This Reader Repurposed an Unexpected Item for Organization!

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Organization, especially with little ones, can be quite a challenge. Sure, you could buy an already assembled organizer, but that can become pricey. This week’s Happy Friday reader Jennifer put together a clever, unexpected DIY organizer!

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When we moved into our new house and had twins, I needed some storage space! I did not want to spend money to buy proper “storage cubes” from Target or from IKEA, so I used what we had around the house; this included some mismatched milk crates! I used zip ties to connect them and put one set in our twins’ room for toys. This created a low shelf that could fit under the window in their room with space on top for book baskets.

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I did purchase matching bins for them that fit perfectly! I also used this same trick in several closets and again used zip ties to connect the milk crates in stacks of three in two columns for lots more storage.

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This was a great way to shop my house to find things we weren’t using and repurpose them into useful storage. I love organizing and storage but don’t like spending money!

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Jennifer, this turned out awesome! Here at Hip, we love upcycling, recycling, and decluttering as much as possible, so this is definitely something the team will try!

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Comments 22

  1. AngieM

    Maybe spray painting them or decorating them in some way would make them look nicer ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Jess

      Yes, or at the very least match the color and orientation

    • luna

      I think they’re just fine the way she has them.

  2. JJ

    I had this idea too.. over 25 years ago when I was just a kid lol. I didn’t know about zip ties then, though, so I think I must’ve just used some old shoe laces or yarn to try and keep it together haha

  3. 5pink1blue

    Nice job. Useful for college students too.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Yes! GREAT idea for college students! Thanks for the suggestion! ๐Ÿค—

  4. Momof3superkids

    Good idea! I might stack 3 Sterilite file crates vertically to save space ( got them for a dollar each from Walmart when they were clearanced last year)

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Nice score! Glad you’ve been able to snag some too! ๐Ÿ’ž

  5. Tracey

    Clever! And when they get a little older, if you get another type of storage system, these would be great in the garage for all the outdoor toys as well.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Love that idea too, Tracey! Thanks for commenting! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ’–

  6. kadysiga

    Great idea! That is a nice, clean look, and sturdier than some of the chintzy versions that you pay for. You are very organized for someone that just moved and had twins!๐Ÿคฉ

    • thrifty

      I agree! Looks sturdy and organized. Great job!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      I agree too! I’m loving the organization! ๐Ÿ˜

  7. stephanietaylor

    I bought three lawn chair cushions and attached them to the top of mine and placed books in the cubbies. Made for a great reading book in my prek classroom

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      How cute!๐Ÿ˜ Thanks for sharing how you’ve used yours in your classroom! Love it! ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

  8. Lisa

    I like the fact that this idea allows things that are stored in it to have air circulation and to “breath!” Way to go, Jennifer.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh yes! Great point, Lisa! ๐Ÿ™Œโค๏ธ

  9. Heather

    Where did you get the white bins?! I used to have them on the shelf under my coffee table and need more but canโ€™t remember where I got them. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • jennifer

      They are from Target!

  10. Melanie Criqui

    I do this in my classroom, and instead of baskets in them I use the square fabric cubes-the ones from the dollar tree are a perfect fit!

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Great idea, Melanie! Thanks for sharing about another inexpensive option for baskets! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’–

  11. Gigi

    I have 5 white crates across the top shelf in my closet facing out with my purses and makeup/toiletry bags stored in them. They are easy to quickly see and pull out the one I want.

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