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    36 Things For People Who Think They Can't Be Organized But Are Wrong

    One of the only times it's good to be wrong.

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    1. A slim cutlery organizer here to prove that, yes! You do have room for all your cutlery in your tiny kitchen drawer! I've seen this bad boy in action at my friend Alyse's place and she owns every kitchen tool known to man.


    Promising review: "Yes, this little utensil tray is really that good! I went from using 12 inches of horizontal space in a lovely but huge wooden utensil tray to about using about four inches (whatever the width of this godsend is). It stores my butter knives, steak knives, spoons, forks, and a slew of little teaspoons. I'd guess that the max capacity for each slot is about 10 pieces. For example, I fit four butter knives and four steak knives into the first/knife slot easily, with good wiggle room. This is such a great design. Using this tray opened up about half of my 18-inch wide drawer, which allowed me to decompress the other drawers in my kitchen a bit. I highly recommend this item. It's worth every penny." β€”Kathleen Cooke

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    2. A medicine cabinet shelf that'll *securely* fit more stuff behind your bathroom mirror without causing an avalanche every time you open it. I can't be the only survivor of said disaster....


    Promising review: "This fits perfectly on the bottom of my medicine cabinet. It is very sturdy plastic with a great design. I can't believe how many jars, tubes, etc., it has managed to corral. Everything looks so neat! If they make a smaller one for upper cabinet shelves, I'm buying it. Wonderful little product!" β€”Alex

    Get it from Amazon for $10.48+ (available in four varieties).

    3. And a rotating makeup organizer to track down your favorite eye cream in a whirl while freeing up some MAJOR counter space. Basically, this'll help you finally get that bathroom countertop clear like your partner has been asking you to do "forever."

    Promising review: "I got plenty of organizers to divide care products, cosmetics, medicine before and it took a lot of spaces on my dresser. That's the main reason why I start looking for a complete organizer with a decent capacity to fulfill everything I need. I'm satisfied with the result as I found 'the one' and I've gotta retire four small organizers right now." β€”Natelie

    Get it from Amazon for $16.14.

    4. A 48-bottle universal nail polish holder so your bottles of Ballet Slippers and I'm Not Really a Waitress can peacefully cohabitate somewhere besides the bottom of a bath vanity drawer.


    Promising review: "This is fantastic!! It fits my polish perfectly. I was able to adjust some slots for the hard-to-fit bottles, and I can keep them all standing on end, which is said to be better for your polish than laying on its side. I was worried that having the weight of all the polish would make the door fall open and polish spill out, but that is not the case at all. This is well made and very handy. I have two white/clear and one pink case. One case has 48 bottles, and the other case has 49." β€”mama bear

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in clear or pink).

    If you can spare the counter space (lucky you!), check out this 60 bottle countertop holder.

    5. Honeycomb organizers β€” they may keep things just tidy enough in a sock or underwear drawer that never seems to regurgitate the item you want when you need it. Now each pair of novelty socks can have its own lil' cubby ;)


    Promising review: "I love that feeling of looking at something I just cleaned or a drawer I cleaned out, so I was over the moon after I organized my 4-year-old's sock drawer, underwear, and then my own drawer for the same. It is so much nicer to put socks and underwear away after doing laundry and no more hunting for the ones I want because they are organized by colors. My sons socks can fit two pair per slot as well as underwear and I can fit two pairs of underwear in each spot as well. Great deal on these and would buy again!" β€”L

    Get two organizers from Amazon for $14.99.

    6. Or foldable boxes to help organize most anything you'd throw in your clothing drawers.


    Promising review: "Love love love! My undergarment drawer was starting to get way too out of hand and l needed something to put my bikinis in. The sandwich bags were tacky and getting worn out. This item solved both of my problems now my undergarment and jewelry are super organized and I have a separate compartment for all of my bikinis." β€”Seattle's Randi

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in five colors).

    7. A food storage lid organizer β€” it may have you cursing at the sky because you wish you knew these things existed decades ago.


    Holds up to 38 lids (26 small and 12 large), made of BPA-free plastic, hand-wash only, measures 11"x7.75"x3.75".

    Promising review: "We have tons of Tupperware and the lids flying all over used to drive me bananas. This is one of those simple products that makes a big difference. It has three compartments to hold three different sized lids. We must have at least 25 lids in there and they all fit great. Kind of life changing!" β€”Jack

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (also available in smoke gray).

    8. Clip-on shelf dividers as a topple-free solution for keeping your sweatshirts, gym clothes, and other drawer overflow in neat piles. You stacked them and now they just won't stay. With these, they'll stay.


