When DESUS & MERO on Showtime transitioned to filming remotely last year, co-hosts Desus Nice and The Kid Mero were forced to trade in their elaborate sets for corners of their own homes. Mero retreated to his basement (aka away from his four kids), and Desus situated himself in front of an array of sneakers, each color-coded in clear boxes.
Impressed by his commitment to rotating the pairs in view, fans wondered Nice's elaborate set up was actually the product of a green screen. "If this was a green screen, could I do that, baby?" he asks as he licks the sole of an all-blue pair of Fila's Jerry Stackhouse Spaghetti sneakers. For further proof, he breaks his silence on where he bought the organizers from. "These sneaker boxes are each custom made in Italy. They run about $400 each; I can't tell you the name of the person [who makes them]. There's a six-month waitlist... I'm kidding. These are regular open flat-front shoe boxes from The Container Store."
He uses a wall of these as a way to store his collection of sneakers. (He has around 400 pairs.) Switching them out each week takes "either two days or two hours," he explains in the same segment. Having a surefire way for organizing them abets his sneaker obsession, which he says only developed recently. "People who don't get it, I completely understand. I used to be like you," he says. Now he's cemented himself as a collector. If you feel similarly or are simply desiring a product that'll declutter what you do have, here are several products that'll help you declutter your closet and eliminate the stress of mess.
The Container Store Drop-Front Shoe Boxes
This Desus-approved design lets you show off your shoes in a space-saving way. They're clear and feature a door that opens down, making removing a pair easy and possible without rearranging the entire ensemble. Dubbed the large version, they can fit up to a men's size 13 (and even some taller boots). Get one for just under $11 or six for under $60.
Like-It Modular Stacking Baskets
Japanese brand Like-It makes these Modular Stacking Baskets in several sizes (small, medium and large). They're slotted so you can see through without stressing out over your folding ability and breathable as to prevent the mustiness that comes with closed-lid systems. They all come with lids, too, so you can them on top of each other — and save space. Whether you use a small one for socks and underwear or a bigger one for sweaters and jeans, you'll be glad you got them — and you can always get more.
West Elm Wall-Mounted Hamper
Surely clean clothes are the priority, but a compact hamper can free up critical space. West Elm's wall-mountable bamboo iteration can hold up to 11 lbs of laundry, features a removable interior lining and comes with all of the equipment for installing it. It may not be the biggest option on the market, but it's certainly the most efficient.
Yamazaki Chain Link Bag Hanger
Although Yamazaki's Chain Link Hanger is designed for bags, you're able to store hats, belts, scarves and other accessories, too. This iteration affords you the option of hanging the rack on the back of the door, mounting it to a wall or draping it off a hanger. The included tools and attachments make switching between styles easy, and every rung is removable, rendering the total piece a different length depending on your needs.
ORG Friction Tiered Hanger
ORG's rubber-wrapped hangers shrink the total footprint of button-downs and t-shirts. Five of them fit on each of these, strung vertically in front of one another. Plus, they're all attached to a sturdy metal spine that greatly reduces the likelihood that the weight of five items will break the hook or the rod it's hung on.
Like-It Space-Saving Shoe Holders
Do you have fewer shoes than Desus? Perhaps a certain spot you've already dedicated to the shoes you do own? Like-It's super-functional shoe holders store single pairs in a stacked formation — one slides into the bottom spot while another is angled on top. Made in Japan from hard plastic, they're available as a set of six or 12, and each has a clear stopper on top to prevent the shoe from slipping off.
Yamazaki Jewelry and Accessories Display Stand
Chances are you probably already have a place to store watches, while the rest of your accessories are likely strewn inside a drawer or in a bowl moonlighting as a catchall. Yamazaki's handy 11" accessory stand leaves room rings and earrings on individual hooks and bracelets and necklaces on a freestanding wooden rung. There's space on the bottom surface, too, for bulkier items like glasses and other EDC essentials.