I used to really enjoy window shopping in that storage shop. You know the one, with thousands of clever storage solutions, all giving you the impression that if you brought them home, all your clutter problems would be a thing of the past. Usually leaving empty handed though, as the price tags were a little out of budget.
But there are other options. Minus the plastic. Most in my home were invented by necessity and persistent op shopping.
A wire basket is home to books and magazines. I like to pop my library books and latest magazines in here to keep them tidy but easily accessible.
Old flour and potato bags house the potatoes and onions in the pantry.
Many glass canisters hold all dry pantry foods. All thrifted over time.
Not thrifted, but any decorative bowl or dish is very handy for those little bits and pieces that accumulate near the front door.
Vintage suitcases are often used here for storing out of season blankets and clothes, toys and fabric stashes.
A humble terracotta pot stores my washing up utensils. I've also seen them used to house toothbrushes or rolled up face cloths.
I don't believe you can ever have too many baskets. Hubby would disagree. Quite easy to pick up at op shops. Use them to store fabric, knitting, toys, fresh produce, towels, firewood and the list goes on.
Tins. In this case I'm using a bread bin as a bread bin. And it kind of stops my chopping boards from falling over. I actually have quite a lot of tins. I like to use them for old cards, photos, haberdashery, stamps and other little bits and pieces that need a home.
A wooden box becomes a shelf.
Please don't think for a moment that my home is a clutter free sanctuary. I do work to keep the clutter down, but a house needs to be lived in and I don't believe in being a slave to keeping things immaculate. Good enough is good enough, don't you think? What are your favourite frugal storage tips?