual things at the earliest.

I try to check up things like moles, breasts, and teeth every month.

You can also try at home health testing kits that are getting very popular lately.

95. Disinfect doorknobs, light switches, and TV controls often.

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