Summer is a great time for cleaning your house and tackling all those organization projects. No matter how much time you have to devote to the tasks at hand, your home, garage, and outdoor spaces can all benefit from a little TLC. Read on for some tips on how to make the most of your plans and find the best deals on your spring organization needs.

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1. Keep track of everything.

The humble list is your friend. Not only will it keep you on track where budget is concerned, it can help you be mindful of what you really need, which comes in handy during moments of shopping temptation.

Considering using an app like Evernote or Google Keep to organize everything from project ideas to shopping lists.

2. Make friends with Pinterest.

Not only does Pinterest allow you to visualize your organization projects, it is also an excellent tool for collaboration. If you have organization mavens in your social circles, Pinterest allows you to invite them to pin great ideas to your boards, saving you time and effort.

Also, if you know what you need in a basic sense but need inspiration for specific solutions, searching boards on Pinterest will probably help round out your list.

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3.Know when to buy.

While retailers sometimes offer savings on many items, you can save money by planning in advance and taking advantage of back-to-school sales. Many items, from shelving and containers for dorm rooms, are replaced seasonally, with older items offered at a deep discount.

Whether you are willing to wait or need something as soon as possible, use an app like Find&Save to locate the best deals on organization gear offered by local stores.

4. Rearrange.

The simple act of rearranging furniture, closets, or your garage can turn up new organizational opportunities. From condensing existing items to making better use of space, rearranging is a time-honored way of seeing old spaces in a new light.

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5. Have a garage sale.

While you’re busy rearranging, why not put all the unused items you find to good use by having a garage sale? Your castoffs are probably on someone else’s shopping list.

Make space for your projects while adding money to your shopping budget — and your old items a chance to shine in another person’s home.

6. Repair and repurpose.

Does that beautiful terracotta pot have a crack? Reinforce it with glue or use it to store your outdoor hose. Outdoor furniture missing a slat? Have a new one cut at a local hardware store. Pretty trellis need repainting? Take an hour on the next nice day and give it a fresh coat. While shopping for new items is fun and often necessary, fixing or repurposing old and broken pieces is not only eco-friendly, it also frees your budget for those things you really need!