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28 Cheap Things To Help Keep Your Apartment Organized

If your space is a basically a heaping pile of dirty dishes, weeks-old clothes, stinky gym shoes and whatever else, plus you're broke AF, you should probably look at some cheap solutions. Cleaning your apartment is hard, spending money is harder.

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1. A translucent container for any tea lover who wants to find the flavor they're feeling that morning without having to sort through 15 different containers.

It has six compartments to hold all the tea you can handle!

Promising review: "This was exactly what I was looking for! I needed something to neatly display my tea bags on the kitchen counter and allow easy access. This was perfect. The description provided did match the product received. It's acrylic so it's certainly breakable, but it is pretty durable for sitting on the counter to hold my tea bag assortments and for daily use." —lesanders

Get it from Amazon for $16.99 or Walmart $19.46.

2. A kitchen utensil holder that'll make your counters pop and your drawers less cluttered.

Promising review: "As silly as it sounds, I had been looking for a nice utensil holder for quite a while. This appears exactly as shown in the pictures and is made of a durable, easy to clean plastic material. It holds about a dozen assorted full-sized utensils (whisks, spatulas, marinade brushes, etc.), and looks great on my counter! The simple design pairs well with any kitchen and offers a great alternative to a boring plain or bamboo container." –Emily

Get it from Amazon for $11.98+ or Walmart for $13.99 (available in five colors).


3. A hamper with a drawstring closure, because you can't stand when your dirty clothes decide to just jump for it when taking your items to the laundry.

It says "Laundry Today or Naked Tomorrow," which will be you if you decided to lean into your laziness.

Promising review: "I love it! It is a tough bag that can hold lots of clothes. I live in a five-story apartment complex, so I have to take my clothing to the laundry room. I can't walk very far so I ride an electric scooter for the handicapped. The handles on this bag make my trips to the laundry much, much easier!" —Kathryn J. Isler

Get it from Amazon for $18.97 (available in five colors).

4. Or another, over-the-door hamper so you can always remember to throw your soiled underthings where they belong instead of leaving them on the floor.

Promising review: "This is exactly what I needed for my bathroom in my tiny little apartment. I never understood why people had hampers in their bathrooms until I lived alone and started having to haul piles of laundry out of the bathroom on a weekly basis. I already had a set of hooks hanging over the door to dry towels so I used two extra shower curtain hooks to hang this from my hand towel rod behind my door and it works perfectly. This is sturdier than the mesh laundry bags and more attractive as well." —Brianne

Get it from Amazon for $15.95 or a similar one from Walmart for $7.50 (available in six colors).

5. A stainless steel sponge caddy to keep your sponges dry AF until you're ready to use them. Mildew? You don't know her.\

It sticks onto your sink with the help of suction cups!

Promising review: "Why didn't I get this years ago? Up until now, I let my sponges dry flat on a breathable coaster next to the faucet. I always thought that these holders would take up too much precious sink space (I have a tiny kitchen sink). But in fact, this is not at all the case, especially since mine is placed in the left corner under the faucet, thanks to the pictures in the reviews. I psychologically feel better knowing that it is in its optimal drying position, and not in contact with anything else besides the holder. I love having an immaculate faucet area." —Soleil

Get it from Amazon for $6.99 or Walmart for $8.85 (available in seven colors and finishes).

6. A three-tiered, standalone spice rack so you can be absolutely action-ready, especially when you need to add more flavor to your recipe super quickly.

Promising review: "This spice rack fits perfectly in my spice cabinet. It is durable. I accidentally dropped one and it didn't break! Each level is just the right height to see the next row of spices. After I received the first one, I bought two more. It's great to have all of my spices organized where I can see them instead of moving bottles around to find the ones in the back." –Keith Calvin Guy

Get it from Amazon for $11.87+ or Walmart for $11.87 (available in four designs).


7. A nifty over-the-door file organizer with four whole compartments you can put your loose papers in.

Promising review: "These are really nice and hold a lot of stuff. I got two to use in my home office and glad I did. It really helped us to organize the endless stacks that had accumulated on my desk. Very convenient that they hang on the door, I put two side by side and they fit together on a 3-0 door perfectly." –Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $14.99 or a similar one from Walmart for $8.98.

8. A clear cosmetic storage box to make your life and makeup game MUCH easier, since you'll know where everything is.

It even has a black mesh lining to keep your jewelry in place!

Promising review: "I LOVE this product! It comes in two separate pieces but the top fits perfectly on top of the drawers. It's a great size and fits almost all of my makeup. It's great for people who are starting out their makeup collection, but you can really fit a lot of products in the drawers. It fits great on bathroom counters, dressers, or a makeup counter!" –Carol Russo

Get it from Amazon for $14.49 or Walmart for $20.98.

9. A set of foldable drawer dividers, which probably won't fold your clothes for you, but it will make it so much simpler to section them off and put them away.

Promising review: "Definitely worth the money! My drawers were starting to overfill and had no organization. It was hard to find things easily without creating a mess. The cardboard bottoms are a bit tricky to get in at first but once they are in, the organizer stands up well. For being around $10 it's worth it just to try these for yourself!" –Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $11.49 or Walmart for $11.49 (available in five colors).

