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22 Ingenious Dollar Store Organization Ideas

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We love dollar store organization ideas that are not only affordable but also downright clever. There’s no point in spending a lot of money to tidy up disorganized areas. Dollar Tree is a mecca for inexpensive household organization products that can makeover all of the rooms in your house — all while staying on budget.

Arm yourself with a list and a plan because getting distracted in the dollar store is a real thing. But you’re on a mission to transform those junky areas with dollar store organization ideas. When it comes to giving everything a proper place, the containers you’ll find at the dollar store are cheap enough to stock up on and play around with. Plus, they’re easy to clean and don’t break the bank.

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1. Keep your pantry organized with Dollar Tree storage bins.

storage baskets labeled in pantry

If the spike in pantry makeover shows on Netflix has you feeling down, give your pantry a Dollar Tree organization overhaul. It will boost your mood and help you clearly identify your favorite bag of chips.

Here’s where you can really get creative in your pantry with Dollar Tree organization tricks. Choose glass jars, round plastic bins, or square fabric boxes to fit your needs. You can pick containers of the same color or mix it up to suit your taste. Don’t forget the labels; if you’re lucky, some stores carry chalkboard labels, so you can reuse them for other items without having to replace them.


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2. Create custom food jars for your tea or dried goods.

jars labeled and filled with tea on a shelf

For this budget-friendly organization idea, apply a rub-on transfer sticker to a glass jar. Fill the jars with packaged tea bags, loose beans, rice, sugar … you name it. You could also use a chalkboard sticker and a chalk marker. This is a super easy DIY organization tip that saves time and money. Decorative jars like these can easily run for $5 each.


3. Organize your batteries with a Dollar Tree hardware storage case.

a person's hand holding a dollar tree hardware storage case with batteries inside

With a hardware storage case, you can finally see all of your batteries and store them in one place. No more half-opened boxes of batteries or random ones floating around your junk drawer. The case is big enough for AA, AAA, and D batteries. Hop over to the KCL Battery Coupons page to save money on your next purchase.


4. Make a DIY toy organizer with a clothes hamper.

someone putting toys into laundry basket

Close your eyes and imagine your child’s room with toys off the floor. Use this Dollar Tree organization idea to make toy storage easier to manage. Transform a dollar store pop-up hamper or colorful laundry basket from a home for dirty clothes to a source of salvation for bulky toys, stuffed animals, linens, balls, and books.


5. Get creative with your cord organization with this Dollar Tree hack.

someone putting cords in glasses cases

With charging cords for tablets, cell phones, and computers, maybe you’re like me and just throw them into a drawer, hoping you can find the right one when you need it. Enter Dollar Tree organization 2.0, where you can finally put an end to cord disorganization.

To get started, just grab a blank label, a Sharpie, and an eyeglass carrying case. Mark it up and now you can throw it in a bin. You can typically find eyeglass cases in the mixed housewares aisle with phone cases, random cords, and flashlights.

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6. Use an ice cube tray as a DIY Dollar Tree organizer for jewelry.

someone sorting jewelry into an ice tray

Not all of us get the luxury of having a jewelry display case or cabinet. Here’s where you can put your creativity to the test when you want to organize your gems. As a Dollar Tree jewelry organizer DIY hack, ice cube trays can hold 12 of your best stud earrings, small bracelets, or rings. Now you can truly keep your “ice” on ice.


7. Stack bracelets on a paper towel holder to organize them.

someone putting bracelets on paper towel holder

Another resourceful Dollar Tree jewelry organizer DIY is to use a paper towel holder to stack your bracelets. At just $1.25, you can create a colorful bracelet tower. Since these basic dollar store items come in a neutral color, why not spray paint it or wrap it with neon yarn to fit your aesthetic needs?

If you get tired of using the paper towel holder for jewelry, you can always switch to stacking your Scrunchies—I know you still have some!


8. Make fridge organization simple with Dollar Tree bins.

someone putting another storage basket in the refridgerator

Dairy, meat, fruit, veggies—oh my! Having a disorganized refrigerator can be a bummer. There are lots of Dollar Tree kitchen organization ideas that will make you open your fridge proudly. You already know that dollar stores carry numerous sizes of plastic containers with or without lids, but some locations offer more creative solutions.

