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33 Ways To Actually Get Organized In 10 Minutes Or Less

33 Ways To Actually Get Organized In 10 Minutes Or Less

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Turn the inside of a cabinet door into a baking station with a kitchen equivalents chart + small Command Hooks + measuring cups and spoons.

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Plop an over-door basket on one of your kitchen cabinets so those cutting boards that you reach for daily don’t stay buried in the back corner any longer. (Get two, and neither will your foil, parchment paper, and plastic bags).


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It is mountable, but depending on how good you are with a drill, an over-door situation’s the best way to get it done super easily. Of course as with almost all organizing products, it’s important to check the measurements of your cabinets before you buy it!

Promising review: “This organizer is so useful! I recently moved and ended up with a much smaller kitchen, so I’ve been doing everything I can to make sure there’s a place for everything and no wasted space. Luckily, I have pretty wide cabinets, so this works out perfectly. I have one holding my cutting boards (four standard plastic boards) and another holding my foil, cling wrap, and parchment paper boxes. The organizer is super easy to assemble and completely versatile.” —Kerry

Get it on Amazon for $14.47.

3.

Go through your fridge and toss everything that’s past its prime.


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If your fridge is big or cluttered enough that you know it will take you more than ten minutes, start by only going through the door(s). From Women’s Health.

4.

Declutter your extensive tea collection by ditching all of those boxes that take up way too much space, and sorting everything into a two-sided stand.


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It will easily slide onto any shelf like a book, then you can pull it out to scan all your options like a menu. It holds over 100 tea bags total, and features 12 removable clear plastic bins to make it easy to grab exactly what you want.

Promising review: “Do I really need a tea bag organizer? That’s what I was thinking when I ordered this. And when I took it out of the box. And when I filled the first little bag holder. But as the pile of empty boxes grew larger, I knew the answer was yes, I do need a tea bag organizer. I was using a whole shelf and a half of jumbled tea boxes which I had to sift through to look for a specific tea. In the end, I think this held about eight or nine boxes of tea bags (I crammed some of them). I am so happy that I got this!” —Sarah C.

Get it on Amazon for $24.99.

5.

Hang pot lids on the inside of your cabinet door using two Command Hooks, so you can stack pots and pans *and* easily grab their lids.

6.

Upgrade your knife drawer with a protective organizer that will prevent the blades from knocking into one another, which means they’ll all stay sharper for longer.


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It can store up to nine knives safely: chef and other big blades on the bottom, and steak knives on top.

Promising review: “I wanted something that would stash out of sight, keep my knives separated and protected AND be easy to clean. Joseph Joseph nailed it with this one. It’s good quality, nice weight, rubber bottomed so it doesn’t slip around in the drawer, separates knives into two layers to make the most of drawer space, and stands the knives on their edges so the handles are easy to grip to remove. Oh, and you can throw it in the sink and wash it easily, as it’s all plastic! Just perfect. Highly recommend.” —monkeysohana

Get it on Amazon for $9.99.

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Set up a corner tray so excess water drains away from your soap, sponges, and scrub brush, instead of just puddling up on your kitchen counter.


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Promising review: “This caddy saves space at the sink by hanging over a back corner of the sink area. It keeps water from sitting near the hand and dish soap since it drips into the little easy-to-clean tray instead, which tilts towards the sink. The suction cups work great to keep it in place. It is the perfect size. Still holding strong several months later. Excellent product.” —C.J. Moses

Get it on Amazon for $10.99 (two colors).

8.

Grab an empty shoebox to corral all your socks, tights, or underwear. Bonus points for folding and stacking them Marie Kondo–style so you can see every pair clearly.

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Or if you’re a little lazy and don’t want to do all that folding, revamp your underwear drawer with some divided organizers. All you have to do is quickly stuff your bras, underwear, and socks into their respective slots and everything will look nice and neat with almost no effort.


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It comes with the four collapsible, fabric-covered bins you see here.

Promising review: “I LOVE LOVE LOVE these organizers!! I have no problem fitting DD cups into these. I wear a 32 DD and the bras fit beautifully. I am so glad I took the chance. I would have missed out on the best, cheapest organizers I have ever found. Great product for a great price!” —Elizabeth L Blackwell

Get them on Amazon for $14.87.

10.

Loop all of your favorite scarves over the bottom rung of a “suit” hanger, so you can easily see them all at a glance and they don’t get wrinkled.


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This is how I keep all the scarves I wear the most often, and it’s easy to take ’em off and put them back on again.

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Or if your collection is bigger than what can fit on a single hanger, try a hanging scarf organizer that will display them all neatly and sweetly so you can always find the exact one you’re looking for.


