This post was originally published in April 2021 and has been updated.
We know keeping things neat and tidy at all times isn’t everyone's personality type. So if what’s in the pile at the back of your closet is anyone’s guess — missing shoe, is that you? — you’re not alone.
And since we can’t all be graced by the help of The Home Edit team, we rounded up the essentials that’ll make it easier to organize that space (and always find what you’re looking for). Decluttered closet, decluttered mind.
Instead of placing your shoes side by side on a rack, these slots let you store them on top of each other. You can adjust each individual unit to four different heights. So you can fit your tallest heels and flattest sneakers and everything in between. The slots have grooves on them that’ll prevent your shoes from falling off. Plus it’s made of nontoxic material and can be cleaned easily with water and soap. Stack, stack, stack it up. ($33.99, Amazon)
This modern option features 15 spots to hang your scarves, belts, and sunglasses. Just put it on your closet rod or any hook you have available so it’s easy to scan while you’re planning your outfit. Functional and cute. 10/10 would recommend. ($14.99, The Container Store)
Get out all that extra air first. These vacuum bags have a double-zip seal so they’ll stay air-free and won’t deflate on you. We like them for our sweatshirts and heavy quilts that tend to take up a lot of space. You’ll be shocked at how flat even the chunkiest of stuff can get. PS: The set comes with a travel pump and is great to take on the road. Especially if you like to shop along the way. ($39.99+, Amazon)
Just pop in this drawer organizer set, available in a variety of colors. It’s made of mold-proof fabric and will make putting away laundry and finding your matching items so much easier. Each piece features different compartment sizes for your scarves, ties, underwear, bras, and more. No more socks gone rogue. ($14.97, Amazon)
These durable hangers will be your new BFF. You can use them horizontally or vertically, and they’ll hold up to five pieces of clothing each. The cascading alignment and reinforced pole will let you maximize space and squeeze more things in. Good news for your shopping habit. ($11.99/10 pack, Amazon)
These zippered fabric bags have a reinforced handle sewn in so you’ll be able to lift your heaviest stuff without throwing out your back or ripping the bags apart. And when they’re not in use, you can easily fold them up and hide them away. Plus they’re made of eco-friendly, breathable material. Looks like your winter comforters finally found their summer home. ($22.99/3 pack, Amazon)
Instead of burying them at the back of your closet, try out this solid wood rack. Minimalist in design, it'll protect your footwear from dust and help preserve your boot’s shape — even tall over-the-knee boots. So come next snow season they won't be smushed with random fold marks all over. Step to it. ($39.99, The Container Store)
Or when you just want to give your storage bins a glow-up. Goodbye, plastic crates you’ve been using for years. Hello, pom-pom baskets you’ll actually want to have out on display. This mini one is great for small toiletries and headbands, or the tchotchkes you can never seem to find a place for. The pom poms just have to help with cleanup time, right? ($16.80+, Amazon)
Once you use these you’ll never go back. Made with silicone and stainless steel, the hangers not only prevent your stuff from getting wrinkled or sliding off. But they’ll also help you save that precious rod space. Each hanger can hold five items (pants, scarves, towels, you name it). Guess we can take this as an excuse to go shopping now. ($16.99/4 pack, Amazon)
Give them a little alone time. This double-sided jewelry organizer lets you easily view and protect each piece of your jewelry separately. It’s got 40 slots per side so you can house your entire accessory collection. Plus it comes in a variety of colors so you can choose whatever will make your heart (and closet) happiest. ($11.04+, Amazon)
Show ‘em off. This purse file doubles as a dust cover and organizer for your bags. It can hold up to eight large handbags and hangs easily from any clothing rod. No more using a step stool every time you want to pull a bag down from your shelf. We think Marie Kondo would approve. ($9.99, The Container Store)
Instead of adding to that dreaded pile night after night, try throwing all your stuff into this rolling hamper. The gliding wheels won’t leave scratches or scuffs on your floor. Plus the canvas bag is removable so it’s a breeze to transfer stuff from your hamper to your washer without losing a sock or two. Smooth sailing, here you come. ($28.83, Walmart)
Double your closet space with this adjustable hanging rod. It’ll give you an extra layer to hang your stuff from. Boom: more real estate. It can stretch from 18 to 30 inches so you can expand it as much or as little as you need. We rec hanging your shorter items on the bottom rod so they don’t graze the floor. All you gotta do now is get your color coding on. ($14.97, Amazon)
Divide and conquer with drawer organizers that actually work. These adjustable 100% organic bamboo ones are available in two sizes and will help to easily separate your drawer space. They’re sturdy and come with non-slip rubber pads. So they won’t move around even if they’re housing your massive T-shirt collection. No more finding your SO’s socks stuck to your sleep shirts. ($20.99, Amazon)
And your sandals. And your boots. Relatable. This expandable shoe rack can hold up to nine pairs of shoes. It’s made from sturdy metal so each shelf can hold up to 30 lbs. Plus it’s stackable, so you can order a few and build that rack up high. Bonus: the assembly won’t take you all day. ($22.97, Amazon)
Add this to your door. It fits over a standard door and will give ya 18 inches of extra hanging space. It’s perfect for singling out items you want to dry, steam, display, or remember to wear. Plus the hooks are padded with foam to protect your door. Safety first, kids. ($21.99, The Container Store)
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