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2023 was the year of problem-solving.

Just between us? So many times I live with things that totally get on my nerves. Like disorganization under the sink or a disorganized closet or stains I can’t get out of my slipcovers. Most of the time I kind of forget about things until I open the closet or try and find the paper towels under the sink or move a pillow and see a small stain I forgot about.

And I literally roll my eyes at myself.

So this year I decided ENOUGH. This was the year I decided when I saw a problem I was going to solve it.

So I researched answers and along the way discovered some amazing game-changing products.

Kind of the perfect way to start the year off right.

So just in case you haven’t heard about these products? I had to share. This is my top 10 list for today. I’m sharing top 10 lists this week with my friends Leslie and Janine.

Here are 10 problems I solved this year with these Amazon products.

Christmas organization ideas tree storage

I wanted to start off our solutions with some easy ideas to pack up all the Christmas stuff.

This is one of the most asked questions I get when I share my Christmas decorating ideas.

Where do you put all that stuff when it’s not Christmas? As I was packing everything and putting it away, I thought it might be helpful if I showed you how I packed it and what I used and the best ideas to keep all the Christmas decor neat and tidy until December rolls around again.

10. Smart tote labels

This problem?

How can you tell what’s in a tote in the attic? It’s so frustrating when you don’t know what’s in all of your storage containers.

These are smart labels that you can add to your totes and just scan them and know what’s in the tote or box. Just add what’s in the box to the app and when you scan the label you can see in an instant what’s in there.

It’s amazing.

And you can see the smart labels here.

Christmas organization ideas tree bag

// Christmas tree bag //

9. Christmas Tree Bags

I had so many problems with the tree. The boxes wouldn’t close and the tree didn’t fit back into the box and when we pulled down the boxes every year, it was a little precarious.

  1. My white trees turned yellow because they weren’t stored properly.
  2. Sometimes we couldn’t get it all back into the box and we’d leave the tree stand somewhere else in the attic and it would get lost and the tree would be tree standless.
  3. The tree branches were smushed and it took extra time to fluff them out the next year.
  4. The pinecones or extra decor on the branches would fall off.

And then?

Several years ago I got a tree that came with a bag that zipped. Until then I’d never used a bag before.

This organizing set is the best value with the bag and wreath storage and there’s a coupon right now.

The bag is REALLY ROOMY and fits up to a nine-foot tree. It’s made of this amazing material that’s waterproof and dustproof and prevents friends in the attic from getting into the bag.

We’ve been using these bags for several years and you won’t believe the difference in the trees when you unpack them. It’s one of the best Christmas organization ideas.

If you have more than one tree bag, you can add these labels to the front of the tree bag and then just scan it to see which tree is there (living room tree, family room tree, etc.).

Here are some other tree storage options, too:

Christmas organization ideas wreath storage

Christmas organization ideas wreath storage container

// wreath and bag set //

8. Wreath Storage Bags

Wreath storage can be a little bit of a challenging problem. We have tons of different types of wreaths for Christmas. There are the indoor wreaths like my ornament wreath that need special packaging. Then there are the wreaths on the outside of the house and the wreaths on the doors. For the outdoor wreaths, there are so many that I just hang them in plastic garbage bags on a rolling rack in the attic. Then for the rest of the wreaths, I use these wreath bags for each different set.

The instructions say two wreaths fit inside the bag, but I typically can fit three wreaths in each one. They have zippers on the outside edges and the bag is made of this amazing material that’s waterproof and dustproof and prevents friends in the attic from getting into the bag.

The wreath bags I used came with the tree bag I ordered or you can order them separately here.

Here are some other Christmas organization ideas for wreath storage:

 

// grout pen //

7. Grout Pen

I think my bathroom tile is over 75 years old.

And that grout? WATCH OUT. It was so yellow. My problem? I was going to have to regrout the entire bathroom.

But instead, I found the perfect solution. Here’s the grout pen that I used instead.

It’s kind of a game-changer. The downstairs bathroom grout would NOT come clean no matter how hard I scrubbed and how much I cleaned it.

And then?

I found this grout pen that works just like a paint pen. You draw a line with it on top of your current grout and it looks so white and new. And it holds up, too. I used it several months ago and it still looks white and clean.

You can see the grout pen here.

products that make life easier under sink organizer

products that make life easier sink organizer

// under sink pull-out organizer //

6. Under the sink pull-out organizer

Where do you keep your sponge?

I used to keep it on the edge of the sink. I even ordered cute sponges that matched my kitchen. The challenge is that all sponges start out cute and then it’s downhill from there (can you tell I’m watching skiing as I’m typing this)?

The sponges get so icky after a while that I didn’t want them on the sink. So I’d put them under the sink and they’d get lost and glumpy and mix in with everything else. I’d be kneeling down trying to find the sponge or a cleaner or the dish soap or these cute blue and white reusable dish towels and I’d get so frustrated.

And then I found this pull-out organizer.

I’ve used it for about nine months now and I love it just as much as the first day it was installed. It keeps everything organized under the sink because you just pull it out to use it and put everything right back where it goes.

Every time I pull it out it makes me so happy.

Truly.

You can see the pull-out organizer here.

// chair leg floor protectors //

5. Chair leg floor protectors

I have old wood floors in my house.

Older than the internet wood floors that need extra TLC.

The problem? Every time someone pulls a chair out or moves furniture around? It scratches the floor. But not now because I found these chair leg floor protectors.

They come in a set of 40 pieces for all the chairs in your house.

