24 Organizing Products to Make Smarter Use of Your Closet Space

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The beginning of spring means it's time to clean house, but tidying up your messy closet doesn't have to be daunting. These organizing storage tools can help you achieve the closet space of your dreams.

1. 7-TOOL HANGING ORGANIZER; $10

Casabella Tool Hanging Organizer
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Make it easier to store and quickly find cleaning supplies with this utility hanger for brooms, dustpans, and other household items. It can keep up to seven cleaning tools in place with the help of rubber pressure clamps—all while helping you save space.

Find It: Amazon

2. WIRE BASKETS; $17

Spectrum Diversified Wire Storage Basket
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: This copper wire frame basket—available in small and medium—is a great solution to decluttering your life. The container allows you to easily view what’s inside and the label compartment on the front ensures you'll be able to keep track of what's stored.

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3. FLIP 3-HOOK MOUNT; $20

Three-Hook Wall-Mount Rack
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: These nickel-plated, wall mounted hooks—which can grip up to 5 pounds each—make it easy to flip open storage when you need it and flick it away when you don’t.

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4. SLIM VELVET HANGERS; $22

Velvet Shirt/Dress Hanger
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: These slim and sleek hangers are designed to maximize closet space as well as keep shirts and dresses firmly in place with non-slip velvet material. In addition to a frame sturdy enough to support up to 10 pounds, the hangers have contoured shoulders that protect your clothes' original shapes. They come in packs of 30, 50, and 100.

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5. SHELF DIVIDERS; $30

ClosetMate Acrylic Shelf Dividers
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Divide and conquer: Avoid chaotic shelves with these 8-inch-high acrylic dividers that claim to be "stronger than glass."

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6. CLOSET ORGANIZING BINS; $13

Underwear Drawer Divider
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: No matter how you fold, stack, or roll your socks, bras, or underwear, it’s tough to keep drawers tidy ... until now. This drawer and closet divider keeps items neatly organized in separate bins to get the most out of small spaces. Say goodbye to the days of digging around a drawer for a pair of matching socks.

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7. HONEYCOMB ORGANIZER; $19

White Honeycomb Drawer Dividers
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: If the bins above aren't your style, try these plastic honeycomb-shaped drawer organizers. They can hold up to 36 items (across all three sets) and make it more convenient to pick out the perfect pair at a glance.

Find It: Amazon

8. SPACE SAVER BAGS; $26

SpaceSaver Premium Reusable Vacuum Storage Bags
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Easily store all of your heavy winter coats, blankets, and comforters with these large vacuum-sealed reusable storage bags. Along with six jumbo double-zip bags that can save up to 80 percent of your closet space, each pack includes a travel pump for saving space on the go. (Vacuum not included.)

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9. OVER THE DOOR HANGING SHOE ORGANIZER; $8

SimpleHouseware Crystal Clear Over the Door Hanging Shoe Organizer
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: This organizer won’t leave you hanging when it comes to keeping your odds and ends together. The see-through pockets are suspended from the top of a door, and keep your items tidy. It holds up to 24 pairs of shoes, but can also be used for any other household items like cleaning supplies, toiletries, and office supplies.

Find It: Amazon

10. SHOE SLOTZ; $15

Shoe Slotz Space Saver, six piece set
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Have an extensive shoe collection, but very little space to store it? Shoe Slotz allow you to stack shoes on top of each other instead of storing them side-by-side.

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11. MOSO NATURAL AIR PURIFYING BAG; $10

Moso Natural Air Purifying Bag
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: These natural, non-toxic, and chemical-free air purifying bags promise to effectively kill off any molds and mildew by absorbing excessive moisture. They are also reuseable for up to two years. Simply place the purifying bags outside in the sun for an hour once a month to refresh.

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12. MAGNETIC SPICE TINS; $24

Magnetic Spice Tins
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: These 3-ounce spice tins aren't only helpful in the kitchen. They can also be used in other locations in your home like in a storage room or closet. Each pack comes with 12 metal tins, each with a small screwable lid that features a see-through window as well as a magnetic bottom that can be securely placed on any flat metal surface. Use them to store small household items like spare buttons, bobby pins, and cufflinks.

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13. HANGING LAUNDRY BAGS; $11

Hanging Cotton Canvas Laundry Hamper
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: This canvas hamper hangs from a doorknob or in a closet, keeping laundry out of the way without adding too much bulk.

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14. COTTON STORAGE BASKET; $25

Organizerlogic Toy Storage Basket
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Made from soft cotton rope, this woven storage basket is practical enough to stash books, toys, clothes, or other items out of sight, and stylish enough to keep in your living room in plain sight.

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15. CLOSET DOUBLER; $19

Chrome Closet Doubler
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Double up on storage space with this chrome closet doubler. It extends your closet space with two sturdy rods instead of one, allowing you to hang shorter items like tank tops and sweaters on the top rack and longer garments like jackets and pants on the bottom.

