There’s no greater feeling than getting a part of your home organized. It could be the junk drawer you’ve had to scramble through for years. Or it could be getting your closet in order. No matter what it is, I’m sure you used some home organizing products to achieve it.
Home organizing products are everywhere. Many professional organizers even have their own line of them. Marie Kondo and The Home Edit are two examples. The great thing about home organizing products is their ability to be used for however you need them.
People use organizing products in many different ways. Below is a list of my top ten favorites and how I use them.
1. Cloth drawer organizers
I live by pairing like items together. It allows me to find things faster. Cloth drawer organizers have leveled up my sock drawer. Because of their various sizes, I can keep all like size socks together. Short socks in one. Thick winter socks in another. Cloth drawer organizers are a great resource for your dressers.
But don’t stop there. These dividers can be used in a linen closet. Rather than store your dishtowels on top of each other, file fold them into one of these organizers. They’re also perfect for small accessories like ties, stockings, and more.
Another way I use them is in my hanging shelf closet organizer, but we’ll get to that in a minute.
2. Acrylic drawer organizers
I know you’ve seen these before. Look on any professional organizer’s social media and you’ll see them. In bathroom drawers or desk drawers. Acrylic drawer organizers, like cloth drawer organizers, are versatile and come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
I love the Kootek bins because of their simple design and they’re stackable. For example, I keep my hair ties and scrunchies separate. Each fit perfectly into one of these bins. I then stack them on top of each other to save space in the drawer. I also use them to organize my pens, pencils, markers, and more.
When it comes to home organizing products, acrylic drawer organizers are a staple. Use them in your office, kitchen, bathroom, junk drawer, and more.
3. Drawer dividers
I had seen organizers use these, but never thought I needed them. When I started file folding my clothes, I bought a batch of five to try. I promptly bought another set. These were a definite game-changer.
I don’t use them in all my drawers. The drawer I keep my long sleeve shirts in didn’t need one. The shirts are stored in such a way that they hold each other up. But the dividers were essential for my jeans and cardigans. I also use them to keep my loungewear separate from my workout tops.
If you’re going to use cloth drawer organizers you might not need drawer dividers. You might prefer one over the other. Or you might like both. Either way, drawer dividers can also be a great resource in kitchen drawers.
4. Cloth cube baskets
I use a few cloth cube baskets for a variety of things. I use two for my scarves. During the season they fit perfectly in my hanging shelf closet organizer. I can then store them on my high shelf in the off-season. I also have one for hats and one for gloves.
I use a larger one for throw blankets and another one for hiding cords that aren’t in use. My sister uses them for toy storage as does my mom. Their use is really up to the imagination of the owner.
For the few spares I have, they stay folded and tucked away. Sometimes I’ll use one for items I plan to donate or sell. Or I’ll use one to put things I need to find a home for in. Whatever your use, these baskets are perfect little additions. Like most of the products on this list, they come in a variety of colors and sizes.
5. Lazy Susan
I’ll admit when I heard about organizers using Lazy Susan’s in pantries, I was skeptical. My memory of a Lazy Susan is that scene in Yours, Mine, and Ours. If you know, you know. It’s a great flick if you haven’t seen it. Make sure to watch the original 1968 version with Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda though.
Back to the point: Lazy Susan’s have made a comeback in the organizing world. They’ve become a central home organizing product. Their use has grown since sitting on the table, spinning food around for all to reach.
But that’s exactly what they do in the pantry. They make every item easy to grab by simply rotating it around. People use them in pantries, fridges, and medicine cabinets. Yet another versatile product.
6. Stackable can organizer
I stole this one from my mom. She used this in her pantry and it elevated her can storage. Rather than shift cans around to see what was what, this allowed her to store like cans together. Canned corn on one row and diced tomatoes on another.
I’ve seen this organizer also used for canned soda. It’s another amazing organizer that will make storing canned goods easier. Not to mention it allows you to see what you have so you don’t waste money buying something you already have two or more of.
7. Wall-mounted file organizer
As a minimalist, I don’t like a lot of wall clutter. I prefer to keep artwork and a few shelves on my walls. But as a writer, I do need access to a few files on a daily basis. A place where I could put my most-used files and keep the rest stored away. When I saw this wall-mounted file organizer, I was sold.
I’ll share anything that keeps files from cluttering your desk. There’s nothing worse than having a pile of papers and folders stacked on top of each other. (I’m looking at you, mom.)
With this organizer I know where my main folders are every day. I keep them within easy reach of my desk so I don’t have to stand up to grab them. When I’m done, I put them back.
The files I have in mine include:
- Needs Attention = bills to pay, prescription paperwork from the doctor for bloodwork, papers that need to be filed.
- Content Folder = ideas for blog posts, my monthly content calendar, and more.
- Completed = paperwork to either file away or shred.
I also keep a notebook or two in there if I need to jot down some notes. While I use my bullet journal for notes, the notebooks are for outlining blogs. I do this for my own content and for my clients.
8. Hanging shelf closet organizer
One home organizing product I think everyone should have is a hanging shelf closet organizer.
I have two hanging in my closet. As I mentioned earlier, during the colder months, I store my scarf cloth baskets on the top two shelves. During the off-season, I don’t really use them. Which is fine. No one says you have to use every available space.
One of my favorite ways to use them is pairing them with the cloth drawer organizers. I’ll use the large one and store my sweaters in them. I then store the organizer on one of the shelves and voila, an organized hanging shelf.
Some people I know store their purses and shoes on these. I don’t mainly because I store them elsewhere. But if that’s what you need it for, go for it. Again, use the product as you need it. I can give you some examples, but our needs are different. I will say though that storing the cloth organizers on the shelves has been a game-changer for me.
They’re also great for storing toys. Hang one in your child’s closet and use the cloth baskets to store some of their lighter toys.
9. Label maker
This list wouldn’t be complete without the good old label maker. A staple for many professional organizers, they swear by labels and I do too. Mind you, I don’t have every inch of my home labeled. I do know where most of my items are.
I primarily use labels for my files. I also use them in the pantry for decanted items. Since things like rice, grains, and pasta can look similar, I label those so I’m grabbing the right one. Flour and sugar is another often mixed-up item.
If you need more labels than that, go for it. A good practice is to use a label until your brain learns that this drawer is for cords and electronics. You can always remove the label once it no longer serves a purpose.
Before you go on a buying frenzy, take a look in your closet first. Do you have any shoeboxes? What about the boxes your gizmos and gadgets came in? You can easily repurpose these boxes as dividers.
When I started decluttering my things, I found so many old Apple boxes. I kept every single one. I decided to use them to organize my office supplies. I use shoebox lids to keep smaller kitchen appliances together. And I use the large box part for underwear.
So before buying new, look around your home first. I’m sure you have unused boxes sitting around you can use. Once you run out of those, you can then determine what you need to buy to fill in the gaps.
There are so many amazing home organizing products available. This list simply encompasses the few I’ve been unable to live without. The great thing about most of these items is their versatility. You can use them for more than what they’re targeted for.
When it comes to organizing, get creative. Do what works for you. Now I want to know if you use any of the items I listed above? If you do, how? Are there any home organizing products you can’t live without? Comment below.
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