I have a love affair with organizing. There is something about decluttering and organizing a space that feels so refreshing. Today, I want to share my favorite clear acrylic organizers with you.
My Favorite Acrylic Organizers
The products I am talking about are these clear acrylic bins. I am no longer partial to a brand, (I used to buy Mdesign and Interdesign). Because there are so many on Amazon now and all of them seem good. I have these bins all over my house. And there are probably a dozen more on my Amazon wishlist. Here’s how I use mine.
In the Pantry
The thing that made the most significant difference in my pantry organization? Decanting. Organizing is so much easier when you are dealing with individual items. It’s also a lot easier to keep everything together that way. And it makes it easier to buy in bulk.
You don’t have to deal with storing a massive-sized box. When I get home from the store, I take all the items out of the boxes and recycle the boxes. I use these clear acrylic bins to store the items.
You can see through them, and the kids can quickly grab whatever snack they want. It’s also handy to open the pantry and quickly take stock of what needs to be refilled. You can find various sizes to fit your pantry perfectly, and they can be stacked!
I use mine to hold applesauce, individual oatmeal packets, Nutri-grain bars, raisins, and whatever else the kids and hubby are into. Packing lunches is a breeze because I can grab and go!
I also love these mini stacking units. They are perfect for smaller sizes, like fruit snacks and fruit cups. You are essentially doubling your space too. Here’s a closeup.
Last but not least is the good ol’ lazy Susan. I got the divided one, but they also sell them without the divider. This says it’s for the office, but it’s the same thing and can be used anywhere. I use it to hold all my cooking oils, vinegar, and sauces. A quick spin of this thing, and I can find exactly what I need now.
Here’s a tip – these lazy susans spin better on a flat, hard surface. Our one pantry has wire shelves, which works, but not as well. I tested it on our kitchen counters, and it spins perfectly. So, something to keep in mind.
In the Fridge
These same plastic bins can also be used in the fridge and freezer. I love them in our fridge! All those darn yogurts now have a home! And I also use one to store our salad dressings. When I make a salad for dinner, I can pull the whole thing out of the fridge, and we can all take what we want.
The bins are easy to wash out and keep everything contained. Other ideas for these? Kids drink pouches, cheese sticks, and fruit packs. I also want one for my meat drawer to keep meats and cheeses separated.
In the Linen Closet
These bins were made to hold medicine. I recently organized our linen cabinet. I took these acrylic bins and used them to organize the kid’s medicine. This is handy for us. When we have sitters, or if our parents are in town watching the kids, they can go to the cabinet and find what they need. I organized the medicine by pain/colds (Tylenol, Ibuprofen, colds, etc.) and first aid (rubbing alcohol, bandaids, Neosporin, etc.).
In the Bathroom
Finally, I’ll show you the makeup organization! Before, I kept everything in a makeup pouch. But it was hard to find what I needed. I was constantly digging around. This acrylic makeup organizer holds everything I need. I even store my day and night moisturizers in there. If you need more space, you can find bigger versions.
Ideally, I’d love to have clear drawer organizers. I prefer everything off the counters. But we don’t have a vanity in our bathroom. We have a long countertop with a sink. (I’m hoping our renovation will bring us a vanity.) This specific organizer is from the picture I picked up from Home Goods a few years back.
These little acrylic organizers can be used everywhere around your house, such as in your office, craft room, and laundry room. I’m slowly working through the house and will update this post when I’m done.
Karen Sloan is the founder, editor and syndicated content writer of www.decorhint.com. She offers hints of inspiration for everyday living, including home ideas, DIY projects and lifestyle content. Her work has appeared on Google News, MSN, Pioneer Woman, Apartment Therapy, and Bustle, among others.