37 Things That’ll Help Make Your Messy Home Nearly Unrecognizably Clean In 2021

37 Things That’ll Help Make Your Messy Home Nearly Unrecognizably Clean In 2021

Mess, clutter, and junk are no match for these products.

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1.

A set of clothing drawer sorters designed to keep your clothes organized (and off your bedroom floor). Each set comes with six collapsible pieces sure to help you live a clutter-free life.


Amazon

Promising review: “This is such a great product, and the sizes were just what I needed for my over the door organizer. It does the job of holding a number of small items and making things look less cluttered. I ordered more for another organizing project!” —Shoe Lover

Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in two colors).

2.

A Simple Human drying rack that has a hanging rack for your wine glasses and a drip tray for your non-wine glasses. This durable drying rack is made of stainless-steel, so it won’t rust on you.


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Promising review: “I’ve owned this dish rack for over a year and can state unequivocally that this is the best dish rack in the history of man (how’s that for drama?). It is easy to set up. While it sits on the counter, there is a pan beneath the rack that drains all water into the sink; it is just wonderful. You may pay a bit more, but you won’t be disappointed in any way. There is even a rack for hanging your wine glasses to dry. The folks at simplehuman really do have their fingers on the pulse of the market.” —TobiGail

Get it from Amazon for $79.99 (available in two styles).

3.

A set of nine nonscratch Scotch-Brite sponges gentle enough to clean your nonstick pans and powerful enough to scrub away stuck-on messes without damaging your surfaces!


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Promising reviews: “This is pretty much all I use with dishes. I find that this sponge is usually the perfect gentleness/roughness for washing dishes by hand. It’s always an exciting day when I can pull out a new sponge from the Scotch-Brite sponge bag and throw away the old one. It would be nice to have a dishwasher, but these sponges are less expensive and more fun!” —MAW

Get it from Amazon for $6.74.

4.

A kitchen island with so much storage space you might just forgive your kitchen’s lack of built-in cabinets.


Wayfair

This one a little too big for how much space you have in your kitchen? Check out this compact kitchen cart with built-in fruit and wine storage.

Promising review: “I love my kitchen island!!!! I wish I’d gotten this long ago!! Great extra space!!” —Michelle Lee

Get it from Wayfair for $209.99.

5.

An over-the-toilet shelving unit for anyone with tiny-bathroom-syndrome and in need of space-saving storage. Made of bamboo, these sturdy shelves and sliding doors can be a home for your towels, candles, and Poo-Pourri!


Wayfair

Promising review: “Love the quality. Nice amount of storage. Very happy and have already placed another order!” —Lenore

Get it from Wayfair for $164.99.

6.

A six-pack of Lysol’s toilet bowl cleaner that hang from the toilet rim and do all the work (so you don’t have to).


Amazon

Promising Review: “We buy these often and will continue to do so. It smells great, and works even better! You can’t lose with this purchase.” —Barbara McClure

Get it from Amazon for $13.80+ (available in two pack sizes).

7.

A wide pedal step trash can with a soft-close lid to keep quiet mornings just that. Because it has dual compartments, you don’t need a separate trash can for your recycling. Win-win-win!


Amazon

Promising review: “I never imagined I would spend so much for a trash can. Think about it, though. I spend my life in a 1br/1ba with room for only one trash can. It’s something I see several times a day. I’d rather see this than its predecessor, a $10 Rubbermaid that somehow always had food dribbling from the edges and had to be hosed out weekly.

I use this with regular 13-gallon garbage bags. I laughed when I read some reviews saying this holds more than a regular 13-gallon bag, because science would suggest otherwise. But it seems to! I love that the bag storage system hides the edges of the garbage bag from view. I have been told that it’s also good at stifling smells. I have no sense of smell, but I hope so. My Rubbermaid certainly didn’t.

Think about it: If you’re about to spend $5,000 on a kitchen renovation, this is small change. It makes my small kitchen look like a million bucks.” —A quiet reader

Get it from Amazon for $129.99+ (available in three sizes).

8.

An oven cleaner so powerful you might just convince yourself you replaced your oven altogether. This heavy-duty cleaner can remove grime, stains, and caked-on food in minutes!


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Just be sure to take the necessary precaution when dealing with this chemical product.

Promising review: ” WOW! This works wonders! This product is so easy to use. You really just need to spray, wait a few minutes, and you can literally wipe off the grease! I highly recommend it.” —Sadys Ford

Get it from Amazon for $11.39 (or Subscribe and Save for $10.82/month).

9.

