The new year is here, and with it comes a whole slew of resolutions, chief among them implementing new fitness routines, making self-care a priority and — fingers crossed — traveling once again. Here on the home front, the goals abound too. Like zhuzing up a lackluster room, creating a more productive workspace and, of course, organizing the heck out of every nook, cranny, crawl space and corner in our homes.
From a makeup cabinet in disarray to an overflowing sock drawer that can barely open to a playroom full of toys with nowhere to go, these messes take a toll on our overall psyche and happiness, which is exactly why we’re going to tackle them this year. Below you’ll find the bins, baskets, trays, hangers and more needed to harness all of your home’s stuff. Cheers to highly functioning spaces in 2021!
Simple Houseware Double Laundry Hamper ($29.97; amazon.com)
Nothing — and we mean nothing — looks messier than dirty laundry sprawled all over the floor. Corral your discarded clothing in this lightweight, double-side hamper that has nearly 13,000 positive reviews and a lid to keep your dirty laundry outta sight.
Lifewit Large Capacity Clothes Storage Bag Organizer ($19.99, originally $29.99; amazon.com)
There’s nothing more precarious than a tower of sweaters or jeans tumbling down onto you from a closet shelf above. Harness the clothing chaos with these sturdy fabric organizers that can each hold one king-size comforter, six blankets or 35 items of clothing. More than 15,000 Amazon reviewers give the stackable bins a thumbs-up, and our favorite detail is the clear window allowing you to see what’s stored inside.
Perfect Curve Over-the-Door Cap Organizer ($10.99, originally $15.99; amazon.com)
Attempting to neatly store baseball caps is a bear. Tidy up the process with this adjustable over-the-door organizer that can accommodate 18 hats — the included two straps fit nine hats each and can be split up among two doors. Amazon’s No. 1 bestseller for hat racks, this organizer has more than 23,000 positive reviews and is currently on sale.
AmazonBasics Closet Storage Organizer ($25.82; amazon.com)
Looking for an affordable closet solution? Check out this three-shelf organizer from AmazonBasics that can store clothing, shoes and bedding alike. Beloved by more than 6,100 Amazon customers, the fabric shelving unit also comes with two collapsible drawers.
AmazonBasics Foldable Storage Cubes ($18.49; amazon.com)
Here’s an organizational truth bomb: You can never, ever have too many bins. We love this affordable six-pack from AmazonBasics because they fold flat when not in use and — oh, right — they have more than 31,000 positive reviews. Available in six colors, the cubes are perfect for storing everything from gloves and scarves to toys and games.
Dotted Line Cece Makeup Cosmetic Organizer ($34.99, originally $52.99; wayfair.com)
If you’re a makeup buff, your drawers are likely chock-full of stray mascara tubes, eye shadow palettes and blush brushes. Whip your beauty menagerie into shape with this acrylic tower that’s equal parts beautiful and organized. Comprised of seven drawers and 12 narrow top slots (perfect for lipsticks and glosses), this translucent piece will make finding your favorite foundation a cinch.
The Home Edit Hair Tool Trio With Heat-Resistant Tray Solution ($70.36, originally $87.97; containerstore.com)
As you may have witnessed on their hit Netflix show “Get Organized,” the Home Edit gals Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin know a thing or two about tidying spaces…which is why we are so here for their Container Store collection.
This trio of hair tool-harnessing trays, for instance, is genius in that it’s a) a stackable space saver, b) translucent and c) ultra pretty to look at. The silicone heat-resistant tray can accommodate still-hot curling wands, straight irons and more.
The Home Edit Stackable Drawers (starting at $7.99, originally starting at $9.99; containerstore.com)
If you’re looking for a customizable makeup tower, this is it. Simply mix and match The Home Edit’s four stackable drawer options to accommodate all your beauty must-haves. We love the sleek acrylic material and pull handles, not to mention the affordable prices.
Stori Clear Plastic Vanity and Desk Drawer Organizers, 6-Piece Set ($14.99, originally $19.99; amazon.com)
Pretty much every home on the planet has a junk drawer, right? Right. Whether you’re looking to organize paper clips and rubber bands or envelopes and pens, these clear plastic drawer organizers, which have nearly 6,500 positive Amazon reviews, will get you there in no time.
Wayfair Basics 6-Piece Desk Organizer Set (starting at $21.99, originally $33.99; wayfair.com)
While we might not have cared to invest time and money in our work-from-home situations prior to the pandemic, Covid-19 has taught all of us that having a defined, organized home office (whether it’s in a closet, corner or an actual room) is key to performing well.