10. An organizer rack that'll be able to hold at least five frying and saucepans, because storing them in the oven isn't ideal.

Promising review: "My husband was really impressed. He's a stickler about keeping our pans protected by only hand washing and never in the dishwasher. Prior to this pan rack, we used a rubber shelf liner in between our pans to protect them when stacking. I should have bought this pan rack years ago." –SharonO

Get it from Amazon for $14.97 or Walmart for $14.95.


12. A wall mounted key rack and mail holder so you'll never forget your house keys or those updates on just how much you owe for student loans (although you'd really like to forget).

Don't put your keys someplace you definitely won't find in the morning. And if you're anything like me, your mail is all over the place, so now there's a designated space for it. You're welcome.

Promising review: "I looked so long for something cute and functional to keep my mail and keys, and this is the best thing I could have ever found (and a great price!) I have received so many compliments on this piece. It has brightened up my living room and has decluttered my kitchen counter! I purchased mine in white and it was very true to order. It can easily fit newspapers as well as letters and plenty of junk mail! It is extremely sturdy and if it is hung up well can hold a good bit of weight. I normally just leave my keys on the hooks, but it could definitely hold a jacket and sweater." —clareary

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

14. A pair of foldable storage containers you can insert in shelves or just place on your floor — wherever you want, really.

Promising review: "They're very nice and big. I love the way they make my shelves look very neat and tidy in my closet, and the teal-colored zigzag pattern is very appealing to the eyes." —Larraine

Get a set of two from Amazon for $8.99 or a similar set from Walmart for $9 (available in seven colors).


16. A couch caddy so you won't ever have to do a deep dive into your cushions looking for the remote or your lost laptop.

Promising review: "Great addition to a family room or den. Used to hold a lap-top, a few magazines, remotes and a few miscellaneous items. Would recommend for anyone looking for storage solutions in a family room, TV room or den." —WellSpread

Get it from Amazon for $24.99 or a similar one from Walmart for $7.99.

18. A stackable can rack, because while canned goods are amazing, they take up so much room in your pantry you could be filling up with multiple containers of Nutella.

Promising review: "For anybody with a lot of canned goods in their pantry, this is a game-changer. It's very sturdy and easy to put together. It can be adjusted to accommodate different sized cans (like tuna or giant cans of crushed tomatoes) and it made my pantry so much more organized. Even if I do my best to keep my cans sorted by type, it's always so hard to read the labels of anything that's not in the front row and I ended up purchasing so many things I already had just because I couldn't see it. Now it's so much easier to keep track of what I have and what I need to get. I probably keep about 12 different types of canned goods on this rack and I think it holds somewhere around 36 cans for me which is plenty for a family of four." —rachel l.j.

Get it from Amazon for $24.87 or Walmart for $24.55.


20. A shower caddy to keep you from tripping over all of the stray shampoo bottles on the side of the tub and breaking your neck.

Promising review: "I really like this caddy. I am a woman who lives with another female roommate and all of our product bottles except for one, fit comfortably in the top row - we currently have seven bottles on the tray. The suction cup that attaches to the shower head attaches well and the caddy is very sturdy." —Oli

Get it from Amazon for $19.99 or a similar one from Walmart for $13.78 (available in five colors).

21. A set of floating shelves, because your books need to go somewhere that isn't your desk or next to your bed.,

Promising review: "I bought these because I was tired of having all my skincare products and perfumes taking over my vanity area. These shelves were VERY easy to install due to the fact the set came with a piece of paper that measured the length of each individual shelf. Not to mention these are very sturdy as well!" —Alex

Get it from Amazon for $15.99 or a similar set from Walmart for $17.99 (available in three colors).

22. A set of stick-on minimalistic coat hooks so all of your jackets can have a home that isn't the chair of doom.

Promising review: "What a delightful surprise to actually have a sticky-backed hook be so well made, good looking and functional. I'm using them in multiple locations. In the kitchen, they compliment the stainless steel appliances and cabinet hardware. On the back of the Shaker-style closet doors where screw-type hooks just won't work, these adhere with gusto, making sturdy robe hooks installed at a height appropriate for the user. Really pleased with this product." —Molly Hale

Get a pack of four from Amazon for $11.99 or a similar set from Walmart for $7.88 (available in two colors).


23. An ottoman with a sneaky compartment to hide your favorite pair of slippers from your doggo who just doesn't have any impulse control.

24. A storage box to bring some sort of organization in your linen closet, so you won't have to take it apart every time you're looking for a matching pillowcase.

Get it from Amazon for $9.99 or a similar one from Target for $12.99 (available in six sizes and two colors).

25. An expandable under-the-sink rack that'll make it so much easier to place all your bathroom essentials, especially when it needs some spring cleaning.

Promising review: "Our under the sink cabinets are huge but have no shelves. The pipes make putting just any type of shelf in there really tricky, but this unit did a great job of solving our issue. Now things are nice and tidy in the cabinet. I even considered one for the bathroom. It is easy to use, and I love that there is enough height on the bottom shelf." —Ruby

Get it from Amazon for $19.87 or a similar one from Walmart for $22.99.


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