Some of us look at a door and see a temporary barrier between rooms; others look at a door and see storage potential. If you fall into the latter group, you'll be thrilled to know that the available options for over-the-door storage are vast and wide—so much so that any clutter that's currently causing a tripping hazard in your home won't even make it through your nearest door.
The most important criteria to consider when looking at over-the-door organizers, or really any type of organizer, is that it suits your lifestyle and your space. As attractive and clever as some products are, if an organizer won't be utilized, it will only add to your clutter and not create that organizational oasis you're dreaming of. For that reason, we took our organizer hunt very seriously. We did extensive research on dozens of options, evaluating them on size, features, material, design, and overall value.
Our favorite option, the West Elm Over-The-Door Hanging Organizer, has pockets in an array of sizes, latches for both the bottom and top of the door, and a neutral, easy-to-match color.
Here, the best over-the-door organizers for maximizing storage and minimizing clutter in your living space.
Best Overall: West Elm Over-The-Door Hanging Organizer
Structured pouches in versatile sizes
Latches at top and bottom of door
Material not as durable as others
There's plenty to appreciate about West Elm's Over-The-Door Hanging Organizer, our favorite for an over-the-door organizer—like its versatile canvas pouches with hidden cardboard panels and neutral palette. But, what we really love is that it's lightweight, yet still includes lower latches for the bottom of your door. You receive a secure and snug fit, without extra bulk or a hardware-heavy installation process. The rows of pockets are also spaced at a reasonable distance, too, so it feels functional without being overwhelming.
While the brand touts that the pockets can fit up to eight pairs of shoes, we see potential for all kinds of useful storage. If you're not using it for shoes, this off-white organizer could easily work for clothes in a bedroom, toys in a kids' room, diapers and other supplies in a nursery, sheets and more in a linen closet, or hats and scarves in a coat closet. Since it's moderately priced, you might be tempted to try one in multiple rooms, as well.
Speaking of trying it in different ways, it's not adjustable beyond the straps, and all of the pouches are in fixed positions. As long as you're not in need of firm, adjustable baskets or a more flexible design, though, we think it is a great choice for maximizing storage.
Price at time of publish: $23
Best Budget: Simple Houseware Over Door/Wall Mount 6 Clear Window Pocket Organizer
Roomy pockets with windows
Easy to move and store
Available in seven colors
No way to secure at bottom
With six generously-sized pockets, featuring transparent windows so you can see exactly what’s inside, we like the extra convenience of this budget-friendly organizer. The windows allow you to keep an eye on the contents and stay on top of refills, so you never find yourself reaching into an empty bin. The design is especially ideal for storing items you may frequently need to replace, like first aid supplies, diapers, or even your favorite snacks.
Not only are the pockets spacious—measuring 12 inches wide and roughly 4.5 inches deep—but they're also so solid, so even your smallest items, like cotton swabs or hair pins, will stay put. They’re reinforced by cardboard that you insert when it arrives, so they’ll keep your items secure and hold their shape when they’re not totally full, as well. Plus, while the cardboard adds stability, you can still fold it down whenever you need and tuck this organizer away when it’s not in use.
We also appreciate the seven color choices available for this organizer. Unfortunately, the bottom does not have any built-in secures or latches, but you can always add your own.
Price at time of publish: $20
Best for Bathrooms: Latitude Run White Anay Cabinet Door Organizer
Can hold up to 66 pounds
Structured frame keeps everything in place
Plastic feet prevent door damage
All baskets are the same size
Some assembly required
This organizer has a weight limit of 66 pounds, which means it can hold all the backup shampoos, lotions, and liquid soaps your heart desires. That's not the only reason we recommend it for bathrooms, though; the basket-style storage is ideal for body care products and cosmetics, and still versatile enough for spare rolls of toilet paper, hand towels, and other essentials. We also appreciate the smart design. At the base of the metal frame, plastic feet balance against the door and ensure that the baskets (and their contents) don't bump against it.
Each of the six baskets are the same size which, while nice for visual consistency, doesn't allow for variation in the volume each one stores. As always, when it comes to baskets, be mindful that your small items (bandages and bobby pins, for example) can slip through, too, so you'll want extra containers for them. Unlike some of our other picks, this rack does require some basic assembly, but no tools are necessary. Overall, we think that once it's hanging in your bathroom (or laundry room or pantry), you'll agree that it's well-worth that bit of effort.
