8 Organizers for the Little Stuff You Always Lose

Whether you’re frequently running late because you’ve misplaced your keys, or you're sick of tripping over the phone cords in your bedroom, here are some solutions that you can buy or DIY to keep all those notorious little necessities organized yet accessible.

Naturally Clutter-Free

Tree Branch Hooks

Display these beech hooks in your bedroom, kitchen, or hallway, where they are sure to add a rustic element. Made from natural wood waste produced when trees are pruned, each and every hook is as unique as the tree it came from. Hand-finished and incredibly strong, they're ideal for hanging your bathrobe, towels, or keys. Available at notonthehighstreet.com; $46.

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Crafty Key-Catchers

DIY Key Holder

Keys have a way of magically disappearing, especially when you’re in a rush to get out the door. This simple key holder and wall rack is the perfect solution for grab-and-go essentials. All you need is a piece of wood, a dowel, key rings, keyhole fittings, and a bit of ingenuity. Consider assigning each family member a color to keep things even more organized. 

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A Desk's Best Friend

Dog Desk Organizer

Pens and pencils have a tendency to pile up. Keep them neatly arranged and easily accessible with this wooden holder that also serves as whimsical desk decor. The adorable pup's easy-to-clean exterior also protects him from marker or pen accidents, making this a safe option for a kids' craft room or coloring station. Available at Etsy; $18.

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Colorful Catchalls

DIY Desk Organizer

Small spaces call for big ideas. That’s why these customizable clip-on desk organizers are a perfect solution for a cramped home office. Gather your soup tins, baskets, loaf pans, or other spare containers, and give them a few coats of paint for consistency. (For extra style points, paint the inside of each container a different bright color.) Attach grip clips, and affix these catchalls to your desk to house pens, scissors, or even decorative plants. 

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Hanging Helpers

Kitchen Sink Organizer

Counter space is always at a premium, and with appliances like coffeemakers, toasters, and microwaves laying claim to a majority of the work zone, it can be difficult to ensure that kitchen necessities are close at hand. This mounted steel rod makes use of empty wall space and suspends baskets, dish racks, and other trays to keep much-needed—but easily misplaced—cooking essentials within easy reach. Available on Amazon; $18.

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Pegboard Power

Kitchen Organization Hacks

The kitchen is one of the trickiest spots to organize because of the sheer number of gadgets, utensils, and cooking tools that need to be within arm's reach. A simple wall-mounted pegboard with hooks can provide a decorative and functional home for measuring cups, pans, spatulas, and more. For additional storage, hang baskets or trays to hold spices and small items that may otherwise disappear in the pantry.

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Magical Mattress Organizer

Bed Side Organizer

With our love of gadgets and devices, streamlined storage and charging solutions are critical. To avoid a bedside table cluttered with tablets, smartphones, and e-readers, try this fabric storage solution that's handily held in place by your mattress. The pouches keep everything within reach—perfect when you're relaxing after a long day at work or on a lazy weekend afternoon—and the USB hub can charge and store up to six devices. Available at MyVolts.com; $100. 

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Neat and Tidy Nightstand

DIY Charging Station

This decorative storage unit (cleverly repurposed from a thrift store find) boasts both a landing spot for bedside essentials and a discreet way to charge and store electronics. Drill a hole in the back of the box, and thread your USB cable through to craft an subtle solution for powering up your phone. Use the drawer to safely stow your remotes, books, jewelry, or other little things that need to be stashed before you fall asleep. Paint the unit to create a lively accent in your bedroom, or leave it as is for a vintage touch. 

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