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    "These Storage Bags Are Fantastic": Just 15 Quick Things To Make Your Apartment's Clutter Way Less Overwhelming

    Drawer organizers to get your overflowing socks and underwear under control, a floating book shelf to free up surfaces, and other clutter-fighting products you'll love.

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    1. A silverware sorter that'll hold up to 24 pieces of cutlery while taking up barely any space at all so you can actually fit all your tools in one drawer.

    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!" —mialro

    Get it on Amazon for $11.24.

    2. A set of windowed, zip-top storage bags, each of which can fit one king size comforter, six blankets, or 35 pieces of clothing! If your closet is overflowing with linens, clothes that aren't in season, or anything else that needs stowing away, these make for a great solution. They even fold flat when not in use to save space!

    Cramming all this stuff into easy-to-store containers will definitely spark joy. They come in sets of three or six and are also nice and light and have easy-to-use handles.

    Promising review: "I was really skeptical of the description saying they were jumbo, and almost ordered two sets. One set did the job! These things hold way more than I had hoped, but are still easy to move and store. We apparently hoard pillows and comforters (we have four kids, so lots of sleepovers), so I ordered these to keep them organized when not in use, and so they stay clean between washes/uses. One bag has three large comforters, another has six pillows, and the third has two comforters and two pillows. And they all fit standing sideways on the top rack of our foyer closet. Before, we could only fit two comforters and maybe three pillows up there if they were sitting out loose. Amazing!!" —Lynn Swingle

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in two quantities and three colors).

    3. An expandable rack in case that pipe under your sink is making it hard to utilize all of the cabinet space down there.

    Measures 15 inches long x 11.25 inches wide x 15 inches high and can expand to 25 inches long.

    Promising review: "I'm so glad I bought this. I have a 24-inch vanity in my bathroom and this fit perfectly. I have it extended to about 23-inch 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." —Marlene R.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.97 (available in three finishes).

    4. vertical shoe tower so you can remember what your floors looked like before they were covered with your shoe collection.

    The tiered tower holding seven pairs of shoes
    The large version of the shoe tower
    Amazon, Amazon

    Promising review: "This is perfect for what we are looking for. It had to fit in a smaller space and served to stop a puddle of shoes from forming at the doorstep. I am glad that we have smaller feet/shoes though as the spaces are a bit narrow. There are only two larger spaces that would work for high-top shoes or heeled boots. All the other spaces fit flats or low sneakers well." —Sara C.

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99+ (available in three colors and two sizes).

    5. A cabinet door organizer to maximize the amount of stuff one lil' cubby can hold.

    Reviewer with plastic wrap, tinfoil, and similar boxes inside organizer
    Different reviewer using organizer for five cutting boards

    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 it's completely versatile. Hang it over the cabinet door or attach it to the wall/cabinet door, which means it's great for renters and owners." —Kerry

    Get it from Amazon for $17.97+ (also available as a pack of two).

    6. A sleek and convenient water bottle organizer for anyone running out of places to store their ever-growing collection of tumblers.

    Promising review: "Reusable water bottles are great, but they are such pain to store since they come in all shapes and sizes. They’re tall, they can’t nest inside each other, and if you lay 'em on their sides, they just roll everywhere. This storage rack efficiently eliminates that problem! The three-tier version was an awesome fit for my pantry. Will be getting a second one soon; I have collected so many free water bottles over the years! Might even consider using it elsewhere, like for my rolls of vinyl. Easy to set up — I did it without the instructions in just minutes. Highly recommend, worth the value." —Momo Kariño 

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in four sizes).

    7. A cable organizer box because, let's face it, piles of tangled cords are v ugly, and you didn't put effort into making your room cute only to have it marred by your quenchless thirst for electricity.

    Reviewer showing messy, tangled cords on the floor
    Same reviewer showing all the cords in the neat box

    Promising review: "I'm so happy with this organizer box. I can't stand a heap of tangled cords going every which way. I've got two AC adapter boxes in there. Also in the box is a small power supply, the cord for the iMac I use, and a long USB cord plugged into my charging station. It's awesome." —Ben

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in four colors, two styles, and packs of two and three).

    8. A shower curtain with pockets so you can stop knocking over piles of half-empty shampoo bottles every time you step in and out of the tub.

    Promising review: "We are apartment living, so storage is always an issue, and the bathroom is no exception. 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 leftover. My husband's back scrubber, my shampoo and hair care, and my daughter's bubble baths and 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, and it doesn't affect light that way either. Either way, I am super pleased, and I am keeping this link handy in case another one is EVER needed." —goodnite.graci

    Get it from Amazon for $22.97+ (available in clear or grey).

    Former BuzzFeeder Emmy Favilla has this shower curtain and loves it! Check out her full review (#2) to learn more.

