·Updated 3 minutes ago. Posted 1 hour agoThey may not have ~phenomenal cosmic powers~, but they’ll work wonders in your itty-bitty living space.We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.
A disc keeper so you can reduce the shelf space all those plastic DVD cases take up to just 2.8 inches, while still keeping all your favorite movies protected (and in alphabetical order, if you so choose).
This also works well for CDs, if you still have ’em laying around — and still listen to them. Promising review: “I mean, this thing is HUGE! We got rid of all the dvd cases (OMG THAT WAS SOOOOO HARD! We agonized over doing it, but we’re adults now. We don’t NEED the cases with the pictures and the inserts and, you know, we need to maximize space and stuff. Just put all your DVDs in this binder and stop being so crazy hung up on the cases! We fell into a bit of a depression after throwing all those cases in the recycle bin. I made two batches of chocolate chip cookies to get us through. We’re doing better now, thanks for asking.) and keep our DVDs in this thing. It really does save a bit of space. :)” —T&BGet the 128-capacity binder for $15.99, or a bigger 400-capacity binder for $30.49, both on Amazon.
A narrow cart that’s sturdy enough to hold multiple bottles of heavy detergent (plus a BUNCH more stuff) and narrow enough to sneak into those few empty inches between your washer and dryer.
In the photo above, they’ve fit SO many things: an iron, an oversized canister of cleaning wipes, two different big bottles of detergent, a spray bottle, a bag of laundry detergent pods, a bag of dishwasher detergent pods, a container of powder, two boxes of SOS Steel Wool soap, two other spray bottles, a microfiber cloth, four bottles of other cleaners, a box of rubber gloves, a jug of vinegar, and a jug of some other cleaner. Promising review: “This cart is perfect. It is sturdy and rolls well. I have a tile floor in the laundry, and it has no issues rolling. The plastic appears and feels strong. It fits perfectly in the 11-inch space between my washer and dryer.” —AlicjaGet it on Amazon for $49.98.
A set of six stackable organizers — sure, you could figure out just the right Tetris-like configuration for your drawers without ’em, but why not let them make the job exponentially easier? And then moving the tape won’t mean all the calculators inevitably topple over.
Promising review: “Great product! I bought these to put in my night stand drawer to store small things as the drawer is very deep. I’ve got ChapStick, hand lotions, small flashlight and other bedside items in them so they’re not just rolling around the drawer. I just bought some more for my bathroom vanity. They fit together nicely but also lift right out of each other. The plastic is sturdy and they came individually wrapped to keep them from scratching.” —SparkyjGet the set of six on Amazon for $14.99.
An over-the-cabinet door basket because it takes literally just 3.62 inches of depth + that unused back-of-the-door space to store cutting boards and small baking pans or all your foil, parchment paper, and wax paper.
And if you don’t like hanging stuff over your cabinet doors, you can easily mount it with a few screws. Of course as with almost all organizing products, it’s important to check the measurements of your cabinets before you buy it!Promising review: “This organizer is so useful! I recently moved and ended up with a much smaller kitchen, so I’ve been doing everything I can to make sure there’s a place for everything and no wasted space. Luckily, I have pretty wide cabinets, so this works out perfectly. I have one holding my cutting boards (four standard plastic boards) and another holding my foil, cling wrap, and parchment paper boxes. The organizer is super easy to assemble and completely versatile.” —KerryGet it on Amazon for $13.87.
A silverware sorter that takes up half the space of a traditional organizer but *still* fits a full 24-piece cutlery set, so you can use the rest of the drawer to store so much more.
Promising review: “I have a tiny kitchen with only three drawers, so space is at a premium. My silverware organizer took up almost all of one drawer, so this organizer is a godsend. You can fit quite a few spoons etc. in each slot. My beater attachments fit perfectly into the top two hollows. I will say I have to flip my forks over face down in order to be able to shut and open my drawer, but then the drawer itself is kind of shallow. You NEED this if you have a small kitchen with few drawers!” —mialroGet it on Amazon for $9.98 (available in two colors and two sizes, and also available for knives).
