If you’ve looked around your home recently, there’s a good chance you’ve noticed some areas that could use an organizational upgrade. And while we’re certainly not here to judge any piles of clothes, jumbled wires or messy playrooms, we do have a few tricks up our sleeve to get your home into shape.
But not all organizational tools are created equal, so the editors at Apartment Therapy tested organizational products for your home, kitchen and more and rounded up their favorites for the first ever Apartment Therapy Organization Awards. Charli Penn, executive lifestyle director of Apartment Therapy, stopped by TODAY to share her favorite award-winning solutions.
Whether your refrigerator could use an overhaul or your closets make it difficult to pick out an outfit in the morning, keep scrolling to see all of the clever organization hacks your home needs.
Apartment Therapy Organization Awards winners seen on TODAY
Unless you have a large vanity, your bathroom counter is likely cluttered with your favorite eye creams, mascaras and concealers. But no one has infinite counter space and everyone deserves some easy organization. That's why Penn is raving about this rotating makeup organizer that has seven layers of adjustable trays. Named "Best Makeup Organizer" in the Apartment Therapy Organization Awards, this product can hold up to "30 makeup brushes, 20 skin care products and numerous lipsticks, eye shadows, eye liners and mascara tubes," according to the brand.
Penn's next pick won the title, "Best Toothbrush Holder," and it includes multiple sections to hold your toothbrush, razor, toothpaste and more. Penn says this award-winner is especially helpful in shared bathroom spaces where toothbrushes can create clutter. Designers added extra ventilation, so lingering water droplets can dry quickly.
Have you ever had to throw away a bottle of great shampoo because it's too big to pass through TSA? Penn has a solution for you: the modular, customizable, magnetic and leakproof Cadence travel containers. This set includes customizable labels so you can organize your beauty products.
The editors at Apartment Therapy love versatility and Penn says this cart is the "Best Utility Cart" on the market for that exact reason. Complete with wheels for easy mobility, the cart has enough space to hold your laundry or bathroom cleaning items. Penn recommends using the cart to organize arts and crafts or toys in a children’s playroom.
Gifting season is approaching and this label maker won the title "Best Practical Gift." After creating the label with this product, you can preview and print it from the same device. Penn loves it because it includes 25 label templates and countless fonts to choose from.
When organization seems daunting, an all-in-one product is the solution you need. This magnetic fridge organizer is the "Best All-in-One Kitchen Organizer" winner. With hooks for peelers and graters, shelves for aluminum foil and a rod for paper towels, this fridge organizer will have you covered as you meal prep.
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Sometimes, it's the smallest spots that could use the most sprucing up. This innovative drawer organizer will keep everything neatly stowed away, thanks to wide storage spots for every kind of utensil.
One Shop TODAY contributor couldn't believe how this "Crazy Susan" completely transformed her refrigerator. It features three separate compartments that can hold sauces, snacks and more.
Don't have enough drawers in your kitchen? Get creative with the space in your pantry, using this under-shelf organizer to store foil, parchment paper and other space-consuming items.
If you're short on counter space, a drying rack probably isn't the next thing you want taking up your entire counter. Luckily, this smart dish rack rests on the sink rather than beside it, so you have more room for appliances.
Unorganized collection of cleaning supplies, meet this two-tiered shelf. Given that it has an expendable rail, three large panels and adjustable height, we think you two will be very happy together.
If you’ve ever stepped on a rogue Lego, you know the importance of a toy organizer all too well. To help, this design includes 16 storage bins so every toy, game and ball will find a home.
Tangled hair tool wires will thank you for this silicone organizer which nestles perfectly into drawers. Plus, it’s designed by the pros at The Home Edit team, so you know it’s a must-have.
Makeup, skin care, nail polish and more will feel right at home in this plastic organizer. It’ll clear up some prime real estate on your counter space, and it’s super easy to clean since it's made of plastic.
For a practical yet luxe addition to your nursery, look no further than this caddy. With space for diapers and other essentials, you’ll always have everything you need on hand. You can even use it in your own room for skin care and hair tools once your little one outgrows their nursery.
If your freezer is one wrong move away from a full-on food avalanche, these storage bins will save the day. Just organize them however you see fit, place them in the freezer and don’t fret next time you have to get something.
Have you ever wanted to wake up, open your closet and feel like you’re shopping at your favorite store? With this organizing system, you can achieve just that. Complete with a selection of shelves and rods, you can organize your pieces and make your closet your happy place.
You can get your at-home classroom into tip-top shape with this rolling cart. Notebooks, pencils and other school supplies will fit perfectly into each of the three levels, so students will always have what they need within reach. Once class is done for the day, you can wheel it into a corner and out of the way.
Three tiers of lined, wood-stacking trays make it easy to keep jewelry together, safe and — most importantly — untangled. You can even remove each tray individually, so you can get a better look at what you have.
Apartment dwellers and homeowners alike will appreciate the added storage this metal shelf offers in a space. With plenty of space for oils, spices and kitchen tools, you can have all of your must-have seasonings and essentials easily accessible while you cook.
There are few things worse than trying to be productive in a messy workspace. These risers maximize desk space and come in handy as extra storage. They even double as monitor stands, so you can have your work at eye level and maintain comfort.