I think it’s pretty well accepted now that the dollar store is a great place for budget finds…If you know what to do with them. These dollar store organizing ideas are creative, useful, and only a buck! We found ideas for every room of your home. Remember, no amount of decor will cut it if you have “stuff” everywhere. So start here before you develop your design plan, and keep your budget in check by using these dollar store organizing ideas!


Dollar store organizing


Dollar Tree Organization Hacks

Magazine File Holder in the Kitchen

Use metal file holders from the dollar store to store onions, garlic and potatoes in your pantry. These are perfect because they allow air circulation. From ‘Life at Home‘. The Dollar Tree carries them as a regular items so they won’t be hard to find! This could work well for gardeners too, to store out of season bulbs!


Dollar Store Ice Cube Tray Organizing

Ice cube trays are perfect little storage units for all those little bits and pieces of things you have floating around. Try them to store sewing or office supplies, like here from ‘Home Made Simple‘. Or use an idea from ‘Yesterday On Tuesday‘ and use ice cube tray for an earring holder… this tucks into a drawer really easily as well. You could also use this idea to hold vitamins and supplements for the week. I find most pill holders aren’t large enough for my supplements, so this is perfect for me. (Huge magnesium and omega 3’s, I’m looking at you!)  Just make sure they are kept safe from any children or pets.


Pegboard Organizing Idea

From ‘The 36th Ave‘, use dollar store bins with pegboard storage systems. Easy and cheap! Great for craft room organization, for the shop, or for a homeschool room.


Bathroom Dollar Tree Hack

This candle holder makes cute cotton swab storage, from ‘Craft-o-Maniac‘. It’s short enough that you can retrieve the swabs easily, but deep enough they don’t all fall to the floor every time you pull out one! I use them often enough that I don’t like to have to dig in a drawer for them. (Also good for when you need to do a makeup correction before something dries! Fast to grab!)



Pool Noodle Dollar Store Boot Trees

This wonderful dollar store organization idea is from us!  Use pool noodles cut down to create DIY boot trees, to keep them all from being a pile of floppy leather in the closet! Literally takes less than 5 minutes, and you can make as many as you need. Me, being a boot addict, need quite a few more made, stat!

Dollar Store organization Ideas & Hacks


Dollar Tree Hack for Message Boards

Isn’t this DIY magnetic organizer from ‘The Crazy Craft Lady‘ pure genius? But it also looks so cute! Dollar Tree hacks at their best… it’s a cookie sheet!


Tiered Tray DIY

Pie pans and candle sticks will get you this pretty DIY tiered jewelry tray from ‘The Happy Housie‘. Or try another version of a tiered tray from the ‘Liz Marie Blog‘ made from dollar store plates and candlesticks… and a little glue!


Dollar Tree Organization Idea for the Craft Room

Love this craft ribbon organizer from ‘Mini Moz‘! Do this for a gift wrapping station! Both The Dollar Tree and Dollar General will carry these types of plastic storage bins.

Dollar Store Organizing Ideas


Linen Closet Dollar Store Idea

The Real Thing with the Coake Family‘ used these file sorters to tame the chaos in the linen closet… This is great if you have kids! You could even assign each child their own organizer. One row for washcloths, one for hand towels, one for bath towels. That way there is not arguing about who used all the clean towels. (And left them on the floor!)


Fridge Organizing Hack

Keep produce corralled in the fridge with clear office or magazine bins. No more apples rolling around the drawers getting bruised! Photo by ‘The Container Store’.


Kitchen Drawer Organizer

Instead of buying an expensive K-Cup carousel, do like ‘Peas and Crayons‘. Use little silverware organizers and turn a drawer into a coffee spot!


Dollar Store Organization Hack for Makeup

Use a dollar store vase and some floral stones to create makeup brush storage thats pretty too. From ‘Ayse Design‘.


