Beth Zeigler, a Los Angeles–based organizer and blogger at bneato.com, shares her must-have items to bring order to your home.
Urbio Magnetic Modular System Components
“These are actually plant containers, but I like them for holding office supplies. And they also make a great crafts station. You mount magnetic plates to the wall, then you attach the containers—I suggest starting with eight—wherever you like. It’s easy to experiment till you find the right configuration.”
To buy: Urbio system with four wall plates, $15 each; one Wide Mouth container, $25; one Shorty container, $15; and two Big Daddy containers, $35 each: containerstore.com.
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Bygel Rail and S Hooks
“This is just a basic steel rail, like you would use for hanging towels in the bathroom. But spray-paint this guy a punchy color or gold, like I did here, and suddenly it’s pretty enough to hang on your wall, to drape scarves and necklaces. On separate hooks, they don’t get tangled.”
“You can never have enough trays at home. These nest together in an artsy grid, so they don’t look messy. I love three in different sizes and colors for the top of a nightstand, on a coffee table for remotes and objets, or on a desk as a landing spot for office tools, like a stapler and a pen cup. On pretty trays, assorted items look purposeful and neat.”
To buy: Small tray, $29; medium tray, $38; and large tray, $56: dwr.com.
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Crystal Clear Stackable Shoe Drawers
“These bins get the rarely used toiletries off the counter and into hiding—under your sink. The slide-out bottom lets you access them easily. Put some in your utility closet, too, to store cords and batteries.”
“It’s marketed for sports gear, but this tall basket is also a smart solution for the stuff that wrecks your closet floors or tumbles off shelves onto your head: gift wrap, rolls of fabric, or mops, brooms, and other tall cleaning tools.”
“I always feel limited by floor space, so going vertical is one of my favorite organizing ploys. Try two of these cool wiry baskets, which pull open and collapse so you can adjust the sizing to hold the contents. They look like wall art, especially when filled with colorful objects, like plush toys or throw pillows.”
To buy: 11-inch basket, $36, and 14-inch basket (shown), $58: anthropologie.com for info.
Bonus Expert Kitchen Clutter-Busting Tip
“Avoid doubling up on spices by keeping a list of those you have on your phone. Then you can check before buying more,” say Zeigler.