This cute matching set, available in black and red, will get you up and running, with a place for trash, notes, mail and more.
Dotted Line Amanda Wire Metal 5-in-1 Desk Organizer Set ($33.99, originally $44.99; wayfair.com)
Beautifying your workspace is never a bad idea, and this pretty rose gold metal organizer is sure to do just that. Including a pencil cup holder, letter sorter, letter tray, hanging file organizer and a spot for all your sticky notes, the set will zap your cluttered desk ASAP.
Kitchens short on prep space should look no further than this smart organizational rack that you can stick right to your refrigerator! Boasting a shelf, paper towel holder and multiple hooks for all your oven mitts and measuring cups, the rack’s best part is all the counter space it frees up.
AmazonBasics Kitchen Rolling Microwave Cart ($62.05; amazon.com)
Investing in a kitchen cart is always a good idea, especially if you’re short on countertop space. This one, which has more than 4,800 positive Amazon reviews, can hold a microwave, has adjustable shelves and — our favorite design detail — comes with wheels, making it portable!
Simple Houseware Stackable Can Rack ($28.87; amazon.com)
Got a slew of cans tormenting one of your cupboards? Declutter the shelves in a jiff with this rack that can hold 36 at once and can be stacked with additional units if you opt to purchase a few. Amazon’s No. 1 bestseller for stacking can dispensers, the rack also has nearly 10,000 positive reviews.
Greenco Stackable Storage Organizer Containers ($30, originally $39.99; amazon.com)
Turn your refrigerator into something Yolanda Hadid would be proud of with these clear acrylic containers that organize your produce, eggs, condiments and everything in between. BPA-free and shatterproof, the clear bins are stackable too.
Wayfair Basics Drawer Organizer ($15.98, originally $17.99; wayfair.com)
If your utensils are sliding all over your kitchen drawer, it’s time to invest in a drawer organizer, giving each utensil their own nook and cranny to live — and you the headspace to focus on something other than finding your favorite teaspoon. The price is right on this organizer from Wayfair Basics, which costs just 14 bucks and boasts more than 3,700 positive reviews.
Noble Home & Chef Store In-Drawer Bamboo Knife Block ($26.42, originally $39.95; amazon.com)
If you’re like us, then your countertop space in your kitchen is limited…and coveted! Which is why it’s time to pull your knives out of that big ol’ block and put them (tidily!) away in a drawer. This beloved bamboo block fits into most drawers and can accommodate 12 knives and one sharpener. For just a little more, you can upgrade to the 16-knife block, which is about 2.5 inches wider.
Oxo Good Grips Expandable Utensil Organizer ($16.99; amazon.com)
Utensil drawers are typically chaotic because, well, utensils come in every shape and size. Corral everything — from your standard forks and spoons to pizza cutters, tongs, vegetable peelers, measuring spoons and more — with this expandable miracle worker from Oxo Good Grips. Available in two sizes, the organizers can stretch from nine to 16 inches (small) and 15.5 to 22 inches ($25.99).
Simple Houseware Closet Underwear Organizer Drawer Divider (starting at $14.87; amazon.com)
If you’ve ever had trouble opening a drawer because it’s overflowing with socks (or bras, or undies), well, this is the product for you. Beloved by more than 22,000 Amazon reviewers, the set of four fabric bins with dividers will have your drawers opening with ease in minutes.
Seville Classics Stackable Shoe Storage Rack (starting at $29.10, originally $31.99; amazon.com)
Got a slew of bulky sneakers and boots heaped on your closet floor? This space-saving, stackable rack, which can hold 12 pairs of shoes, is the solution. The Amazon bestseller’s iron frame can interlock with adjacent units for a seamless storage solution too.
ClosetMaid 25-Pair Stackable Shoe Rack ($66.99; wayfair.com)
Give every single shoe in your house a home with this pristine shoe rack from ClosetMaid. Perfect for an entryway or kiddo closet, the manufactured wood rack has more than 3,500 positive Wayfair reviews, features 25 cubbies and can be stacked with another for even more storage.
Dotted Line Bamboo Entryway 8-Pair Shoe Rack ($54.99, originally $96.99; wayfair.com)
We’re always on board with a storage solution that’s both chic and well planned, which is exactly how we’d describe this piece from Dotted Line. Comprised of sleek bamboo, the four-shelf rack can accommodate eight pairs of shoes, not to mention taller, bulkier items like umbrellas or a yoga mat, making it the perfect option for mudrooms and entryways alike.
