by Jill Whitley

Whether you’re frantically preparing for holiday guests, or promising yourself that this is the year you finally keep that New Year’s resolution to tackle your messy closets, you’re not alone in needing a little help around the house.

Marie Kondo’s simple solutions for clutter-busting grew a cult-like following. Her first book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, has led to a Netflix series, an illustrated workbook, and even a comic book. The sequel to the bestseller, a guide to organizing your desk and professional tasks, is available for pre-order now.

 

Joy at Work: Organizing Your Professional Life (pre-order)

Marie Kondo

 

 

The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: A Magical Story 

Marie Kondo

 

 

Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up (The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up) Paperback – Illustrated, Large Print

 

 

 

But what about those of us who are simply too busy to drag out every item we own and lovingly caress it before it’s time to put the turkey in the oven and set the table for the entire family?  Here are some easy-peasy tricks to clear out visible debris and make your home not only guest-ready but more comfortable to relax in:

In the Kitchen:

Keep your counters clear:

It’s difficult to cook when your prep area is littered with utensil storage, produce, and rarely-used appliances. If your kitchen is small, utilize vertical space for storage: consider a wall-mounted produce basket or this compact, yet heavy-duty magnetic shelf for your refrigerator. It comes with utensils, a paper-towel dispenser, and holds up to 20lbs of your most-frequently reached-for supplies. There is a matching smaller unit for additional items if needed.

 

Wall Mounted Produce Basket

Hanging fruit basket rustic shelves Metal Wire 3 Tier Wall Mounted / over the door organizer Kitchen Fruit Produce, rustic decor shabby chic

 

 

 

Organize your kitchen

Kitchen Rack – Magnetic Fridge Organizer

18×12.7×5 INCH – Paper Towel Holder, Rustproof Spice Jars Rack, Heavy-duty Refrigerator Shelf Storage Including 6 Removable Hooks (BLACK) – 2019 New Design

 

 

Refrigerator Spice Rack Organizer Single Tier Magnetic Fridge Spice Storage

 

 

For a larger kitchen, consider adding compact, lightweight storage shelves for your bulkier items like stand mixers and slow cookers. While we love these pre-assembled Origami units for folding completely flat when needed, their range of fun colors, and their matching kitchen cart that provides extra preparation space, Amazon Essentials offers sturdy, compact shelving at a lower price point without the fancy features.

 

Origami Foldable Kitchen Island Cart

  • Versatile kitchen island or side cart
  • Sturdy steel frame with wood top
  • Towel bar on one end
  • Rolls easily so you can move it as desired

 

AmazonBasics 3-Shelf Shelving Storage Unit on Wheels, Metal Organizer Wire Rack

Durable steel construction with black-coated chrome finish

Measures 23.2 x 13.4 x 32.75 inches (LxWxH)

3-shelf shelving unit on wheels

 

 

Trick yourself into tidier habits:  Try a can organizer  that not only saves space, but makes it much easier to see the contents of your pantry and use them by the expiration date, or an expandable, three-tier spice rack that triples your storage space and makes your tiniest bottles more accessible– no more reaching and searching!

 

Simple Houseware SHW Stackable Can Rack

 – STACKABLE DESIGN: get multiple sets and stack them together in a second

 – Store up to 36 can or variety size can/jars

 – Six adjustable plastic dividers get different size cans

 

Expandable Shelf Organizer

  • Organize your cabinets better and easier with highly-functional Madesmart Expandable Shelf Organizer
  • The organizer expands and contracts to better fit your shelf space
  • Arrange items, such as spices, cans, and jars, on the tiered shelves to keep all items in view

 

For smaller items like individually packed snacks and seasoning packets, consider using a simple over-the-door shoe holder on the back of your pantry door. Each pocket can hold an item that would normally take up space in a drawer or cabinet.

 

2 Pack – SimpleHouseware Crystal Clear Over The Door Hanging Pantry Organizer

– 15 clear pockets hanging pantry organizer

– Hangs on standard door rod, no hardware needed

– Crystal Clear Pockets: Designed to see the content easily.

 

 

Want to be able to open your utensil drawer without a struggle? These innovative utensil organizers use a tiered design to increase your drawer capacity and keep contents from shifting.

 

Joseph Joseph 85119 DrawerStore Kitchen Drawer Organizer Tray for Cutlery Silverware

  • Unique design creates more space in your drawer
  • Individual, stacked compartments for different cutlery
  • Cutlery icons for easy identification

 

If, like us, you have a cabinet full of food storage containers with lids that never seem to match, organize them by size and shape with this standing display:

YouCopia 50100 StoraLid Food Container Lid Organizer

  • Holds round and square container lids up to 9″
  • Includes 5 long adjustable dividers
  • Fits in cabinet or drawer with handles for access

Use the back of your cabinet doors to store things that are difficult to neatly stack, like pot lids, baking pans, and kitchen towels.  For items that are too tall to fit in upper cabinets, like your water bottle collection, consider storing them horizontally. You could even pre-fill them and keep them in the refrigerator for on-the-go access.