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It holds up to 23 scarves, belts, leggings, or ties.

Promising review: “This thing is amazing. I was skeptical because the other reviews had pictures with lighter summery/spring scarves but my collection is mostly winter wear. I wasn’t sure it would hold all my large blanket scarves but it does. My grandmother saw it and asked me to order one for her! This was the perfect solution too my organization problem.” —Nikolette

Get it on Amazon for $9.87.

12.

Stash your less frequently worn shoes away in an under bed organizer. We all have pairs we use less often but don’t want to completely forget, and this keeps them out of the way but still very accessible.


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Promising review: “This was a solid buy. Well-made, holds shoes of any size, zippered top is clear so you can see which shoes are inside without opening, fits perfectly under the bed and super easy to push under/pull out from underneath the bed. I ended up with three of the twelve-slot size and one of the eight-slot size. All of the shoes in my home are now organized, dust-free and protected. And when I move, I just pick up the bag! How easy! Love these.” —Jenn D

Get the 12-slot organizer on Amazon for $25.19 (two colors).

13.

Display all your favorite jewelry like it’s a work of art and you just might start to wear more pieces more often. This mounted organizer can hang wherever works best for your space, like on the back of your closet door or behind the door in your bedroom.


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You won’t have to spend even one second of your time untangling your favorite necklaces. And it’s excellent candidate for the completely removable Command Picture-Hanging Strips, if you don’t want to nail it to your walls.

Promising review: “It’s perfect and well-made. I love that there’s so many hooks, and the cork board is so nice for earring studs. :)” —ccm86582

Get it from Love for County on Etsy for $45 (many colors available).

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Or if you have the drawer space for it, sort your earrings into ice cube trays to make every pair easy to spot.

15.

Replace “the chair” where you constantly throw those outfits you’ve only worn once (and intend to wear again before you wash ’em) with a decorative ladder; besides holding more clothes than the chair, it also makes it easier for you to see everything you have.


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Basically it’s a solution that works with your existing habits, so you don’t really have to change — only “the chair” does! Reviewers say it genuinely does only take five to ten minutes to assemble and start using.

Promising review: “The first time I saw this for dirty-not-dirty clothes I was like, ‘That. Is. Genius.’ Frankly it works well and is better than transferring clothes between bed and chair over and over again. This was so easy to put together that even I didn’t mess it up. Although I definitely recommend using a screwdriver other than the Allen wrench that comes with it.” —Kim Dee

Get it on Amazon for $50+ (available in both white and black).

16.

Multiply your closet hanging space — or just make it easy for a kiddo to reach their own clothes — with a double-hang closet rod. All you have to do is hook it onto the top rod, and ta-da! You have your very own TV-worthy before and after.


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Promising review: “This is a great item. I purchased two after moving into a new apartment with only one closet rod and limited storage space. I didn’t want to deal with the hassle of putting in a second rod, nor did I want to drill holes into the wall of a rented apartment. These are perfect! Two filled out the length of my normal-sized closet perfectly.” —Amazon Customer

Get it on Amazon for $11.52. (Although again I can’t emphasize enough: measure before you order! If you need something smaller or adjustable, check out a similar product that I had in college and loved for $13.87).

17.

Fill a specially-designed beanbag chair cover with your kids (or teens) treasured stuffed toys and their rooms will instantly look, like, 95% cleaner.


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They’re also good for stashing old blankets!

Promising review: “My daughter hates to part with stuffed animals. We had a full corner net, her twin bed covered, and more lying around. I ordered the XL and it fit THEM ALL. Best part is there is still space. It’s easier for her to get to them as the corner nets I would have to help, and easy to put them all away. Conveniently zips right up. This is a great way to keep them but hide them.” —Sherri Lee

Get one on Amazon for $20.95+ (three sizes available in eleven colors and patterns).

18.

Institute a “crap basket” system for the junk that your family leaves lying around the house. Just put anything that’s out of place in the right person’s basket, and then it’s their responsibility to put it all away.


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You don’t have to even go so far as to make labels for each basket, of course; try using a different color for each person instead. From Sew Many Ways.

If you want to try this yourself but don’t see yourself splurging on fancy baskets, you can always test it with a set of six fabric storage bins. Get them on Amazon for

If you want to try a crap basket system yourself but don’t see yourself investing in fancy seagrass weave quite yet, you can always test it with some fabric storage bins.


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They’re made to fit inside 11×11 cube shelves but would work just as well for this purpose! And would prob take up a little less room on your stairs.

