Wednesday, March 13, 2013

45 Reader Space: A Dolla Makes You Holla!

We all know storage can get expensive, if we let it.  Sometimes we get crafty and make our own.  Sometimes we scour thrift stores.  And sometimes, we head to the Dolla Store!  Holla!


I am going to give new meaning to the phrase, as I don't believe the original meaning is all that appropriate.  Dolla store y'all!

I know dollar store storage isn't something new.  But it is still fun to see incredible transformations done on a dollar store budget.  That is where the darling Stacey, from A Sort Of Fairytale, comes to play.

And just in time for the bathroom and linen monthly challenge.  Check out her new linen closet!  No way you can look and not smile.


I had to know....

What is the main function of the space?  

"It is our linen closet which holds towels and toiletries.  Oddly enough there are no linens in there... no room."


Any superstar tips for keeping it organized?

"Containers, baskets and labels.  The containers and baskets keep it all organized and clutter free, and the labels help family members put things back in the right places."


What items did you find essential when organizing the space and why?

"Baskets and containers were essential to keeping like items together and to create a sense of cohesiveness."



What did you do to go the extra mile and "make it pretty"?

"I added labels tied on with ribbon, made sure the baskets and containers were pretty to look at as well as the cleaning supplies and containers."



What items did you DIY to stay on budget?

"Everything came from the Dollar Store, so it was all very affordable, no DIY needed. :)"



How has this project impacted your life for the better?

"It is still organized months later and it helps me so much to see what we have on hand in an organized manner, both mentally and financially!"


So simple.  So right.  Organization at it's finest here.  Goes to show what some dollar store baskets and labels can do.  But wait, you haven't seen the before picture yet, the transformation is quite incredible!


One thing that Stacey didn't mention, but I noticed right away, is that she also made use of the back of the door.  That is prime real estate for storage but often times overlooked.  Ditto to the floor.  It's is like a free shelf, and free is always fab!  You can find all of the details on her blog here.

Stacey sure made organizing look simple, inexpensive and fun!  The before and after is one to admire and shows that organizing doesn't have to be daunting or overwhelming.  In fact, quite the opposite!

What was the best storage item you picked up at a dolla store?  Did it make you holla?


 ATTENTION!!  Want to be featured in a Reader Space edition?  Have an awesome organizing story to share?  I am looking for projects that have made a positive impact to your life.  Please submit your story and photos here and I would heart to feature them right here, on the blog!!  Photos should be high resolution and unedited.  Please include a description of the project, including any costs, inspiration, and how it has changed your life and routine for the better!  Oh, and no worries my friends, we will NEVER judge "before" pictures because that just wouldn't be nice!  Only love goes on at this blog!

45 comments:

  1. This looks so good! I have all of those bins from the dollar store and yet my closet still looks so sloppy. Gonna try again!

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  2. I need to go to the Dollar Tree and stock up. I used several of these in our linen closets when we were staging our last house to sell.

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  3. Always good to find baskets on the cheap. Looks so clean and streamlined!
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  4. that closet DOES make me smile! my linen closet is similar (just not as colorful!) but i'm going to try labeling my baskets - then my hubs has no excuse when he puts things back in the wrong basket ;)
    thanks for sharing!

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    1. that's right! (about the labeling) hahaha!
      Thank you!

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  5. So pretty! I have the same dollar store containers in my linen closet. I love them! Love all the colors here! Great job!

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  6. You get my laugh of the day award,for "a dolla makes you holla". That said, I will be stopping by the dollar store on my way home:)

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  7. I wanna give Stacey a shout-out for having that most-useful of tools, a dustpan/hand brush set.

    Low tech, inexpensive and oh-so-practical for cleaning up small, dry messes.

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    1. thank you, Dorothy! that set is form the Dollar Store too :)

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  8. It's amazing how much stuff tends to accumulate over the years. I know we have storage closets we need to sort. Great entry!

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  9. Love love love the dollar store baskets. They are so colorful and fun!

