Freeing up space and organizing closets, drawers and other cluttered rooms and spaces can sometimes be so overwhelming, especially in today’s busy world. Even if you’re able to put in the extra effort it takes to clean your home, spaces that are disorganized rarely feel clean. And it’s no secret that a more organized home improves the wellbeing of everyone who lives there. That’s why organizing tips, ideas, inspirations, and stories are among Good Housekeeping’s most popular, and with that in mind, we set out to find the best, most useful, most innovative, and most well-designed organizing products, tools and devices.
Meet the Experts
How We Tested
To select these 34 top-performing products for our first Good Housekeeping Storage Awards, our experts sorted, stacked and sifted through over 140 submissions from the world of organizing products to assess performance, durability, flexibility, versatility, ease of use, aesthetics, size and other criteria. We looked at organizers both big and small — for closets, garages, home office, kids’ supplies and artwork, shoes and accessories, photos, travel, kitchen supplies and food storage and beyond. With over 60 combined years of testing experience in the Good Housekeeping Institute and organizing know-how, you can trust that we can spot a great organizer when we see it!
Stop struggling to see what’s way in the back of your pantry. At 10 or 15 inches wide, Copco’s tiered stand gives cans, bottles and spices a lift so everything on a shelf is easy to spot and grab.
LAB RESULTS: Nonslip treads help items stay securely in place. And it’s a cinch to wipe clean.
Our judges loved this space-saving Joseph Joseph stack of nesting cooking essentials. The set includes a large bowl, a small bowl, a colander, a sieve, measuring cups and a tablespoon, and it comes in different colors.
LAB RESULTS: Every piece was designed for maximum usefulness, and the set won’t hog storage space. In tests, the mixing bowl handles doubled as pouring spouts.
Sheet pans, trays and lids can make organizing bakeware and cookware a real challenge. With YouCopia’s adaptable rack, you place the wire dividers where you need them.
LAB RESULTS: Its slim frame is sturdy, and the nonslip feet keep it in place when you remove or replace items.
These attractive, durable baskets from The Container Store are perfect in the pantry or pretty on the counter for holding fruit, veggies, snacks and more.
LAB RESULTS: The large openings make the contents grabbable without unstacking, and the bins can be used all around the home.
YouCopia’s turntable keeps sauces, snacks and fridge and pantry items within reach. Or use it under a bathroom sink for toiletries or on a desk for supplies.
LAB RESULTS: Its removable nonslip mat and its rim keep everything in place as it turns, and at 11 inches wide, it holds a lot.
Clear bins are an organizing must-have, and this Copco one is a winner. Use it in — or on top of —the fridge, in a pantry, in a closet or wherever you need order.
LAB RESULTS: Seeing inside it is effortless; a nonslip mat adds stability; handles make it grabbable.
At only six inches wide, YouCopia’s wheeled caddy brings items from the back of the fridge (or in deep, narrow cabinets) front and center.
LAB RESULTS: The adjustable dividers keep things organized and in place. There are handles for lifting the entire container and non-slip feet up front for stability.
Smart & Sustainable Food Fixers
Nothing beats glass for food storage, but these gems from Rubbermaid do more. Airtight clear lids make stacking simple, and they eliminate messy leaks. Plus, they’re microwave-safe — just lift the latches to expose the vents.
LAB RESULTS: Their modular design makes organizing the fridge or freezer a breeze.
These are the clear space savers that started the pop-top canister craze. OXO has sizes to hold everything from cereal to snacks, beans, pasta and more. And they can be configured to fit any space on a pantry shelf. Buy them in sets or as single units.
LAB RESULTS: The no-twist push-button lid creates an airtight seal when you press it down; just pop it up to open. We love that you can attach a scoop underneath the lid — no more digging into the sugar to find the scoop!
Storing pet food in an airtight resealable container not only helps it last longer but also keeps insects and other critters out. Iris’s BPA-free combo includes 12- and 33-quart containers and a two-cup scoop.
LAB RESULTS: The large bin holds about 25 lbs of food and is on wheels, so it’s maneuverable, and the locking lids prevent spills.
Zyliss’s see-through containers have unique twist-locking lids for an airtight seal. They’re stackable and neat to tote, and their rounded edges ensure mess-free pouring.
LAB RESULTS: They are dishwasher-safe. In tests, they stayed well-sealed and were fast to clean.
These machine-washable Lotus bags (including a hand-washable insulated cooler bag) attach together and hang like file folders in your cart. They keep your haul sorted while you shop and check out, then roll neatly to be tucked into your car trunk.
LAB RESULTS: Each durable bag has pockets, holds more than most reusable bags and helps eliminate plastic and paper grocery bags. They can even be used without rods for a picnic or a day at the beach.
Who needs a lid? Stasher’s easy-to-clean, reusable silicone bag stands up while you fill it, and seals with just a pinch. It's especially good for keeping cleaned salad greens and herbs fresh.
LAB RESULTS: Airtight, leak-free (if sealed correctly) and microwave-safe, it also comes in smaller sizes.
Wow-Worthy Closet Tools
Twenty-six see-through mesh compartments in Target’s hanging organizer keep shoes (even larger sizes) paired and off the floor. Or, use it for storing scarves, knit hats, gloves, clutch purses and more.
