My roommate and I have lived together for about 7 years. If you were to ask her when our cohabitation began, Im sure shed be able to tell you the exact date, down to the very hour that I brought all of my mismatched and somewhat disheveled belongings into her tidy home. She has a mind that remembers things like that, and I suspect this particular event remains staunchly emblazoned in her minds eye.
If I were a betting man, Id say she also measures our time together by how often I bellow, Where is that spoon I like? from the kitchen, or Hey, where did you put the TV remote? The equation goes something like one helpless holler equals a deeply grooved mental notch, all slowly tallying up the days on a proverbial calendar, the passage of time a symbol of just how completely I drive her batty by not knowing where anything goes.
This year, however, I am determined to turn this boat around. No longer will I be the reason my roommate mutters under her breath when I reach for something in our common space and come away with something completely different. To accomplish this, Im turning to Wayfairs extraordinarily handy items that are meant to help everyone from the clueless (me) to the enlightened (my roommate) stay organized.
1. This ottoman that goes with anything
To start this journey, Im hoping to be extremely conscious of how I handle the common spaces. The living room, for example, is already quite cozy, but I have a few favorite essentials that, to anyone but me, must look like clutter. Mismatched throw blankets, my slippers, and a few books generally pile up on my side of the couch. Add to that my tendency to use our coffee table as a footrest, and you have a real conundrum afoot.
This piece, however, can help me live less like a hopeless bachelor and more like the sophisticated adult I aim to be. Reviewers note that this ottoman is great for small spaces and fits perfectly in nearly any space. It has enough depth to stow all of my creature comforts, AND will help train me to kick back with items that are meant to be kicked back oninstead of the coffee table.
2. A few matching ottomans for your space-saving needs
While I have a fairly good-sized living room with lots of space to entertain, these would have been absolutely perfect in my tiny studio. They have enough storage space for a few cannot-live-without living room items, and as an added bonus, they can be flattened down when not in use.
As I eye these, Im also envisioning them as a great addition to my bedroom in my current apartment. Im fairly low maintenance, but even I have a few sets of sheets that sort of hang out in my closet when not in use; with these, I would have something small to rest my feet on when Im reading in my little armchair and Ill always know where my extra topsheets are. Win, win.
3. A multi-use coat rack you can hang up, store in, and rest on
At the moment, we have a 4-peg hanging coat rack. Its functional and looks fine just inside our kitchen, next to the back door, but underneath it, we have a pretty ugly mat for our shoes and a mess of umbrellas. All of them are mine. Something like this gorgeous, all-in-one coat rack would be a definite way for us to keep our various entryway catch-alls in one place without diminishing the finesse my roommate has put into the kitchens overall aesthetic.
The bonus for us will definitely be the bench, which I suspect is also why the rating for this steal is 4.7 stars, with 664 reviews. The days of me hopping around on one foot to pull up my winter boots will be over. The trick, however, will be keeping myself from letting this flat surface become another place for my wayward umbrellas.
4. These units that can store all kinds of things under your bed
In my quest to organize my life, Im also taking aim at my bedroom. My new bed sits fairly low to the ground, but these fabric storage containers are a mere 6 inches high. If I had my druthers, Id use these to masquerade all of the loose papers and dusty writing portfolios that have piled up on my desk over the years. My roommate would especially appreciate these, as my various looseleaf personal memorabilia has certainly krept into our common spaces.
A more normal person, such as a majority of the 753 reviewers for this item, would use these for storing their extra bedclothes or their seasonal wardrobes. Fortunately, these bins are intentionally versatile. To each their own!
5. Drawer organizers to help you achieve optimal storage space
Id be remiss to leave out my drove of random kitchen odds and ends that have accumulated over the years. Although my roommate certainly indulges me, one of my goals this year is to better contain these things I cannot part with. To kick off this lifestyle update, Im hoping to help utilize our available space in a more functional way.
With its moveable parts, this drawer set will let me adjust its dimensions so I can decide exactly what will be stored inside. Im super into the idea of modular storage, and who doesnt love having options? With a rating of 4.8 and 1,655 reviews, other Wayfair customers agree.
6. A good-looking basket you can't help but love
Putting seemingly disparate small objects into decorative bins in a way that looks correct is an artform my roommate has crafted over the years, and which is something that is completely beyond me. However, this fabulous wicker basket makes it exceedingly simple to learn. We have some wicker baskets in one of our bathrooms, and let me tell youtheyre the reason I always know where my backup soap is.
You also cannot shrug off the ratings for this cult-favorite basket; 4.8 stars and 2,828 reviews make this storage hack a must-have.
7. These rugged and functional wire baskets
If I didnt already have wicker baskets, these would be my next purchase for sure. I am fairly tough on my belongings, and my decor tends to be on the more industrial side. Were I still alone, Id absolutely join these wire baskets with my mostly-metallic bathroom accessories, and for good reason: theyre stunning, 100% stackable, and have that handy scoop for easy access grabbing.
