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I get lots of questions about how I keep my house organized, so today I'm sharing ten of my favorite organizing products that I use every day to keep my house tidy and clutter-free.
If you're tired of being overwhelmed by the messy state of your stuff, and you need easy ways to store and use your everyday items, this one is for you.
1. Matching Hangers
Mommie Dearest was on to something when she bellowed that iconic line, “No wire hangers, EVER!”
Wire hangers aren’t just unattractive; they’re also rough on your clothes because they stretch them and make those pointy little shoulder puckers that are hard to smooth out.
Not to mention how annoying it is when the hanger hooks get all tangled and jumbled together on the closet rod, making it hard to look through your clothes and quickly find something to wear.
If you want your closet to look and feel cleaner and more organized, invest in high-quality, matching hangers. These beauties will give your closet an instant facelift and make your wardrobe much easier to look through.
There are all types of colors, sizes and finishes available. I use the “velvety” ones. What I love about them is that they’re super slim so they don’t take up a lot of space. That’s important if you either have a small closet or you’ve got lots of clothes (like I do). Another great feature of the velvet hangers is that the surface keeps clothes from slipping off.
Bonus Tip: If your budget is tight, buy matching hangers one box at a time and gradually phase out your old ones.
2. Shelf Dividers
These shelf dividers changed the game for me. I have open shelves in my laundry room, and the supplies kept falling off the ends.
I got tired of fishing the box of dryer sheets out from behind the washing machine, so I slid a couple of these dividers on the ends of the shelves and…problem solved.
You can use these dividers in closets to keep stacks of clothes nice and neat as well. And one of my favorite ways to use these dividers is to keep purses upright and tidy.
It’s so much easier to see your handbags and pick one out when they aren’t shuffled together in a messy pile.
Buy it: Lynk Tall Shelf Dividers
Bonus Tip: If you’re short on space, don’t forget to look up—there’s probably some vertical space that you haven’t taken advantage of. Try adding an extra shelf, even if it’s a small one, to use all the space you’ve got.
3. Two-Tier Storage Baskets
I don’t know about you, but I love me some beauty products! So I need a storage solution that keeps everything tidy and accessible—but out of sight when I’m not using it.
If you’re having trouble keeping your bathroom cabinets organized, try a 2-tier storage basket. I love these because they hold a lot of products, the 2-tier design is space-saving and it fits perfectly inside most cabinets.
I prefer under-cabinet baskets like these over stackable bins because these are easier to slide out and reach into.
I also use these baskets under my kitchen sink because they’re awesome for cleaning supply storage.
Bonus Tip: Always read the description before buying storage solutions to check the product dimensions. Then, measure the area where you plan to put it to make sure it will fit.
4. Cosmetics Organizer
If your bathroom vanity has more makeup than a department store cosmetics counter, I’ve got a solution for you. Try a cosmetics bin like this one that has little tote handles on the ends.
I love these because my vanity has drawers, so I can pull these bins out, apply my makeup, then put the bin back in the drawer to keep everything out of sight.
Bonus Tip: Makeup can get messy, so for easier cleaning, try plastic storage instead of metal. Mild soap and water—and a little bit of white vinegar—breaks up makeup nicely and rinses easily. With metal cosmetic bins, it’s hard to clean them without worrying about creating rust or peeling.
5. Expandable Cutlery Tray
Ever tried a cutlery tray but still ended up with a messy drawer? The type of tray you bought could be the problem. That’s why I love this expandable tray because you can adjust the sides to maximize the space in your drawer.
I also prefer this one over the wooden types because the grip material keeps your flatware from sliding all over the place. And I love that it’s easy to wash and dry.
Bonus tip: Look for BPA-free plastics when you’re shopping for products that will come in contact with your cookware, dishes and flatware.
6. Non-Skid Turntable Lazy Susan
I don’t have tons of kitchen cabinet storage, so I have to make every bit count. That includes the little cabinet above the stove. This 2-tier Lazy Susan is perfect for that space.
I keep all of my spices on it, and because the turntable spins around, I can see everything on the shelf without removing it from the overhead cabinet.
Bonus Tip: When buying storage solutions that you’ll store in an overhead space, look for rimmed products with non-skid surfaces to keep your items from falling.
7. File Boxes
I know how frustrating it can be to keep your office space organized, so if this is a struggle area for you, I totally get it.
Now, I’m not a fan of holding on to tons of paper, but I also know that there are some things that you do need to keep.
I try not to use large file cabinets because they take up a lot of space and are difficult to move once they’re full. So instead of cabinets, I use these super cute file boxes to keep my paper files under control.
What I love about these boxes is that they come in an array of colors, so you can pick something that stylishly matches your office décor.
You can stack them if you need more than one, which is great for closets or storage areas.
Buy it: Cargo Naturals Dual File Box
Bonus Tip: When a file box or drawer gets full, don’t try to cram in more stuff. It’s time to look through your papers and decide what you can shred or throw away.
8. Desk Risers
If your desk is feeling a little crowded, try a riser to give yourself more work space. You’ll be surprised by how even a small riser can make your desk feel less cluttered.
Here’s a little pic of the one I’m using on my desk.
I have a small task lamp that felt like it was in my way, and adding this riser allowed me to keep the lamp on my desk, slide some supplies underneath for easy access, and free up space for work.
Bonus Tip: Only keep items you use all day—everyday—on your desk. Items you use less frequently can go inside a drawer or cabinet so you can keep your workspace clutter-free.
9. Storage Caddy
If you’re tired of lugging your cleaning products around the house by the armful, it’s time for one of these babies.
What’s great about storage caddies is that they’re not large, so they fit nicely inside closets or under sinks, but they hold a good amount of supplies.
Bonus Tip: If your house has multiple levels, invest in a storage caddy and supplies for each floor. You’re more likely to clean upstairs if you don’t have to go all the way downstairs to get the supplies, and vice versa.
10. Clever Crates
I saved one of my favorites for last. These things right here have changed my life.
I can’t begin to tell you how much I love Clever Crates collapsible storage bins. I use them for storage, transporting supplies, sorting stuff when I’m organizing…they’re just awesome.
Not only do these crates collapse down to just a couple inches when you’re not using them, but they also stack up nicely to save space.
If your kids play sports, these are great for equipment storage and transport. They’re also nice for storing things in your garage.
Bonus Tip: Use plastic or metal storage solutions in your garage. Stay away from cardboard boxes, because bugs love to hide in them, and they’re a moldy mess if your storage area gets wet.
So tell me, which of these items do you need to get your house more organized right now? Tell me in the comments, and also tell me if you’ve got an organizing problem that you don’t know how to solve.
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by Jennifer Westbrook | Main Stage Home Staging & Organizing
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