We want to start the new year on the right foot. We are trying to get organized and get on top of the clutter in our lives, but it can also feel so overwhelming. When there’s so much to do, where do we even begin?
Starting a new year is a great opportunity to start fresh. Get rid of the clutter, find simple storage solutions, and organize every corner of our home and life. Whether that means tech clutter, kitchen storage or even dealing with all that paper everywhere, the easiest thing to do is take it one organizing task at a time. You’ll feel so much better about your surroundings once you just get it done!
With that in mind, these products will help you keep your clutter-free New Year’s resolutions.
The Best Home Organizational Buys for the New Year
STM Goods Dapper Wrapper
What it does: Perfect for keeping your tech organized both at home and when traveling, this compact and organized storage wrapper can do everything from organize cables and adapters, to help you keep track of headphones and chargers.
Why it’ll change your life: We’ve all gone to grab a phone or computer charger and found it tangled in a web of random cables. Not only is this not appealing to look at, but it’s also likely to shorten the life of those cables and also could be hazardous. This wrapper will keep all those chargers and cables and adapters neat and tidy, so they are accessible and in working order when you are ready for them.
Details and specs: Multiple pockets and compartments, secure magnetic closure.
Cost: $28.21 at Amazon.com
COVE Long Garment Hanger
What it does: This smart hanger has a two-piece design that maintains clothing’s shape while making the most of storage space in the closet at the same time. It works via a patented top lock, so by folding the longer bottom of the dress or other garment over the hanger and snapping the hanger into place, it’ll stay put.
Why it’ll change your life: Whether you are attempting to hang an evening dress, a long dress or even a full-length coat, this is an organizational game changer. It won’t fall off the hanger and end up on the floor of the closet, or get snagged or creased while on the hanger either.
Details and specs: Made from recycled plastic.
Quartet Magnetic Whiteboard
What it does: A sleek and wipe-clean way to organize and maintain all sorts of notes and calendar.
Why it’ll change your life: Many of us have a sea of sticky notes on our desktops, reminding us of meetings, appointments and other agenda items. This whiteboard can take the place of all that clutter (and wasted paper). When activities change or have been completed, just wipe clean and update with new plans and information.
Details and specs: 2 ft x 1.5 ft., silver aluminum frame
Cost: $36.99 at Amazon.com
Clean/Dirty Dishwasher Magnet
What it does: This magnet works via a super simple sliding mechanism. Slide to clean when the dishes have been cleaned and back to dirty when it is time to indicate another cycle is necessary.
Why it’ll change your life: The best organizational products are those that save time and energy so we can focus on the other tasks on our agenda. Having a magnet that lets us know unequivocally if the dishes in the washer are clean or dirty saves us the effort of washing them a second time for no reason, or putting away dirty dishes we think are clean (and then having a bigger mess on our hands).
This product is especially handy if you live with others, who may or may not know the official status of the dishes.
Details and specs: Magnet, measures 7 inches x 2 inches x 0.5 inches.
Cost: $7.97 at Amazon.com
Polywood 68″ Console Table With Storage
What it does: This is a console table that opens up to reveal tons of storage space on the inside. Whether used as space to sit or to hide all those toys or books, it’ll keep them out of the way and the room looking neat.
Why it’ll change your life: Perhaps we don’t have room for both storage and also more seating area. This gives us both in one sturdy and compact package. It’s also weather resistant, so it can easily be kept in the yard or garage if there’s no room in the house. Closed, it has enough room for some cushions and has extra seating for guests. Open, it may just be the exact storage you need to make a room look a lot more neat and tidy.
Details and specs: 68 inches x 30.25 inches x 23 inches (WxHxD);190 lbs.
Cost: $1,699 at Polywood.com
Purifico Handsoap Bundle
What it does: We know handwashing is incredibly important. We always knew that, but after a few years of a pandemic, we are more aware than ever we need to wash our hands often. That means we have a lot of hand soap around. That leads to a lot of clutter! Refillable bottles can eliminate all that excess and make sure we still stay on top of our health and hygiene.
