Social media is literally obsessed with organizing and de-cluttering right now and I’m fully on board (thanks, Marie Kondo! While our home isn’t always perfect, I make it a goal to ensure we stay on top of clutter and devote chunks of time to finding better organization systems if I notice a particular area is getting out of control.
Most recently, our pantry was getting becoming a catch-all area and we got into the habit of just “throwing things in there to deal with them later.” I kept re-organizing it and one day I just took most of the stuff out and started over. It has been in a good state since then! Some of the items we had stored in there made no sense – so it was time to either toss them or get them a new home. Our pantry hasn’t stayed this organized in over a year – I’m crossing my fingers it will stay that way!
You may have seen on IG stories that I spent a weekend going through our bathroom and re-configuring what I stored in which drawers. It made such a huge impact on my getting-ready routine. My routine flows better now – not to mention my counters are clear once again after I decided to switch my hair products drawer into a skin care drawer. I realized that having my products in an acrylic storage box on the counter, while convenient, was visually not appealing and made the space look…chaotic. Maybe that’s a little dramatic – but I favor clear counters, when possible. I had the drawer space and it made sense to keep my skin care and most-used daily hygiene items in the drawer to my right since I kept the acrylic box to my right as well.
One other change I made late last year was adding the IKEA Kallax unit inside of Harper’s closet and the IKEA Hemnes dresser into Lincoln’s. Harper’s Kallax mostly stores toys and things like her bathing suits and gymnastics leotards and Lincoln’s dresser is full of linens and seasonal items. Closets can be tricky since they’re all different sizes, but this has worked well for us and has allowed us to utilize some of our furniture in a way where it’s hidden away, but incredibly practical.
Below I’m sharing some of my favorite organizing tools – baskets, acrylic containers, lazy suzan’s etc. They make such a huge difference because they allow you to store items in categories. I hope you enjoy this post!
shoe rack | velvet hangers | drawer organizers | 6-piece clear organizers | grid storage box | folding hanging rack | bath tub toy organizer | divided lazy susan | 2-tier lazy susan | stackable clear bins | hyacinth bins (other styles here and here) | laundry basket | deep clear storage bin | acrylic storage container for makeup or jewelry | deep clear kitchen storage container | plastic pantry boxes | airtight food storage containers (we have these ones) | wire storage bin | white plastic weave bin | wire basket with hooks
We use this in our downstairs coat closet and it’s a total game-changer. It stores so many pairs of shoes and fits perfectly in our closet at the bottom of the steps that lead to our garage. Ideally I’d want built-ins, but it’s a great solution if you need shoe storage on a budget.
I replaced all of the hangers in our closet with velvet ones – they allow you to store more, make your clothes hang more nicely/uniformly and help sweaters from slipping off. So glad we made the switch.
These collapsible organizers are a great option for storing things like underwear, socks and kids clothing, Comes in a set and we’ve used them in drawers. all around our home.
6-piece clear organizers
I use these in our master bathroom to store and organize my makeup. I love that you can configure the containers in whatever way suits your drawers.
grid storage box
I use this box to store our felt letter board letters, but you can use it for any craft stuff like beads or other small trinkets.
folding hanging rack
We installed this on a wall in our small laundry room. It provides extra space to hang-dry clothes, which was very much needed (I hang dry most of my clothing). It can fold up, but we leave ours down.
bath tub toy organizer
Great for young kids – it can serve as a toy and bath product holder and tub divider! We’ve had it for over a year.
divided lazy susan + 2-tier lazy susan
I use the divided one for makeup and skin/hair care product storage in my bathroom drawers and the tiered one in our pantry to store things like jams, peanut butters and other jars/containers.
stackable clear bins
Great for legos and other small toys and trinkets.
hyacinth bins (other styles here and here)
Perfect for pantries, linen closets, laundry rooms and play rooms. These baskets can store just about anything and come in tons of different sizes.
We keep one of these baskets on our stair landing and throw anything into it that needs to go upstairs including the kids PJs (we change them for school downstairs each morning).
deep clear storage bin
Great for toys, craft supplies, etc.
acrylic storage container for makeup or jewelry
If you lack counter space or drawers in your bathroom, consider an acrylic container like this one. It can organize all of your items and you can even style it with cute glassware to hold your makeup brushes and lip glosses.
deep clear kitchen storage container + plastic pantry boxes
We use these in both our fridge and pantry, to store items by category.
wire storage bin
These are playroom staples for us – they hold blocks, magnates, cars, Paw Patrol toys, etc.
white plastic weave bin
I love to use these to divide laundry for the kids rooms and as collection boxes for all of the randoms – things that need to go upstairs or downstairs, toys that need to go back to the playroom, etc. I also use them in our master bathroom water closet to store all kinds of items!
wire basket with hooks
If you don’t have a mudroom (we don’t), this is a great thing to add to an entryway area (ours are hidden – we have two installed on the walls where our stairs go down to the garage). The hooks can hold jackets and backpacks and the baskets hold things like sunglasses, sun screen and other items you need day to day.
I hope you enjoy this post and find some storage and organizing solutions that will work for your own home!