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  10. I just went to my dollar store here a few weeks ago and was amazed at the cute color selection they offered in bins and baskets. We loaded up! LOVE! Her linen closet looks so happy.

    Britt @ Creating Space for Five

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  11. I definitely look at the dollar store/99 cent store first when it comes to any kind of storage, etc. My best storage item is probably the mini baskets that I use to store my in-progress sewing projects. They were 2 for 99 cents!

    However, my best dollar store item overall were the beer steins that I etched. It was a fun present to make and inexpensive too!
    http://vintagezest.blogspot.com/2013/01/etched-beer-steins.html

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  12. I love all the bright bins available at the Dollar Tree right now. I recognize some of these from there. I used a bunch of them to organize my pantry and picked up a few yesterday to finish my linen closet.

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  13. Those baskets are the heart of my classroom! They're so cute and practical, they match my decor, and a dolla definitely makes me holla!

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  14. A great idea! You make me want to organize too :-)

    Maggie (from The Netherlands)

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  15. LOVE THIS! Oh you've got me beggin to re-design my whole house but until I can move it ain't happening :(

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  16. Great tips! These are wonderfully easy steps to make my closet a little less insane. I love having my storage space beautiful.

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  17. Did the door organizer come from the dollar store too? I love how organized and happy this closet looks!

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  19. I absolutely LOVE your blog!!!

    Your new follower.....
    Jayma :)

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  20. Love this! What a great transformation! I love me some dollar store :).

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  21. So simple, so pretty and ... (loving this one the most:) so affordable!

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  22. I so need to do this! My closets make me want to vomit every time I open them!

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  23. I bought all my bins for my linen closet from the dollar store too, how funny! You can check out my makeover at http://twentysomethingbows.blogspot.com/2013/03/linen-closet-organization.html

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  24. Thank you so much for sharing my linen closer makeover, Jen! Also, than you to all who left such nice comments!!

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  25. Ok I desperately looking for pretty labels...where do you get those?

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  26. What a happy closet! Love all the bright colors!

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  27. Super cute. I just picked up the white version of all these baskets at the Dollar Tree. I guess most DIY'ers think alike!

    Ida
    http://secondchancesgirl.blogspot.com

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  28. Oh, how I love Dollar Tree! It is so fun when great transformations like this can happen without a lot of $$! Thanks so much for sharing this with us!

    ~Abby =)

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  29. Best thing was a batterie organizer with small kids we have ALOT of things that need them. Oh yes and 1 gallon zipper bags for toys and toy rotation. Oh and small laundry bags for puzzles and pieaces.

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  30. Ohhhh! Maybe I need to add a rack to the back of my linen closet door!!! :)

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  31. This really inspired me because I usually have tried to cover up the plastic containers instead of seeing the cute potential in them! :) http://www.caravansonnet.com/2013/02/perplexed-to-pretty-or-goodbye-plastic.html
    Thanks for sharing!! :)
    Rebecca
    www.caravansonnet.com

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  32. This is perfect! and so pretty, too.

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  33. I've actually never hit a Dollar Store, but I'm going to now. What treasures. I'm a big fan of the $1 bin at Target. I'm always surprised what I find there. My children love it as well, bc they get a toy and I only fork over a buckaroo. It's a win-win!

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  34. I dollar store baskets and they work so good for organizing my "linen closet" and under both bathroom and kitchen sinks. I, too, have that blue basket on the bottom shelf with the handle in the middle. I use it for cans and bottles that tend to tip over 'cause it holds them securely in place. Thanks Jen and Stacey.

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  35. I am so glad that you shared this! I have been meaning to reorganize my closet and this was just what I needed to see!! I went out and got my baskets and reorganized, feels so good to finally have that closet in order :)

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  36. Love this closet. So well organized!!

    Stacy

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  37. Looks great - I find tons of deals on smaller bins/baskets in the "dollar bins" at Target. Love that stuff!

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  38. I just cant find the blue red green containers at the dollar stor e:(

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