35 Things To Help Organize The Chaos Of Your Everyday Life

Written by on September 10, 2020

Updated 23 minutes ago. Posted 1 hour ago

Put an end to the daily pandemonium caused by tangled cords and cables, cluttered cabinets, and overrun closets.

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1.

A set of four Amazon Basics drawer storage organizer boxes for underwear, bras, socks, scarves, ties, or any other small piece of clothing cluttering up your drawer space.


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This set includes two medium and two large dividers: a six-cell bin for scarves or ties, an eight-cell bin for underwear, briefs, or ties), a seven-cell bin for bras, and a four-cell bin for socks.

Promising review: “This product is definitely a good buy. I always try to keep my undergarments drawer neat but these took it over the top. My drawer looks organized, everything is visible and aesthetically pleasing.” —Petrine Gordon

Get it from Amazon for $15.44+ (available in two sizes).

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A “To-Do list” planner notepad, because once you’ve written down all the things that you have/need to do there’s nothing more satisfying than checking them off.


Effie’s Paper / Etsy

Effie’s Paper is a Black woman-owned Etsy shop founded in 2012 and based in New York that specializes in mugs, stationery, and makeup bags.

Get it from Effie’s Paper on Etsy for $16.

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A compact key holder to organize up to 14 standard-sized keys without taking up all the bulky space of a jingly-jangly (and stabby) keychain.


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Promising review: “I hate a big ring of keys jingling around in my purse or stabbing me in the leg while in my pocket so this seemed like the perfect solution. I read some reviews that talked about it being hard to assemble or the screws coming loose over time. I didn’t have a bit of trouble assembling this key holder. I have six keys on mine and it took me under three minutes to assemble. I’ve used this keyholder every single day for two months and the screws haven’t loosened at all. The finish is still holding up well and I have no complaints. I purchased a second one for my husband and another for my brother and they love them as well.” —Melonie Larew

Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in five colors).

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A five-pack of magnetic cord and cable clips that do a multitude of helpful clutter-reducing things other than keeping your headphone cables from getting all knotted-up.


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Promising review: “I love these things. My husband also has a lot of audio equipment and cords going everywhere so he uses them to bunch several cords together and they come apart so easily. I also use them to hold my earbuds together so they aren’t bunched up in my purse. I can even use them on the refrigerator.” —Jean S.

Get it from Amazon for $8.95.

5.

A food container lid organizer for mitigating the mess of that one plastic-filled drawer and hopefully reuniting missing lids with containers (and saving some money from having to replace them all the time).


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Promising review: “This product does exactly what it is supposed to and does it well. In under 15 minutes, I took my nightmare lid drawer and turned it into a functional, convenient storage space. The dividers were simple to install and provided flexibility. Slowly but surely I am getting my tiny, chaotic kitchen under control, and this got me a huge leap closer.” —S. HawthornGet it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in four sizes).

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A “big bone” dog toy bin to store all of fido’s favorite-things-to-fetch in one convenient place. It’s also made from “food-safe material” which means you can also store kibble and treats.


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Promising review: “We absolutely love this. Our dogs can’t get the toys out unless it’s opened up for play. It prevents a huge mess and it’s a cute decoration. There is a lot of room for several toys and at such an affordable cost.” —Rosalie

Get it from Amazon for $33.52.

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A 15-cube, modular shore storage rack which will hold up to 16 pairs of adult-sized shoes (20 if you use the tops) and that you can configure to the specifications of your space.


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Promising review: “This was super simple to put together and holds a lot of shoes. We are a family of five and had shoes everywhere. This organizes them perfectly. We usually double up the pairs and have two pairs in each slot for our kids’ shoes. We LOVE this! Super easy to assemble and very sturdy.” —Samantha

Get it from Amazon for $45.99+ (available in four colors).

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A durable, three-pocket folding car trunk organizer with handles to keep all your junk in the trunk from rolling all over the place while you’re making all those sharp turns.


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Promising review: “It was just what I needed for my messy and unorganized truck! I wanted something not too bulky, but just the right size to help me reorganize my trunk. This product did that for me. I was also concerned that it’ll move when I drove but luckily there is Velcro on the bottom that secures it in place while you drive, and sure enough it did just that! This product does not take up a lot of space and gives you the right amount of measure to place other things like groceries and a suitcase. I am completely satisfied and content with this product! I wish I had it all along!” —Sheneese

Get it from Amazon for $12.98.

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A foldable and portable cloth laundry hamper for pre-sorting all of your dirty clothes so you can pay it forward and save some sorting time on laundry day. Plus you can make a game of shooting socks, tees, and undies into their appropriate section.


