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Every once in a while, an organizational product comes along that actually increases your quality of life. It seems that too often, the products we purchase to facilitate our more-organized lives end up falling short somehow, so there are only a select few that break through into can’t-live-without territory. I live for these things, almost as much as I live for new seasons of The Great British Baking Show. Perhaps if you invest in one of these items, you’ll be as shocked and happy as Rahul when he wins another challenge.
Calpak Packing Cubes, $58
Packing cubes: not just for luggage anymore. I’ve used smaller packing cubes to section off drawers and shove things under my bed (they’ve got handles!) and they’re great at corralling things in car trunks—jumper cables, spare sweatshirts, and first aid supplies.
5 Section Bra Organizer, $29.99
Bras—structured or padded—are impossible to effectively store away, because twisting them up like a college dorm hamper compromises their integrity, but lining them up never seems to stick. No longer!
Lost keys? Never heard of them. This little storage box is the perfect home for your wayward keys, as well as the mail you keep forgetting to bring with you out the door. It's comfortable taking up residency on the fridge (magnets!) or the wall, it all just depends on where you're most likely to pass by it.
As someone whose recycling can is a Trader Joe’s paper bag, I find myself wishing I purchased the double version of this trash can every day. I have the rose gold singular one, and it’s sleek and effective, but I wish I had gone with the dual compartment one.
Super strong magnets keep this rack clinging onto the fridge; a perfect way to maximize the outside of the fridge as a storage zone. Now fridge-adjacent things like garlic and olive oil have a place to live.
The benefits of this wee-but-mighty storage cart are quite clearly spelled out in the name. It fits all kinds of stuff and can sit in the oft-forgotten places of your home, like the space between the fridge and counter, or toilet and wall.
Food Storage and Lids Organizer, $12.99
The. Worst. Things. To. Store. Ever. While I can’t promise anything will keep your storage containers totally organized, this wire mesh organizer is a good bet.
Umbra Mini Stowit Box, $31.95
This little box has multiple hidden compartments—kind of like a scavenger hunt for your stuff—but in a good, organized way!
3-Tier Shelf, $29.99
These stadium-seating bleachers for your canned goods create visibility for all the items in your pantry or closet by elevating even the back-seaters into prime view.
Something that drives me nuts about renting is my inability to change the configuration of the shelves in my kitchen cabinets. The disparity in shelf height can actually result in inefficient usage of storage space, and in a place where every inch counts, shelf risers are a must.
If you’re low on laundry room space, you’re just like the rest of us! I’m so low on laundry room space, in fact, that I don’t even have one. But if I did, I’d want to maximize every inch of it, with this storage pocket! That sticks to the side of the washing machine! With magnets! I mean!
I’ve heard The Home Edit wax poetic about these clear turntables more times than I can count, and I’ve seen them pop up in truly every pantry before-and-after this year. From spices and olive oil to a giant collection of hot sauce, these babies keep them all in reach.
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