Bathroom Organizer DIY

We love this Dollar tree hack for the bathroom. Store your hair dryer and straightening iron in this office file holder. ‘Dream Green DIY‘ shows us how to attach it. It’s also great that it’s metal, in case the appliances are still warm when you put them away.


Pretty DIY Rope Basket

From Jen at ‘I Heart Organizing‘, this DIY rope basket is made from a dollar store laundry basket! Cutest Dollar Tree organization idea yet!

Dollar Store Organizing Ideas


Dollar Tree Organization for Mail

Make wire mail baskets that are farmhouse cute from dollar store metal caddies with this tutorial from ‘A House Full of Sunshine‘. Think of what these dollar store organization ideas could do in a kids room or laundry room too!


Closet Dollar Store Organizing Idea

Organize your scarves (I have more than 20!) with these dollar store shower rings hung on hangers, from ‘Right at Home‘! Note : We’ve had a lot of reader comments on this idea, with a major complaint being that the rings just slide everywhere… Reader solution? Use pipe cleaners wrapped around the hanger between each ring, dabs of hot glue, or a plastic clothespin! Personally, I have so many scarves, they aren’t gonna be sliding anywhere!


Cleaning Closet Organizer

Finally, we love this cleaning closet from ‘The 36th Ave‘! Most dollar stores sell these shoe and sweater organizers that would be perfect for setting up your own organized space like this.

Love these clever dollar store organizing ideas & hacks! If you want more great ideas from the dollar store, try our posts on 50 Home Organization Ideas,  Dollar Store DIY or Classy DIY dollar store decor!

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  1. Jodi O January 21, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    All of these ideas are great. I especially love the ribbon dispenser! Thanks for sharing.

  2. John S. June 21, 2015 at 8:15 am

    The scarf idea can be used for ties also.

    1. Tara February 20, 2016 at 9:26 am

      And hats

    2. Ruth Berkin Johnson March 23, 2016 at 7:24 am

      I’ve used the scarf idea for bracelets, baseball caps, belts, small handbags and hair elastics as well!!!

      1. Sally July 25, 2017 at 11:11 pm

        I particularly like the tank top idea. This would save space on the rod by using a lot less hangers, and tank tops usually don’t wrinkle. This would also work well for bras, and save some drawer space if you hang spaghetti strap nightgowns.

    3. Tammy J. December 1, 2016 at 7:26 am

      Also can be used for hanging tank tops

  3. Karrie July 23, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Great ideas!! Thanks for sharing!!

  4. Mallie August 14, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    brilliant omg the pool noodles to keep your boots upright! Never would have thought of that! I don’t need $54 organizers (which only hold three pairs) now!!!

  5. Julie August 25, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    very cool ideas, thanks

  6. Amy September 23, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    I tried the scarf idea and it doesn’t work. The scarves are heavy enough that the rings all slide to one end of the hanger and then the opposite end pushes up in the air. I also found that the cheap curtain rings put snags in some of my scarves! Boo! The dollar store does carry scarf hangers where there are multiple holes in one large hanger…. Way better idea and use of your money.

    1. Meri January 5, 2016 at 2:49 pm

      I agree!

      1. Marge February 13, 2021 at 6:32 am

        Use rubber bands on hanger then rings cannot move .

        1. Kathy Bates May 4, 2021 at 3:59 pm

          Great idea!

    2. Elizabeth January 9, 2016 at 6:48 am

      I also prefer to use an actual scarf hanger. However, I DO LOVE the curtain ring idea for all my tank tops! At first I had the same problem with all the rings sliding to one side, but it was easily fixed. Just take a $1 pool noodle & cut it into 1 – 1 1/2 in pieces. Then cut through one side so you can slide it over the hanger in between each ring to keep them separated & they won’t slide around. If you put2 regular plastic hangers together or use one heavy duty one you can put 4-5 tank tops on each ring. Saved a TON of space in my closet!!! :-)

      1. Jennifer February 9, 2016 at 5:37 am

        Regarding your reply for the tank tops two hangers do you have a picture you could email or post please

        I can tell your an awesome organizer.
        Thanks and God bless!