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Promising review: “This product is everything it is described as being. The canvas bags are heavy-duty, the frame is well constructed and the clips provided to hang the bags onto the framework very well. I now separate my dirty stuff between colors, whites, and permanent press. And when ready to do a wash, unclip the bag from the metal frame and place the contents in the washer. And when I have a towel to dry before placing it in a bag, I lay it across the top of the frame of the hamper. It is so convenient.” —Dibash Chimoriya

Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in four colors).

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A style station that’ll cut down on all the chaos (and dare we say danger) of dangling cords and devices situated so close to running water. Also saves on valuable drawer-space.


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Promising review: “This is a small bathroom’s dream! Seriously. I have so many hair tools my husband was going crazy, with all the cords, stepping on the plugs, you get the idea. This fits nicely on our bathroom towel rack and easily holds a straightener, hairdryer, and three curling wands. Plus, a brush. I can’t believe it took me this long to get one of these!” —Rachel

Get it from Amazon for $19.95+ (available in five colors).

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A six-pack of adjustable, one-sizes-fits-all organizers for stacking mugs, cups, or glasses so they don’t come crashing down every time you open up the kitchen cabinet while opening-up a whole lot more shelf-space.


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Promising review: “I have a problem with coffee cups. I absolutely love them and can’t stop buying them! But I’m running out of room to store them. Then I learned about this wonderful gadget watching a review on YouTube and I had to have them. And I have to say, it has not let me down. These things are amazing! The biggest problem is that I need more!!! I will say I have found this system is most stable when using two cups that are the same but I wanted to use it with my big cups to maximize my space. That did work but I just made sure to put the bigger cup on the bottom and it’s stable.” —Amanda Wyatt

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in three colors).

12.

A Bucket Boss bucket tool organizer that’ll fit any 5-gallon bucket. How many more times can we say bucket? Ah, bucket! That was the last one.


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Promising review: “Great way to organize your tools and keep them protected when taking them to the job site. Lots of pockets of varying sizes. Seems well made and the seams are sewn with heavy-duty thread. The pockets are reinforced and have stood up to sharp chisels, knives, and scrapers. There are loops to hold hammers and long items. The bucket handle swings freely so it is easy to carry. Easy to remove so you can empty the bucket and then reinstall. Way better than just dumping your tools in a bucket.” —Jim McCoy

Get it from Amazon for $20.79+ (available in two colors).

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A galvanized steel pegboard tool organizer, because while a bucket can do a great job of decluttering your tools, it can’t put them on full display in your workshop or on your workbench.


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Promising review: “This is a great tool system. Far better than a regular pegboard, stronger, more adaptable, and easier to use for a larger variety of tools. The galvanized steel is rolled on the sides, so you can screw through it on a flat surface, and not have a row of useless pegs like traditional pegboard. Also, all you have to do is make sure you hang the first piece perfectly level, and the ones after it, you just line up with no measuring necessary.” —Scott

Get it from Amazon for $66.99+ (available in six colors).

14.

A three-tier, rolling laundry cart to squeeze the most space out of your laundry room so you only need to roll out the detergent when it’s “go” time.


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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 between my washer and dryer, which I had 11 inches to fill between the two. This cart provides good use of space and it will be easy to clean.” —Alicja

Get it from Amazon for $49.98.

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An easy-to-mount plastic bag holder and dispenser, because there is nothing more chaotic in the kitchen then a cabinet stuffed with single-use plastics taking up way too much valuable space.


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Promising review: “This fits perfectly under my kitchen sink to control the disastrous mess that was the pile of plastic grocery bags we never seem to remember to recycle. It attached easily and serves its purpose well.” —Jo

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

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An over-the-door cap organizer to hold up to18 hats. You can even use it as a ranking system to rate your favorite caps!


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Promising review: “Easy and quick to install. Works by tension on the door leaving no marks and no drilling. Holds onto caps very well without them dropping or marking them. I decided to get this after getting tired of my husband’s caps lying all over the house in a state of chaos. Works perfectly and he loves it.” —Morgan

Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

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A wall-mounted, bathroom towel rack for folks lacking a linen closet but have plenty of unused washroom wall space. Also serves as a great reminder for when you need to finally do some laundry.


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Promising review: “Love this invention. My bathroom is pretty small and we have a closet but with the shelves are shallow and our towels just take up too much space and with six people in our family we have a lot of other things we could store on those shelves so I appreciate this so much.” —KZambranny

Get it from Amazon for $22.99 (available in six colors).

18.

A Rubbermaid deluxe tool tower to store up to 40 pieces of yard equipment, recover a large portion of garage space, and save you from comedically stepping on a rake and hitting yourself in the face.