You can see the entire chair leg floor protector set here.

products that make life easier

// snap and click containers //

4. These food storage containers for the fridge

I eat so many fruits and vegetables (which are so expensive now) and I wanted to keep them fresh (and organized) in the fridge so they were ready at a moment’s notice. I want to bring them home from the grocery store, clean and wash them and put them into a container so I have them ready. Then there are no excuses not to eat them. I tried so many different containers and other products that are designed to make life easier and I figured out three things about myself:

  1. I really really like harder plastic for food storage containers. I think it cleans up better and holds up better over time and I like how clear and see-through it is.
  2. I am kind of picky about my plastic. I wanted to make sure I was using BPA-free plastic for food storage.
  3. I LOVE the snap-and-click with a container. You know. The whoosh when it seals and then the click when it clicks into place. It is SO satisfying.

These containers fit all that criteria and solve the problem for me.

I have two different sizes. These containers hold 3.2 cups.

These containers hold 4.7 cups.

// plate hangers //

3. These plate hangers

I was looking for ways to hang up my plates on the hutch (or even some of my Christmas decor) and I needed a simple hook to solve the problem.

These invisible plate hangers are a GAME CHANGER.

I am so all about them.

I’ve used them for a while and they have worked for me without any problems.

You can see the invisible sticky plate hangers here.

// Molly’s Suds //

2. Molly’s Suds

I found Molly’s Suds last year and it has changed the way I do laundry.

It’s a miracle worker.

It makes my sheets and towels and slipcovers whiter and brighter. I needed a quick solution for the stains on my slipcover and this product was the perfect solution. You can see the before and after of my slipcovers here.

And you can find Molly’s Suds here.

products that make life easier drawer organizers

// drawer organizers //

1. These drawer organizers

I posted about these a while back and they were my best-seller this year for two weeks in a row.

These drawer organizers are amazing.

My challenge? My drawers were full of junk and stuff without a way to organize it. I’ve tried several different iterations of this product and these are by far the best value for the money. One of the best products that make life easier—they come in a set of 25 and there are four different sizes of containers so you have so many combinations and ways to set them up to fit any drawer. They have these little rubber feet on the bottom that completely hold them in place and prevent them from moving around and they even fit inside each other (you can see the small chalk bin and the small thumbtack bin actually fit inside the larger square bin).

With all the individual containers and compartments in the drawer, you can use something and put it right back in its own little container so it all stays neat.

You can see them here.

I think it’s my new favorite thing.

Finding solutions to organizing challenges.

Here are just a few more of my favorite problem-solving products:

My mother always says, “A place for everything will keep everything in its place.”

And I never argue with my mother.

She’s always right. 🙂

And now? Here are some other top 10 lists from some of my favorite friends:

Happy Happy Nester

My Favorite Things From Amazon

“Check out My Favorite Things Amazon to find what my readers loved most. You’ll find a bit of everything in this collection – from cozy home decor and handy small appliances to luxurious bedding, and there’s even something for the bakers out there.”

~ Janine

My 100-Year-Old Home

Your Top 10 Amazon Finds in 2023

“Nearly every blog post I write features Amazon finds and I love sharing them with you. This is a very fun Top Ten list as there were some surprises!”

~Leslie

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Comments

    1. Image for KariAnne Wood KariAnne Wood

      I actually got it several years ago from Ann Taylor! They make a similar version of it every year for winter! Happy day! KariAnne

  1. Image for Diane Yarrington Diane Yarrington

    So now that the slip covers are nice and spot free how do you dry them without locking in all those wrinkles from the dryer?? They’re too bulky to iron (plus who wants to do that!) and those wrinkles seem locked in forever!!

    1. Image for KariAnne Wood KariAnne Wood

      I actually stretch them out over chairs and then use a steamer once they are on the couches! I NEVER dry them because they don't fit properly! Westleigh just did that with her slipcovers, too! Happy day! KariAnne

  2. Image for Kris Kris

    I've used the adhesive chair pad protectors for years on my furniture, but I like the idea of the ones you featured. I hosted a Christmas eve party with extended family and I was making sure there were protectors on the legs of all the chairs that I pulled out to seat so many people! Not only do they protect your floors, but they also make it easier to push your chair in and out.

  3. Image for Diana Clark Diana Clark

    Well I have had those bags for years but just this week I opened about four looking for something. Those labels are game changers! I know what you mean about living with things that annoy you. We get so busy and think we will do it later. Here is some advice I got once that stuck with me. If it takes 5 seconds just do it. I mean how many times have I walked past something I should put away or pick up off the floor. So now I catch myself repeating the advice to myself. Helps in many ways.

  4. Image for Rizae Rizae

    I use the sticky plate hangers for pictures, mirrors and small tools and things! They are great. And the floor chair leg protectors are the best thing ever for solid hardwood floors! Such great ideas to make life easier. Big Hugs,

  5. Image for Pamela Pamela

    Did I miss a link for the two wicker baskets? They look so nice and the perfect place to tuck away the things you want to unseen and quick to access. Thanks for the great ideas! Happy New Year!

  6. Image for Anna Price Anna Price

    Great tips! I am thinking of ditching my current tupperware for the snap on lid containers . . . My tupperware has been used for the last 15 years. (Yikes!). Happy New Year Karianne!

  7. Image for Lynn Mosher Lynn Mosher

    Great ideas, KariAnne! Your noggin always works so well! 😉 One question: where did you get the cute little lined baskets that are in the pullout under the sink? Love those! Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. 🥰

  8. Image for Jodena Beale Jodena Beale

    I own my tree bag because of you. I bought it last year and several ornament organizers. I love them all. Thanks

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