Kellye Fox | 

18 Jaw-Dropping Organization Ideas From the Dollar Store

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It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for the dollar store. If you’re looking to declutter and organize your home without breaking the bank, then the dollar store is a great place to start. With a little creativity, you can find a variety of affordable storage solutions that will help you tidy up any room in your home. Seriously, dollar store organization ideas are where it’s at.

Whether you’re on a budget for your garage organization project, need help organizing your pantry, or plan to declutter your linen closet, there are endless organization ideas you can implement using items you can find at your local dollar store. These retailers are flush with storage bins, baskets, hangers, or other supplies. Seriously, discount chains have pretty much everything you need at a fraction of the cost of other retailers.

Come with me as I explore some jaw-dropping organization ideas from the dollar store that you can use to create a more functional and clutter-free space in your home. Get ready to be inspired and start organizing!

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1. Dry kids’ bath toys by hanging them in a mesh laundry bag.

a person hanging a mesh bag on a hook in a next to a bathtub

Use this tip to make bath time a bit tidier. Store your kids’ toys in a mesh bag — not only will it organize and keep the toys in one place, it’ll also allow them to dry out before the next use.


2. Organize makeup brushes in a metal planter.

a person placing makeup brushes into a flower tin bucket filled with rocks

Fill the planter with smooth, decorative rocks (or marbles). Place a chunk of styrofoam or floral foam in the bottom so as not to require as many stones. Then just stick your brushes in!


3. Use a plastic organizer for kids’ hair ties and clips.

a person placing a plastic organizer with hair supplies into a bathroom drawer

Keep all those pesky little hair clips and hair ties organized and portable. Get the kids involved by having them add the items, then store the organizer in a central location. No more crazy mornings rushing to find hair ties.


4. Organize bathroom drawers with small plastic baskets.

a bathroom drawer filled with plastic organizers filled with makeup and jewlery

Organizing bathroom drawers can be a challenge, especially when you have a lot of small items like makeup, toiletries, and hair care accessories. Keep these items neat and tidy using small plastic baskets from the dollar store.

Start by emptying the drawer and throwing away expired or broken items. Then group similar items together, such as makeup, hair accessories, and skincare products. Before you head to the store, measure the size of your drawer so you purchase the right size small plastic baskets that fit inside. In a pinch, an ice cube tray works for smaller items, like earrings.

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5. Store hair tools in a plastic magazine holder.

a magazine organizer under a bathroom sink with curling irons inside

Using a plastic magazine holder to store your hair tools not only keeps them organized and easily accessible, but it also protects them from damage and prolongs their lifespan. Plus, this organization solution is affordable and easy to maintain.



6. Use plastic bins to easily store kids’ snacks in your pantry.

plastic baskets lined up on a counter with different snacks inside

Using plastic bins to store kids’ snacks in your pantry not only keeps your pantry organized and easy to navigate, but it also makes it easier for your kids to grab a snack on their own. If you’re opposed to plastic, glass is an option as long as the bins are out of reach for little hands.


7. Organize tea and K-Cups in stacking bins.

a person taking out a tea packet from stacked up plastic organizing baskets in a pantry

Tea and coffee drinkers, here’s your chance to get that messy area organized and off of the counter. Try using stacking bins from the dollar store. Hide it in a cabinet or create a small drink nook with your new setup.

Related: Ingenious Dollar Store Organization Ideas


8. Sort and organize earrings and rings into ice cube trays.

a person putting a ring in an ice tray that is placed inside bathroom drawer to organize jewelry

Organizing earrings and rings can be a challenge, especially if you have a lot of them. To keep your jewelry neat and sorted, go the cheap route and pick up ice cube trays from the dollar store. Gather all your earrings and rings and sort them by type (i.e., hoop, stud). Place each type of earring or ring in a separate compartment of the ice cube tray.


9. Store camping spices in a pill box.

and person adding spices into a pill holder

Before hitting the road for a camping trip this summer, fill a pill container with the spices you’ll need (instead of bringing a whole bottle of each spice). Need more camping hacks?


10. Hang necklaces from a towel rod with shower curtain rings.

a person handing necklaces with shower hooks on a curtain rod

If you have a lot of necklaces, it can be difficult to keep them organized and tangle-free. One solution is to hang them from a towel rod using shower curtain rings.