Price at time of publish: $45
Best for Shoes: Brightroom Over The Door 24 Pocket Mesh Shoe Organizer
Transparent and opaque pocket options
Four hooks for stability
No way to secure at bottom
The two dozen solid and mesh pockets in this organizer give you room for a whopping 12 pairs of shoes—or more, depending on the size of the shoes. We especially appreciate that this organizer provides you with two types of storage pockets. Eight of the 24 pouches are transparent, giving you a full view of their contents, while 16 pouches are made with solid material comprised of 75 percent recycled polyester. (It's great to be able to see your shoes, but sometimes it's nice not to see all of your shoes.) The variation between pocket styles is one of the features that sets this organizer apart. We also love the neutral gray color, which will suit a variety of design styles and color palettes.
Four metallic hooks ensure that the organizer is stable once in place, too, while still allowing for easy hanging and removal. Even though it’s a lightweight piece, you can feel confident in its design, and it even promises a weight capacity of 25 pounds. While we would have appreciated a way to secure the bottom, even as is, this is a great choice for shoe storage.
Price at time of publish: $19
Best for Closets: West Elm Estique Organizer Bundle
19 separate hooks on two unique pieces
Second organizer included
Only one small basket in the set
This organizer gives you 14 hooks that make plenty of room for jackets, bags, and even scarves. At just under 24 inches, it hangs high enough on your door that you’ll be able to store longer items without them brushing the floor (yes, even those cross-body bags). Each hook also has a stylish, wooden knob at the end to complete the design, and ensure the ends aren’t too sharp for scarves or delicate belongings.
We also love how this over-the-door organizer comes in a set that includes a matching entryway organizer—though, we can also see this second piece serving as a jewelry catchall or belt hanger. The versatile pairing works well when hung together or apart, giving you lots of flexibility and options when creating the organizing system of your dreams. Just note that, between these two pieces, the only basket or bin is within the smaller piece. The many rows of hooks are the stars of this show.
Price at time of publish: $22
Best for Pantry: ClosetMaid Adjustable Organizer Rack
Multiple installation options
Sturdy and well made
Small items may slip through baskets
May require mounting
If you’re looking for a versatile, durable organizer that can be customized and reinforced, look no further than ClosetMaid’s Adjustable Organizer Rack. The kit includes two, 77-inch rods, eight baskets, plus hardware that gives you multiple options for mounting. You can install the organizer to the top of your door, or mount it to a door or even a wall. Each vertical rack is lined with precut holes, allowing you to hang the included baskets at your desired distance from one another, and to move them if and when you have the need. So, whether you’re storing cleaning supplies, canned food, or other home supplies, you’ll be able to customize the set to suit your needs and your space.
The only catch? Just be sure to bundle small items together or keep them in containers of their own, since the metal basket weave could allow slim items—like crayons or pencils—to slip through. Altogether, it has a weight capacity of roughly 55 pounds.
Price at time of publish: $50
Best for Jewelry: The Container Store White Over The Door Mirror & Jewelry Organizer
Designed specifically for jewelry and accessories
Mirrored outer door
This mirror and jewelry organizer from The Container Store is so elegant that you’ll forget you were shopping for something with an over-door caveat. The exterior door features a framed mirror, while the inside features velvet-lined compartments, slots, earring hooks, bracelet bins, and even removable shelves for any jewelry or accessories. It’s both a pretty and practical addition to a bedroom, bathroom, or closet.
At just over 40 inches tall and 14 inches wide, and with a depth of 3.5 inches, this organizer is large enough to hold dozens of pieces of jewelry. (Actual count will vary depending on their size, but rest assured there’s plenty of space for your longest statement necklaces and biggest bangle bracelets.) There’s a second inner mirror, so you can check how your choices look without having to close everything up. And, speaking of closing it, there’s even a key and lock feature, so your keepsakes stay safe and secure.
The black velvet lining also ensures your jewelry won’t get scratched, and makes it easy to spot and distinguish pieces from each other, too. While this is a pricier piece than the other organizers on this list, we feel like niche design and thoughtful details make it worth consideration.