      2. Kathi Salazar April 25, 2016 at 10:58 pm

        I’ve Ben using wooden clothes pins for scarves and it works for most of my chains. I keep my cloth head bands on a carabiner and hang it on the backside of my bathroom door on a picture hook

      3. Kelly January 15, 2017 at 5:35 pm

        do you have a pic of this

    3. Heather January 10, 2016 at 12:05 pm

      Possible use something to put in between each ring so they stay spread out? Or use that E3000(or whatever it is called) glue to glue them to the hanger with the latch at the top so they can’t spin around and snag the scarves?

    4. Cynthia Nickelson January 17, 2016 at 10:19 am

      I used a curtain rod from walmart super cheap and put on the back of my bedroom door or closet door. It is sturdy yet I can assess them very easily. The trick with the dollar store shower rings is to make sure they are facing up so that when you slide your scarf off the ring it doesn’t snag. With the curtain rod it is way easier to assess.

    5. Dianne January 18, 2016 at 11:03 pm

      I did this but dabbed a little hot glue on the hanger and ring. Stays in place.

    6. Jamie February 29, 2016 at 7:07 pm

      Try the felt/velvet covered hangers. That may work for the sliding problem. As far as the weighted down on one side, you’ll have to remember to begin with the heaviest of the scarves to be put in the middle.

    7. Charlise April 16, 2016 at 2:19 pm

      Try using the hangers with the felt finish on the scarf diy… that way the shower curtain hooks won’t slide as much!

    8. Ghada August 1, 2016 at 6:45 am

      Yes totally agree…
      I have alot of scarf and I tried this but didn’t work .I find that tooling them is the best idea woes fine with me :)

    9. Priscilla miller February 28, 2017 at 10:16 pm

      You could also add a little hot glue to them to stop the sliding…just an idea for yall

      1. Sally July 25, 2017 at 11:18 pm

        A plastic clothespin would be about the right size to separate the hooks.

  7. Christy September 25, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    All great ideas! I love the dry erase calendar.

    1. Caitlin February 23, 2016 at 6:03 pm

      The dry erase calendar is a great idea. Although, all of our picture frames are being used!!!
      Thank you for sharing your tips!!!

  8. Tanya September 28, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    I LOVE the crate idea to put on the wall!! Wonderful idea!

    1. Stacie B December 26, 2016 at 3:10 pm

      I totally agree with you! I have two little girl’s and this helps to keep thing’s a little more organized. Thank you for sharing

      1. René January 31, 2017 at 11:54 am

        How difficult you attach the crates to the wall

      2. René January 31, 2017 at 11:56 am

        I mean how did you attach the crates

  9. Jennifer October 6, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    Great ideas!! The good thing about the ice cube tray for earrings is that you can stack a few on top of each other depending on how deep your drawer is!!

    1. Pam June 3, 2016 at 6:49 am

      I put my earrings in a pill sorter. Easy to travel with and if our home is ever broken in to, the stupid’ jerks wouldn’t think to look in a pill box.

      1. Mary Ann January 15, 2017 at 12:16 am

        That is actually a bad idea. Thieves love to get hold of prescription meds, because they’re a hot commodity on the street!

        1. Sally July 25, 2017 at 11:22 pm

          DUH…. they would just get a stash of earrings! Not much street value there!?

  10. Heather November 9, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    I use the scarf idea one for my tanks and chemises of which I have hundreds. I used to roll fold them but that took up 2 drawers now they hang on 2 hangers. Love the crate on the wall idea, going to have to look into that one. I find my dollar tree doesn’t always have things in nice colours. Thanks

    1. Candis February 17, 2017 at 6:18 pm

      Spray paint!

