Instead of buying boxes and bins, use what you and create cheap ways to organize your home.
Use for: Buttons, jewelry, paper clips and other office supplies
Style tip: Paint the lids with enamel to make them look more uniform.
Use for: Markers, crayons, brochures and manuals, doll clothes, action figures and other children's items
Style tip: Dress them up with decorative labels to help them look less utilitarian.
Use for: Bills, photos, cosmetics, recipes, tools and sewing supplies
Style tip: Cover with paper or fabric in a pattern that relates to your room decor.
PLASTIC FOOD-STORAGE CONTAINERS
Use for: Children's toys (bins are durable and kid-proof)
Style tip: Let the kids personalize them with stickers.
INEXPENSIVE LAUNDRY OR TOTE BAGS
Use for: Out-of-season clothing, stuffed animals, bedding and blankets
Style tip: If you find a design you like at a good price, buy half a dozen or so to keep the look coordinated.
BASKETS AND BUCKETS
Use for: Anything you frequently carry from one room to another
Style tip: Install hooks and hang these containers along a wall.