 

SimpleHouseware Over the Cabinet Door Organizer Holder

Sturdy steel made with sliver coat, Storing 4 to 5 regular cutting boards

 

 

 

mDesign Plastic Freestanding Water Bottle Storage Organizer for Kitchen Countertop, Table, Pantry, Fridge

Bottles are stored horizontally in individual compartments so they are always easy to grab; Stack to create vertical storage to help maximize your space

 

 

 

Dining room:

Clear the runway: So many of us use our dining tables as a landing strip for the things we shed at the end of the day. Take a few moments to hang coats and bags in a closet or on space-saving hooks, then throw away all of the junk and sort the important things by category- kids’ artwork, outgoing mail, financial paperwork- into decorative magazine holders.

DecoBros Supreme Over The Door 11 Hook Organizer Rack

The Over the Door Hook Rack is perfect for anyone who needs more hanging space

 

 

 

 

6 Pack File Magazine Holder

Use at home or office. Perfect for storing letter-size file, magazines, publication, catalogs and any other paperwork

 

Laundry/Utility room:

Hang large, awkward items: We are so tired of tripping over our brooms and mops or trying to get them to lean nicely in a corner, only to hear them fall over the moment we turn our backs. This handy wall-mounted broom and tool holder will safely grip your brooms, mops, dustpans, and even some cordless stick vacuums. It also has hooks for your dusters and other cleaning supplies.

 

Berry Ave Broom Holder and Garden Tool Organizer Rake or Mop Handles

FROM MESS TO HOME DECOR – If you have cleaning supplies taking over your bathroom, kitchen, or garage shelving, declutter with this storage organization system you will want to show off to your guests!

 

 

Ditch bulky solutions for delicate laundry. If you don’t have a utility sink, some of us have repurposed this drainable dish basin meant for camping to handwash sweaters, blouses, and scarves.

Flow.month Dish Basin With Drain

VERSATILE AND MULTIPURPOSE: The Collapsible Dish Tub is a versatile tool for all your household tasks.

  • LARGE CAPACITY: The Large 9 Litres Capacity is great for washing dishes, wash food and more
  • PERFECT FOR ICE BEVERAGES: Take it camping to use as a dish tub or drink carrier or even hold all those delicious ingredients for s’mores

 

For drying, we’ve found that the best solutions are a wall-mounted, collapsible drying rack for items that can be hung straight from the washer, and a three-tier, folding mesh sweater rack for pieces that need to be laid flat.

 InstaHanger Closet Organizer, The Original Folding Drying Rack

MADE FROM STRONG, STURDY MATERIAL: This clothes holder holds up to 60 lbs of weight. That’s because the mount is made from heavy-duty ABS Plastic and the rod is made from durable stainless steel, allowing it to hold a considerable amount of weight.

 

 

 

 Homz Sweater, Delicates, Swimsuit, 3 Tier Drying Surface

  • 3 tiered drying surface holds up to 10 pounds
  • Durable plastic hooks work on standard shower rods
  • Easy set-up; folds flat for storage in reusable mesh lingerie bag

 

 

Switch out giant hampers and baskets for lighter, multipurpose totes: While plastic baskets have been getting the job done for years, they are heavy, unattractive, and hard to carry.

These multi-purpose Clever-Made totes are lightweight, sturdy, and fold completely flat . Members of our team have used them to haul groceries, taken them to the beach, and might stuff them full of kids’ toys and hide them from view when having unexpected company.

CleverMade 30L SnapBasket LUXE – Reusable Collapsible Durable Grocery Shopping Bag

 

 

CleverMade Collapsible Laundry Tote, Large Foldable Clothes Hamper Bag, LaundryCaddy CarryAll XL Pop Up Storage Basket with Handles

 

 

CleverMade Collapsible Fabric Laundry Basket – Foldable Pop Up Storage Container Organizer – Space Saving Hamper with Carry Handles Extra Large

Family Room:

Get your cords together: Are you constantly looking for your phone, your iPad charger, or the remote control? Solutions like these charging stations will keep all your electronics in one designated place.

Simicore Smart Charging Station Dock & Organizer for Smartphones, Tablets & Other Gadgets

 

 

 

Fastest Charging Station for Multiple Devices, Othoking Bamboo Charging Station

 

 

 

 

Invest in furniture that hides the mess: While a clutterless life sounds amazing in theory, homes are meant to be lived in. We love Marie Kondo as much as everyone else, but the stack of bills on the coffee table and the pile of Legos on the living room floor don’t exactly spark joy.

Storage furniture, like ClosetMaid Cubeicalscome in a variety of sizes and colors, so you can at least sort the things you don’t want to see before hiding them away.

ClosetMaid 8983 Stackable 15-Unit Organizer

Customize your space using our stackable organizers

 

 

 

ClosetMaid 1131 Cubeicals Premium Fabric Drawer with Decorative Trim

Compliments any ClosetMaid Cubeical or Premium storage organizers

 

 

 

Additionally, a storage ottoman can hide items like pillows and blankets for when you’re done cleaning up and ready to get cozy in your newly tidy space.

Convenience Concepts Designs4Comfort Round Ottoman

 

 

First Hill Madison Rectangular Faux Leather Storage Ottoman Bench

 

 

 


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