A two-sided tea stand so you can fit up to 120 tea bags in the same square footage taken up by three boxes — which only hold ~30 bags of tea each (and don’t make it nearly so easy to find the blend you want most).
It features 12 removable clear plastic bins to make it easy to grab exactly what you want. Promising review: “Do I really need a tea bag organizer? That’s what I was thinking when I ordered this. And when I took it out of the box. And when I filled the first little bag holder. But as the pile of empty boxes grew larger, I knew the answer was yes, I do need a tea bag organizer. I was using a whole shelf and a half of jumbled tea boxes which I had to sift through to look for a specific tea. In the end, I think this held about eight or nine boxes of tea bags (I crammed some of them). I am so happy that I got this!” —Sarah C.Get it from Amazon for $24.99.
An over-the-door rack that’s like instantly conjuring extra pantry, linen closet, laundry room, or garage storage space out of nowhere the moment you hang it up. It can fit dozens of extra snacks, hair products, condiment jars, and rolls of toilet paper in just a few under-utilized square feet.
It also has the option of mounting directly to the door, and you can reposition the baskets however works best for you! Promising review: “A great addition to my linen closet! Was very pleased with the fact the baskets can hold Costco-sized toilet paper rolls! I used the over the door–hooks. Very easy to assemble and install. The door doesn’t close quite as easily now because of the hooks but for the added storage it’s something I can deal with. I followed the suggestion in other reviews and secured the bottom with command strips to keep it from swinging. For extra stability I used a few strips in the middle sections too. I’m trying to think of how I could use one on every underutilized door in my home now! :)” —CaitlinGet it on Amazon for $34.99+ (available in two sizes).
A sturdy organizer to tidy up your kiddo’s backseat area. It can hold an iPad, water bottles, coloring books, snacks, and naturally, plenty of (but not too many) toys.
The slots for water bottles are made of neoprene, so when drinks sweat, the mess stays contained. It’ll also help protect the back of your seats if your kids tend to kick (although hopefully you find a way to convince ’em to stop.)Promising review: “It’s helping keep the minivan under control! Two big sippy cups fit in the drink holders, and they won’t sweat all over the floor. The whole thing is nice and stiff, not saggy. There’s a big plastic back piece, so I expect it’ll stay stiff and strong for a long time. Lots of pockets for markers, pens, activity books, etc. We don’t have car tablets, but the clear pocket is nice for other stuff, too. My toddler tells me about the moose every time she gets in the car now!” —M. T. JaegermanGet it on Amazon for $13.49.
Some nonslip slimline hangers because they’ll magically create more room on your closet rod — which means it’ll be easier to see what you already own and easier to fit new clothes.
Plus, you’ll never have to worry about your tanks or wide-shouldered tops slipping off of them again! Promising review: “Love these hangers! I have very limited closet space and it’s amazing how many items I can hang up in my tiny closet. The hangers are thin so they don’t take up much space. Four of these hangers take up as much space as one plastic hanger. They are covered with a velvety covering so once I get the clothing properly aligned on them, the clothing stays put. I don’t have to worry about strappy tops falling on the floor or hanging oddly on them. They stay put. Also, these hangers don’t leave puckered fabric on the sleeves (like you can get from other hangers).” —Cindy SummersGet a pack of 50 for $27.76+ from Amazon (available in five colors, or in packs of 30 or 100).
A pack of Space Bags that will instantly make exponentially more space in your linen closet or garage by shrinking out-of-season clothes and linens down to a fraction of their regular size.
