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 hire professionals to help, we rounded up the essentials that’ll make it easier to organize your 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. ($32.99+, Amazon)
Instead of burying them at the back of your closet, try out this sturdy option that can hold up to six pairs of shoes. 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. ($29.99+, The Container Store)
If you've got some nicer pumps you want to keep in top-top shape, you must protect them at all costs. These clear, stackable bins have vents to prevent any stale odors. They’re also great for storing toys or clean towels you don't want to get dusty. The best part? These mighty bins all connect from the back, making for a sturdier storage setup. Multipurpose products to make your heart soar, anyone? ($59.99/12 pack, Amazon)
And your sandals. And your boots. Relatable. This expandable option 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. ($26.97+, Amazon)
Divide and conquer with these adjustable 100% organic bamboo ones. They’re available in two sizes and will help you easily separate your drawers. Plus, 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 S.O.’s socks stuck to your sleep shirts. ($12.99+, Amazon)
Just pop in this organizer set, which is available in a variety of colors. It’s made of flexible 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. ($15.97, Amazon)
Because you can’t throw plastic bins in the laundry. This flexible, linen storage box has a collapsible shell. So if things get a little dusty, you can throw it all into your machine. Perfect for closets, playrooms, or anywhere else you need a little extra storage. Plus, it has a pull handle and a Velcro-secured lid to keep your things safe and sound. ($21.99/2 pack, Amazon)
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. ($34.99/12 pack, Amazon)
These fabric ones 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. ($19.99/3 pack, Amazon)
Or for 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? ($21.83+, Amazon)
These wooden day-of-the-week dividers will help keep things visually organized. So you can quickly prep the week's outfits ahead of time. (Even if you just want to avoid wearing that same top twice on your Zoom calls.) ($34.99/7 pack, TheWhiteLoft via Etsy)
Relatable. And that’s where these adhesive hooks come in. On top of being super-sleek and minimal, they can rotate, which makes reaching for your items from wherever you’re standing a lot easier. Stick one of these onto any smooth surface and voilà, your totes, ties, and belts have a space they can call their own. Damage-free storage for the win. ($12.99/6 pack, Amazon)
These will be your new BFF. Trust. You can use them horizontally or vertically, and they’ll hold up to five pieces of clothing each. Thanks to its cascading alignment, you’ll be able to maximize your square footage and squeeze more items in. Good news for your shopping habit. ($12.99/10 pack, Amazon)
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. ($24.99, The Container Store
Once you use these you’ll never go back. Made with silicone and stainless steel, these not only prevent your stuff from getting wrinkled or sliding off. But they’ll also help you save that precious rod space. Each one 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)
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)
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 so they don’t graze the floor. All you gotta do now is get your color coding on. ($16.47, 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)
Just finished a big clean-out? No problem. This stainless steel organizer allows you to store hangers so they’re not just randomly tucked in between shirts in your closet. It can hold up to 30 items, so pop it in your laundry room or your walk-in for easy access. Let’s hang. ($18.99, Amazon)
Give them a little alone time. This double-sided 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 collection. Plus, it comes in a variety of colors so you can choose whatever will make your heart (and closet) happiest. ($12.99, Amazon)
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. ($38.99, Walmart)
Each organizer can hold up to 10 hats thanks to its rust-resistant clips. The clips attach directly onto a stable, Velcro piece of cloth you can easily fasten to any hanger you already own. Psst: It also works for storing gloves and other accessories too — and won’t leave behind any weird creases on your items. Bless. ($8.59+, Amazon)
Things that do more than one job? Music to our ears. This piece will securely hold all your jewelry (it locks), but it’ll also double as a convenient mirror as you get dressed. You can use the storage space for pretty much anything — makeup, perfume, skincare products, accessories. Sounds like the full-length vanity of our dreams. Mirror, mirror… ($113.99+, Wayfair)
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