Get them on Amazon for $20.99 (11 colors).

19.

Choose one — just one! — of your bathroom drawers, and empty it, toss what you don’t use (or what’s expired), wipe it down, and reorganize it.


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And if you’re extra motivated, do it again the next day with another drawer. After just a few ten-minute sessions, you’ll have reorganized most of your bathroom! If you don’t have organizers you love already, get a set of six small, stackable, clear bins on Amazon for $14.99 (includes two long toothbrush sized–bins, two medium length bins, and two square bins).

BTW, here’s how to know when exactly you need to toss something:


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Because if you’ve had the one-year lipstick for five-plus years now, it’s probably time for a fresh tube.

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If the space under your sink needs some TLC, choose one half of it (or if it’s extra spacious, just a third) to quickly clean out and redo. I’m a big proponent of under-cabinet drawers for this, because they prevent your favorite lotions from getting lost to those deep back corners.


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This one features a shelf on top that doubles up your usable space, so you have easy access to everything in the drawer *and* everything on top of it.

Promising review: “These are nice pieces that helped me organize underneath my bathroom sink! They fit perfectly! After organizing everything, I was so surprised I had so much more room that I grabbed more items out of the linen closet to fill it up. I still have a lot of room left. (This is Brad’s wife.)” —Brad J. Leahy

Get it on Amazon for $24.87 (also available in bronze).

21.

Magnets are the ultimate solution to your bobby pin woes: either attach a strip of adhesive magnet tape in a drawer or to the back of your medicine cabinet, or stick ’em in a paperclip organizer.


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Because they’re suddenly easy to put away, you probably won’t go through a new pack so quickly! Magnetic strip idea from Superwoman.

And if you don’t have the stuff already, you can get supplies for both tricks on Amazon: magnetic strip tape for $9.99, and a basic paperclip organizer for $3.17.

22.

Collect all your hair ties on a carabiner and they won’t mysteriously vanish quite so quickly.


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This is how I’ve organized my hair ties since February 2018 and I still have almost all of them! Get the set of five carabiners I use on Amazon for $6.99.

23.

If you wear makeup everyday, pull the stuff you love the most out of your cluttered bag or drawer and put it on display in a convenient countertop organizer.


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The top piece stacks on the bottom drawers, so you can either keep ’em together or apart; whatever works best for your countertop.

Promising review: “I love this. It looks much nicer than I thought it would. The plastic is of a relatively heavy weight, and super clear, especially in comparison to a lipstick/brush organizer from a different manufacturer I already own. The drawers open and close easily, and the various sizes make a lot of sense for face, blush, et cetera. Modularity is also a plus. I have the three sections with drawers side by side, with the top open section stacked, so I have room to add on top in case I want more space. I do have a separate holder for palettes, however, so if you have a lot of makeup this probably won’t be a single solution for you. Worth it though!” —Maddy Lumpkin

Get it on Amazon for $24.87.

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Treat your favorite styling tools to an easily-accessible spot on the back of the door under the sink, thanks to an organizer that fits right over your cabinet door.


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No more digging them out of the drawer and messing with their tangled cords. Just pull one out, plug in, and go. As with other over-door organizers, be sure to check measurements before you buy!

Promising review: “This did exactly what I needed it to. Before all my items were in a drawer and the cords were a pain, but with this metal basket it minimized clutter, kept things organized and separate, and also looks nice. It fits two of my blow dryers, a flat iron, and a curling wand. The bars are adjustable as well (just use the twisties it came with to secure them in place, but the basket fit perfectly to my cabinet). Worth the buy. :)” —Alyssa Jewell

Get it on Amazon for $17.99.

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Or if you don’t have much cabinet space to speak of, try mounting a hair dryer holder — its small size makes it flexible, so it can work with pretty much any setup.


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Inside your cabinet, on the inside cabinet door, directly next to your sink, somewhere above the counter…so many possibilities. And it’s perfect for renters, too, because it’s held up by heavy duty, water-resistant Command Strips. Just make sure to follow the package instructions to the letter, and it will stay for years!

Promising review: “I’m so glad I decided on this one out of the many many holders. I LOVE that you don’t have to drill holes in your wall. It’s pretty, out of the way, but at the same time, right where I need it. Plus it keeps your dryer from being scratched up or knocked in the floor. Plus if I ever want to move it all I’ll have to do is remove it and buy new strips!” —hgmbtrflys

Get it on Amazon for $8.81.

26.

Have an ever-growing collection of nail polish threatening to overflow the old cosmetic bag you’re currently storing it in? Neatly stash it away in a compartmented case instead, and you’ll always be able to find the color you want in a single glance.


