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But let’s be real — most of us are swimming in a mountain of our own prized possessions. The good news is that we live in a day of tips, tricks, and hacks, which means many of your organizational nightmares probably have a solution. It’s a matter of 1) getting motivated to face the clutter and 2) having a few organization tools at your disposal.
We’ve put together a list of helpful (and TBH, pretty fun) products to hack your way to a more organized home.
Your heart might pitter-patter at the sight of a great shelf or plastic container, but hold on. Not every organizational solution works for every person or home. Narrow down your options by considering questions like these:
- What room needs the most help? It’s easy to get overwhelmed if you take on the whole house at once. Start with one room. Maybe even a room that you know will be easy to tackle, and go from there.
- What items need to be organized? Is your bathroom full of cosmetic products, hair bands, and Q-tips, or is it overrun with extra toilet paper rolls and towels? Get an idea of what items need the most organizing and pick organization solutions that fit those items.
- What’s your budget? Getting organized can be cheap or a splurge depending on what you get. Start your search with a budget in mind. There’s definitely a solution in almost every price range.
- Will people see it? Some organization tools and hacks are hidden behind closed doors, so it doesn’t really matter what they look like. Others are out in the open for all to see. We’ve included a mix of both.
- $ = under $25
- $$ = $25–$75
- $$$ = over $75
Curling irons, hairdryers, and electric toothbrushes eat up some valuable electrical outlet real estate in the bathroom. This socket outlet shelf gives you extra outlets and creates a shelf to hold a phone or tablet. Three USB ports let you listen to music or stream a show while brushing your teeth and charging your device. Sweet multitasking will be yours!
Use your vertical wall space to get towels out from under the vanity and the depths of your linen closet. This rack displays cozy, comfortable towels and frees up space in your closet and underneath your vanity for all your other bathroom goodies.
Shower caddies aren’t exactly revolutionary, but this one is sleek and super adjustable. The shelves slide up or down and right or left to accommodate bottles, soaps, and razors of all sizes. Reviewers also confirm it’s easy to install since it hangs right on your shower head.
With sliding adjustable shelves, this under-sink organizer can work around any configuration of plumbing and pipes to take advantage of every last inch of storage. You can close the cabinet door knowing you won’t get attacked by falling pots and pans or cleaning supplies the next time it’s opened.
No more will that tiny space between the refrigerator and cupboard (or washer and dryer) mock you with its emptiness. Slide this bad boy in there, and you’ve got easy access to cleaning supplies, spices, or anything else you can shove in a narrow cart. It’s 5 inches wide, so make sure to whip out your measuring tape before buying.
Close your eyes. Visualize a pantry full of beautifully labeled clear plastic containers. Imagine knowing when you’re out of cereal before 7 a.m. on Friday morning. It’s a beautiful image, isn’t it? It’s all possible with these airtight plastic containers with labels. They’re also stackable, so you can easily stack snacks on snacks.
Why are spices so hard to organize? With this slide out, double spice rack, you’ll spend more time gettin’ spicy and less time searching for the right jar. You can also see everything, so you won’t buy three containers of cumin before you find the other two bottles you bought last month.
Declutter your nightstand with a table lamp designed for the modern era. It includes two extra electrical outlets and three USB ports, so your charger wires are always easy to access and less likely to get tangled.
Closets are a breeding ground for clutter. And if you share a closet with a partner or roommate, you’re probably fighting over limited storage for all of your favorite fits. These magic hangers can do a real trick on your closet organization by making a lot more room without any heavy lifting.
Electronics overcrowd the nightstands that once only held a book and glass of water. This organizer mounts directly to the wall, creating the perfect nook for your phone and tablet. These work great for kiddos or dorm rooms with lofted beds, too.
Kids love stuffed animals. But they can also take over the bed (or entire house) like an invading army. This storage hammock fits snug in the corner, a mostly unused space just waiting for a cadre of stuffed animals to fill it.
Drawings, papers, photos, and concert stubs need somewhere to go. A fun cork board gives kids a place to display their own art, awards, and other fun items, keeping papers and pictures from cluttering the room.
Backpacks, hats, coats, and sports equipment all need a place to stay in between uses. These fun hooks provide vertical storage space for whatever needs hanging. They’re also cute AF.
It doesn’t matter what you call it — remote, clicker, flipper, changer — it needs a home. Otherwise, you’re left digging through couch cushions when all you want to do is relax. This armrest organizer gives the remote and a few other favorite couch-time entertainment pieces (snacks??) a designated storage spot.
Electronics might make life easier (most of the time), but they and their cords also take up space. This charging station has room for everything from smartwatches and earbuds to tablets and phones, so you can refuel your devices while keeping them from looking like a total disaster.
Finding storage that matches your design aesthetic is a tricky game in any room of the house — but it’s extra tough in the living room where many bins and containers can stick out like a sore thumb.
This coffee table doubles as storage space so you can tuck away extra blankets, gaming controllers, or remotes (also snacks??). It can also function as a desk while you’re sitting on the couch — taking WFH to a whole new level.
This broom holder keeps your closet neat and tidy while also preventing your cleaning tools from avalanching when you open the door. It’s also a good hack for homes overrun with hockey sticks or baseball bats.
Pegboards get bonus points for keeping your tools organized, easy to reach, and within eyesight. We’ll admit this isn’t the prettiest looking storage hack, but it will def have your friends taking your DIY capabilities very seriously the next time they come over.
A baby gate for the home office? Yes. Hear us out. A baby gate with a walk-through door gives an extra layer of security when you’re in “do not disturb” mode. So no more kiddies or four-footed friends wandering in during important Zoom meetings, screaming and/or barking for your love and attention.
When the meeting is over, leave the door open and welcome anyone you’d like into your workspace.
An elephant’s trunk as a phone holder? Yes, please. Because functional doesn’t have to mean boring. The trunk keeps your phone at your fingertips for use as a calculator or to check messages and apps while you work. The cupholder is the perfect spot for pens, pencils, or readers.
Organize your office with a palm-size label maker that you can control right from your phone with an app. Just picture all of the labeling you can do — files, magazine holders, boxes, bins 😍. It’s also portable, so you can make labels on the go, too (hey, you do you).
Clipboards can keep you more organized than you might think. Instead of stashing them away until you need them for a checklist, use them as decorative wall art. Then, use the clipboards to display to-do lists, reminder notes, photos, or mail that’s ready to be sent. They’ll keep you organized and add a decorative touch.
- Focus on specific areas of each room to keep yourself from getting overwhelmed.
- Make a to-do list for each specific project. Otherwise, it’s easy to forget what you need and where you need it.
- Do a small organization project first. That small sense of accomplishment will keep you going when you take on a larger project.
- Create organization systems that help you to not just get organized but stay organized. Charging stations, folder organizers, and paper trays, for example, help you keep different areas of your life in order.
- Be careful and thoughtful about your purchases. Clutter is easier to control when there are fewer items to organize.
Organization does more than look good. It’s better for your health.
Clutter breeds stress. Research has found that people who perceive their home as cluttered tend to have higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol and feel less satisfied with their home and their lives, in general.
Organization makes your home an escape from stress rather than the cause of it. We don’t all have to be at Marie Kondo’s level, but a sense of order can contribute to a happier, less stressed you.