Easy Spring Decorating and Organizing on a Budget

This past week was Spring Break for most schools.  During this time, people are usually spring cleaning or vacationing.  Maybe even a bit of both.  Well for me, I've been knee-deep in graduate work.  But to give myself mental and physical breaks, I've been completing some small, yet meaningful projects around my home.  Besides the fact that I feel great about them, an even better consolation prize is that I completed them on a budget.  I want to share those projects with you just in case they might give you a bit of organization inspiration.

Project 1:  Shoe Organization

I took the time to purge my shoes.  When I placed them all out on my bedroom floor, it really seemed like I had the most shoes in the world.  Clearly, I don't, but spread out like that, it really seemed like an excessive amount.  I checked out each pair of shoes, got rid of duplicates and shoes that although they may be new, I never wear them.  Some I will donate, but I may try to sell a few of the new(new-like) pairs.  We shall see.

I purchased an under-the-bed shoe organizer from Family Dollar for $6.50.  It held 12 pairs of shoes.  In my closet, I already had an over-the-door organizer.  I told myself that I would not be allowed any pairs beyond those two organizers, besides my winter boots.  They have their own home.

I was pleased with the final arrangement.  The under-the-bed shoe organizer is easy to access, which was a concern.  For $6.50, I couldn't be more pleased!

Project 2:  New Window Treatments

In the most recent past, I've been working on my bedroom.  If you recall, I was drowning in a sea of shades of brown.  I love color and finally I decided on a theme that works for me.  (A reveal will be in the making soon enough.)  But one thing that was bothersome was that the mini blinds that I'd had installed for the past 10 years were disgusting and broken.  While on that same trip to Family Dollar, I discovered these adhesive paper shades.  What?!  I wanted to give them a try.  At $4 a piece, if they worked, I could essentially give my room an upgrade for $12.  It was worth the try.

I removed all of the initial mini blind hardware, cleaned my windows (of course), and cut the paper shades to the appropriate width for my windows.  Snip snip and it was done.  Removing the adhesive strip was easy peasy as was adhering the shades to my windows.  I know it won't be a permanent fixture, but I'm loving them for now.  And yes, they do filter light quite nicely.

Project 3:  Freezer Organization

The last project I completed over my spring break was to organize my freezer.  This time I used Dollar Tree items.  For $6 I was able to reorganize my entire freezer!  Yes, 4 white bins and 2 packs of chalkboard labels did the trick.

After getting rid of anything freezer burned, I sorted the remaining food into categories and labeled the bins with the appropriate titles.  And that was it!

So, these were the simple organization projects I completed during my break.  What about you?  How did you spend your break?

p.s.  I finally finished the bathroom too!  Bathroom reveal post coming soon....


  1. I love getting everything cleaned up and organized! Great job Libby!

  2. I seriously need you to come here and help with a few areas around our house. You always find the most clever little things to tidy up with. : )

  3. Nice work Libby! It is funny how something like shoes seem to build up over time. I have simplified my collection too with basic colors and styles only but it is still a lot of pairs! Those pleated shades are really cool. We have no shades and opted for curtains instead since they make the rooms cozy. We won't be buying any anytime soon since they cost a small fortune for decent ones. However when summer rolls around we are going to be lacking privacy with the curtains open so I may look into these that you found!

  4. Ok, you did have a lot of shoes. I took all mine out of the closet a month or so ago to paint the inside of my closet, and I had more than I thought, too, but not as many as you. Of course, almost all of my shoes are Birkenstocks, so you'd think I could get by with even fewer. How many Birks does a girl need? I had one of those tilted pipe-style shoe organizers and since almost none of my shoes have heels, they were always slipping down. I got a couple of inexpensive flat organizers from a home improvement store.

    Love the shades! Really cute.

    And finally, you organized your freezer? Girl, you had too much time on your hands! Lol! That's actually a great idea. We just throw things in -- who knows what's in there?


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