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It holds 48 total bottles, 24 on each side.

Promising review: “This is better than advertised. Essie, OPI, Pop-Arrazi, Sinful Colors, SH Instadry, SH Triple Shine, SH Xtrreme Wear, Wet & Wild, SH Hard As Nails and Covergirl all fit perfectly; my Julep colors fit two to a compartment! The first row has adjustable dividers, you can use them to keep odd-shaped bottles or do what I do: use one side for my nail stamper, dotting tools, and the drying drops and the other for foam wedges and nail pens. It looks way neater easily tucked under my vanity instead of the baskets and baskets of polishes I had to hunt through!” —Clouds

Get one on Amazon for $24.99.

27.

Swap out your regular old shower curtain liner for one with pockets: you’ll either instantly double all your storage space or finally be able to leave the edges of your tub clear, making them easier to wipe down once a week.


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Promising review: “This is a game changer. There are so many pockets with so much room in each, I actually have space left over. My husband’s back scrubber, my shampoo and hair care, my daughters bubble baths, bath floofies, all fit with room to spare. And the pockets are all a nice height so I’m not crouching to find anything. The curtain is clear so I didn’t have to change the “pretty” one, and it doesn’t affect light either. Either way, I am super pleased.” —goodnite.graci

Get it on Amazon for $11.84.

My colleague Elizabeth owns and loves this curtain; read her Maytex mesh pocket shower curtain review for more!

28.

Avoid wasting any bit of storage space, especially if your bathroom’s on the tiny side. Over-door hooks or towel racks turn that previously dead area into super functional storage.


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I recently hung some over-door hooks in my bathroom and don’t know why I put off getting them for so long. They’re the perfect spot to keep both my current set of PJs and the leggings + tank top I change into when I get home from work — I’ll wear each for a few nights before washing — plus my swimsuits or whatever other random things pop up!

Get them on Amazon: the set of five brushed gold hooks for $16 (also available in brushed stainless, matte black, and matte graphite) or the triple towel bar for $18.62.

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Hang a wall organizer with Command’s picture hanging strips right next to your front or back door and you’ll have an instant mini-mudroom and ~drop zone~.


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Okay so you won’t finish this project in just ten minutes, but it will only take you ten minutes of work. After you stick the Command Strips to the piece, and then the piece to the wall, you’ll have to remove the piece (separating the hooked strips) for an hour for the adhesive to fully set. Then you simply press it back up there and it’s ready to go!

Promising review: “Super cute and helpful thing to have right by the front door. We didn’t install it with the screws it came with, we just used Command Strips because we knew we’d just be hanging keys on the hooks and placing lightweight things (ie. gloves) on the shelf, and this way there’s no damage to the wall.” —Victoria Cortez

Get the supplies on Amazon: the shelf for $32.93, and a pack of 14 pairs of Command picture hanging strips for $9.19.

30.

Pack your reusable bags in one bag with a carabiner on it, so you can hook them both on your car and on your shopping cart.

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Sort through everything in your glove compartment, then file all your important papers away in a convienient document case.


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Promising review: “It has more than enough space in it to hold all sorts of documents. And it has a heavy duty fabric finish, and the zippers seem solid. I don’t think there will be any problems down the road with the quality, but I also rarely use what I’m storing inside this. The only downside is that there isn’t a pocket large enough to fit the manual itself, but it still fits in and zips up nicely, so I can live with that. Overall, excellent product.” —Nicholas

Get it on Amazon for $14.99.

32.

Snap on a couple of headrest hooks and you’ll finally have a spot to stick your bag (besides the floor!) when you have a car full of passengers.


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And they will make sure your bag doesn’t go cascading to the floor when you sharply turn or brake.

Promising review: “What a great idea! This is the handiest contraption ever. You simply raise your headrest about 1/2″ and clip this to the headrest’s post. It is firm and secure. My handbag’s often heavy and this doesn’t make it tilt at all. I gave one to my daughter who uses it in her car, too. She loves it as her car doesn’t have much floor space as her center console is wide and she often has passengers. Great value for something so useful!” —Just My Opinion

Get a set of two on Amazon for $7.95 (available in black and beige).

33.

Stick a laundry basket or plastic bin in the trunk of your car for the next time you get groceries: it makes it easy to carry all of your bags inside in a single trip, and will help your bags stay upright on the drive home.


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And if you happen to need a laundry basket, you can get a pack of three from Amazon for $35.99.

You, giving yourself the recognition you deserve after improving your life with even just one or two of these things:

The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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