They work with basically any vacuum cleaner, which means this particular transformation only takes a few minutes from start to finish.Promising review: “I was desperate to get more closet room and decided to give this product a chance. What a success! The bags are made of thick, quality plastic. It is very easy to seal and to vacuum. Plus it stays sealed and I actually needed only some of the bags, as they are truly big. I placed a dryer sheet in each sealed bag to keep the clothes smelling fresh. My closet looks so well organized, I have much more room and my winter clothes are stored safely and beautifully. For the supreme quality product you get, it is, in my view, very reasonably priced.” —A.A.Get a box of five bags on Amazon for $28.99+ (available in five sizes).
A set of four stainless chrome closet cascaders because no matter what hangers you have, they’ll let you pack on six to 12 different garments on each one, then collapse everything vertically so you can keep it all out of the way, until you need something in that stack.
Promising review: “Not sure why I didn’t expect them to work as well as it sounds… but they absolutely work as well as they sound! Makes MUCH more room in my closet. I used for purses, jackets, tank tops, dresses and has been holding very well. When I need something, just push the others aside and raise up the one I need. Very pleased with my purchase!” —Dennis A. EvansGet a pack of four on Amazon for $7.99 (available in five pack sizes).
An under-cabinet drawer with a shelf on top that doubles up your usable space, so you have easy access to everything in the drawer *and* everything on top of it. One key to fitting a bunch of stuff in a small space = using ~all~ the vertical space available to you!
Promising review: “These are nice pieces that helped me organize underneath my bathroom sink! They fit perfectly! After organizing everything, I was so surprised I had so much more room that I grabbed more items out of the linen closet to fill it up. I still have a lot of room left. I bought these based off the high ratings and they hold true. (This is Brad’s wife.)” —Brad J. LeahyGet it on Amazon for $24.87 (also available in bronze).
A set of three decorative lidded baskets because, besides adding a little pop of color and style, they’ll fit so many of the kids toys strewn about your living room plus those extra blankets that you just might swear they must have Tardis-like powers.
If you’ve never watched Doctor Who, the Tardis is bigger on the inside than it looks on the outside! These are from the Jungalow, a Black woman-owned business founded by Justina Blakeney (whose Instagram and design blog I’ve swooned over ever since I saw that iconic aqua backsplash.) Jungalow plants two trees for every product purchased! Get them from Jungalow for $385 (if ya just need one, there are some options in other colors).
A stacked two-piece organizer so you can pack your entire makeup collection (or at least your most frequently used products) into a neat-looking 9-inch-ish by 5-inch-ish by 7-inch-ish display.
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BuzzFeed editor AnaMaria Galvan owns and loves this organizer! According to her makeup organizer review, it fits “32 lipsticks, six blushes and bronzers, two large highlighter sticks, one foundation bottle, three concealers, two contouring sticks, two rollerball perfumes, two primers, and the bottom drawer contains so many lip pencils, eyeliners, and eyeshadow sticks that I actually didn’t even bother counting (but I’m going to guess AT LEAST 30 of them, I swear).” Promising review: “This organizer was literally everything I could have wanted it to be. It holds exactly what I wanted it to hold. I have my foundations, primers, lippies, eyeliners, tools, eyeshadows, highlighters, and bronzers stored in this organizer. Everything is stored nicely and looks super glam and I’m obsessed. It’s super sturdy, easy to clean and looks cohesive with my glass top vanity. If you were thinking of getting these, don’t think, just get them. I am beyond happy with my purchase.” —MiamiGirlGet it on Amazon for $13.99.
A handled nail polish organizer because besides lining everything up so it’s super easy to find exactly the color you want, it’ll also make your collection take up literally the minimum amount of manageable space possible.
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It holds 48 total bottles, 24 on each side, so you can always find the color you want with a single glance.Promising review: “This is better than advertised. Essie, OPI, Pop-Arrazi, Sinful Colors, SH Instadry, SH Triple Shine, SH Xtrreme Wear, Wet & Wild, SH Hard As Nails and Covergirl all fit perfectly; my Julep colors fit two to a compartment! The first row has adjustable dividers, you can use them to keep odd-shaped bottles or do what I do: use one side for my nail stamper, dotting tools, and the drying drops and the other for foam wedges and nail pens. It looks way neater easily tucked under my vanity instead of the baskets and baskets of polishes I had to hunt through!” —CloudsGet one on Amazon for $23.39.