A toilet bowl ring remover that’ll help you scrub away any rust or lime buildup on your porcelain throne.


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Promising review: “I bought a house and the toilets were stained BAD. This product was recommended to avoid having to buy a whole new toilet. And it worked INCREDIBLY! My toilet looks brand-new again! Highly suggest trying this product before buying a whole new toilet!!” —JollyLady

Get it from Amazon for $11.05 (or Subscribe and Save for $10.50/month).

10.

A dual under-the-cabinet trash system so you can hide your trash away but also make use of the empty space under your sink growing cobwebs. Easy install means you’ll definitely be ready for garbage day — even if it’s today!


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Promising review: “Products by simplehuman are like the Lamborghinis of the kitchen. Their functionality, ease of install, and years of use you’ll get is worth the spend. I installed mine at an angle so the cabinet door wouldn’t bang into it. My dimensions were spot on, not leaving lots of wiggle room. Word of caution: the liners that Amazon recommends as an add-on are ‘D.’ But the main garbage can is ‘G’ and your recycling is ‘D.’ The recycling liners should be blue, which at the end of the day isn’t a big deal, but I would’ve preferred having the corresponding color with the liner.” —Monica Lafuente

Get it from Amazon for $79.99 (available in single and dual).

11.

A three-tier metal utility cart with three roomy shelves you can use as a bedside table, craft station, or plant gallery. Whatever you need, this sleek cart on wheels is there to make your life a little easier in a big way.


Amazon

Promising review: “My daughter is using this to store her makeup and toiletries. It was easy to assemble and is very sturdy. It wheels on the carpet very nicely, and I love that the shelves are adjustable in height. It holds a lot of items, and it looks nice in her room. I would definitely buy another one if we needed additional storage.” —M.Winkle

A splash of color *and* a way to organize your life? Well, what are you waiting for?!

Get it from Amazon for $36.99+ (available in four colors).

12.

A heavy-duty steam cleaner for chemical-free cleaning that’ll leave you *and* your carpets, tiles, and sealed wood floors beaming!


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Promising review: “I work as a house painter and handyman. Generally, I avoid wallpaper removal, but every now and again I find myself in a situation where it has to be done. One such a situation came up recently, and I went out and rented an Earlex Wallpaper steamer, same as I’ve done before any other time. The job was kind of got bigger than we had expected (removing wallpaper to find MORE wallpaper behind it! Ugh!) and so one of my helpers brought his steamer into the jobsite to help out. Holy cow, the difference. It has a smaller reservoir for water, but it is not constant-on, like the Earlex is. Also it heats up to readiness in about eight minutes, rather than 45 for the Earlex. Additionally, the steam comes out at a higher volume than the Earlex. Pretty much on any measurement axis, the McCulloch is superior.” —MadDogMaddux

Get it from Amazon for $139.99.

13.

A RoboVac that quietly cleans under your couches and chairs, so you can focus on more important things. This smart vacuum has sensor to avoid falls and obstacles. Oh, and it automatically recharges!


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Promising review: “This thing sucks…Its suction is so much stronger than the Roombas I have had. It picks up so much dust and pet hair. We do a full vacuum every other week with my Dyson, so I think of the robot vacuum as a supplemental vacuum. I was shocked at how much was in the dustbin after it’s inaugural cleaning! I work from my home office, and this thing is quiet enough that I don’t even turn it off during conference calls. This might be the thing I am most impressed with. My last Roomba was LOUD; you couldn’t even have a conversation with someone in the same room, let alone someone on speakerphone.” —LB

Get it from Amazon for $149.99 (available in black and white).


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Promising review: “I truly can’t get over how well this works! I had never used Lime-A-Way before. I always used a bleach bathroom spray, which would clean, but I still had discoloration in the tub, making it look dirty. I chalked it up to the tub being old, since the discoloration had been there since I bought the house. Well, Lime-A-Way proved me wrong. The tub was, in fact, dirty. At first I thought I was just imagining that the tub was turning whiter, but I kept spraying. It’s unbelievable. After spraying, wiping with paper towels, and rinsing a few times, YEARS of buildup was gone. I’ve owned this house for three years, and since the day I moved in I’ve tried almost everything; soaking, scrubbing, scouring, bleach, abrasive cleaners. Now the tub looks brand-new!” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $4.19.

15.

A portable carpet cleaner with such great suction and scrubbing features, you should be able to spot clean *any* stubborn pet stains in your house or car.


