I’m not sure what has gotten into me lately, but I’ve been on an organizing tear.

I’m even surprising myself.

The other day I walked by the mirror in this room with my arms full of stuff I was moving from one closet to the other and I looked like a robin feathering its nest.

I’ve systematically gone through each space and tried to find ideas and tips and products that are designed to create a place for everything and keep everything in its place.

Some products really work (and even surprise me with how good they are).

And some?

Not so much.

I’ve returned all the ones that didn’t work and I thought I would share what IS working and what I’m using in the house and all the products that are making my life easier.

The thing that they all have in common is that they solve a problem for me.

Here are my favorites that made the cut.

7 organizing products that make my life easier.

1. 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 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 it here.

2. 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 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 make sure I was 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.

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

These containers hold 4.7 cups.

3. These stackable clear organizers

I’ve showed y’all this area before. It’s a closet in the hallway with the linen closet on the other side.

We had bins with random letters on them that used to mean something, but now they were kind of organized, but the bins were really too big to keep everything in place. Stuff ended up getting jumbled up inside and then I recently added some things that I had cleaned out from the bedroom when we redid it.

It was a lot.

I tried a couple of things and landed with these stackable clear organizers. Here’s why I am all about them:

  1. They are stackable. I actually just ordered another set because I have more space to stack more.
  2. They are portable. You can organize them by task. For example, I have my nail stuff in one organizer and my self-tanner stuff in another.
  3. They are clear. I LOVE that they are clear so I can see everything at a glance.
  4. They are hard plastic (BPA free) and so sturdy.
  5. They are flexible. You can adjust how you use them in the space depending on the measurements of your shelves.

The exact set I ordered is sold out now, but I just ordered this set that’s super similar.

4. These spinnable earring organizers

I literally feel like I’m earring shopping with these earring organizers.

They automatically extend your earring wardrobe because you can see everything with a spin.

The organizers are four sided and have hooks to hang the earrings from. With earrings with backs, I don’t take the time to thread them through the holes. Instead, I just add them to the hooks with the space between the earring and the back.

You can see them here.

5. These drawer organizers

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

These drawer organizers are amazing.

I’ve tried several different iterations of this product and these are by far the best value for the money. 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.

6. These sweater and top organizers

With the bedroom makeover, I added these super inexpensive closet units on the wall.

Here’s a glimpse inside to see how I organized everything. I organized the shelves inside the cabinets with these amazing sweater/top organizers.

They are kind of game-changers.

I used to hang up my sweaters, but they get so stretched out, so I was looking for a solution to add the sweaters to the shelves in an organized way. I use this sweater folder to fold the sweaters and then I organize them according to color.

I can see them all at a glance now and it made so much more space in the closet for other hanging clothes.

You can see the organizers here.

7. These stackable shoe organizers (that I don’t use for shoes)

I was trying to find a solution for all the odds and ends in my closet.

And I found these stackable shoe organizers with these mini containers with doors.

I use them to store everything.

Here are just a few of the things I put in here:

  • tights
  • fuzzy socks
  • patterned socks
  • bathing suits
  • scarves
  • belts
  • bathing suit cover-up
  • zippered bags
  • small purses

The possibilities are endless. I wasn’t sure when I ordered them that I would fill them up, but no worries on that. They are the perfect size for so many things.

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 things:

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. 🙂

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Comments

  1. Image for Lenore Bernhardt Lenore Bernhardt

    I love the Rubbermaid Brilliance storage containers. Costco has had the very best prices on a selection of many sizes in one box. Best deals you will ever find. I have bought them twice and then as gifts for others. Keep your eyes open with Costco emails as I always order online with free shog. They also had a set of Prepworks storage containers for flour, sugar, brown sugar, etc and they are excellent as well, yup bought those too. Thanks for all you do! I have bought many of your picks and been happy with them. I’m looking at you Battery Daddy…lol.

    1. Image for KariAnne Wood KariAnne Wood

      LOL! I love that Battery Daddy! Thanks for the Costco tips!!!! They have the BEST stuff! Happy day! KariAnne

    1. Image for KariAnne Wood KariAnne Wood

      LOL! Those are in the closet next to the dressing table! You can see them in this post: https://thistlewoodfarms.com/7-easy-closet-organization-ideas/ Let me know if you have any other questions! Happy day! KariAnne

  2. Image for Va in NC Va in NC

    Thank you for sharing all these products. Such a big help to me. Have installed the pull out shelves in kitchen cabinets but not under the sink...this will solve that problem. Will order several other other products that you featured. Thank you again dear friend for sharing. And big thank you for putting the link so that I just click on and takes me to site to order. Hugs

  3. Image for Paige Paige

    Love any organizing ideas! Would love to know where you found the clear container you had spray bottles/taller bottles in that was next to your q-tip container. I need something like this!

    1. Image for KariAnne Wood KariAnne Wood

      Paige, Of course! I have those all over the house! You can see them here (affiliate): https://amzn.to/3H1OYTo happy day! KariAnne

  4. Image for Claudia A Claudia A

    Hi, my name is Claudia and I am a hoarder. It's true, sadly I must confess. I've been trying to get all the things under control at home and UGH I just can't seem to accomplish control over my and my husbands stuff. Idk what it is but our STUFF is taking over. Its like a never ending battle and I'm losing. Hopefully adding some of these product will help. Drowning at home from our clutter.

  5. Image for Michele M / Finch Rest Michele M / Finch Rest

    Great inspiration, KA!!! I started using those heavier plastic "clickable" Rubbermaid storage containers and got rid of ALL of my others- we use almost every size - small and mediums for food and the big ones for all our baking stuff (my husband is a master bread baker so he needed the organization!) I absolutely love them. I know the way those "wings" click up it is good for microwaving (gets rid of excess steam) but I still don't use plastic in the microwave. We only use glass for health concerns. But they wash up well. If any of your readers are on the fence about them - just buy them and trust them. I gave bit kits of them to my two daughters a few Christmases ago and they love them too. I love they stack well and wash well and are holding up so nicely.

  6. Image for JC JC

    OK, friend, I totally heard your voice in my head with a few ya'lls and amazings thrown in when I read this!!🤣 But, these things are AMAZING!! I especially love the earring spinner and the clear stackable totes. I have an armoire in my bathroom with a compartment below without a shelf. I didn't have the heart to ask my amazing Mr. Can Build Anything to add one more thing to his to-do list. Now he doesnt need to!! These stackables would totally expand the space. Brilliant ideas! Loving this organization journey together! Thank you!!

  7. Image for Lisa Lisa

    Those Brilliance containers are the best, but i started using the glass ones for food and now use the plastic ones for great storage. That way,any concerns about plastics is gone and the glass just works so well. Enjoy those fruits and vegetables! Question: Karianne,how do you maintain your weight loss with all that fruit??? You are such an inspiration in life. Lisa

  8. Image for Jan Jan

    I love this post. I have saved almost all of your items on my shopping list on Amazon. I noticed you mentioned your self tanning items in one of your organizers. Can you share what you use for self tanning please? Thanks.

    1. Image for KariAnne KariAnne

      Jan, Of course! You will love it! You just add it to your moisturizer and it smells good! Here’s the link (affiliate): https://amzn.to/3I3T0ft happy day, karianne

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