Whether it’s egg storage containers, decorative refrigerator mats, or outright plastic fridge bins, you can make a stylish plan for your beverages, packaged foods, and perishables.

Before you randomly buy containers, consider the size of your refrigerator (measure first, buy later). After taking a full inventory of your space and completing a thorough cleaning, try organizing your fridge into categories and labeling the bins for easier access.

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9. Hold wrapping paper supplies in a Dollar Tree shoe organizer.

someone putting scissors in a shoe organizer used as a wrapping station

If you have rolls of random wrapping paper — birthday, Christmas, Mother’s Day—lying around in a closet somewhere, it’s time to organize them. Forget going to those fancy, expensive container stores; get inventive with less expensive storage ideas.

The process of converting a Dollar Tree shoe organizer into a wrapping paper organizer is really simple. Some stores may still have the over-the-door shoe organizers, but under-the-bed shoe organizers work, too.


10. Use a magazine stand or file holder as a gift bag holder.

someone putting gift bag in plastic magazine rack

Take the stress out of storing gift bags and try using a magazine stand or cardboard file holders. In the sea of Dollar Tree organization ideas, you can find these products in the office section. This organization idea allows you to group gift bags by colors, seasons, or holidays.

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11. Turn Dollar Tree storage bins into movie night snack trays.

little kid holding diy movie snack tray

A shower caddy is the perfect vessel for a box of candy, a drink, a napkin, and a bag of popcorn. For added savings on movie night, stop by the Dollar Tree snack aisle. This tip beats the cost of actually going to the movies, which could add up for a family. If you visit the Dollar Tree a lot, be sure to maximize your savings with weekly coupon deals.


12. Store crayons in a travel soap case.

someone drawing in a coloring book with crayons stored in soap case

There’s nothing like a fresh box of crayons, that is until the box rips and it no longer serves its purpose. Most Dollar Tree stores sell travel soap cases, so if you’re looking for a creative way to transport your kids’ markers, pencils, or crayons on a trip or just want to reorganize your art area, try this idea.

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13. Tidy up your office using Dollar Tree drawer organizers and wire baskets.

someone putting card on desk with organized baskets

Give your desk a makeover on a budget. Dollar stores have tons of options to organize your writing utensils and papers, and they often come in an array of colors and sizes.

A Dollar Tree drawer organizer may come as an entire desk caddy, but you can also find metal holders for your pens, markers, and pencils, too. There are even small desk lamps, inspirational artwork, tiered/flat drawer organizers, decorative tape dispensers, and metal clipboards. And don’t forget the Post-its!


14. Organize your snacks in Dollar Tree storage cubes.

someone organizing coffee creamers in basket

To get your pantry in order, first take inventory of your pantry snacks and categorize them. Then determine how you want to store them, be it wire or fabric storage baskets, tiered racks, bins with lids, candy jar containers, or round snack bins.

With the extra bulk food items, try storing them behind the current items or in a backup area for easy refilling. You can spruce up your coffee/tea area and stow your coffee pods in bins on the side or underneath your machine. And if you’d like to save some cash on your next coffee haul, KCL has you covered with coffee coupons.


15. Clean up your garage with Dollar Tree storage bins.

seasonal decorations in garage storage box

It may be the last place that you want to look at, but there are lots of great Dollar Tree organization ideas for your garage. One solution that is readily available (and affordable) is a clear shoe bin or deep storage bin with a lid. Just fill it, label it, and store it.

Bins from discount stores often come in small and large sizes, so you can bundle your tools, garden supplies, and kids’ supplies in neat separate spaces. Keep your seasonal front door hanging decorations in order, or store your extension cords in a clear, rectangular bin with a top.