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Promising review: “This is a really nice little shampooer. I have a dog with medical problems resulting in recurrent issues with soiled carpet. I was impressed with its cleaning ability, especially the suction and the cleaning solution that comes in the package. Having owned many other brands before, I can safely say that none of them have cleaned my home better than this small unit. That having been said, I also used the solution at half or less than the recommended ratio to help avoid the dreaded hard carpet and super soiled spots from soap being left in the carpet. Nice for the price.” —Vi

Get it from Amazon for $179.99+.

16.

A natural and eco-friendly cleaning kit from Blueland, so you can keep your home and the planet free of garbage and pollutants.


Blueland

This sparkling kit includes: three acrylic spray bottles, three cleaning tablets (multi-surface, glass, bathroom), a glass foaming hand soap bottle, a hand soap tablet, a silicone dish soap shaker, a 16-oz powder dish soap, a steel dishwasher tablet tin, and 40 dishwasher tablets.

Promising review: “I liked the products so much, I bought my daughter a set and she loves it! I can’t explain in words how it feels to be able to clean everything without polluting the world with chemicals and the landfills with plastic. The best thing since sliced bread!” —Nada K

Get it from Blueland for $69.


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Promising review: “I don’t often post reviews, but I felt compelled to do so for this maintenance kit. As we have lots of trees, there is always tree debris falling into the pool. As I don’t want my kids getting all that junk on them, I diligently skimmed the surface. This kit works much better than I imagined, only taking a few minutes to get the whole bottom spotless. We have pretty high water pressure, and as a result, this vacuum worked very well. The added bonus is that you get to top off the water level in your pool at the same time, as the excess water simply goes into the pool. The netting captured everything very well. The skimmer net pulls through the water easily, but still captures everything nicely. Some nets are too fine, and they’re difficult to pull through the water. No problems with that here. I would recommend this if you have a small pool and the filter vacuum is not an option for you.” —Jeffrey S. Fabrizio

Get it from Amazon for $25.

18.

An over-the-shower caddy with ample space for all the products in your extensive haircare regimen. Designed to hold large and inverted bottles, you won’t have to worry about any slipping and sliding (unless you’re dancing in the shower, of course).


Walmart

Have a shower door you’d rather make use of? Check out this over-the-door shower caddy instead!

Promising review: “This shower caddy is great! One of the best features is the ability to stabilize it. We all have experienced caddies sliding back and forth on the shower head, but with this one, that never happens. Also, you can rearrange the baskets, and it has multiple hooks to hang things from. I love it and highly recommend it. I would purchase this item again.” —Walmart Customer

Get it from Walmart for $20.97 (available in two colors).

19.

A mesh desk organizer that’ll keep important files and documents in plain sight but also out of the way. With a bottom drawer, make your Post-its, scissors, and stapler easily accessible.


Amazon

Promising review: “This thing got us through a semester of homeschooling! I was able to set up files for different classes and use the shelves to sort different things like notebook paper, a calculator, a stapler, etc. And it had a drawer with organizers to sort other things like pens, pencils, paper clips, and ALL sorts of things! This was truly our saving grace! I like organization, and this is one of my favorite things I’ve ever bought!” —Peggy B

Get it from Amazon for $25.97 (available in two colors).

20.

A set of three stainless-steel scrubbers from Scotch-Brite that’ll return your pots and pans to their former glory! Goodbye soil and burnt-on foods!


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Promising reviews: “I like to use a lot of cast iron and stainless steel pans. But you know what’s the worst? Burnt on oil. I expected these to be tough on my hands. They weren’t. I expected them to fall apart pretty quickly. They didn’t. I expected to have to use a lot of scrubbing force. I don’t. What did they do? They removed the burnt on oil on my stainless-steel pans and cast-iron pans with a refreshing ease.” —DM

Get it from Amazon for $2.48.

21.

A set of nesting trays as elegant as the jewelry you’ll want to rest on it.


Open Spaces

Promising review: “These trays are very cute and also seem to be of high quality. I love the variation in material so that while the shape pulls them together visually, they aren’t too ‘match-y match-y.’ I use the large one to hold our TV remote and a set of round coasters which fit perfectly in the end; the medium as a bed side coaster for my water glass and also my lip balm and hair clip; and the small one to hold my frequently used jewelry.” —Taylor R.

Get it from Open Spaces for $42 (available in three colors).

22.

A set of grocery organizers you can use in your fridge or pantry to help you keep track of what you do and don’t need to add to your shopping list.


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Promising review: “These are so helpful if your fridge is cluttered. I bought these for my mom who is an extremely cluttered person. I love her to death, but she is not an organized person. Her fridge used to look wild. There would be food piled on top of food, and small jars and containers EVERYWHERE. I bought her these to help her organize everything. Now she can see what she has and everything has a place. Thank you for making something like this to help those that are so cluttered.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $22.99.

