Let me tell you all a funny story.
My sweet momma was at our house a few weeks ago babysitting Addy. They were outside when the Amazon delivery guy came by. She started chatting to him about the road construction and traffic and his delivery area. He shared that he didn't have a huge area to cover, and then added, "But I'm at this house almost every day!" to which my mom replied, "Well, this isn't my house, it's my daughter's house." Whooooops. Thanks for selling me out, man.
Thanks to Amazon and Target and Ikea, I've found some of the best gems for keeping our house organized. I want to share some of my tried-and-true favorites with you today.
These little boxes from IKEA are king of the dressers. They're short enough to fit any drawer we've put them in but tall enough they hold items in well. They're crazy easy to store if we're not using one, AND they're for the best price!! I also really appreciate the assortment of sizes that comes in each package.
My entire pantry is just one big party of these baskets. The medium ones fit perfectly four across my shelves. I put some of Addy's individually packaged snacks in the small. Half-medium is helpful for canned goods or macaroni boxes! And up top we hide away big things with these tall suckers! It's really easy to grab a few every time you're at Target. They hold up much longer than dollar store baskets but they're not so pricey than you can only afford a few. I love a good middle ground price point!
OXO pop containers give me life. First off, always search at TJ Maxx and Homegoods to find them just a little bit cheaper. Second, they are perfect for kids snacks and dry goods in the pantry.
I will point out that the TJ Maxx containers and Target containers have a different "pop" shape, so if that sort of thing matters to you (like it does to me), beware!
This handheld vacuum recently joined our family and its welcome has rivaled the joy of a new baby. He doesn't have a name yet, but he's been put to work and making life easier every day.
Last month we (finally!!) replaced our TWENTY-FOUR year old carpet!! Angels were singing. I am excited to have hardwood floors that are much easier to clean, but MAN does that dog fur accumulate. I hate stepping on little crumbs when I walk around barefoot. I've started dust mopping once or twice a day to get crud off the floor and every time I'm amazed (and grossed out) at how much I pick up. While our's is a Norwex mop, this one has incredible reviews on Amazon!
Once our floors have cured, our Roomba (named Roy) will be rejoining the family. You can never go wrong with a little robot vacuum to make keeping the floors clean that much easier!
Any carpet in your house will need a good cleaning every now and then. We have this large carpet cleaner and smaller upholstery cleaner to tackle any spots on fabrics. They are well-loved in our home and passed around quite often, so you know they've gotta be great!
A fabric shaver sounds silly until you get one and then WOW it makes everything in your home look new again. A couple of chairs I bought from from Wayfair tend to pill but this sucker brings them back to looking brand new.
These drawer organizers are a beautiful upgrade from their plastic counterparts. Bamboo > almost anything. We have several throughout the kitchen!
Here is my PSA to shout from the rooftops: you don't have to organize your home to make it look pretty! Dumping hundreds of dollars you don't have into beautiful baskets is not your best choice. I keep my hair ties in a cut off plastic cup and my bobby pins in the bottom of a velveeta cheese lid I cut off. These organization tools have accumulated over years, from wedding gifts and Christmases and birthdays and credit card points. Add some of your favorites from this post to your Amazon wishlist, grab an OXO container on your next TJ Maxx run, and slowly turn your home into your favorite functional space.