The Dollar Store is the best place in the world to find things that can save you time and money. Honestly, I shop there at least a couple times a week, and have found so many useful hacks. I’ve also found a great list of Dollar Store hacks for you.
These are perfect for parents, and definitely things that you should keep in mind to get your kids, your house, and your life organized. There’s even a couple of great car organization tips in here. From using muffin tins to organize art supplies to the perfect over the seat car organizer, you can find something in there that is going to make your life easier. You know how much I love organizing! Remember the 150 organizing tips? And the best part is these hacks are all from the Dollar Store, so you know that means they’re cheap, too!
Art Supply Organizer
Kids love their art supplies and you love to see them create unique things, right? I’m betting you also love it when things are all perfectly organized. One of the greatest Dollar Store hacks I’ve found is this art supply organizer idea. You just need a muffin tin and some plastic cups that fit down into it. Just fill the cups with the art supplies and voila! You’ve got art organization in a no mess container.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: babyclip
Easy Car Organizer
Keep those car messes under control with a cheap shoe organizer. You can pick these up at the Dollar Store for just a few dollars each, even less if you find them on clearance, and they make the perfect organizer for car supplies and kids toys. Just use the individual pockets to hold snacks, crayons, or whatever else you need to take along. This is a great idea for long road trips, or even just going back and forth to school.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: decorganizecrafts
Dish Racks for School Supplies
Homeschoolers are going to love this easy way to organize school supplies. Even if you don’t school your kids at home, this is a good, and cheap, way to keep supplies organized so that your kids can find what they need quickly. Books and notebooks stay in place in the dish rack, and you can use the silverware cup for pencils and pens. Plus, it doesn’t take up that much room in the house.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: daybydayhsing
Easy Card Storage
Playing cards, card games, and even flashcards can be easily stored and organized with plastic soap holders. You know those travel soap holders that are about a dollar each? You can use those to keep all of your cards perfectly organized, and since they’re relatively see thru, you will know exactly what you’re grabbing. Plus, the soapbox holders are moisture proof, so there are no worries of cards getting ruined by spills. These are also great for storing crayons and other small items.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: shadytreediary
Sippy Cup Organizer
I know you’ve lost at least one sippy cup lid at some point. Every parent in the world has that one cup that no longer has its lid. With a Dollar Store basket, you can keep those cups and lids organized and ensure that you always have a cup with a matching lid. Just pick up some small plastic baskets and use them to keep your sippy cup drawer in great shape. You can also put them in the dishwasher, so they’ll stay put when you need to sanitize them.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: blog.delightfulorder
Tube Socks Make Great Leg Warmers
Ok, I know you’ve seen those adorable tub socks that the Dollar Store has for around a dollar. Colorful and cute, these make gorgeous baby leg warmers. You literally just cut out the foot part. You might want to roll up the ends and put a few stitches in to keep the hem in place. Imagine the money you’ll save by spending a dollar on leg warmers as opposed to several dollars on tights or leggings.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: yourbabydays
Mesh Beach Toy Holder
Instead of investing in an expensive tote or worse, losing toys and/or ending up with sand all over your car, pick up a mesh laundry bag and use that for storing beach toys. Just add the toys at the end of the day and give it a good shake. All that sand will land back on the beach where it belongs and you’ll be safe to transport those toys home, without a sandy mess ending up in your trunk.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: theidearoom
Outdoor Activity Storage Baskets
This is one of my absolute favorites. Not only do you get great storage for outdoor activities and toys, but the chalkboards are a great plus. These little baskets are so inexpensive and give you the perfect place for bubbles and other outdoor playthings. Technically, you don’t have to do the chalkboard signs, but why wouldn’t you? These are just too adorable, and the easiest way to keep your yard free from toy clutter.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: momnivores-dilemma
Car Trash Can from Cereal Container
Ok, so car messes happen when you have kids, right? And you know those plastic bags just don’t cut it most of the time. You can create the perfect trash can for your car with a cereal container that you can pick up at the Dollar Store for about a dollar. You just put your small trash bag in there, and the best part is there’s a lid so none of that trash will get re-thrown around your car.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: bhg
Easy Fast Food Organizer
This little organizing basket can make eating in the car so much easier. Whether you’re a soccer mom who totes her kids around to game every evening, or you just have a few nights when you’re eating dinner on the go, this little basket will help to keep those fast food dinners from hitting the floor. There’s a place for everything, including a drink so they’ll be able to reach their food and without worries of things spilling out.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: lookiewhatidid
DIY Glitter Ornaments
So, Christmas is coming and it’s time to get the little ones excited and making ornaments. These great DIY glitter ornaments are made with cheap Dollar Store supplies, and the best part is they won’t let glitter get everywhere. The inside is all glittery and the glitter stays put, so you can enjoy them year after year. What a great project for the kids when it starts getting too cold to be outside!