23.

A desk drawer organizer to help release your desk’s surface of its clutter and make more space for the essentials. Just slide this tray into your desk drawer, and voila! Every pen, pin, and piece of paper can have a home.


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Promising review: “It’s a perfect fit for my study drawer. It has decent spacing. Most importantly, I can adjust the sizes per my needs, so it’s very convenient in that way too.” —Uzma

Get it from Amazon for $8.87.

24.

An industrial bathroom mirror with a built-in shelf to help keep your toiletries, makeup, and other bathroom essentials organized and easily accessible.


Wayfair

Promising review: “This mirror is exactly what I hoped it would be. It’s perfect for our smaller bathroom and helps us save space.” —Wayfair Customer

Get it from Wayfair for $107.99.

25.

A lightweight and cordless Roborock vacuum built for easy transport around the house, so you can clean as you head to the kitchen for a midday snack!


Target

I am so happy I replaced my old cordless vacuum with this one. This small vacuum sure does pack a punch! The Roborock vacuum comes with four attachments that have made cleaning fur off the couch (oops) and broken wine glasses off the rug (double oops) so quick and easy. And if your home is on the smaller side (ditto), you might be just as interested as I am in the fact that this vac and its accessories can be mounted on the wall, which also makes keeping it charged as simple as setting it and forgetting it.

Get it from Target for $349.99.

26.

A few under-the-bed containers for storing clothes, blankets, towels, and whatever else is eating up all the space in your home. Simply pack it away in this sturdy and durable container and slide it under your bed or couch for easy access later.


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Promising review: “I LOVE these drawers. I went through two other options of flimsy drawers that just collapse when you have items in them and everything spills out. These have a sturdy bottom and sturdy sides, and they keep all contents inside. Nothing falls over or spills out when sliding. Just what I was looking for!” —Brooke Gross

Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in two pack sizes and two colors).

27.

A water-based steam mop cleaner effectively (and safely) removes dirt and germs from just about any surface! Use it on your tiles, hardwood, glass or even steam your button-down shirts. We love to see a multi-functional queen!


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Promising review: “About two-thirds of our home has ceramic tile flooring in espresso brown with matching grout. I was never able to fully remove the white dust due to construction from the dark grout, so I was looking at working 1,500 square feet with a toothbrush. But I decided to try this steam mop first. I am just thrilled with the results! The white residue is completely gone and the floor feels silky smooth and super clean. This was effortless; I simply ran the mop over the tile, no pushing or re-do spots. Set up was easy es well. The mop is not heavy and glides with ease, so I find this to be MUCH better and faster than using my spin mop or the spray mop I have been using in between full cleanings. We have two active dogs, and there are a lot of muddy paws all the time, so this mop is going to make my life much easier! Also I love the fact that this runs with water. This means I know my family and pets are safe, and it is good for the environment” —Desiree

Get it from Amazon for $79.99.

28.

A pack of nonslip velvet hangers that take up less space in your closet, which means you can hang more in there. And with swivel hooks, you spend less time fighting your clothes and more time buying new ones.


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Promising review: “These hangers are beautiful and functional, I just love them! They hold my clothes on the hanger to an extent I didn’t think was possible. I can hang some of my sweaters and they don’t get pulled out of shape because the velvet grips the fabric and the garment’s weight is more gently distributed. I can’t explain what a difference these made in my closet. Everything from tank tops to skirts to sweaters hangs beautifully on these. I use them exclusively, I threw out all my old plastic hangers. The rose gold color of the hooks is beautiful and gleams gently, adding some eye-catching sophistication to my closet. I like for my room to be pretty and photogenic, and these fit right in. I highly recommend them.” —Campfire30

Get it from Amazon for $25.59+ (available in three colors).

29.

A dual hamper you can use to separate your lights from your colors, your clean from your dirty, or your warms from your colds. Any way you decide to use it means fewer of your ensembles end up on your chair and you can actually use it for sitting.


Target

Promising review: “LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this hamper! It’s really well-made, and has ample space to separate your lights and darks, or whatever else you decide to use it for. It’s just beautiful. If you’re on the fence, just buy it!” —Target Customer

Get it from Target for $69.99.

30.

A stackable shoe rack for anyone who kicks their boots off and leaves them wherever they land. Or just someone with enough shoes to open their own store. Keep your footwear organized and out of tripping range.