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Promising review: “Used to be that my tools were a tangled pile of a mess, and it was hard to find anything. Now they are all neat and orderly in this rack, which, by the way, was really easy to put together. I’ve stored five types of shovels, two leaf rakes, a garden rake, a garden fork, a weed whacker, a boat hook, another boat implement, a push broom, a long-handled cultivator, electric hedge trimmer, hand hedge trimmer, scoop, ax, mattock, garden stakes, and probably more that I can’t recall at the moment. I can’t believe how much this rack held!” —Hallie Davis

Get it from Amazon for $48.

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A wrapping paper organizer with a section for storing ribbons, bows, gift tags, and tape, because there’s never a natural or convenient place to store all this stuff. Trust us, we’ve tried.


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Promising review: “I will admit I have an OCD when seeing gift wrap rolls lying around in corners, slowly opening up with time. It would drive me nuts. Thanks to this storage bag I now have all my rolls tucked away neatly. Another issue it solves it when I would want to wrap gifts in a hurry, I would always be looking for tape and decorations. The extra storage pocket on top lets me have all packing accessories always next to me and not in a corner of my kid’s room. I absolutely recommend you to go for this.” —Faisal Durrani

Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

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A clear cosmetic storage organizer so you’ll have all your makeup essentials at the ready even when you’re not even close to being ready. Also good for storing jewelry.


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Promising review: “So convenient and it keeps my makeup so much more organized. This product is definitely worth it! I’ve had multiple make up bags and whenever I’d complete my makeup and look around my bathroom it was a mess from me leaving everything around. With this makeup organizer, I’m confident that when I take things out I will now put them right back in their place. Oh, but one thing to keep in mind if you have large eyeshadow pallets, etc. they will not fit.” —phyliciamorgan

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

21.

A waterproof, electronics storage bag to finally corral all those cords and chargers for gadgets you don’t even use any more (but one day you might, right?).


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Promising review: “I wish I had looked into buying this sooner. Until now I’ve been keeping a mess of wires in a ziplock bag. This bag fits so many wires and has storage for the plugs that attach to the wires. It has turned my ‘junk drawer’ into a much neater drawer. I also love this for traveling purposes. It’s easy to keep a carry-on organized while on a plane or keep the car clean because everything is all in one place. I would definitely recommend this whether you travel a lot or just need to keep things organized.” —Tina Gonzalez

Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in three sizes and eight colors).

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A kitchen drawer organizer cutlery tray that’s perhaps the most ingenious method for efficiently storing and retrieving utensils that we’ve ever seen. Genius design!


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Promising review: “Fits my drawer like a glove AND holds my set for 12! Heavy gauge plastic construction does not give even when fully loaded. This has opened up so much more space in my drawer making it easier to find other serving pieces and the odd items in that drawer. Love it, highly recommend it. Before purchasing, measure your drawers to make sure it will fit. I love that it can lie parallel to the drawer front. I was concerned that my flatware would stick out too tall for my stock cabinetry drawer, but that is not a problem.” —Kindle Customer

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in four styles).


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Promising review: “I never lose any lids and now can keep everything completely together and stored in one large container. It is an awesome concept with lids and containers that are color-coded and fit nicely into my small cabinet space. No more opening the cabinet door and being attacked by flying lids that just pile up in a corner next to containers that they no longer fit. This product is great and I don’t have any problems keep it clean or microwaving food. I treat these containers with great care and I think they will last for a bit. Great and well-made product! Worth the price!” —Linda Lou

Get it from Amazon for $28.49.

24.

A four-pack of cable management sleeves so you’ll never, ever have to look at (or trip over) an unsightly and unruly jumble of cables ever again.


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Promising review: “The cable sleeves are exactly what I needed to free up space on my desk and bring order out of chaos! Four sleeves come in the package but I only had to use two of them to hide cables from three speakers, a wired keyboard, monitor, computer tower, and printer leaving me two sleeves for cables from the television, DVR, and satellite box … It only takes a few minutes and your work area becomes more organized.” —VickyNC

Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in two colors).

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A three-tier, rolling metal storage organizer for the kitchen, bathroom, linen closet, or wherever you need to declutter and don’t really have the proper space to do it.


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Promising review: “This nice cart was a breeze to put together, is sturdy and has a very nice coat of paint. I don’t have drawers in my bathroom sink cabinet. It worked out perfectly to put everything that was on my bathroom counter into the cart, and hair dryers and brushes in the second bin. I just roll it into the bathroom closet and roll it out when I need it. No more counter clutter.” —Zinnia

Get it from Amazon for $38.99 (available in two colors).

26.

A magnetic refrigerator dry erase board, because sometimes writing a to-do list and leaving it in the one place you know you’re going to look is the best way to keep track of all those things you always forget to do.


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Promising review: “This flexible board magnetically clings very well to the fridge but peels off easily for changes. It’s a good size to track dog feeding and walks, or what’s open in the fridge with expiration dates. Comes with four pens in different colors and each one has a magnet so it attaches to the fridge, and a little eraser on the tip so you can erase just one word easily. There is also a larger eraser with a magnet that makes it quick to erase everything. We have had it for several months now and no complaints.” —CL

Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in three sizes and two colors).

