As the year winds down, one of your New Year’s resolutions may be to finally get the house organized. To help you in this task, we’ve compiled a list of our top ten favorite organizing tools of 2014.
1. Label Maker
$19 at Staples – Really, any effort to organize any part of your life will go a lot more smoothly if you use a label maker. That way, you can avoid reorganizing the closet, storage unit or crafting supplies because you don’t know what’s in which tote or where to find the items you’re looking for.
2. Interlocking Drawer Organizers
3. Collapsible Crunch Bags
$6–$20 at Umbra – These collapsible storage bins are not only stylish, but also versatile, especially the circular ones. “This plastic-lined canvas bin from Umbra stands up to the heaviest clutter-purging loads and then crunches flat for streamlined storage,” note the writers at Good Housekeeping.
4. Under-bed Storage Bag
$12 at Target – Not only is this a great way for you to add storage space to any bedroom, but also it is a kid-friendly “clean your room” tool that satisfies parental desires and kids’ attention spans.
5. Rubbermaid Deluxe Tool Tower
$41 on Amazon – “Store up to 40 tools in this tower,” reports Woman’s Day magazine. “The grid pattern on bottom keeps the tools secure, and casters make the tower easy to move when you need to work outdoors or to reorganize the garage!”
6. Tall, Wooden Shoe Cubby
$185 on Overstock.com – This is a great way to organize shoes for the whole family next to your most frequented home entry. There should even be room for guests to have cubbies all their own when they visit.
7. ClosetMaid Ventilated Linen Shelving
Starting at $9 at The Home Depot – This ClosetMaid shelving series offers versatility to expand storage in any closet, pantry, laundry room, or other area of the house. There are several widths available, as well as clothing rods and shoe racks. The ventilated system ensures that clothing doesn’t get musky, even on the bottom of the sweater pile.
8. ClosetMaid Tray Cabinet Organizer
$21 at The Home Depot – Mounted on the bottom of the cabinet, the gliding roller system allows you easy access to items stored in the back of the cabinet by simply pulling the tray out (instead of putting half your body in the cabinet to reach them).
9. Portable Storage Closet
Starting at $20 at Target – Closet shelving won’t do much good if there’s barely a closet to speak of. Older homes in particular have very small closets in the bedrooms, in which case a portable storage closet will come in handy. Since it’s canvas, you could easily decorate its neutral exterior to blend it with the room’s existing décor.
10. Tie and Scarf Spinner
$10 at Bed Bath & Beyond – Ties and scarves are two items that seem rather hard to keep organized and accessible in the closet—but this little gem does the trick! No more digging through the drawer or a pile on the floor to find the accessory you want (and hope it isn’t wrinkled beyond use).
Purchasing all of these items would amount to a considerable expense. But getting organized doesn’t have to be expensive. If you’re really on a budget, you can find a variety of organizational tools at your local dollar store, including baskets and stackable, plastic storage bins. Organizing expert Alejandra Costello created a video to demonstrate the versatility she found for a number of dollar store organizing items.