If you aren’t careful, clutter can quickly take over any space. For busy families or couples a small amount of clutter is inevitable. This article will walk through thrifty ways to keep common areas decluttered with items you can find at estate sales, online auctions, and thrift stores.
Baskets - Wicker or can baskets and basket sets can often be found gently used at online auction sites like ctbids.com and estate sales awaiting a new home. Use baskets to corral items like mail or umbrellas while adding a touch of personality to the entryway.
Paper Sorters - Office supplies are frequently in abundance anywhere you find great preowned deals. When you consider using them outside of an office the possibilities are endless! Use a paper sorter in the entryway to hold reusable or paper shopping bags and gift bags. This universal item can also be used as a purse organizer in an entryway closet. See more uses here.
The Living Room
Shelving Units - Repurposed bookcases, media stands and shelving units can add extra storage and display space to give wayward items a home. Use this space to display books or beautiful containers with the ability to house remotes, blankets or other frequently used items. Read Make Your Living Room Come Alive with These Finds on our blog for more tips and tricks.
Bureaus, Cabinets and Buffets - There’s a plethora of options in this category at most estate sales and online auction sites. You can use a buffet to display more than what’s on the surface. Try assigning specific items like extra blankets or pillows to each drawer. Or repurpose your find to create an entertainment stand by removing the top drawers to house items like gaming consoles or a cable box. See more ideas here.
Mason Jars – A favorite of many for years, mason jars hold a wealth of storage and use opportunities. These jars can be used to store spices or dry goods like flour in a creative decorative way. Thekitchn.com suggests creating “a hanging trio of mason jars [that] keep[s] utensils just an arm's length away from stirring or scooping” as a solution to the messy utensil drawer. Get more mason jar ideas here.
Mugs or Small Pitchers – Dish and Glassware is often in abundance in online auctions and estate sales. They, like many other items on this list, are very versatile. Use a small stylish pitcher to stow common tools efficiently within reach of your cooking area to make food prep simpler. Mugs can be used as measuring cups or even used to grow fresh herbs and eventually save refrigerator space. See more tips here.
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