27.

A freestanding kitchen cabinet pan holder that can go vertical (five pans) or horizontal (four pans) while significantly cutting down on all that heavy metal noise you previously made trying to dig one out for breakfast.


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Promising review: “We have old cupboards, without the drawers that pull out to make access easier. Before we got this rack, our pots and pans were a jumble in a cupboard beneath the cook top. We have so much more space now that the skillets are stacked on this rack. A side benefit is that the nonstick pans don’t get scratched because they aren’t stacked inside one another. We love it.” —Susan E.

Get it from Amazon for $14.87+ (available in two colors).

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An expanding accordion file folder/organizer for collecting all your most important documents and papers in one place. Thanks to the color-coded tabs, you’ll never misplace a birth certificate, a W2 form, or other important physical documents ever again.


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Promising review: “This has finally helped me organize years of various documents that have been haphazardly filed. I now have everything in one compact, well-organized place. It expands and expands and keeps expanding to hold everything imaginable.” —AW

Get it from Amazon for $11.59.

29.

A four-pack of car headrest hooks, because there’s never a good place to hang your bag that gives you easy enough access to what’s inside and keeps it one place while you drive.


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Promising review: “I am loving these headrest hooks for my big tote. I usually have a couple of ladies with me and they have also used these hooks. I tend to really load up my tote bag and I place it on one hook. Super easy to install…takes seconds! No issues with the hooks coming off when removing bags. I am in and out of the car all day and have been loving them! My passengers are also relieved to not have to move or hold my bag anymore!” —KC, Naples, FL

Get it from Amazon for $6.97.

30.

A toy storage basket and play mat for homes filled with little Lego lovers and parents who forget what color the carpet is when it’s constantly covered with toys.


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Promising review: “I rarely write reviews, but this is the best solution to the mess that little Lego lovers make on a daily basis. There were constantly Legos everywhere in my living room. Not anymore. And, the kids can actually see all of the pieces without sitting through bins. A pricey but great solution.” —GCP

Get it from Amazon for $54.99 (available in four colors).

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An expandable under-sink organizer with removable shelving pieces to accommodate any pipes while making the most out of all the vertical dead space.


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Promising review: “This thing is amazing! I honestly didn’t have very high expectations for it, but it blew my mind away! I have limited space in my kitchen so this worked beautifully! It fits so much that I emptied a cabinet and a half! Super easy to put together and clean. If you have limited space, just do it! You won’t regret it.” —Sean + Brooklyn

Get it from Amazon for $32.99.

32.

A 2020-21 wall calendar (with magentic option) that’s clean and simply designed with plenty of white space to write down all the important things you’re most likely to forget about.


Veronica Foley Design / Etsy

Veronica Foley Design is an Etsy shop founded in 2013 and based in Rockville, Maryland that specializes in wall calendars, planner inserts, and custom stationery.

Yes, I’ve got a calendar on my phone and my computer. Yes, they constantly remind me of the things I need to do. BUT, nothing is more helpful to me than an appointment, birthday, or reminder written (in stone) on a paper calendar. It helps that it’s impossible to ignore looking at it every single time that I open the refrigerator door. Also, very satisfying to tear off an entire page to start a new month! Your phone can’t do that.

Get it from Veronica Foley Design on Etsy for $26+.

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A set of 16 interlocking organizer trays so you can turn the chaos of any “junk drawer” into an orderly space where you can always find exactly what you’re looking for.


Amazon

Promising review: “I used to hate having to go into my kitchen utility drawer because I would spend a long time searching for something. Typically I couldn’t find it because it was a mess and I would just give up. Now that I’ve organized everything using this product, it’s so easy to find what I’m looking for … I used to look everywhere to try and find a pen. Well, I actually found eight pens, 10 pencils, and eight mechanical pencils hidden in my drawer. Now they’re organized and easy to get to.” —James DaRoot

Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

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A hanging purse and handbag closet organizer, because those bags have to go somewhere and the best place to contain them is inside of a closet and oddly enough, not thrown on the floor.


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Promising review: “I’m very organized and this item really helps. I find my purse when I’m in a rush without making a mess. It even looks nice when I open my closet. It really helps to save space and keep your bags in good condition.” —Crishui

Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

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A 300-page, grided, Hightide Penco soft notebook to write down (and organize) all your most (and least) important notes and thoughts. We recommend getting it in bright yellow. Makes it so much harder to misplace it.


Greer

Greer is a Black-owned stationery brand that strives to “make your world a more positive, beautiful, and thoughtful place” by featuring work from designers, large and small, who are dedicated to the same mission.

Get it from Greer for $10.50 (available in three colors).

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