    Promising review: "These are great. I use them to separate the piles of sweaters, sweatshirts, and T-shirts on the shelf above the hanging bar in my closet. It helps me keep them nicely separated, even when I'm lazy about keeping the piles straight. I'm happy with my purchase!" β€”Maddie

    Get a set of eight from Amazon for $29.99.

    9. A boot rack to finally keep your beauts from getting creased, crushed, or forgotten entirely in their tombs (aka, shoe boxes). They won't fit on regular open shelves like your ankle booties but they still deserve to be treated well!


    Promising review: "I love shoes...especially boots! I was keeping them in their original boxes, but the boxes started to collapse/break. Soon I just had them in a pile on the floor at the bottom of my closet. Sometimes I'd waste time digging for the matching pair I was hoping to wear. I've been wanting to buy the Boot Butler, but was hesitant because of the price. After some time and frustration (especially with boot season approaching) I bought the Boot Butler for myself. WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG?! I loved it so much, I bought a second set a couple months later and am now contemplating buying another. Yes, I have that many boots...don't judge. Other reviews mentioned how it really doesn't save on space. Well...I guess that just depends on how your closet is configured. Space saving or not, I love that my boots aren't in a pile anymore; that they are easy to find and see, and I don't have to shuffle huge plastic boot boxes around (an option I tried before and was not happy with)." β€”ZAR

    Get a rack (enough for five pairs of boots) from Amazon for $69.99.

    10. And genius shoe stackers β€” they'll double your shelf storage space without hiding your best investments. Those shelves you have heels shoved onto are about to be Cribs-level organized.


    Promising review: "These shoe holders are fantastic. I'm using them for heels, casual shoes, and sneakers. For people with smaller feet (I'm a 7) it doesn't 'double' your space, but you can get three pairs where you had two. For people with larger feet, you really will double the space." β€”silversong203

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $19.95.

    11. Cable clips to keep those pesky cords RIGHT where you want them instead of lurking on your floors where you'll inevitably trip on 'em.


    Promising review: "These cable clips are exactly what I need. What I like the best about them now is what caused me to almost not purchase them. They have a double backed tape on them. You pull off the tape cover and stick them permanently where you want them. Initially I did not think I'd like that, BUT I love it. These do not move. They hold the cable securely. I even have one stuck to the side of my office PC with a micro-USB cord through it so I can charge my tablet on top of the PC and never have to search for the cord or make sure it is the right one. Since the cable clip is stuck to the side of the PC, it is always there. Cool!!! I highly recommend these." β€”RCS

    Get six clips from Amazon for $5.97.

    12. Under-the-shelf baskets to resurrect that "dead space" haunting the air below your pantry shelves. Oh hey, that's the perfect place for your aluminum foil and parchment paper!

    Promising review: "I ordered these baskets to help me utilize the few inches of space under the shelves in my kitchen cabinets. I have a LOT of baking and mixing containers, big holiday dishes, and miscellaneous cooking supplies that need to be organized in a more useful way. These baskets are sturdy and and hold some heavy serving platters and other kitchen gadgets. I like them and feel they are worth the price. Check the measurements to be sure they will work with your specific cabinet shelves and will hold the items you have in mind." β€”V. H.

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $20.95.

    13. A pair of plastic grocery bag wranglers light enough to hang on a hook on your wall *or* inside your kitchen cabinet. That jumble of plastic grocery bags underneath the sink is about to become usable.


    Get them from Amazon for $7.99.

    Want a sturdier option? Consider this cabinet door bag holder. Alternatively, you can stuff them in an empty facial tissue box!

    14. A tea bag holder that can afford you some major kitchen cabinet room and help you keep track of how many bags you have left of your faves. Get back that cabinet shelf that's jumbled up with half-full tea boxes.

    Promising review: "I got this out of desperation for regaining room in my tea/coffee cabinet. Yes, we have a kitchen cabinet devoted just to all of our tea and coffee, and we were running out of space very quickly. I got this smaller version because I knew it would fit without having to adjust the shelves. Can I saw how much I love this? I was able to empty so many boxes from the cabinet, it was not even funny. My only complaint (others have mentioned this as well) is that you cannot fit a whole box in one drawer. I worked around this by designating one of the drawers as 'overflow' with a few different types of tea in it. Also, note that this is only good for teas that come in the envelopes. If you have loose tea bags, they may not work too well in this." β€”Kitty

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in three colors).

    Prefer a different caffeine source? Perhaps a K-cup organizer would be of interest.