Price at time of publish: $130
Best Compact: NEX 3 Tier Over the Door Basket Organizer
Doubles as freestanding rack
All baskets the same size
Many over-the-door organizers have similar measurements, since they all share the goal of comfortable, door-sized storage. In the case of this 30.9-inch basket organizer from NEX, a smaller choice than many others, we appreciate that it uses less than half of your standard-sized door, but doesn't look squished or compact at the same time. It's bright and airy, thanks to the turquoise color and mesh metal baskets, plus the rounded design of the frame gives it contemporary flair. The three baskets are all the same size, which contributes to the sleek design, but does limit options for storage. Although, the baskets are removable, so if you want to leave one off and enjoy more room among the other two shelves, you can easily do so.
Some assembly is required for initial setup, but no tools are necessary. Another feature that's unique to this rack is the ability to use it freestanding, too. For temporary decor (or say, a photo shoot), it's easy to lift down and display. It's also available in white and black.
Price at time of publish: $34
Best Hooks: The Container Store Overdoor 5-Hook Rack
Five double hooks add hanging space
Easy to use upon arrival
Hooks spaced close together
Designed for interior doors
Sometimes a little extra hanging space is all we need, and in that case, a rack of hooks is a fantastic choice. We like this sleek and simple option from The Container Store for its classic design, five double hooks, and ease of use. It's a simple, one-piece rack you can slide over your door and start using within moments of its arrival. Do note that it's specifically designed for interior doors, so as appealing as it is to have all your jackets available on your front door, that's not a recommended use.
But, inside your coat closet, bedroom closet, bathroom, or kid's room? Yep, it can handle any of those. The one "downside" we can see with this rack is that the hooks are spaced fairly close together, with less than 3 inches between them, so bulky scarves and larger items like hats may throw off your ability to use neighboring hooks. Still, you have plenty of room for more vertical storage, so it's a great choice.
Price at time of publish: $17
Best with Mirror: Pottery Barn Teen Metal Grid Functional Over-the-Door Mirror
Multiple, separate double hooks
Coordinating line of wall organizers
Mirror, mirror, on the...door? Yes, absolutely. From a distance, this over-the-door mirror looks like a quick way to check your reflection, but it's so much more. The black metal frame has four unique double hooks (two on each side) to store eight separate items. They're spaced well enough apart, so small items stored on top still give you access to the bottom. Plus, grid lines across the front attach to a narrow basket for storage of items like books, cards, and even a phone or tablet. If you or someone in your household wants to, say, watch a YouTube tutorial while using their mirror, this option makes it super easy.
There's a full line of metal grid storage items so you could easily coordinate additional wall storage, as well. But, building a collection would get pricey, so you'll want to plan accordingly. The other thing we would have liked to have seen is a bit more storage space available with the basket, but we're willing to overlook the current size in favor of the minimalist, contemporary design.
Price at time of publish: $99
Our best overall pick, the Over-The-Door Hanging Organizer from West Elm, is equal parts form and function. It has a spacious design with plenty pockets in practical sizes and door latches. Plus, it's lightweight, thanks to the canvas material. If that's not quite what you're looking for, you may also want to consider the NEX 3 Tier Over the Door Basket Organizer, our favorite compact option. This organizer is sleek, stylish, and takes up less room on your door, but still has three metal baskets.
What to Look for in an Over-the-Door Organizer
Assembly and Installation Requirements
The general design of over-the-door organizers allows for styles to run the gamut in terms of both assembly and installation requirements. Requiring little installation, beyond securing hooks at the top of your door, you'll find many lightweight picks, like the Simple Houseware Over Door Organizer that we named our "best budget" pick, and The Container Store Overdoor 5-hook Rack that earned "best hooks." While shapes and sizes vary, what they have in common is one installation step that'll make it possible to use them pretty much upon arrival.
Effort can go up from there, with some organizers requiring you to slide the bins or baskets onto the frame, like our "best for bathrooms" pick, the Anay Cabinet Door Organizer from Latitude Run. Some also feature extra points to secure, like the Closetmaid Adjustable Organizer Rack. Ultimately, all the assembly requirements should be readily available to you during the shopping process, so take into account what works for you and your home. Or, have a friend ready to come help you when your new organizer arrives!
Material and Durability
The material of your organizer will directly impact its overall durability. Frequently used materials for over-the-door organizers, like fabric, metal, and plastic, all have their own pros and cons.
