9 Things Pro Organizers Always Buy on Amazon
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Updated Oct 11, 2018 1:17 PM
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Spending months indoors has taught us that there are two types of people: those who tidy as they go and avoid letting messes pile up, and those who leave items strewn around the house for the occasional once-over. Quarantine has made it harder than ever to be part of the second camp—after all, when your dining table is also a home office, your roommate-turned-coworker’s patience has probably worn thin.
So we asked eight pro organizers to share the systems they use day-in, day-out to keep clutter in check. From a minimalist garment rack that will make you want to hang your clean laundry (well, almost) to Velcro ties that put an end to tangled computer cords, these are the best Amazon home organization products they swear by.
The Short List
- Best overall: iDesign Linus Turntable Kitchen Organizer
- Best value: Velcro One-Wrap Ties
- Best small space: Yamakazi Free Standing Hanger
- Best laundry hamper: La Jolie Muse Rope Woven Storage Basket
- Best hangers: Home-it Velvet Clothes Hangers
- Best drawer organizer: Lipper International Bamboo Drawer Box
- Best pantry organizer: mDesign Stackable Plastic Tea Bag Holder
- Best spice organizer: Ultimate Hostess Store Spice Jars
- Best document storage: Lion Design-R-Line Poly Envelope
Best Overall: iDesign Linus Turntable Kitchen Organizer
Perfect for: Your sad under-the-sink situation.
Lazy Susans are no longer just for dining tables. Brandie and Ryan, the sisters behind Home Sort, use a turntable to make items in hard-to-reach nooks easy to reach. “This acrylic one is our go-to,” says Brandie. She’s not the only one: More than 3,000 shoppers have left a positive review on Amazon, calling out its clever multipurpose design and quality BPA-free material. We suggest filling it with everything from medicine to backup toiletries and putting it under your bathroom sink.
Best Value: Velcro One-Wrap Ties
Perfect for: Tangled chargers, headphones, and computer cables.
Caitlin Roberts of Minimize With Purpose sticks to small but mighty goods when she’s browsing Amazon. Along with S-hooks (which can literally hang anything, over any edge) and a roller stamp (a tiny alternative to a document shredder), the SoCal-based organizer routinely stocks up on Velcro ties for cords that have run amok.
Best Small Space Storage: Yamakazi Free Standing Hanger
Perfect for: A bedroom with a nonexistent closet.
Staying organized is one thing. Staying organized in a small space is another. Holly Blakey of Breathing Room Organization swears by this minimalist garment rack for tight quarters. Even if you have a proper closet at your disposal, you can use it as a spot to plan out this week’s wardrobe. (You’ll never be late for another Zoom meeting again.)
Best Laundry Hamper: La Jolie Muse Rope Woven Storage Basket
Perfect for: That mountain of clothes in the corner.
Baskets are the backbone of a well-organized home, which is why you’ll usually find them at the top of Washington, D.C.–based organizer Rachel Rosenthal’s shopping list. Her criteria for a strong catchall? An affordable price and an even better design. This one’s large size and sturdy handles make it a great choice for laundry day.
Best Hangers: Home-it Velvet Clothes Hangers
Perfect for: Your overflowing coat (or, let’s face it, hoodie and sweatpants) collection.
Streamlining a cramped closet is as easy as buying velvet hangers in bulk. “I love consistent, thin hangers to keep closets not only looking fabulous but functional,” says Rosenthal of her second go-to buy. You’ll be surprised by how much extra space you’ll suddenly have.
Best Drawer Organizer: Lipper International Bamboo Drawer Box
Perfect for: Jumbled kitchen drawers that need to be tamed.
Dividing up your flatware and utensils will save you from digging through the drawer before every meal (and therefore spare your sanity). But don’t just spend your money on any old tray: Measure first! “Consider what you want to get in the drawer and then buy the correct combination of sizes,” suggests Karin Socci of The Serene Home. Phasing out plastic in your home? These compartments are made from bamboo.
Best Pantry Organizer: mDesign Stackable Plastic Tea Bag Holder
Perfect for: Streamlining your herbal wind-down ritual.
When left in their original boxes, tea bags can overwhelm your kitchen fast—for no good reason. Scrap the bulky packaging and consolidate your collection into a single storage unit, like this lidded pick that Jennifer Johnson of The Orderly Space recommends.
Best Spice Organizer: Ultimate Hostess Store Spice Jars
Perfect for: Mismatched spice packets that spill and coat the bottom of your kitchen cabinets.
Bulky spice bottles from the grocery store take up way too much cabinet space. Transfer them into sleek glass jars so they can be kept out on the counter instead. “Decanting spices is a quick and easy way to up the wow factor in your kitchen,” shares Johnson. This set also comes with labels and a chalkboard pen.
Best Document Storage: Lion Design-R-Line Poly Envelope
Perfect for: Super-important hard copies, like your dog’s adoption certificate.
If you’ve cut your paper footprint down to just the essentials, simply compile those materials in one streamlined envelope. “I use one of these to store all of my ‘keep forever’ documents, like passports and birth certificates,” says KonMari consultant Patty Morrissey. In the case of an emergency, you’ll know just where to find what you need.
How We Vetted These Products
When it’s your job to help clients organize their closets, pantries, and cabinets, you quickly learn which products actually work—and which gadgets are poorly made or just aren’t worth the money. We turned to professional declutterers and trained KonMari experts to share the Amazon items they use, love, and recommend.
Every product in a Domino guide meets these criteria:
- They blend form and function. We believe the best-designed products reflect your personal style and are a joy to use.
- They’re expert approved. In addition to our team of editors, we tap a range of designers, makers, renovators, and all-around knowledgeable people to share their intel.
- They’re endorsed by people who actually own them. We pay close attention to real reviews from both our creative community and third-party websites to know that they pass the test IRL.
This story was originally published in June 2019 and has since been updated.