An over-door hair tools organizer that’ll *both* make it easy access to everything you need *and* free up an entire drawer, while discreetly hanging on that empty space on the back of your cabinet door.
As with other over-door organizers, be sure to check measurements before you buy! Promising review: “This did exactly what I needed it to. Before all my items were in a drawer and the cords were a pain, but with this metal basket it minimized clutter, kept things organized and separate, and also looks nice. It fits two of my blow-dryers, a flat iron, and a curling wand. The bars are adjustable as well (just use the twisties it came with to secure them in place, but the basket fit perfectly to my cabinet). Worth the buy. :)” —Alyssa JewellGet it on Amazon for $19.99 (available in eight colors).
A clip-in mop and broom organizer so you can turn any 17-inch section of wall into an impeccable cleaning closet that holds five different brooms or mops + five different smaller products on the hooks — the very moment you hang it up.
Promising review: “This product is fantastic! It was easy to mount and hanging things is a breeze. My house is very old with no extra closet or pantry space. I needed to clean up the dreaded corner of shovels and a mop. Luckily this product was able to do that — and it comes with hooks. Since it’s hung by my back door in the kitchen I can hang my aprons and purse on it. This little piece is very sturdy and so are those little hooks. My double-zippered purse is full of weight and it holds like a charm. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who’s just looking for a sensible option.” —ShellybeenzGet it on Amazon for $14.99.
A shower curtain liner that comes with built-in mesh pockets, letting you move all your stuff off the edges of your tub and/or creating extra storage for everyone you live with.
My colleague Elizabeth actually owns this and loves it! She says the mesh pockets are incredibly sturdy and hold her three or four body washes and conditioners she always keeps around. I love the idea too because if nothing’s on the ledges of the tub, it will be that much easier to clean!Promising review: “We are apartment living, so no one in the household could take a shower without crash/boom as you’re knocking something down sitting on a shelf or the bathtub rim. This is a game-changer. There are so many pockets with so much room in each I actually have space left over.My husband’s back scrubber, my shampoo and hair care, my daughter’s bubble baths, bath floofies, all fit with room to spare. And the pockets are all a nice height so I’m not crouching to find anything. The curtain is clear so I didn’t have to change the “pretty” one for decorative purposes. I am super pleased.” —goodnite.graciGet it on Amazon for $15.
A set of itty-bitty hook screws (or Command hooks!) and some cute decals because it all takes up pretty much NO extra space and it’ll be storage for a bunch of quick-reference ~knowledge~ (how many cups is one quart of chicken broth anyway?) as much as it is a convenient spot to stash your measuring cups and spoons.
Promising review: “Put them on my cabinet and my friends/relatives think I am a genius! So handy, just open the door and there they are, no thinking involved! Don’t know that my baking taste will be any better but I can’t blame it on incorrect measurements anymore!” —ToadyGet it from Amazon: the decals for $14.60, and an 80-piece screw hook set for $8.99, or 16 of the Command Hooks and strips for $9.99+.
A wall-mount organizer to go wherever you have some extra wall space, even if it’s a little high, and turn it into super sturdy, functional shelving and storage you can pack with over a dozen pans (if you plan to use it as such) or with all kinds of other stuff, depending on what you need.
Promising review: “We needed this rack in our kitchen as our cabinets started getting full of pots and pans all over the place including their lids. Our kitchen is small but this rack was the best thing we bought for our kitchen. Very robust metal construction, light for its size and extremely easy to install. I had to drill six screws in the wall. One for each level and finally two more for the supporting bars that are extended to the front. I recommend this product to anyone who wants to organize their kitchens and have their pots and pans they use frequently at one spot.” —Niklas Henricson Get it from Amazon for $74.98+ (available in two colors).