    15. A hat rack you can hang on the door or mount on the wall so your extensive cap collection stops hogging all your sparse shelf space. Yep, there's FINALLY a solution for caps besides just straight up stacking them.


    Promising review: "Bought these for my son's new big kid room, and they look great! Easy to use and keeps the hats from becoming clutter! He really likes having it on the wall by his closet. You are definitely better off attaching both top and bottom, so that it stays firm putting hats on and getting them off. I've been thinking of getting more, I think you could use them in narrow places for other things like scarves." β€”Andy Lee

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    16. An adjustable wrap stand to gather your food-saving heroes into a super-helpful assembly so you can easily tell the difference between the wax paper and parchment paper.


    Promising review: "Where has this been my entire life? I love that the shelves are adjustable so I can fit a variety of wraps and other household cleaning boxes in it. You can easily take out the needed box and back it goes. My cabinet is finally neat!" β€”Jill R

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in two stands).

    17. An accordion-like pots and pan organizer that'll easily adjust with your growing organizing needs. (Even that griddle pan you just had to buy.)


    The length expands to 30" and each rod is 6.5" tall to accommodate taller items. Synthetic rubber bumpers protect your delicate surfaces.

    Promising review: "This holder is amazing! Finally, a solution to corral all of these freaking pot and pan lids! It expands perfectly to accommodate my 30" wide cabinet. Actually, it can go a little further than that but it gets less stable when you exceed the maximum width. It also works great for smaller cabinets. I tried it out in a pull-out drawer that's approximately 24" and it serves it's purpose well. Although I'm very happy with this organizer, I must admit I do find the price to be a little steep for what it is. However, it was the only one I located that expanded this wide. It also looks beautiful, seems durable, and doesn't look like it's going to rust. Therefore, I found it to be worth the investment." β€”Nurse Bex

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    18. And an expandable under-sink organizer β€” it won't be pretty, but it'll FINALLY put everything where you can get to it!

    Measures 15''L x 11.25''W x 15''H and can expand to 25"L.

    Promising review: "I'm so glad I bought this. I have a 24" vanity in my bathroom and this fit perfectly. I have it extended to about 23" and it holds sturdy, though I can see if you were to extend it to its full length it gets weak in the middle. I liked it so much that I ordered another one for the kitchen. I got some clear bins to help organize bottles and other goodies I keep in the bath." β€”Marlene R.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.87 (available in two finishes).

    19. A battery organizer that'll show there's a better (and easier!) solution for all those batteries you have rattling around your junk drawer that always seem to be expired when you need them.


    This *safely* holds 82 batteries of various sizes. You can store in a drawer or mount on a wall!

    Promising review: "Something so simple saved me an entire drawer's worth of space! We had a battery drawer in the den desk, but it was a mess! Opened battery packages, half of them had new batteries, other batteries floating around loose in the drawer all willy-nilly, all different sizes and brands mixed together. It was an eyesore and a pain every time I had to look for batteries. Now, thanks to this little helper, our batteries are organized and easy to find and grab, right inside the basement stairs doorway. The wattage tester is super helpful, and I was able to toss out half of the batteries we'd had that were dead or nearly dead from being old or accidentally put back with the new batts instead of into recycling. It feels a little thin and flimsy, but it just holds the batteries, you don't move or bend it, so it's moot. So glad I bought this; it's fantastic!!" β€”Amanda S. Michniewicz

    Get two from Amazon for $28.48.

    20. Stackable wine racks can keep your bottles from rolling around on fridge shelves (or countertops) while chilling 'em at the perfect temp. (OK maybe rolling wine bottles is only a problem for me bc my fridge is just condiments and beverages?!)


    Promising review: "We have now ordered four four-packs of these racks to store wine in our open kitchen shelving. The racks fit perfectly in our space and allow us to store more bottles more conveniently than without the racks. We love that they are clear and we can easily pull bottles out to view their labels." β€”inthewoods

    Get a pair (enough to hold six bottles) from Amazon for $22.99.

    21. A grid organizer for holding on tight to everything from a pen to ear buds to USB cords β€” all in one easy-to-find spot that's built for travel.


    Promising review: "I can and have packed cords and converters for iPad, iPhone with Mophie battery pack, Kindle, Nook, electric shaver, and ear buds on this handy device and I think I can or have squeezed AA batteries in a 4-pack holder for a couple of flashlights I carry with me on trips. I bought another one for my wife for her phone, Nook, etc. She has more room than I do, but I'm sure we will find some way to fill it. I had been using 1-qt freezer bags for each cord/charger, labeling them distinctly, and then putting them all in a large 1- or 2-gallon freezer gallon bag to keep them together before I got these. It helped with organization, but this Grid-It does a better job, making it easier to find the cord/charger I need." β€”Bookman McCoy

    Get it from Amazon for $13+ (available in three colors).