16. Use a Dollar Tree over-the-door rack as a DIY belt or hat hanger.

a person's hand putting a hand on a over the door rack

Are you looking for a cheap and easy way to hang your belts, scarves, or hats? Dollar Tree’s 6-hook over-the-door metal rack is only $1.25. Some stores also have these cool belt and tie hangers in bright colors.

a person holding a dollar tree belt hanger


17. Tidy your linen closet with Dollar Tree storage containers.

baskets in linen closet

Nothing against the big-box stores, but decorative storage boxes can be costly, like in the $6 – $20 range. Here’s where this Dollar Tree linen closet organization idea comes alive.

Most dollar stores sell fabric bins, but you may come across a small wooden crate with handles that you can jazz up to fill with your rolled plush towels or your linens.


18. Hide cleaning supplies with stackable Dollar Tree bins.

baskets underneath sick

If your kitchen or bathroom cabinet is full of sponges, dishwashing liquid, bug sprays, and Mr. Clean products, it’s time to put these Dollar Tree bathroom and kitchen organization tips to good use.

Depending on the space you’re working with, try wire baskets, caddies, clear boxes with lids, and even shoeboxes. Many of these dollar store storage containers come in multipacks, so you can maximize your organization and budget.


19. Make a portable spice rack with a Dollar Tree medicine case.

spices put into pill holder

Not only are pill organizers convenient and portable, but they can hold a sizable amount of spice to make it through your trip. Your new travel spice rack is a genius, budget-saving hack that’s perfect for RV trips and camping.

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20. Combine two items to create a DIY kitchen spice rack.

someone putting spice in basket and paper towel holder spice rack

If we’re talking about really ingenious Dollar Tree organization ideas, this one takes the cake. For about $7, you can build your own space-saving spice rack. We’ve seen similar tabletop spice racks for $15. You’ll need two metal paper towel holders, three horizontal pencil holders, and one package of zip ties.

On a flat surface, place the paper towel holders about 12 inches apart. Position one pencil holder horizontally at the bottom and secure it with zip ties. Leave about seven to eight inches above the next pencil holder and repeat. Now you just have to figure out what to cook.


21. Create decorative Dollar Tree DIY jars for your nail polish.

glass bottle with nail polish in it

If you want to add a little glamor to your bathroom vanity and organize your nail polish collection, there’s a cheap way to get it done. Transform a candy jar, square glass jar, or square glass candleholder into nail polish display cases.

Depending on what options your store has, you could spray paint the entire glass container or glue a decorative knob to the top.


22. Sort bathroom items in drawer organizers.

someone putting toothpaste in basket in drawer

If your bathroom is a mess, use drawer organizers to sort makeup, toiletries, hair accessories, and medication bottles. Once you arrange your items, store them under the bathroom vanity sink, in a drawer, or wherever you want to feel more organized.

For added flair, you can personalize the containers by lining them with decorative contact paper—also found at the dollar store.


Find dollar store organization solutions beyond Dollar Tree.

A woman shopping for products in the walmart dollar spot

Stores with dollar or discount sections are popping up everywhere. Even with a bit of a price hike, Dollar Tree is still a valuable store to find great deals, but it isn’t the only organization option out there.

  • You can also score a lot of discount deals at Family Dollar. This chain offers products at a rounded dollar amount so it’s easy to budget when you’re looking for organization containers.
  • Dollar General also has inexpensive gems that can make life a little easier and more organized. The store opened a spin-off dollar store called Popshelf. According to the company, these stores are targeted to higher-income ($50,000 to $125,000/year), suburban folks who still want a good deal. You can find deals in the areas of toys, electronics, office, kitchen, and beauty, among others. Much like at the Dollar General parent stores, most products are $5 or less.
  • With the cost-savings arena getting hot, retail chains like Target and Walmart are revving up their dollar selections, too. Target’s DollarSpot is prominent as you enter the store and has seasonal, storage, home decor, toys, and other assorted finds. The prices ($1 – $5 per item) are comparable to other stores, but you’ll rarely find any clearance deals or additional markdowns here.
  • Walmart’s Dollar Shop has an eclectic selection of items generally ranging from $1 – $5. Depending on the store, you can find clothes, organization essentials, or beauty products discounted significantly. Want a tip on those Walmart price tags? The date on the tag will show the last time the price changed, and many of the clearance tags will have additional markdowns. More markdowns = more savings.


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