    9. A pack of vacuum bags for those things you never really wear or use, but can't seem to get rid of. Now you can store your extra clothes, towel, blankets, and more without the usual bulk so you'll have an easier time finding somewhere to fit them.

    These bags are made with anti-microbial materials so you don't have to worry about things like mold, mildew, or bacteria building up. Plus, it comes with a free travel pump!

    Promising review: "This is a supreme product. The bags are made of thick, quality plastic. It is very easy to seal and to vacuum. 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. I highly recommend this product." —A.A.

    Get them from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in four sizes, a variety pack, and packs of two, six, or ten).

    10. A rustic, wall-mounted coat rack that also offers some shelf space to hold extra items that might not fit anywhere else.

    the Key and Coat Rack mounted on a wall wit a jacket, umbrella, and keys hanging from several hooks
    Distressed Me Not/Etsy

    Distressed Me Not is a family-owned small business based in North Carolina that creates handmade rustic and beachy pieces that'll make your home feel warm and toasty.

    Promising review: "We live in the mountains and have lots of coats, scarves, hats all over the place. This rack is twice as big as what we had before, with the added attraction of having a shelf on top. I went to a little antique shop and got a few things to put on top, and my husband and I really like the look! The shelf is well-made and of a quality that it is built to last." —Bev Linder

    Get it from Distressed Me Not on Etsy for $17.10+ (available in 10 sizes and with or without a top shelf).

    11. A strong and sturdy five-shelf hanging closet organizer to house all of those things that usually wind up on the floor of your closet.

    Five-tier hanging shelf with three mesh pockets on the side hanging in a closet in a bedroom
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I purchased this to free up space in my closet. For years I’ve always laid my sweaters over hangers and hung them up. As you can imagine, that took up most of the hanging space in my closet and resulted in many of my sweaters falling on the floor after slipping off the hanger. This product was super easy to assemble and it holds five to six sweaters per shelf. I love it!" —Nikki

    Get it from Amazon for $11.87 (available in nine colors).

    12. A floating bookshelf that turns your prized book collection into a bookworm's dream display so you can admire them daily.

    Ten hidden bookshelves holding books
    Showing how the shelves are hidden inside a partially open book

    It works by holding the cover of the bottom book!

    Promising review: "These are my favorite decorating item ever. Purchased four years ago in medical school. And have held up over many moves." —Susan Giampalmo

    Get it from Amazon for $11.50+ (available in two colors, two sizes, and sets of three).

    13. A set of drawer organizers for anyone whose sock, underwear, and other drawers are packed to the gills and rapidly devolving into chaos.

    They also collapse to store flat when not in use. You get four bins: a six-cell (for scarves, hankies, and ties), an eight-cell (for underwear), a seven-cell (for bras), and a 24-cell (for socks).

    Promising review: "I LOVE LOVE LOVE these organizers!! I almost did not purchase them due to the reviews saying that larger than a C-cup would not fit into the bra organizer. At just $15 for four organizers I took my chances and ordered two sets of four. I figured, worst case scenario I would have to cut the dividers out of the bra organizers. I wear a 32DD and the bras fit beautifully in the organizers. I am so glad I took the chance and did not listen to the reviews. I would have missed out on the best cheapest organizers I have ever found. I ordered another set for tank tops and other extras I did not think of before. I will also order my boyfriend the brown ones for his drawers. Great product for a great price!" —Elizabeth L. Blackwell

    Get the set of four from Amazon for $15.97 (available in seven colors).

    14. And some under-bed storage containers to be a home for all of the clutter in your room that just sort of ~hangs around~ due to the fact that your closet is completely maxed out.

    reviewer photo showing the underbed storage container neatly packed with sweaters and sweatshirts
    reviewer photo showing the underbed storage under their bed

    You can use these for so much more than clothing! Think craft supplies, extra toiletries, shoes...basically whatever you have too much of.

    Promising review: "These storage bags are fantastic. I live in a small apartment where storage space is at a premium I use these to store my Costco toilet paper and paper towels so I don't need to make as many trips to the store. It keeps them in pristine condition and out of sight. The handles make them easy to pull in and out, and they fold up nicely when not in use. I'm thinking about getting two more since 4 will fit under my queen bed." —Kimberly Dorn

    Get it from Amazon for $12.97+ (available in six colors).

    15. And finally, a lid organizer that'll make sealing up your leftovers less of a hassle.

    Reviewer image of unorganized drawer with containers and lids
    Closeup of the organizer with lids in it
    The drawer with the organizer in it, keeping the lids much more organized

    It'll hold round and square lids up to 9 inches wide and it only takes one minute to set up! Also, one reviewer shared that a sweet note from the brand in their package revealed that this YouCopia brand is a woman-owned small business!

    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 provide flexibility. Slowly but surely I am getting my tiny, chaotic kitchen under control, and this got me a huge leap closer." —S. Hawthorn

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in four sizes, a set of two, and with expanders).

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