Fabric is lightweight and brings a casual texture; metal is durable, but sometimes heavy; plastic falls in between. Consider what type of storage you need, and then hone in on something that's up to the task. Makeup rounds and cotton swabs, for example, need far less structure and support than shoes or pantry staples. Once you have a clear idea of what you need, you can narrow down your choices.
Style and Color
With any dual-purpose item that's going to be on display and serving as storage, it's hard to make a choice without factoring in how it's going to look in your home. As you're searching for organizers, you'll find that the vast majority come in neutral tones and with accents designed to subtly fit in with multiple spaces, with occasional bright colors in the mix, too. This is a pro for shoppers who like variety and aren't trying to match a door organizer to a niche design style, but it can mean that it's a challenge to search for an over-the-door style to match a certain type of decor or aesthetic in your home. In that case, the power lies in how you style it. And yes, you can style a door organizer, especially when there are shelves or baskets involved.
Organizers often say that if you like the appearance of a specific storage tool, and of the results it provides, then you're more likely to keep it up and use it well. But, as always, the best organizer for you isn't always going to be the one that's trending or even the most aesthetically pleasing. It'll be the one that you find easy to use, and that helps you check things off your list quickly and easily.
Pockets, bins, and hooks are among the most common storage options within over-the-door organizers. You'll find some variation among them, but know that they're going to all be sized to comfortably hang on a door when it's both open and closed. The Brightroom Over the Door Shoe Organizer is a great example of how brands accommodate this specific spacial need, since it's designed to hold shoes vertically (not, say, horizontal with their toes pressed at the door). These smart design choices are what make over-the-door organizers so effective, but the flip side is that they can be limiting in what sort of storage they provide.
Be sure to look closely at the overall sizes of pieces you're considering, as well as their pouches or compartments, and consider how these dimensions will suit what you intend to store. While over-the-door organizers aren't the right tool to solve every home organizational need, they can be an excellent choice for the smaller products that regularly turn into clutter around our homes.
How do you organize a small house with no storage?
It can be tricky to find room for all your belongings when you have a small space, but the good news is, you're not alone. Storage ideas for small spaces are plentiful, as long as you're willing to get a little creative. The majority of tips you'll find often involve key themes of opting for items with added or hidden storage capabilities, securing and tucking items away whenever possible (under the bed or inside an ottoman, for example), and making use of wall and—surprise!—door space, just as this list covers.
How much weight does an over-the-door organizer typically hold?
The highest weight capacity of storage organizers featured in this list is 66 pounds, which belongs to the Latitude Run Anay Cabinet Door Organizer, our choice for bathrooms. The runner-up is Closetmaid’s Metal Overdoor Organizer, which we dubbed the best option for pantries, at 55 pounds. Weight limits vary and decrease from there.
Ultimately, the capacity of models depends on their material, structure, and hanging requirements. You'll see that some organizers can be reinforced with additional screws and mounting, ensuring that you can get the most out of their suggested limits.
Do over-the-door organizers move and sway when the door is opened?
The short answer is: hopefully not. Over-the-door organizers are designed to avoid this, but it can still happen, depending on the shape, size, material, installation, and even the distribution of the items in the organizer. The good news is, you can take steps to avoid it.
First, you can consider racks that can be fully mounted or at least secured to the surface or bottom of the door as well as the top, like West Elm's Over-The-Door Hanger Organizer. You can also look at racks with other key design elements meant to avoid this, like the Latitude Run Anay Cabinet Door Organizer, which has plastic feet to keep it in place against your door. Also, take weight recommendations and bin sizes to heart, since those can factor in, as well. Finally, there's always room to add a DIY support, such as velcro, tacks, or even zip ties, depending on the organizer. Just be sure that any additional steps you take are safe, and don't compromise the integrity of the organizer.
Why Trust The Spruce?
Dena Ogden is a lifestyle and commerce writer, who’s been writing professionally since 2016 and with The Spruce since August 2022. For this piece, she did extensive research on over-the-door organizers currently available at major retailers, and evaluated products based on size, features, material, design, and overall value. She combed reviews, consulted external sources, and considered the role of over-the-door organizers in different spaces throughout the home. She made it through the process without completely overhauling her own home storage methods, but just barely.