This $30 Organizer Finally Helped Me Wrangle My Water Bottle Collection
I have a water bottle problem — and I blame my college friend’s father, who liked to repeat this particular mantra: All you need is water. Nursing a headache? Drink water. Bummed about an exam grade? Reach for that old Nalgene bottle. Somewhere along the way, I came to believe that while not everything could be solved by more water, a great many benefits come from staying hydrated.
Now I take hydration so seriously that I find myself in possession of dozens of drinking implements for our family of three. Some are nice Yetis swiped from swag tables at conferences; others, plastic behemoths with bendy straws from outdoor festivals. There are sippy cups for my daughter, bedazzled Starbucks cold cups, and a Thermos (or eight!) for road trips.
After opening our cabinet where the water bottles are stored and getting knocked in the head by a falling Thermos one too many times, I decided I needed a solution. I browsed organizers online, until I landed on these stackable, acrylic water bottle organizers from mDesign.
They come in a set of two, and each row holds three water bottles. I liked the clean design, as well as the fact that it could sit nicely in a standard cabinet. I ordered two sets of the clear version (they also come in gray or blue, if you prefer).
With the new organizers in place, one shelf in our cabinets could comfortably hold 12 water bottles — which was more than enough. I whittled down my collection to my very favorite water bottles, donated the rest, and got to organizing.
Everything fit nicely — even the ones with straws. I loved being able to reach in and grab a water bottle without having to push through the mess (or worry about suffering from a concussion). These stackable organizers are a perfect space optimizer and have already made our lives a little simpler. Now when we decide on a spontaneous bike ride or trip to the pool this summer, we can easily reach in for our bottles before heading out for adventures.
Parent pro tip: If you have kids, you can pre-fill water bottles and place them in the fridge on a low shelf, so they can quickly grab their own bottles on the way out the door to summer camp or any number of activities that require hydration.
Do you have a good organization system for your water bottle collection? Tell us your ideas in the comments below.