LAB RESULTS: Hanging the unit and filling the pockets is so straightforward, you’ll want one in every bedroom.
Mount this ClosetMaid rack on a wall or hang it over a door for installation. Use it in a linen closet, bathroom, bedroom or pantry. One tester raved, “It’s a game changer!”
LAB RESULTS: We found it no problem to set up, and the deep and shallow baskets can be placed with any spacing you choose for a custom fit.
This Great Useful Stuff hanging space saver frees dresser and drawer space. It holds up to eight pairs of sunglasses and has 16 pockets on the back for jewelry and other small items.
LAB RESULTS: We like that it does double duty and gets bulky glass cases out of crowded drawers.
Big or small — Elfa’s system allows you to create the closet of your dreams with shelving, rod, drawer and accessory solutions for nearly every budget and type of space.
LAB RESULTS: Elfa’s easy-to-install, customizable system is always a winner in GH tests. It’s so versatile.
Add as many trays as you need to store gems and other precious pieces neatly and safely in this velvet-lined jewelry box. Trays vary in depth and design to suit your needs.
LAB RESULTS: We like the flexibility of this system over other jewelry boxes. Store the layers in drawers or pack them in a suitcase for travel.
Under-Sink Space Savers
Under-sink cabinets can feel like black holes: Who knows what’s back there? Copco’s 18-inch turntable puts frequently used cleaners and tools within reach.
LAB RESULTS: Its nonslip liner and high sides mean things stay put while you spin it. Side handles make it quick to lift out.
Reaching deep into a cabinet can be challenging, especially under a sink. With items on wheels, you won’t lose anything again.
LAB RESULTS: YouCopia’s dividers are adjustable for a custom fit, and the high sides add stability. The extra basket on the back is removable.
Sensational Family Gear
With a monthly subscription, Chatbooks creates a kid-friendly mini book of 30 images each month. Just choose your fave photos from your phone’s camera roll and upload them to the app (iOS and Android only). Other book options are available.
LAB RESULTS: Our testers confirmed that the printing is high-quality; they suggest upgrading to the hardcover option for long-lasting results.
We love this versatile IKEA kids’ table and stool set. Use it as a sensory table, convert it into a LEGO tabletop building center or use it as an arts and crafts station. It’s so versatile, everyone will want to be at the kids’ table!
LAB RESULTS: Add the Trofast accessory storage bins that fit under the top, and you’ll have space to stash toys and craft supplies that kids can grab when they want them and (hopefully) put back when they’re done.
This ToteSavvy removable organizer, with many pockets and a washable changing mat, keeps baby supplies close at hand. It opens flat so it can be packed and unpacked easily, then folds to fit in your tote.
LAB RESULTS: It has an insulated pocket to help keep a bottle warm or cool, and the open-pocket design lets you see inside without digging.
A low-tech message solution, the 1Thrive wet-erase board and corkboard will help organize your family’s menus, homework, chore reminders and more. Plus, it keeps important papers handy.
LAB RESULTS: Smooth to set up and customize, it lets you choose a vertical or horizontal layout and add accessories, including hooks for keys and more.
What parent doesn’t want to save all their kid’s artful creations? But there isn’t space. Enter ArtKive. The company sends you a box to fill with your child’s drawings. Then it professionally photographs them and has you proof the images before turning them into a hardcover book.
LAB RESULTS: Digital images are shared with you, and the books are not hard to store.
Mikasa’s freestanding baskets are so pretty, you’ll want them for fruits, veggies, hand towels, pet toys and more.
LAB RESULTS: It’s simple to set up, has a small footprint and baskets are removable for greater flexibility.
Any organizing pro will agree that a label maker is a must-have. Use Brother’s machine to label pantry bins, storage containers of holiday decor, file cabinets and even leftovers.
LAB RESULTS: We found it quick to set up and were wowed by its many custom font and layout options.
Access your grocery and to-do lists, get appointment reminders and manage smart home devices like lights and thermostats right on the Echo or with voice commands. Its great sound and 10-inch HD swivel screen (an upgrade from the Echo Show 8 we featured in our print magazine) make viewing and chatting a pleasure.
LAB RESULTS: We love that this simple-to-use all-in-one device helps you organize your life and enjoy it, as it allows for movies, musical entertainment and video calls.
This elegant powered tray is the perfect addition to a nightstand or an entry table. Unlike most wireless chargers, the Courant has a valet section for corralling small items like jewelry and earbuds, and it comes in an assortment of pretty colors.
LAB RESULTS: Our testers liked the idea of one product that would tackle more than one clutter issue, and this does that nicely. No more misplaced keys!
Corral messy tech clutter with this Great Useful Stuff vertical charging station. It holds up to three phones and two laptops or tablets, and comes in many colors and finishes.
LAB RESULTS: Our tech experts were impressed by its ability to hold large devices and how it kept phone alerts visible and cords neatly stashed for tangle-free charging.
Cords for lamps, electronics and appliances can become a tangled mess, not to mention a tripping hazard. These holders keep them tidy and off the floor or counter. They secure to a wall with Command’s adhesive backing, which holds well and can be cleanly removed.
LAB RESULTS: These nifty bundlers work for most cord sizes and won’t ruin your paint job when you take them off the wall.