Why it’ll change your life: While it may be hard to decipher why a refillable ceramic bottle and some pods of soap may be good for home organization, anyone who has a sea of various bottles of hand soap lining their vanity and in their cabinets is very much aware. This hand soap bundle comes with one refillable bottle and four pods, which is in total good for 600 washes. That means a lot less clutter, and it’s also a lot kinder to the environment than all those abandoned bottles.
Details and specs: One pod is good for 150 washes.
Cost: $15 at Purifico.com
Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1300 Scanner
What it does: A compact way to instantly deal with all those papers constantly cluttering your desk (and everywhere else in the house).
Why it’ll change your life: This WiFi-enabled scanner can digitize all those documents that are taking up valuable surface real estate. This may be tax documents, billing statements, invoices, family schedules. By digitizing them, they are far easier to find when you need them, but they free up your space for things you actually want to have there — say your favorite coffee mug or family photos.
Details and specs: Connects to Mac, PC, iOS, Android and mobile devices, has USB and WiFi connectivity.
Cost: $299.99 at Amazon.com
The Progress Over Perfection Planner
What it does: This planner is not your usual weekly or monthly calendar. In fact, it’s undated. But the basis is the concept of progress and working toward your goals. If getting organized and staying on top of your sometimes overwhelming life and schedule is a big part of that, this can help.
Why it’ll change your life: This six-month undated planner is full of various planning and motivational tactics that will help you work toward making progress. Sometimes the most important thing we can do for ourselves as we try to conquer those larger-than-life tasks (like organizing our home and lives) is to give ourselves credit for the progress we’re making. This planner will help.
Details and specs: 6-month undated planner/journal, 9.4 inches x 7 inches, elastic cover band.
Cost: $45 at Honestyjamie.com
Raymour & Flanigan Rainor Bar Cart
What it does: This is a bar cart that doesn’t take itself too seriously, thanks to its rustic, unfinished style. Use it to organize your various liquors, wines and beers, and move it around as life and the party demand.
Why it’ll change your life: An adult bar may have an assortment of bottles of various sizes, as well as cans and accessories. This can get messy fast. A bar cart can keep everything neat and tidy, but also easier to find. This will make you look extra impressive when mixing cocktails at your next dinner party.
Details and specs: Comes in black or brown, L: 28.8 inches x W: 20.8 inches x H: 33.5 inches
Everlasting Comfort: Under Bed Storage Bag
What it does: These underbed storage bags come in various sizes, so they’ll fit whatever you need them for, from out-of-season clothes to bedding or shoes. Store them under the bed and just pull them out when they are needed.
Why it’ll change your life: Most of us don’t have nearly enough closet space. This leads to overflowing closets, clothes falling off racks and often piles of our belongings on the floor. This is both sloppy and unnecessary. Underbed storage bags keep all those belongings organized but also out of the way.
Details and specs: The large 75-liter bags can hold 75 articles of clothing, and the 22.5-liter bag fits 20.
Cost: $29.99 at Amazon.com
Ball Stack & Store Jars
What it does: Whether it is beans, rice, pasta or our collection of lentils, there’s a whole lot of bags and boxes taking up space in our cabinets. This can be an issue if space is at a premium. These stack-and-store jars are airtight and stackable, so they can store those dry items in a more space-efficient way.
Why it’ll change your life: Airtight containers keep those ingredients fresher longer and also help to keep pests out. But the clear containers make it easy to decipher what’s inside and find what we need, and the space-saving storage means we can fit more in the cabinet neatly, and have less boxes taking up space on our counters.
Details and specs: Three-pack of jars: two 4-cup and one 9.9-cup, plus lids.
Superio Ribbed Storage Bin
What it does: Storage bins are a save-all to organize everything from paperwork to office supplies. These bins are easy to carry, thanks to the cut-out grip-friendly handles, but they are also stackable and very durable.
Why it’ll change your life: Sometimes the best way to feel more in charge of our life and surroundings is to get the clutter out of sight. Home organization leads to mental organization. These stackable storage baskets aren’t just practical and space-saving, but will make your space look more organized and you feel more professional.
Details and specs: Available in seven colors, four size options
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