Another perk? Theyre super easy to clean. Just wipe them down with a damp rag and towel dry, and voila!
8. A giant wicker basket to offset your decor
This one is somewhat of a wildcard for me. In form and overall aesthetic, its not at all something Id reach for, but theres a very redeeming je ne sais quoi about it. For starters, Im drawn to household items that look a little unfamiliar, and the rounded base of this basket does that for me. In terms of functionality, its big: 13.75 inches around in its broad middle and 12.5 inches high. Stuff a few renegade throw pillows inside of this gem and youre good to go.
Although I dont have pets, a friend of mine has two extremely spoiled cats with gazillions of toys. This basket would be a perfect way to store all of those squeaky mice and food-shaped catnip gadgets in the open, with easy access for your furry friends.
9. A way to finally stack your food storage!
Among the many things I enjoy about my roommates penchant for organization is how tidy our tupperware cupboard is, and I suspect its related to stackable pyrex dishes. This six piece set is a fine example of what it means to control potential clutter in the kitchen, and with a rating of 4.7 stars and 680 reviews, Id say folks agree.
Theres a huge range of sizes, from tiny jars for leftover homemade sauces to gigantic dishes for your favorite pasta bakes, all with matching lids. Also, and this is great for a minimalist like me, you dont have to worry about popping these into an oven. Feel free to roast things without worry!
10. Bakeware, which apparently comes in sets?
Speaking of kitchen gadgets that fit together well, theres just something so wonderful about having an entire set of bakeware. As someone who has always had a hodgepodge of hand-me-down baking sheets and random cupcake pans (that went largely unused), something like this would be fantastic.
For starters, when you buy items like these in a set, you already know theyre going to stack well. Hello, happy cabinets. On top of that, if you arent having to creatively reuse the same baking pans to complete a single project, youre able to better organize your time. Personally, I do not bake, but my roommate should open a restaurant, and this set would fit into her arsenal quite well.
11. A way to finally display your collectable mugs
If theres one thing I know, its how to leave clean coffee mugs scattered across my kitchen counter. Why? I dont know, but Im chalking it up to not ever really knowing where to put them when they come out of the dishwasher. Thats why Ill absolutely be buying this mug tree. I drink enough coffee that having my treasured vessels locked away in a cupboard seems like an unnecessary extra step, and because this particular item is so compact, I know that I can easily wedge it up next to my coffee maker like Im living in some kind of chic home with grown-up accessories.
12. A corner shelf to make your cabinets more functional
Our kitchen has several cabinets, but that doesnt necessarily mean we have a lot of space. Theyre huge, but only sport a few shelves inside of them, meaning were missing out on a lot of potential organization. It seems as if other people have already encountered this dilemma, because this shelving unit you can put inside a shelving unit is stark brilliance.
Plus, this particular organizer is built to nestle nicely into a corner. Imagine the brand new functionality you can bless oversized cabinets with if you were to buy two of these. In my household, that would mean all of our differently-sized plates will finally have their own homes and it wouldnt take a dangerous juggling act to safely pull out the one dish youre looking for.
13. A way to fill all of your pantry organizational needs in one go
Lets imagine a world where Im doing all of this alone, without a super organized roommates guidance. Something like this pantry set would be exactly what Id need to get started. It comes with all sorts of storage gadgets, such as a soda can holder, plastic bins in various sizes, and lidded jars to keep your dried goods nice and fresh.
Clearly, Im not the only one who thinks so, as this set is rated incredibly high at 4.7 stars with a whopping 7,311 reviews.
14. Things to let you organize your closet without thinking about it
As a novice in the world of organization, this closet kit is super appealing. The closet in my bedroom is embarrassingly small, and whenever the token do you collect anything? question comes up, I have really no choice but to say clothing. Enter this exquisite, entirely customizable closet organizer.
I can just now imagine my coats hanging to the left on one of the included clothing rods, my shoes tucked neatly inside the small hanging baskets, and my winter sweaters folded lovingly inside the larger baskets. The only downside for me, if there is one, is that it seems to come in only one color. Luckily, I dont spend too much time with my closet door open, so this is a non-issue.
15. A storage makeover for your bathroom
If I ever wanted to redesign my bathroom, Id definitely start over with something like this. One of the absolute most frustrating things for me is trolling the aisles at different box stores, trying in vain to find the exact right toothbrush holder to fit my curtain hooks, and thinking for way too long on whether the mismatched storage baskets I have will work with my towel rod.
Although Im not sold on the color (I prefer a darker finish), theres something spectacular about knowing you can buy this set and know everything matches. I also love the corner-fitting hamper. What a novelty it would be to know, all the time, where you can throw your dirty towels. Unless Im the only one who can never find his hamper
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