The Best General Home Organizers from Our 2023 Organization Awards

published Aug 14, 2023
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Home organization is never one size fits all, and that includes how you use your organizing products, too. You’ve probably found so many uses for that one item you bought years ago or maybe even discovered that something intended for one purpose was actually better used elsewhere.

With that in mind, we’ve highlighted the best general home organizers from various places that can be used in a multitude of different ways. From hooks for hanging up clothes, keys, or reusable bags, to an over-the-door organizer for the laundry room, closet, or bathroom, see all the winners from the General Organizers category of our 2023 Organization Awards.

Best General Organizers

What Makes Up This Category of Winners

In this General Organizers category, we rounded up the best organizers for use throughout your home. From a bin that works anywhere and for storing almost anything to a utility cart that you can bring from room to room for different uses (like your go-to board game station), these general home organizers are so functional and versatile.

General Organizers Winners

1 / 10

This renter-friendly find is a brilliant storage solution that'll make more room in any cabinet. Best List Editor, Britt Franklin, loves it for that exact reason: "It created space in my tiny pantry that I hadn't imagined before. I feel like an organizing pro!" It's inexpensive, comes in three sizes and two color choices, and requires no drilling.

2 / 10
Yamazaki Home

This sleek storage caddy from Yamazaki Home will have you "cleaning in style," according to Deputy Lifestyle Director, Madeline Bilis. "It's lightweight, which is excellent, and I can fit several bottles of cleaner, some disinfectant wipes, my duster, and microfiber cloths inside it," she says.

3 / 10
Home Depot

For items you need to stash, this large storage bin is the real deal. It offers waterproof storage and the snap-fit lid secures your valuables inside. It's stackable, nestable, and sturdy, which makes it ideal for tucking it away in a closet or garage.

4 / 10

Vinyl-lovers need this record storage unit to keep their collection organized. Its cube-like wide shelves allow you to easily store vinyl and LPs. Plus, it comes in four neutral colors and is easy to assemble (no tools required).

5 / 10

If you were to have just one type of bin in your home, let it be the IKEA VARIERA Box, which we've deemed the best all-around bin. It's affordable, reliable, and can be used virtually anywhere and for anything. Its high-gloss white appearance makes it look more expensive than it is, so you can keep it out in the open or behind closed doors.

6 / 10
Serena & Lily

Inspired by classic market baskets, the La Jolla Basket from Serena & Lily is worth the internet hype. This lidded basket is a bit of splurge, but for good reason: It's entirely handmade, so no two look the same, and offers a boho-chic style. The storage capacity is impressive, too.

7 / 10

Another renter-friendly must-have? Command hooks! There are so many smart and creative ways to use these damage-free wall hooks in your place, from storing brooms and mops to holding up coats and keys. This variety pack has you covered with small wire hooks; small, medium, and large utility hooks; and, as a bonus, picture-hanging strips that can hold up to 16 pounds.

8 / 10

You might recognize this Novogratz Cache Single Metal Locker Storage Cabinet from our Small/Cool event from 2022 — and we're still obsessed with it. This stylish locker storage find is a standout piece; it brings valuable storage and a pop of color to your home.

9 / 10
The Container Store

We are big fans of the Elfa Over the Door Rack from The Container Store. This reliable over-the-door system is customizable to your space, whether you want to use it in the bathroom, utility closet, laundry room, or closet.

10 / 10

We could go on and on about the IKEA RÅSKOG Utility Cart and all its uses (oh wait, we have!) because it really is that good and useful. It’s cheap (under $50) yet versatile, and, not to mention, it’s extremely renter-friendly. You can cart it around from room to room, and apartment to apartment, with ease.

How We Picked Our Winners

The Organization Awards is our guide to the best organizers of 2023. Apartment Therapy editors truly believe these 80 outstanding winners, across 10 categories, are the finest home organizing solutions around. To create this list, we focused on common clutter issues that often arise in everyday life, identified the best products to solve them, and then tested them to see which worked the best.

Here are some of the key things we looked for in an organizer.

  • Durability Is it sturdy and long-lasting? Will it withstand heat, water, or other factors, depending on where it is stored?
  • Availability — Can you easily access this item?
  • Affordability — Is it budget-friendly or worth the splurge?
  • Functionality — Does it serve its desired function or beyond that? Does it solve the organizing issue at hand?

The ultimate goal: Help get your space sorted and free of clutter. Above all, we know there’s no right or wrong way to organize your home, so whether you have 300 or 3,000 square feet of space, we hope this list of adored and approved organizers serves as the best starting point for getting you organized. 

2023 Organization Awards

Want to see more winners? See here for the full list of winners for the 2023 Organization Awards.

All prices were accurate at the time of publishing, but may have changed since then.