Find It: Amazon

16. RUBBERMAID CONFIGURATIONS CLOSET KITS; $81

Rubbermaid Configurations Closet Kits
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Turn your reach-in closet into a stylish walk-in with this configuration kit from Rubbermaid. It can help you transform your space into smart storage for all of your clothes, shoes, and accessories with simplicity and ease. The kit includes adjustable shelves, brackets, hooks, clothing rods, and more.

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17. PURSE ORGANIZER; $11

Zober Hanging Purse Organizer
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Instead of placing purses on the top shelf of your closet, this purse organizer, which holds up to eight handbags, simply hangs them from a closet rod. You can also store blankets, sheets, bedroom linens, shoes, and even yarn with this space-saving organizer.

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18. WIRELESS ANYWHERE MOTION SENSOR LIGHT; $23

Motion Sensor Light
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: This motion light sensor is ideal for closets, storage rooms, utility closets, or any other location where you don't have access to an outlet. The no-fuss, battery-powered light is easy to install with a sturdy adhesive or a series of secure screws. It even detaches and doubles as an emergency flashlight.

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19. VALET ROD; $16


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Why You'll Want It: This retractable sliding rod (measuring about 7 inches when extended) can be used for hanging a single item, such as an outfit for the next day, a wrinkled dress or an Oxford shirt for steaming, or a garment bag. The best part is the valet rod simply slides back into its sheath whenever you don’t need it.

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20. SCARF OR TIE ORGANIZER; $11

23 Loop Scarf Organizer
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Turn one hanger into 23 with this chrome scarf loop and tie organizer from Deco Bros. It can also store belts, leggings, and other items.

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21. GARMENT RACK; $40

Garment rack
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Out of room, no matter how much you organize? Create more closet space with this easy-to assemble steel chrome garment rack. It’s perfectly suited for hanging shirts, pants, and dresses with top and bottom storage areas for hats, bags, and shoes. The garment rack also features four locking wheels for portability.

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22. GARMENT RACK COVER; $16

Garment Rack cover
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: And what’s better than using a garment rack? Using its matching garment rack cover, so your unmentionables remain unmentioned. This garment rack cover is made from heavy-duty canvas to keep clothes and shoes protected from dust, dirt, and mildew. It also features button closures for quick fastening and tying the cover open for easier use.

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23. BELT HANGER; $12

Belt Hanger
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: This scratch-resistant loop hanger is the best way to keep all of your belts, ties, scarves, and purses together and organized without sacrificing precious closet space.

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24. SPACE SAVING HANGERS; $11

closet with clothes
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Instantly increase your closet space with these durable space saving hangers. Made from stainless steel, these hangers include six slots and two hooks and can store up to 12 garments when in the horizontal position or six when vertical. Each pack comes with four hangers, so you can store up to 48 garments with ease.

Find It: Amazon

10 Products for a Better Night's Sleep

Amazon/Comfort Spaces
Amazon/Comfort Spaces

Getting a full eight hours of sleep can be tough these days. If you’re having trouble catching enough Zzzs, consider giving these highly rated and recommended products a try.

1. Everlasting Comfort Pure Memory Foam Knee Pillow; $25

Everlasting Comfort Knee Pillow
Everlasting Comfort/Amazon

For side sleepers, keeping the spine, hips, and legs aligned is key to a good night’s rest—and a pain-free morning after. Everlasting Comfort’s memory foam knee pillow is ergonomically designed to fit between the knees or thighs to ensure proper alignment. One simple but game-changing feature is the removable strap, which you can fasten around one leg; this keeps the pillow in place even as you roll at night, meaning you don’t have to wake up to adjust it (or pick it up from your floor). Reviewers call the pillow “life-changing” and “the best knee pillow I’ve found.” Plus, it comes with two pairs of ear plugs.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Letsfit White Noise Machine; $21

Letsfit White Noise Machine
Letsfit/Amazon

White noise machines: They’re not just for babies! This Letsfit model—which is rated 4.7 out of five with nearly 3500 reviews—has 14 potential sleep soundtracks, including three white noise tracks, to better block out everything from sirens to birds that chirp enthusiastically at dawn (although there’s also a birds track, if that’s your thing). It also has a timer function and a night light.

Buy it: Amazon

3. ECLIPSE Blackout Curtains; $16

Eclipse Black Out Curtains
Eclipse/Amazon

According to the National Sleep Foundation, too much light in a room when you’re trying to snooze is a recipe for sleep disaster. These understated polyester curtains from ECLIPSE block 99 percent of light and reduce noise—plus, they’ll help you save on energy costs. "Our neighbor leaves their backyard light on all night with what I can only guess is the same kind of bulb they use on a train headlight. It shines across their yard, through ours, straight at our bedroom window," one Amazon reviewer who purchased the curtains in black wrote. "These drapes block the light completely."

Buy it: Amazon

4. JALL Wake Up Light Sunrise Alarm Clock; $38

JALL Wake Up Light Sunrise Alarm Clock
JALL/Amazon

Being jarred awake by a blaring alarm clock can set the wrong mood for the rest of your day. Wake up in a more pleasant way with this clock, which gradually lights up between 10 percent and 100 percent in the 30 minutes before your alarm. You can choose between seven different colors and several natural sounds as well as a regular alarm beep, but why would you ever use that? “Since getting this clock my sleep has been much better,” one reviewer reported. “I wake up not feeling tired but refreshed.”