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    22. A purse pill organizer – it'll keep track of your meds, or simply the just-in-case pills you keep on hand for when a killer headache strikes. No more pills rattling around in that purse!

    Promising review: "So adorable. I put my medications in it just in case I forget to take them in the morning and I'm in school! It fits in the palm of your hand but it's not too small to where you can't fit anything in it, would definitely buy another one if needed." β€”kitty johnston

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    23. A waterproof car-seat organizer to hold most things your kid could possibly want on a road trip (except fast food). And it'll protect your seats from their tiny but destructive kicks because no matter HOW MANY times you tell them to stop kicking, they'll eventually start again.


    Promising review: "We were going on a long road trip in the winter break, and had to keep our three kids occupied with their tablets. But we had a problem. The only way we could use our toddler's car-seat was by removing the headrest, meaning that any headrest mounting solution for the tablet was out of the question. Then I came across this organizer which includes a built-in tablet mount. This was the perfect solution! The organizer is made of high-quality materials, and zippers. Everything is well thought of (both top and side zippers, so wired headphones work any way you want it), and my daughter loves it. I highly recommend this product both as a tablet mount, as well as a general organizing solution." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95.

    24. A mesh over-the-door organizer for bringing some order to all sorts of collections from hats and gloves to bottles of cleaning supplies to pantry snacks.,

    Promising review: "The pocket size is more than adequate for cleaning bottles in various sizes. The over-the-door hooks are sturdy but flat so they don't rub my door frame. There are no bottom hooks on this. I was fine with that because the weight of the cleaning bottles weighs mine down so it doesn't swing when I open the door. I love the large mesh pockets." β€”Smiley

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in two colors).

    25. A scarf organizer that'll transform that bundled-up pile of scarves that always seems to migrate to the back of the coat closet to a neat and orderly display you can eye every morning.


    Trust me, loop scarf organizers are a pain to use! One is hanging up in my coat closet!

    Promising review: "I have tried several different scarf hangers that were felted to prevent slipping, but the openings were mostly too small so the scarves ended up very wrinkled and were a pain to pull through the holes. It's pretty easy to slip each scarf on and off the rods. They are less wrinkled than on the other hangers I have used. It is very sturdy construction of metal, which makes it heavier but I guess more durable. The coating is pretty. The only negative I have is that there are two tiny imperfections in the coating which might snag some of my delicate scarves. I made sure to put my delicate scarves on the side that didn't have any flaws." β€”William Spillers

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in five finishes).

    26. A horde of spice strips you can mount on the inside of your cabinets to avoid your pot boiling over while you're looking for the right dash of something. Who's got ~thyme~ for that?


    Promising review: "Love these! Just put them up and can't believe how much easier it is to get at my spices. πŸ‘Œ I used Command strips on the backs instead just to make sure I could take them off without leaving any residue behind or having to use screws. So far, I'm really happy with them!" β€”Ashley

    Get a set of six strips (which can hold 30 jars total) from Amazon for $17.79.

    27. A purse organizer that'll help sort all your essentials without adding any weight to your already-heavy bag. Then when it's time to switch bags, you can just move the organizer!

    Promising review: "I love my bag (basically it's a large open sack). While it has pockets on the outside, the inside has one zipper pocket on one side and two holders on the other side. So all my stuff is thrown in the middle. And I carry A LOT of stuff! This little holder is not that little and it holds A LOT without adding any weight to my bag. I also like that it has two zipper compartments so I can put personal stuff in there without everyone seeing it every time I open the bag. I'm not sure HOW LARGE other people's bags are that I read in other reviews that they say it slides around. The length of my bag is 16" and this thing fits comfortably in it. I've attached a BEFORE and AFTER picture. Seriously, for an extra $10 I now enjoy using my $250+ bag!" β€”michelmoba

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in 24 colors and three sizes).

    28. Fishing rod racks for your garage doors as a *legendary* use of that empty space you didn't even realize you could use this way! Yep, this'll serve your rods so much better than leaning them in that garage corner where they topple over at least once a week.


    Hardware included for easy, no tool installation on standard garage doors. If the door is a hard insulated or wood door, self tapping screws are not included but can be shipped at no cost. Can also be installed on walls and ceilings. Give the inventor of these racks an award because they are damn clever!

