11 home organising products that'll bring order to your chaos
It’s the little things that count, so why not make it easier?
There’s an order to being a messy person that others just don’t understand. Or so I thought, until lockdown started and I was left on my own. My privileged reality hit — I had not, in fact, been a master of the chaotic arts. It was the diligent house help who would sort most of my mess out without me realising her systems. To avoid getting defeated by my disorganised tendencies, I embarked on a journey to finding the best home organising products to make life a little easier.
The need to sort my life out became dire when I couldn’t find matching lids for the Tupperware dabbas my mother had let me borrow, and was forced to store food in the delivery boxes they came in.
For one, I grew paranoid that my fridge was now a mini COVID-19 incubation centre. And of course, my mother would disown me if she ever found out about the Tupperware tragedy.
Even though I’ve come to accept my lazy tendencies, a little upgrade with the right home organising products would make the transition to living-my-best-orderly-life smoother.
Having swam through the sea of online shopping, I’ve managed to find home organising products that will sort out the clothes laddoos that eventually take over the closet, declutter the bathroom shelf and even reduce your everyday nuisances.
These nifty home organising products may not seem like much, maybe a little unnecessary even. But once you use them, they’re going to join the club of life-changing products you won’t be able to do without.
11 home organising products that’ll bring order to your chaos
Self-adhesive bathroom rack, ₹599
For a few years now, I’ve had a, um, bathroom problem. Every morning and night, after washing my face, I somehow manage to drench the sink, countertop, and even the floor with water.
Along with my face, my skincare products, towels and the de-stressing aromatic candle are in the splash zone.
If you’re restricted by bathroom size and lack of shelves, then this stick-on shelf will be a blessing.
It even has drainage holes in the bottom to let slip any water that still finds its way in.
Rotating cosmetics organiser, ₹799
Clear up the landscape of your dressing table and make it a skyline. Kind of. If you’re a product hoarder, adding to cart every new exciting launch to hit the market, then this organiser can help you keep your priority picks front and centre.
You get to assemble it yourself and the design is such that you can adjust the height of each shelf. There will be some trial and error at first to find the right height and placements to fit your serums and creams.
It’s not the sturdiest of materials, but unless you’re planning on spinning it like a frisbee, it’ll suffice as your new beauty shelf.
Magnetic planner and dry erase board, ₹499
We’re all guilty of getting planner notebooks that end up being another unopened addition to our library filled with more books than you’ll ever read. Instead, try this magnetic planner instead.
It’s a dry erase board that you can pop onto your fridge, meaning you can always wipe out any unfulfilled task and no one needs to know. It’s also super handy if you’re in a multi-person household with everyone on different work and sleep cycles. There’s even a section for notes and reminders in case you get your communication wires crossed.
So no one will end up buying double lauki. Because come on, 2020 has been hard enough.
Honeycomb underwear organiser, ₹249
You start off with neatly folded inners, only to end up with a jumble of mismatched socks and crushed bras a few days later. It’s always the same three panties you end up wearing out while the others are squashed somewhere in the back.
Slide in one of these to create different slots and bring some order to the mess that’s your underwear drawer. It’s not just underwear and socks.
This is super handy to organise your stationery, phone cables and that one junk drawer that has everything from tape and paper clips to coasters you swiped during a drunken night out four years ago.
Sticky note dividers, ₹1,324
There’s something about handwritten notes that a phone app just can’t match.
Whether you’re jotting down your mom’s shahi tukda recipe as she dictates over the phone or trying to organise the endless notes you scribbled at hyperspeed in your last lecture. These sticky notes have tabs that jut out so you can mark different chapters within your notebook to make sifting through a lot easier.
If you’re of the more dedicated ilk, then with 60 in a pack, you can even colour code your notes for some added satisfaction.
Foldable cable holder, ₹239
Ah, phone wires. They give us the boon of fast charging and hands-free audio, but the bane of tangling up like overcooked Maggi noodles. No wonder there are so many accessories in the market to address our cable woes.
I prefer these cable holders with buttons over their magnetic clip counterparts because you can’t tell for certain how powerful the magnet strips are.
These keep those wires tangle-free, organised and leave you less likely to pick up the wrong phone cable before heading out of the house. Wrap it up, pop it in your purse and you’re good to go.
Velvet hangers, ₹979
The main reason why my cupboard has towers of clothes, which eventually turn into mounds, is because I found hangers a bit pointless. Other than for pants perhaps. Even if the hanger has contours, the clothes slip off, making their way to my pile at the bottom anyway.
That was until I was introduced to velvet hangers. They seemed a bit extra and I had scoffed at the perceived prissiness of velvet hangers. But they changed my life.
No more slip and slide, your clothes stay in place and retain their shape.
Adhesive transparent wall hooks, ₹250 for two medium-sized hooks
This is probably the most versatile product on our list, especially if you’re a tenant with a fussy landlord.
Need a place to hang a wet towel after you shower? Stick one of these onto the back of your door. Can’t drill holes into the wall but want to hang up some fairy lights? These will work here too.
However, despite what the name might insinuate, these aren’t invisible, just clear in colour. They come in different sizes to match different needs. As long as you follow the instructions on how to apply them to the wall, they can last a long time.
Even if you mess up, it’s fine. It comes with replacement adhesive strips.
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Cloud magnetic keychain holder, ₹399
Every time we move into a new house my sister and I get at least five spare keys made. Not to distribute but to keep as back-ups for when we inevitably end up losing our own. In most cases, inside the house itself.
This little addition makes for cute wall decor that serves an important addition to the lives of those who are always running late and tearing through the house to find their keys.
At that price, it’s simple and serves its purpose.
Charcoal odour absorber, ₹549
Earlier in this story remember how I spoke about how we need to come to terms with our disorderly lifestyle before we can make a change? There’s probably a dirty plate lying somewhere in the house stinking up the area, or a massive pile of unwashed clothes you have no immediate plans of getting through.
There are many aromas that start to take over the house when you’re a messy person. The simplest solution would be to tackle the source, but if you’re a procrastinator, these charcoal odour absorbers will be useful to soak some of those scents up.
You can plop these around the house, in your cupboards, drawers, bathrooms and even above the cat’s litter box if you’re too lazy to clean it (*cough* you should). They can even serve as air purifiers and moisture absorbers during the monsoon.
7-day detachable pillbox, ₹499
Once again, your mother was right. Pillboxes aren’t the most aesthetic but are incredibly useful when you’re absentminded and trying to keep track of what medicine you need to have at what time of day.
Once a week sit down and fill in the slots which are divided by day as well as hour in this organiser. You’ll find larger and cheaper medicine organisers at the local chemist, but what I like about this one, in particular, is that each day is a detachable box you can easily slip into your briefcase or backpack if you’re out and about town.
Given that we’re all currently powering up our immunity with boosters and multivitamins and feeding our skin and hair with supplements to counter the lack of vitamin D, this box is going to make your day a lot easier.