Buy it: Amazon

5. Philips SmartSleep Wake-Up Light; $200

Philips SmartSleep Wake-Up Light
Philips/Amazon

If you’re looking for an alarm clock with even more features, Philips’s SmartSleep Wake-Up Light is smartphone-enabled and equipped with an AmbiTrack sensor, which tracks things like bedroom temperature, humidity, and light levels, then gives recommendations for how you can get a better night’s rest.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Slumber Cloud Stratus Sheet Set; $159

Stratus sheets from Slumber Cloud.
Slumber Cloud

Being too hot or too cold can kill a good night’s sleep. The Good Housekeeping Institute rated these sheets—which are made with Outlast fibers engineered by NASA—as 2020’s best temperature-regulating sheets.

Buy it: SlumberCloud

7. Comfort Space Coolmax Sheet Set; $29-$40

Comfort Spaces Coolmax Sheets
Comfort Spaces/Amazon

If $159 sheets are out of your price range, the GHI recommends these sheets from Comfort Spaces, which are made with moisture-wicking Coolmax microfiber. Depending on the size you need, they range in price from $29 to $40.

Buy it: Amazon

8. Coop Home Goods Eden Memory Foam Pillow; $80

Coop Eden Pillow
Coop Home Goods/Amazon

This pillow—which has a 4.5-star rating on Amazon—is filled with memory foam scraps and microfiber, and comes with an extra half-pound of fill so you can add, or subtract, the amount in the pillow for ultimate comfort. As a bonus, the pillows are hypoallergenic, mite-resistant, and washable.

Buy it: Amazon

9. Baloo Weighted Blanket; $149-$169

Baloo Weighted Blanket
Baloo/Amazon

Though the science is still out on weighted blankets, some people swear by them. Wirecutter named this Baloo blanket the best, not in small part because, unlike many weighted blankets, it’s machine-washable and -dryable. It’s currently available in 12-pound ($149) twin size and 20-pound ($169) queen size. It’s rated 4.7 out of five stars on Amazon, with one reviewer reporting that “when it's spread out over you it just feels like a comfy, snuggly hug for your whole body … I've found it super relaxing for falling asleep the last few nights, and it looks nice on the end of the bed, too.” 

Buy it: Amazon 

10. Philips Smartsleep Snoring Relief Band; $200

Philips SmartSleep Snoring Relief Band
Philips/Amazon

Few things can disturb your slumber—and that of the ones you love—like loudly sawing logs. Philips’s Smartsleep Snoring Relief Band is designed for people who snore when they’re sleeping on their backs, and according to the company, 86 percent of people who used the band reported reduced snoring after a month. The device wraps around the torso and is equipped with a sensor that delivers vibrations if it detects you moving to sleep on your back; those vibrations stop when you roll onto your side. The next day, you can see how many hours you spent in bed, how many of those hours you spent on your back, and your response rate to the vibrations. The sensor has an algorithm that notes your response rate and tweaks the intensity of vibrations based on that. “This device works exactly as advertised,” one Amazon reviewer wrote. “I’d say it’s perfect.”

Buy it: Amazon

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Why Does Altitude Affect Baking?

This woman is going to make a quick stop at Whole Foods' bakery section before book club.
This woman is going to make a quick stop at Whole Foods' bakery section before book club.
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Even if you’re highly skilled in the kitchen, you might find yourself with a deflated cake or bone-dry brownies if you happen to be baking in Aspen, Colorado, for the first time. But why exactly does an oven at high altitude so often wreak havoc on whatever baked good is in it?

According to HuffPost, it all comes down to air pressure. The higher you are above sea level, the lower the air pressure is. This is mostly because there’s less air pressing down on that air from above, and it’s also farther from the gravitational forces on Earth’s surface. With less air pressure keeping liquid molecules in their liquid form, it takes less heat in order to vaporize them—in other words, boiling points are lower at higher altitudes.

“For every 500-foot increase in altitude, the boiling point of water drops by 0.9°F,” Dr. Craig F. Morris, director of the USDA ARS Western Wheat Quality Laboratory at Washington State University, told HuffPost.

Since liquids evaporate at lower temperatures, all the moisture that makes your signature chocolate cake so dense and delicious could disappear long before you’d normally take it out of the oven. To avoid this, you should bake certain goods at lower temperatures.

With less air pressure, gases expand faster, too—so anything that’s supposed to rise in the oven might end up collapsing before the inside is finished baking. Cutting down on leavening agents like yeast, baking powder, and baking soda can help prevent this. This also applies to bread dough left to rise before baking (otherwise known as proofing); its rapid expansion could negatively affect its flavor and texture, so you might need to adjust how much yeast you’re using.

If all the ways a recipe could go wrong at high altitudes—and all the experimentation needed to make sure it goes right—seem like a lot to keep track of, Betty Crocker has a handy chart with various types of baked goods and suggested modifications for them.

[h/t HuffPost]