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16 Expensive Looking DIY Recycled Organizing Ideas That Cost Absolutely Nothing

16 Expensive Looking DIY Recycled Organizing Ideas That Cost Absolutely Nothing

Living a minimalistic lifestyle means purchasing fewer things and having less clutter. While organizing is a key part, we oftentimes have to buy things to help us organize. It’s a tad redundant if you think about it!

It’s important to note, tidying your home doesn’t have to cost much and you can do it with things you already have. Save the earth while keeping up with your minimalist lifestyle with these 16 expensive looking (and eco-friendly) DIY recycled organizing ideas that cost absolutely nothing.

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Tin Can Organizer

16 Expensive Looking Recycled Organizing Ideas That Cost Absolutely Nothing

Courtesy Mountain Modern Life

Need a desk organizer for cheap? Make one yourself with a few tin cans!

Tin Can Desk Organizer

16 Expensive Looking Recycled Organizing Ideas That Cost Absolutely Nothing

Courtesy Yesterday on Tuesday

Tin cans can also be wrapped with decorative paper to fit any taste.

Toilet Paper Roll Makeup Organizer16 Expensive Looking Recycled Organizing Ideas That Cost Absolutely Nothing

Courtesy Cathie Filian

Here’s another take on recycled organizers. Keep your makeup brushes upright and in tip top shape with this easy toilet paper DIY.

Upcycled Desk Organizer

16 Expensive Looking Recycled Organizing Ideas That Cost Absolutely Nothing

Courtesy The Crazy Craft Lady

This desk organizer is so pretty, you’ll definitely want to make a couple for the home.

Cereal Box Paper Organizer

16 Expensive Looking Recycled Organizing Ideas That Cost Absolutely Nothing

Courtesy Kix Cereal

Organize all your documents with the help of a few cereal boxes.

Cereal Box Magazine Holder

16 Expensive Looking Recycled Organizing Ideas That Cost Absolutely Nothing

Courtesy eHow

Cereal boxes have never been so gorgeous. Recreate the look with marbled paper.

Tea Container Magnets

16 Expensive Looking Recycled Organizing Ideas That Cost Absolutely Nothing

Courtesy Martha Stewart

You’re never going to throw tea containers out again. These organizers are so cute and highly functional. If you don’t have adhesive magnets lying around, you can pick some up here!

Diaper Box Upcycled Storage and Organizer

16 Expensive Looking Recycled Organizing Ideas That Cost Absolutely Nothing

Courtesy Thrifty and Chic

Turn a drab diaper box into something surprisingly chic. An old sweater is all you need for this transformation. Pick one up at a local thrift store if you don’t already have one at home.

Cardboard Box Basket Organizer

16 Expensive Looking Recycled Organizing Ideas That Cost Absolutely Nothing

Courtesy Elizabeth Joan Designs

I think we can all agree this amazing DIY has made this cardboard box undergo a total 180. Make this DIY to hold everything from toilet paper to cleaning supplies!

Popsicle Stick Nail Polish Organizer

16 Expensive Looking Recycled Organizing Ideas That Cost Absolutely Nothing

Courtesy Nikki DIY

Organize all your favorite nail polishes with this DIY popsicle stick tutorial. It’s super easy and looks amazing.

Plastic Bottle Rope Basket

16 Expensive Looking Recycled Organizing Ideas That Cost Absolutely Nothing

Courtesy coz its cozy

Who knew plastic bottles could look so rich? Instead of throwing out your plastic bottles, add twine to transform them into an adorable basket. Tassels and or pom poms add a charming touch.

Lotion Bottle Cell Phone Holder

16 Expensive Looking Recycled Organizing Ideas That Cost Absolutely Nothing

Courtesy Make It & Love It

Loose charging cables are not only unsightly, they’re potentially dangerous. House your phone and cord in this handy holder made from a lotion bottle. I love that the Make It & Love It crew used fabric to decorate this super cute holder!

Flower Tray Jewelry Organizer

16 Expensive Looking Recycled Organizing Ideas That Cost Absolutely Nothing

Courtesy Club Chica Circle

Organize your jewelry with this recycled flower tray. A wash and a coat of spray paint are all you need to transform rummage into chic.

16 Expensive Looking Recycled Organizing Ideas That Cost Absolutely Nothing

Courtesy Gazeta do Povo

Cut up foam sheets and glue them together for this expensive-looking underwear drawer organizer.

Shoe Box Underwear Drawer Dividers

16 Expensive Looking Recycled Organizing Ideas That Cost Absolutely Nothing

Courtesy Real Simple

Here’s another way to organize your underwear drawer. Cut up shoe boxes and add wrapping paper or washi tape to decorate.

Shoe Box Ribbon Organizer

16 Expensive Looking Recycled Organizing Ideas That Cost Absolutely Nothing

Courtesy Honestly WTF

Craft time can be frustrating when all your lovely supplies are tangled and mismatched. Organize those tricky ribbons all in one place with this handy ribbon storage box made from a shoe box!


As you can see, it doesn’t take much to organize your home. I hope these DIY projects inspire you to organize just about anything in your home with common household items!

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