Some Lazy Susan turntables so you can stick ’em in the corners of your pantry to maximize (and tbh from the photo, even potentially *add*/redistribute) a few more square inches to the space there. Instead of losing products to the dark abyss, you’ll be able to literally turn the tables to find whatever.
Sure, you’ll lose the little bit of that sharp corner in the back of a similar pantry setup, but that extra little bit that peeks over the edge of the corner would help make up for that! Promising review: “These are great for organizing! I have several in my fridge and pantry and I feel like I can see everything now. They also spin easily.” —MorganGet it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in three sizes and colors).
A narrow metal mesh wheeled storage cart that you can slide into any spot that’s at least 10.6 inches wide, and pack with tons of extra cooking supplies, pantry items, toiletries, diapering items, office supplies, or cleaning supplies.
Promising review: “This cart is an excellent way to maximize a small space. We had about 10 inches in the kitchen where boxes had a tendency to collect on the floor. Now it’s storage space! Came with five hooks that hang off the side, which is a nice bonus.” —Erin GrannemannGet it from Amazon for $42.99.
A jewelry organizer with 80 little pockets (40 on each side) you can pack with your entire collection, one or two items per pocket, then hang in your closet so it takes up about the same amount of storage as a new dress. Need even more storage space than that? They’re cheap enough you could totally get two.
I had a very similar organizer all through high school that my mom hung on the back of the bathroom door, and it made it *super* convenient to see everything I had, so I actually wore more of my favorites! Naturally, reviewers report using it for storing things like bows and even Apple Watch bands, too! Note that if you have a bunch of statement necklaces, the pockets may be too small for those — it’s best for earrings, bracelets, and smaller necklaces. Promising review: “After years of having my lovely things stored in jewelry boxes and jewelry trays, all I had was a big, giant mess. I couldn’t find a single pair of matching earrings without a major ordeal and because everything was out of sight, I totally forgot what I had. Enter this clever storage solution. I cleaned out old jewelry boxes, cleaned items that hadn’t seen the light of day in years and put each piece in its own little pocket. I was astounded by how many pretty pieces I had including some special pieces from my mom. Suddenly, I had great earrings and I could always find the match. Now, when I want to find the perfect jewelry for an outfit, it’s all hanging right there taking up less space than a dress in my closet. When I’m done, the jewelry goes right back in its pouch until next time.” —Laurie OGet it from Amazon for $11.90 (available in five colors).
A pack of shoe doublers — your flats, sandals, sneakers, and low heels will all take up half the space they would otherwise, meaning you’ll be able to fit twice as many shoes in the same spot.
As reviewers note, these don’t really work for high-heels over 2 inches tall (one reviewer made it work but you can tell the second heel isn’t neatly stacked under the first; it’s on its side). But they’ll do wonders for the rest of your collection.Promising review: “I love to be organized so when I came across the Shoe Slotz product to organize my shoes on the shelves in my closet, I was excited to try them. They were easy to set up and they work great! I still had more shoes that needed to be organized so I immediately ordered another box of 10. My shoe shelves look so organized now and this product solved a problem for me. Shoe Slotz are great and I highly recommend them.” —Laurden2Get a set of 10 on Amazon for $23.95.
A beanbag cover designed so kiddos can stuff it with all of their less-loved plush toys, turning the omnipresent, messy-looking pile into a comfy place to sit.
It comes in two sizes, and the largest fits 110 stuffed animals! Don’t worry: it’s machine-washable in case of any spills. You could also use it as a functional storage spot for those extra pillows and blankets you only pull out once or twice a year. Promising review: “This storage chair offers A LOT of room for stuffed animals or pillows/blankets! It’s easy to adjust the animals once zipped up to create a comfortable area to sit on. I wish it was a bit softer material, though it is canvas which will hold up well.” —Jennifer L. FitchGet one on Amazon for $28.99+ (two sizes and up to 14 colors/patterns available).
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