As a blogger, and a blogger whose primary focus is projects, whether organizing, crafting, or decorating, it has become very important to find ways to do them on the cheap or free. I know I’m not alone, and even if you’re not a blogger, I think this is something we all strive for. I mean, who could keep up with all the Pinterest projects and fun DIY’s from HomeTalk without being budget conscious?
Here are some tips I’ve learned thus far in my nine months of writing on this blog:
1. Set a Budget
Regardless of what you’re trying to fund, whether it be a small project or a big remodel, setting a budget helps you know where to start, how much you have to work with, and will keep you from overspending. While I haven’t been great to this point about setting a specific project budget, I do find that I’m most creative under some constraints. (Budgeting for MBS will be one of my New Year’s resolutions for sure!)
|DIY Drawer Organizers from Boxes|
2. Shop From Home (and/or Make It)
I have been doing this increasingly lately and honest-to-goodness, it is a THRILL when I find just what I needed in my own basement! I’m not saying to horde things “just in case”, but if you have a good idea that you very likely will have a purpose for something in the near future, then it might be worth having a small area for such things. (I said small.) You can make organization items from boxes and cans, and if you invest in a good collection of quality baskets and bins, you will find that they can be repurposed and reused for many things and many years.
|Chip clip for hair ties|
3. Dollar Stores, Goodwill, Thrift & Garage Sales
Before you get online to search The Container Store (which I LOVE by the way) or head to Target or Hobby Lobby (also LOVE), check and see if you can find what you need at the local dollar store, Goodwill or other thrift store, or even garage sales (including Facebook garage sales and CraigsList). Goodwill’s prices seem to be on the rise, and some thrift stores might not be the bargain you expect either. Educate yourself on what something costs at retail and use that as a guide as to whether or not something is really a good deal.
I am finding through my own experience and that of other bloggers that Dollar Tree is often the jackpot for a great find! Half of my decorative supplies for an upcoming vendor event (tomorrow night – pics will be on Instagram right away and the blog Monday!) are from Dollar Tree. Not only that but they have fun things for Halloween (especially if you’re willing to do a little DIY to take something to the next level) and they have a lot of items for organizing and craft projects. Just be careful – it’s easy to go crazy when everything is “only $1”!
|Inexpensive Halloween wreath|
4. Think Outside the Box
Whether you’re shopping from home, finding a great deal at the dollar store, or paying full retail price for something, think outside the box. This takes some practice, and online inspiration doesn’t hurt! The key to this is to find a way to use an item other than it’s original purpose. Train yourself to always think, “What else can I use this for?” and “Other than the predictable, what could be used for ________?”. Often times the most interesting, most creative, and most WOWing DIY’s are ones where someone thought outside the box. How many times have we all said, “Why didn’t I think of that?”?!!
|Garage sale trash can to ombré shelf liner storage|
5. Sell to Buy
To help fund your habit, you could sell unused items from home and use the profits for something “new”. You can have a garage sale or sell items on Facebook or CraigsList. OR you can set up a swap with friends or barter! Can you picture it? Wine and food, room full of potential wonderfulness in the form of craft supplies, organizational items, etc. That sounds so fun I might have to organize one myself!
In addition to these ideas, Jenna has a great post called How I Find Money to Feed My Decorating Addiction…and Sometimes My Family. (Love that title. Some day I’ll be better at titles.)
Come back tomorrow for an almost no-cost fall porch vignette that I threw together in about 5 minutes! And speaking of fall, had a SUPER FUN first Twitter Halloween party with HomeTalk and Country Living Magazine last night (cue shrieky girl squeal). You can check out the conversations at #HometalkCL!