Organization strategy

Do you have a messy house? Organization experts swear by these 10 products under $30

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Ever wonder how your car keys ended up in the fridge or why Alexa keeps better track of your phone than you do? It could be because your living space has gotten a little too messy as you navigate the “new normal,” especially if you’re still working from home.

No need to judge yourself for not being matched with Marie Kondo, though – experts say it’s hard to follow systems that were set up to work for someone else (rather than your own needs and style). ). “Personality plays a critical role in organization because people’s brains are wired with different strengths and weaknesses,” says Kelly McMenamin, co-author of Organize Your Way: Simple Strategies for Every Personality and co-founder of The Pixies did it!a home organizing business that allows customers to organize according to their personality.

“If someone tries to organize [while] pretending to be someone they’re not, they probably won’t stay organized,” McMenamin told Mental Floss. Instead, she says the key is to incorporate your personal vibe into each system. “Start by evaluating [your] natural habits – good and bad – and build systems around those realities,” she adds.

Clutter can, of course, get in the way of all that. So how do you get the process going again, especially if you’re someone who doesn’t like throwing stuff away? “Start small,” says Laura Ellis, founder of Organized by Ellis, a Los Angeles-based home organization company. “Don’t start with very emotional papers or memories. Tackle things that are easy to organize so you can see and feel the benefits. This will build your confidence and help build momentum.

Along with making it easier to find your car keys and other household essentials, experts say these decluttering measures can also have a big impact on your mood. “It makes people feel like they’re in control,” says McMenamin, which can be great for promoting relaxation and peace of mind.

For more help sorting things out, we asked these pros which must-have home organization products they’d recommend to people for under $30, which you can shop below. Happy decluttering!

Amazon Basics 30-Pack Thin Velvet Non-Slip Clothes Hangers

Amazon Basics Fine Velvet Non-Slip Clothes Hangers, 30 Pack / Amazon

One of the best ways to outfit your bedroom is to outfit your closet with matching hangers. “If all your hangers are uniform, it avoids [tangling] and looks a lot neater,” Ellis says. This set of 30 hangers from the Amazon Basics Value Range is a great place to start. These velvet covered hangers have rounded corners and notches for non-slip support, so they’re perfect for everyday use and will make organizing your closet a breeze.

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Amolliar Lazy Susan turntable

Turntable Amolliar Lazy Susan / Amolliar / Amazon

Both experts love Lazy Susans when it comes to organization. Ellis recommends using them in the laundry room because they can make it easier to access detergent, dryer sheets, and other supplies, especially on high shelves or those that are otherwise hard to reach. McMenamin, on the other hand, says turntables are ideal for use in kitchens whenever possible, and not just for spices and cans. “They lend themselves to easy retrieval of a plethora of kitchen pantry items,” she says. This 4.8 star rated Lazy Susan fits perfectly and rotates 360 degrees so you can see and reach all objects.

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VaeFae Bamboo Cutlery Drawer Organizer

VaeFae Bamboo Silverware Drawer Organizer / VaeFae / Amazon

Both experts suggested using drawer organizers, and Ellis in particular likes to use them in kitchens because “those are the most used spaces and they become [disorganized] very quickly.” This bamboo utensil organizer is expandable and has five to seven compartments, so you can organize your drawers and find all your favorite gadgets in one place without having to call a search party. It even comes with a removable block, which facilitates the storage of knives.

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Separate laundry basket WOWLIVE

WOWLIVE / WOWLIVE / Amazon Freestanding Divided Laundry Hamper

McMenamin says you can effortlessly pre-sort clothes before they even go to the laundry room by having two baskets in each occupied room: one for hand wash/dry cleaning items and the other for clothes that can safely go through a washer and dryer. . This freestanding laundry basket is already divided into two laundry baskets, so sorting and transporting those dirty clothes will be a breeze.

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Delta Polished Chrome Metal Hook

Delta Polished Chrome Metal Hook / Delta / Amazon

“People who throw their coats on chairs or tables probably won’t easily start hanging their coats in a coat closet on a hanger,” McMenamin says, but installing hooks on the outside of a closet could change the situation. Plus, they’re handy in other places around the house, like along mudroom walls or entryways. With their traditional vibe, these classic chrome hooks will add a touch of nostalgia to your space and could be perfect for storing backpacks, scarves, hats and of course, especially coats.

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Mkono Woven Storage Basket

Mkono Woven Storage Basket / Mkono / Amazon

It’s never too early to teach your kids the art of organization. This woven boho basket can hold toys and other odds and ends to help toddlers learn to sort items, which experts say is a good thing. It can also be used to store pet toys and leashes, throw blankets, towels and books.

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mDesign stackable storage box

mDesign stackable storage box / mDesign / Amazon

Your bathroom sink and vanity can become a “dump” for everything from toothpaste to daily moisturizers. According to the two experts, this makes under-sink organizers essential, especially if your vanity doesn’t already have built-in drawers. “They make everything easier to retrieve and put away,” says McMenamin. With clear, stackable containers, you’ll be able to better control bathroom clutter. As a bonus, this one from mDesign has a pull-out drawer, so you can see and grab everything more seamlessly.

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EZOWare Collapsible Storage Cubes, Set of 6

EZOWare Collapsible Storage Cubes, Set of 6 / EZOWare / Amazon

While Ellis recommends using “lots of big baskets” to store stuffed animals and toys in kids’ rooms, these handy, multi-colored storage cubes are also a good alternative. As well as adding a splash of color to any nursery, they’re also ideal for storing dolls, action figures and other gadgets in a playroom.

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SPACEKEEPER 3 Tier Slim Mobile Shelving Organizer

SPACEKEEPER 3-Tier Slim Mobile Shelving Organizer / SPACEKEEPER / Amazon

Want something versatile to store items around the house? Try a mobile cart. Whether you’re storing baby items for a changing table in a small nursery or need a place to stash heavy cleaning supplies, this fan favorite (which has over 25,000 reviews on Amazon) should do the trick. the case. As well as offering compact storage space, this sleek option can easily be rolled to another area after use, so it’s ideal for homes where space is at a premium. When you’re done, just place it in a corner or put it out of sight, it’s that simple.

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cutequeen 4 tier plastic multipurpose storage shelf

cutequeen / cutequeen / Amazon 4-Tier Plastic Multi-Purpose Storage Shelf

One part of the house you don’t want to forget is your garage; you can use it to store items you may not need every day, or things you’ve bought in bulk, like cleaning supplies and paper goods you’ve found on sale . This plastic storage shelf is ideal for keeping such things off the ground and can prevent your garage space from becoming a black hole where things go to get lost.

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