    Promising review: "I love these racks. They work just like they say. I have two sets with all of my best poles. It works with my surf rods and with my casting rods wonderfully. I did have to move my hurricane braces down a couple of inches from the top edge of the panels. That was my door installer's fault for trying to save on screws. I have no problems with mine falling out and I use my garage like a front door." β€”amo

    Get them from Amazon for $35 (available in two sizes).

    29. A hair styling station that'll handle your dryer, curling iron, brush, and bottles of hair product because despite what your family would think, the bathroom windowsill isn't the best place to store five kinds of hairspray.


    You've suffered through too many hairspray avalanches during groggy mornings. Oh, and this will also fit on a towel rack.

    Promising review: "Product was perfect for my storage issues. No more leaning over to dig out something from the bottom of the bathroom cabinet. Just the right number of slots. I feel so organized!" β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (available in two finishes).

    30. A hanging jewelry organizer with necklace loops so your fave statement piece won't be a tangled mess next time you decide to wear it. (How many times have you given up on a necklace because you couldn't untangle it in time to leave for work?!)


    Promising review: "Loved it. It took about 80% of my jewelry collection and now I’m able to take advantage of all my jewelry and style myself better because I can see everything I have. It’s also going to help me stop buying more jewelry because I have enough! Don’t expect to take it with you when traveling if you use all the compartments though, it’ll be too bulky." β€”Jackie

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in six colors).

    31. A car trunk organizer to pull double duty in organizing all kinds of miscellaneous stuff while it rides shotgun thanks to some secure straps. And THEN you can move it to your back seat when you have a passenger.


    Included tie-down strap system hooks into your trunk, around your seat backs, or onto your backseat child safety seat anchors to keep the organizer in place.

    Promising review: "I really needed this. I had stuff in the back of my Subaru Outback just flopping, and rolling back and forth in the back. I hate hearing movement of my gear in the car. This fixed that problem. This looks big in the photo, but it isn't. So if you want to use up the whole space in the back of your car like my Subaru, you will need two of these. I also like the fact it came with straps to lock the organizer in place." β€”SirNagrom

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in three colors).

    32. And a coin side pocket to hold onto your change instead of you having to pry it loose from a sticky cupholder next time you're going through the drive thru.


    Please don't hand people sticky coins :(.

    Promising review: "I have a 2005 BMW X3 that I love, but cubby space is scarce. This gave me that little extra space I had been looking for, plus a cupholder, without being clunky or in the way. It slipped right in on the passenger side and has been the perfect place to drop my phone, change, and other little things. It has a sturdy build and stays in place even without the foam inserts it came with. I would highly recommend this item." β€”tstark

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in eight varieties).

    33. An easy-peasy pan organizer that'll do the hard work of holding Pyrex dishes that you're always puzzled about where to put. After all, nesting them is a subpar option.


    Measures at 11.1"x5.9"x9.2".

    Promising review: "I bought two of these to replace a cheaper version that had moveable spacers. Though this one is not adjustable, it is by far better for my cutting boards, cookie sheets and muffin tins. It is sturdier than its predecessor, which fell apart after a couple months. It fits well in a standard size cabinet and is a great help with keeping my stuff organized and within reach." β€”Grekrs

    Get it from Amazon for $12.97.

    34. A skinny storage tower for handling some serious weight wherever you stick it, like the kitchen, bathroom, laundry room....


    Promising review: "It may not be beautiful, but it is a great addition to a tiny kitchen. I recently moved, and my new house has no pantry space. No closets or cubbies to convert. Just one tiny cabinet that I didn't need for my kitchen tools. This rolling pantry helps so much. I just shoved my fridge over a couple of inches, and it fit perfectly. It may not be huge, but helped so much with space. It is very sturdy and holds canned goods like a pro." β€”Kim Y

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99+ (also available in five-tier).

    35. A corner shelf to make the most of your kitchen cabinets. It'll even hold your heavier plates! Now those stacks will be so much easier to grab come dinnertime.


    Promising review: "We purchased this to help store our Corelle dishes. We are able to fit more than 20 plates on each shelf. The shelf can easily hold the weight of our plates. It also has adjustable legs in case you need to adjust the level." β€”Chance1117

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99.

    36. A hanging bag organizer that won't put stress on your purse handles like other storage options. Remember that great purse you nabbed on sale a few months back? Yep, it's ready to play.


    Promising review: "Earlier today I put two hanging closet handbag holders in my walk in closet. I don't have 16 purses, but I do have more than 8. I put some other things in the leftover pockets β€” gloves, a couple of smaller clutch-style purses, and some scarves. The pockets are roomy and seem to be sturdy. I'm doin' the happy dance because they are just what I needed. Already I'm feeling more organized." β€”mochamarie

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

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