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: lbcody
Magnetic Wall Storage
For around $5, you can create the adorable storage pans for the wall, and keep those magnetic toys off the floor. Use these for alphabet magnets, or anything else that you want to keep organized. They also give the kids a wonderful play area, and you can use them to leave messages for the family. The pizza pans are perfect for sticking those magnets on and when you paint them, you can make them match your décor perfectly!
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: dollarstorecrafts
Bucket Art Storage
Get that arts and crafts area organized with cheap Dollar Store buckets! These cute little metal buckets are under a dollar and can be easily hung on a shelf with pegs or hooks, which is also really cheap. Just fill the buckets with crayons, paint supplies, or any other arts and crafts goodies and then hang them up on the wall. You can create this entire system for around $5 and never have broken crayons cluttering the floor again!
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: therewasacrookedhouse
Pool Noodle Crib Rail Cover
Yep, we’re talking pool noodles. These are normally just a dollar but since it’s fall, you can probably get them for about half off if your Dollar Store still has them on hand. You can use pool noodles for so many wonderful things, and creating a neat crib rail cover is one of the best ideas I’ve seen. You just cut a slit into the noodle and place it over the crib rail to protect baby from falling and hurting herself on the rail.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: babybumpapp
Craft Boxes for Hair Storage
No, not your actual hair, but you can use these handy craft boxes to perfectly store and organize hair barrettes, ties, ribbons, bows, and ponytail holders. Just sort them all out into the individual spaces and when that lid is closed, there’s no worry of losing all of your little girl’s hair accessories. This is great for kids’ rooms because it helps them to keep organized and keeps you from buying clips and barrettes over and over again because she just keeps losing them.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: theidearoom
Create Your Own Bookends
So, I love elephants, but that’s not why I love these bookends. You can make these for just a few dollars and the kids will love them. You just need plastic animals that you can pick up really cheap at most Dollar Stores, and some wood to glue them on. You literally just glue and paint and you can do any animal or combination of animals that you want. You get a great way to keep those loose books organized and a little room décor at the same time.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: lovegrowswild
Family Command Center Organization Board
You know those moms who always seem to have everything together? The ones that are so completely organized, you think they must be Mom of the Year? You can be one of those moms! And, with stuff that you get at the Dollar Store. You just have to put together this great family command center, and you’re instantly an overly organized mom. It’s pretty easy to make and is a great way to keep track of absolutely everything going on in your life.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: girllovesglam
Ice Pop Tray Crayon Organizer
Keep crayons organized by color, brand, size, type, or however you want, and do it easily with an ice pop tray that you can pick up for a dollar or less. These plastic little trays, made for making popsicles, are perfect for organizing your crayons. This is a great idea for teachers or homeschoolers who want to organize their crayons by color, too. And it keeps them all together and off the floor.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: kfundamentals
Dollar Store Frame Window Art
Let the kids have a fun afternoon in during colder weather with this window art idea. Just put those paints, actually you use food coloring and glue, in plastic condiment bottles, which you can also get at the Dollar Store, and let them paint on cheap picture frames. These look great when they’re finished and it gives the kids something to do for a couple hours while the weather isn’t cooperating.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: stillparenting
Wipe Off Calendar
A picture frame and some paint samples, or anything else that you may want to substitute, creates the perfect wipe off calendar that will help you to keep things really organized. This works as a dry erase board when you’re finished so you can use it for every single month, and really keep up with what’s going on in your crazy life. Plus it’s pretty enough to hang up in any room.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: mapleandmagnolia
Craft Supplies on the Go
A large Ziploc container with lid is the perfect organizer for crafts and other supplies on the go. Make your traveling much easier with little ones by taking along some things to keep them occupied on those long car rides. Flash cards, Play-Doh, crayons, and just about anything else you can imagine will fit perfectly into the Ziploc container, and since there’s a lid you can worry less about things getting lost or cluttering up the floor.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: notimeforflashcards
Easy Craft Cleanup
A plastic tablecloth from the Dollar Store, which you can pick up for about a dollar, is the perfect way to clean up messages after craft time. Just throw the tablecloth over the floor or table when kids want to paint, play with glitter, or do other crafts, and when they’re finished it’s an easy cleanup, without worries of stains to your floors or furniture.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: meaningfulmama
Nontoxic Glowing Water
Give the kids a thrill with this glowing water that you can make yourself with highlighters. It’s nontoxic and really simple to make. This is great for outdoor play when the weather permits at night, or you could think of dozens of ways to use this water. Fill up some glow in the dark balloons or balls. The possibilities are endless!
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: growingajeweledrose
Salad Spinner Spin Art
Use a cheap salad spinner to create this gorgeous spin art. Paper plates are really inexpensive and are the perfect base for your art. Kids will really love this idea and it’s another way to pass the time when the weather gets too cold for outdoor play.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: diycandy
On the Go Straw Carrier
How many times have you gone through a fast food drive thru just to realize that they forgot to give you a straw? Use a travel toothbrush holder to carry straws with you on the go. The straws fit perfectly into the holder, and they’ll stay put in your purse, glove compartment, or luggage. You’ll always have a straw when you need it.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: chicaandjo