Amazon, amazon.com

Promising review: “This was SUPER easy to put together; it literally took me longer to open the box than it did for me to put the shelving together!! I’d been on the market for a shoe rack for YEARS and could never find one that I liked the look of that also fit enough shoes for it to be a worthy investment. I was browsing on Amazon and was SO HAPPY to find these! I originally bought three and loved the look of them so much that I bought another three! It now holds ALL of our shoes in an organized row in our foyer, and now there’s no clutter or mess in any of our closets. It also reminded me of ALL OF THE SHOES I own, and it’s helped for me to curb my shoe spending, since I can now see exactly what I own! I am SO HAPPY with this purchase. Definitely a must-buy!!” —Joanna Kim

Get it from Amazon for $29.10+ (available in five colors).

31.

A slim shelving unit because even teen tiny spaces can be converted to storage space. This four-tiered rolling cart can fit in between kitchen counters and be used as a makeshift pantry or between your washer/dryer and be used to hold detergent and dryer sheets.


Wayfair

Promising reviews: “It’s perfect for my little efficiency kitchenette. It’s a quick set up, and it’s pretty sturdy. It moves back and forth if needed as well.” —Wayfair Customer

“This was a great touch for a previously wasted space between my washer and dryer in my laundry room. It works best if it can roll straight out, but my husband secured the joints. It also allowed me space for the iron and ironing products rather than filling up my utility closet.” —Wayfair Customer

Get it from Wayfair for $25.99 (originally $79.99).

32.

A freestanding bike rack that can hold two bikes so they’re not cluttering up your hallway or living spaces. Those are meant for living.


Wayfair

Promising reviews: “This works perfectly and saves a lot of space! Nice showcase for my bikes as well.” —Vince

“Awesome bike rack for people with small spaces and don’t want to drill into the wall.” —Daniel

Get it from Wayfair for $77.99 (originally $114.15)

33.

A cabinet organizer with divider inserts so all your skincare products or cleaning tools aren’t chaotically jumbled under your bathroom or kitchen sink.


Target

Promising review: “This was a great option for storage under our bathroom sink. I like the dividers because I can have smaller and bigger items nicely organized. The only thing I didn’t like at first was that the baskets slide out as opposed to the entire track, but now I like that I can remove the basket and set it on the counter.” —Target Customer

Get it from Target for $16.89.

34.

A storage ottoman to hide away kids’ toys or spare sheets *and* serve as a foot rest or extra seating. Comfort and structure can live happily ever after together.


Wayfair

Promising reviews: “I use these ottomans to store blankets and to prop my feet up when watching movies. They are very sturdy.” —Wayfair Customer

“These are very useful. The top is tufted, so you can sit on it, but it can be flipped to the other side, which is a flat and hard surface that can be used as a tray. Super versatile and easy on the eyes.” —Wayfair Customer

Get it from Wayfair for $33.99 (originally $69.99; available in three colors).

35.

A nail polish organizer big enough to hold up to 60 bottles! It also has a dedicated compartment for your tools *and* a convenient handle, so you can carry your collection wherever it’s needed.


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Promising review: “I was looking for something to organize my polygel and gel polish supplies and tools, and stumbled across this portable Makartt organizer. Based on the positive reviews, I decided to give it a try, and the reviews weren’t wrong! This organizer is sturdy, and I’m amazed at how much it holds! If necessary, you can actually put two mini bottles of gel polish in each slot. The side compartment for tools is perfect for my drill, bits, files, alcohol wipes, cuticle pushers, clippers, etc. I love the easy-carry handle and the fact that it’s transparent so I can see all my products at a glance. Also, a big plus is that it opens on both sides, with storage on each side for your polishes.” —chanteleigh

Get it from Amazon for $26.99.

36.

A copper over-the-door cabinet plastic bag holder for anyone who might have a bag-hoarding issue that takes up much-needed cabinet space.


Amazon

Promising review: “I’m really happy with my kitchen organizer! It is out of sight, holds a lot of plastic bags, and now I no longer have a huge bag full of plastic bags in my pantry. Cleared up a lot of space. Awesome!” —Monica

Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in nine colors).

37.

An accessory organizer you can mount to the wall and drape your scarves and necklaces from. It also has a basket that can be used for extra storage. Treat your accessories like the decor they are!


Amazon

Promising review: “Love it. It was just what I was looking for! I mounted it in my walk-in closet to hold all my jewelry. I put it low enough that I could store my rings in the basket and easily see them. Also storing my watches on top. I just can’t say enough about this; it’s great!” —Patrick Pflaumer

Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in 10 colors).

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