  11. Kelsey December 20, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    I love the ribbon dispenser! So smart!

  12. melissa January 20, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    Oh my, no one mentioned the CUTE laundry basket..that is the best one! I see vintage made baskets in my near future, lord willing of course. So many ideas now running through my head..

    1. René January 31, 2017 at 11:59 am

      What did u use for the laundry baskets Cord?

  13. Ally January 22, 2016 at 10:45 am

    These are good hacks most of which I have tried before. The trick to the scarf one is you have to glue the shower curtain holders close and I also hot glues three to a hanger to make sure they didn’t go to one side.

  14. Mamabear February 1, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    Great idea with the pool noodles, I use the paper towel cores now, they work fine but aren’t as big as a noodle… thanks for sharing!

  15. Cindy February 2, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    I liked the idea of crates on the wall- at first. But then I thought to myself “what child wants all their toys in crates high up on a wall?? How do they ever play with them?” Except for infants, the solution does not really seem kid-friendly. The toys/books are now mostly kid-themed decor instead of something a child might play with.

    1. Christina July 27, 2016 at 2:35 pm

      You don’t have to place the up high. Start at about three feet for preschoolers. Move up as they grow. Some up higher for fragile items.

    2. Chanda August 17, 2016 at 2:43 pm

      The crates on a wall idea does not require that they are placed above a window. I have done something similar but I did 3 rows. Its similar to shelves and serves as functional toy storage that my daughter can reach.

  16. Nia April 5, 2016 at 8:54 am

    Thank for sharing and it is good ideas and I love it and it is save lots of money

  17. Mag April 8, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    i love all these ideas , I’m going to start trying them & also come up with some of my own…mercie?

  18. Patty September 12, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    I like the hanger idea for my scarf vests but the shower rings would slide, so I bought a package of cheap zip ties and put between each and cut off excess of the zip tie. Works perfect.

  19. Monet November 7, 2016 at 6:27 am

    I love these ideas! Thank you for sharing!!

  20. Geeter February 7, 2017 at 1:03 am

    I am grateful for your sharing of any and all ideas. I will keep what I like and leave the rest unless I have a solution to my “difficulties”.. Again how fun it is to read.. thanks deeply

  21. Sue kay March 16, 2017 at 7:13 am

    Great ideas love the ribbon and basket also the scarfs had mine wrapped over your
    The rod but going to use the zip ties and shower curtains rings for a easier grab and look


  22. brandy mims July 5, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    This is an idea for hanging several scarfs on a hanger using shower curtain rings.

    Try using a pipe cleaner (very cheap)by wrapping it around to separate each shower curtain rings. That way the rings won’t slide. If you want you can wrap two pipe cleaners. It works for shirts to not slide off of hangers.

  23. MPL11238 July 10, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    Brilliant! Loved the boots idea. Cannot believe I did not think of that. I was using newspapers & that’s sloppy. Roped basket idea- amazing. Especially using the basket under cabinets for cords. I was going to use Velcro for the strip this is much better.

  24. Kathy December 31, 2017 at 3:37 am

    Often neat baskets/buckets are available in fun vibrant colors and a variety of looks. I replanted one of my indoor tulips in a bright green plastic bin in a pale-like shape. It’s turned out great and I skipped the $15.00 medium size pot my local hardware store charges.

  25. Bright April 12, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    Lots of great ideas! Now I need a shopping list for the dollar store. The groceries in the fridge was the picture that caught my eye and led me here!

  26. Stacy May 13, 2019 at 9:48 am

    I like the idea of hanging a basket from the peg board. This never occurred to me.

  27. Ralph Wididi January 17, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    I like your ideas. Thanks for sharing all of these!

  28. Karen March 25, 2021 at 10:50 am

    A lot of good ideas here but I would like to make a public service announcement, if you store potatoes and onions together they go bad faster.

    1. Kathy Bates May 4, 2021 at 3:56 pm

      Thx for the tip!


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