  1. Purchase a towel rod and shower curtain rings from the dollar store. Make sure the shower curtain rings are large enough to fit your necklaces.
  2. Install the towel rod in a convenient location, such as on a wall or inside a closet.
  3. Attach the shower curtain rings to the towel rod.
  4. Thread one necklace through each shower curtain ring. If you have multiple necklaces that you wear together, you can thread them through the same ring.

Adjust the height of the necklaces so they are easy to see and reach.



11. Use hot glue and rope to transform a wire wastebasket.

two images of a person using a hot glue and rope to transform a wire wastebasket

Use the hot glue to attach the rope to the wire basket as you wind the rope around. Once you’re done, you’ve got yourself a wastebasket that looks like it was designed by a pro!


12. Prevent muffin cups from getting crushed by storing them in a canning jar.

A person prevent muffin cups from getting crushed by storing them in a canning jar

If you enjoy baking muffins, you know how frustrating it can be when your muffin cups get crushed or bent out of shape. Keep them organized and prevent them from getting damaged by storing them in a canning jar from the dollar store. This storage solution also makes it easy to see how many you have left.


13. Glue vases onto candlestick holders to create DIY apothecary jars.

two images of gluing vases onto candlestick holders to create DIY apothecary jars

Creating DIY apothecary jars using vases and candlestick holders not only allows you to customize the size and style of your jars, but it also saves you money compared to buying premade jars. Retailers sell sets for upwards of $40!

This project is easy to do and requires only a few materials. First, remove any stickers from the bottom of the vase or jar. Then put a ring of glue along the top of the candleholder and attach the vase. Use a glue that’s a bit stronger, like E6000 multipurpose craft glue, then let sit overnight.


14. Save space on your bathroom counter by gluing plates to candleholders for a tiered organizer.

a person placing a perfume bottle on a diy tray from glued plates to candleholders for a tiered organizer

If you’re short on counter space in your bathroom, a tiered organizer is a great solution for storing and organizing your items. You can make your own using plates and candleholders from the dollar store.

  1. Purchase two plates and two candleholders. Clean the surfaces of the plates and candleholders with rubbing alcohol to ensure a good bond.
  2. Apply a small amount of strong glue, such as E6000, to the top of one candleholder for extra support.
  3. Place the bottom of the smaller plate onto the glue, making sure it is centered. Apply a small amount of glue to the top of the other candleholder.
  4. Place the bottom of the larger plate onto the glue, ensuring it’s centered.
  5. Hold the plates and candleholders in place for a few minutes until the glue sets. Let the glue dry completely.

Once the glue is dry, you can use the tiered organizer to store and organize your bathroom items, such as cosmetics, toiletries, and towels.


15. Keep counters clean by organizing kitchen soap and lotion in a metal planter.

a person placing a soap dispenser into a metal planter to organize kitchen soaps and lotion

Using a metal planter to store your soap and lotion bottles not only keeps your counters clean and organized, but it also adds a decorative touch to your kitchen decor. Just pick a favorite spot and add your favorite hand soap or lotion.


16. Store spices in magnetic tins.

two images of a person storing spices in magnetic tins

With a magnetic chalkboard and magnetic round tins, you have an instant and elevated spice board. Fill the containers with your spices, and place on the board. Be careful when removing from the magnetic board to prevent spilling. Make labels (if you’d like) and you’ve got yourself a cute little spice rack! This also would work well in a kid’s room to hold small craft items.


17. Use baskets (or drawer organizers) to organize kitchen drawers.

two images of before and after organized drawer of measuring cups and spoons

Kitchen drawers can easily become cluttered with utensils, gadgets, and other kitchen tools. To keep your kitchen drawers organized, try using baskets or drawer organizers from the dollar store. Use our hacks for organizing kitchen cabinets to get your entire kitchen in order.


18. Save space by organizing razors and feminine hygiene products in stackable bins.

a person adding tampons to a three tired stacked organizer

If you have a small bathroom or limited storage space, it can be challenging to keep razors and feminine hygiene products organized and out of the way. One solution is to use stackable bins and store them in a discreet and accessible area.

Be sure to eyeball your space to make sure the bins aren’t too tall for your space. Then sort your razors and hygiene products, and place each item in a separate bin. Feel free to label them, but it should be pretty obvious what it is. Place the stacked bins in a convenient location, such as under the sink or in a nearby closet.

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