Container Store Large Drop-Front Shoebox Case of 6 ($47.99, originally $59.99; containerstore.com)
Each drop-front shoebox in this case can accommodate a pair of shoes up to a men’s size 11, and when closed, it keeps the footwear ultra clean and free from dust and other closet debris. Sneakerhead reviewers are especially pumped about the set, which one describes as “giving me baller status.”
Red Barrel Studio Askins Over-the-Door Jewelry Armoire With Mirror ($144.99, originally $195.99; wayfair.com)
When space is at a premium, finding clever storage solutions is key — like this genius jewelry armoire that can be wall-mounted or hung over the door. The armoire features a full-length mirror on the outside and a velvet-lined interior that can hold 48 rings, 92 earrings and 32 necklaces or bracelets, and that doesn’t even include the five shelves and two drawers.
Ebern Designs Aganlane Freestanding Jewelry Armoire With Mirror (starting at $98.99, originally $119.99; wayfair.com)
For those who do have a bit of space to spare, consider this elegant standing armoire that has a slim profile and can accommodate 78 rings and earrings and 24 necklaces and bracelets. More to know: It also comes in brown.
BB Brotrade Hanging Jewelry Organizer ($11.90; amazon.com)
The perfect solution for those with a whole lot of jewelry, this ultra-compact hanging organizer has a whopping 80 pockets — not to mention more than 10,000 positive reviews — that can hold everything from rings and watches to necklaces and earrings.
Stackers Dusky Blue Supersize Premium Stackable Jewelry Box (starting at $34.99; containerstore.com)
There are jewelry boxes, and then there’s this ultra-customizable, modular and beautiful option from Container Store. Grooved so they can stack securely, each tray features a plush velvet interior, vegan leather exterior and oodles of nooks and crannies for your valuables. Choose as many as you’d like, stack ‘em, then showcase your pretty-as-a-picture jewelry box.
Made by Design 3-Tier Metal Utility Cart ($35; target.com)
Like a bar cart for necessities (not that we’re saying booze isn’t a necessity…), this utility cart is perfect for, well, everything. Fill it with toys (Legos on top, trucks in the middle, instruments on the bottom), crafting materials, kitchen items — you name it. A Target fan favorite with more than 1,300 positive reviews, the cart comes in chic gray, bold navy and white hues.
Lego 3-Tier Drawer Organizer With Baseplate ($39.99; containerstore.com)
If you know, you know: Stepping on a Lego is excruciating. Give your kids a place to store all of them with this cute Lego-themed tower that even includes a Lego-lined top for building on the fly. Also, not to be missed: Container Store’s stackable giant Lego Storage Drawers that are just as adorable as they are practical.
Isabelle & Max Combs Toy Organizer ($82.99; wayfair.com)
The best way to corral all the toys? With bins. Lots of them. Luckily, this organizer is chock-full of ‘em — 16 small, medium and large ones to be exact — making it ready and able to store instruments, cars, Barbies and everything in between.
Pillowfort Coiled Rope Basket (starting at $9.99; target.com)
Sometimes you just need a big ol’ basket to toss the stuffed animals in, and this one from Target will do just fine. Made of coiled rope in a rainbow pattern, the basket has sturdy rope handles, making it easy to lug from one room to the other.
Mack & Milo Testwuide Toy Organizer ($96.99, originally $113.99; wayfair.com)
Yep, this looks like a high-end piece of furniture that you’d normally pay hundreds of dollars for — but luckily it’s far more affordable at Wayfair right now. Perfect for a nursery or playroom, the piece has a lovely silhouette, thanks to its scalloped front wall, and it’s well equipped to store books, toys, stuffed animals and more.
Tool box and garage organizers
Berry Ave Broom Holder and Garden Tool Organizer ($13.75; amazon.com)
We’re just going to file this under “Why didn’t we think of that?!” This slim-profile organizer tidies up all your cleaning supplies, from brooms and mops to shovels and more, thanks to the spring-loaded clamps that keep everything tightly in place. In addition to six hooks, this product also has more than 4,000 positive Amazon reviews.
Viper Tool Storage 4-Drawer Tool Chest ($419.99; wayfair.com)
Crafted from ultra-durable steel, this powder-coated tool cart comes in eight hues — including rose gold and a sleek stainless steel — and features drawers of varying sizes, all accessed via a seven-digit PIN keyed locking system. Did we mention it has wheels too?
Rubbermaid Full Double Door Cabinet ($309.99, originally $328.70; wayfair.com)
When built-ins aren’t in the budget, consider this durable portable cabinet that can hold a whopping 690 pounds’ worth of goods. Great for garages, workshops or basements, the cabinet also features wheels and a lockable door to keep your items stored safely.