Organizing, though a forever goal of mine, doesn’t come naturally to me. My designer brain wants everything in its place, but my artist brain wants to see everything to be inspired.
And while I definitely sell, donate and get rid of items regularly, I could stand to do more to declutter our space. It’s an ongoing struggle, but these are 10 items that have really helped solve a few spaces in my home. If I had to pick one or two of the best organizers to start with? This travel fav and this one for home. Ok, let’s check out the rest!
The Best (And Easiest) Organizers: For Kitchen, Home & Travel
These 10 things are a little random when we look at them as a whole, but very intentionally chosen as tried-and-true organizing solutions I’ve loved over the last year…for fixing a few problem areas in my house and for my travels.
Sometimes I love rounding up a bunch of things that look pretty into a lovely little article, but this time I really focused on what has been seriously helpful in my forever goal to get organized.
I will never be a minimalist and I’m learning to be ok with that, but my brain wants that visual ease and order that comes with things being in their place, so I waffle back and forth between piles and progress. If you’re the same, hopefully my go-to, best organizers will help you tackle a few areas, too!
Organizers For Home & Life
Shallow drawers in your desk or vanity like me? Expandable clear organizers are game-changing. I have a center drawer at my desk that is very shallow and quite wide. This keeps everything from rolling around everywhere and keeps me from shoving too much in the drawer. I definitely need an update but it really has helped keep me paired down for quite a while now! (I am a habitual junk drawer creator heh)
I hate going through things and cleaning them out, but a tiny hand vac helps me power through it easily without having to get my big vacuum cleaner out, find the attachment, lug it upstairs, etc. I love this little vacuum mostly for cleaning crumbs and dust out of drawers and cabinets. It’s a game-changer for glitter spills and quick crumb clean-ups, too.
I’ve been using this exact planner, in black, for over 5 years now. I am usually someone who likes variety or the shiny new thing, but this is one thing I really do buy each year. I also use Google Calendar but writing things down and having this on my desk at-a-glance helps solidify what’s important for the day or week.
The best part about this besides the weekly layout on the left, is the full lined page on the right of each spread. It allows space to use it for whatever I need that week, be it notes from our team calls, ideas for articles, shopping + grocery lists or packing lists. The layout isn’t fussy or filled with dumb quotes (haha sorry I’m snarky about those) or too much. I love simple when it comes to my planner and this is gorgeous, useful and chic.
These markers help color code my events on the weekly planner. I have a color for work stuff, a color for barre3 workouts, a color for appointments/events, and a color for my daughter’s stuff that I need to be aware of. I really just keep meetings, appointments and events on the planner so it helps me identify the big things each day. Sometimes I’ll list a few daily to-dos on the right side of the spread, too.
The more I have these around the more I appreciate these food storage bins. They are especially useful for under sinks and for alllll the sauces/condiments in small jars that seem to add up in our fridge. Cleaning up their messes when they leak is way easier with the bins, too. I like this set that has a variety of sizes.
Game-changer and I don’t throw that around lightly when it comes to annoying LIDS! Gah. They are the worst, eh? But this helps so much. I have it in a bottom drawer.
Organizers For Travel & On-the-Go
I got this little case a couple of months ago and took it on my first trip recently and it’s perfect. I am using a duffle instead of a backpack for plane travel now so there are fewer compartments, but I like this setup even better because all my little cords and adapters and items are in one case.
This is my new travel buddy. Not only is it adorable in this shiny copper (comes in a ton of other options, too) but it is the perfect size. It slides onto the handle of my roller bag beautifully, has a shoe or wet clothing compartment on the bottom, inside pockets, a laptop sleeve and fits easily under the seat in front of you on the plane. AND it holds a large water bottle in the side pocket. After years of traveling with a backpack always, I love having this now that I don’t have to carry. I always use my Calpak Mini Roller with it (usually packed with my shoes and anything I don’t want to check) and it’s the perfect combo.
I’m all about having snacks at the ready for the car typically but this is also great for the plane. And it’s so cute! A bag for everything is my goal and helps to keep stuff from getting smushed and inedible.
I’ve been through so many products to mount my phone in my car and gah what a joke so many of them are. This magnetic mount is the first one that has securely held my iPhone 13 Pro and I couldn’t be happier. Hubs wants one for his car now, too.
This piece isn’t the cutest in the photo here but when you get it in the shade of your car interior it blends right in. It holds all that little stuff that floats around my front seat, like hand lotion, tissues, sanitizer, etc. And for the back seat riders it can hold a couple of drinks and a few other essentials. It also keeps our doggo in the backseat more during our rides. She’s clipped in with her harness but she’s big enough she would still try to reach us…not anymore!
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This one’s for the pinners…