LocalStorage won't stick on refresh

In my React todo list application hosted here, I have a few basic states:

const [todos, setTodos] = useState([]);
const [status, setStatus] = useState("all");
const [sortBy, setSortBy] = useState("created-asc");
const [starredToggle, setStarredToggle] = useState(false);


  • todos is an array of objects that hold data relating to a test
  • status is a state selected through radio buttons
  • sortBy is a state selected through a dropdown menu
  • starredToggle is a boolean tied to a checkbox input

I have the following useEffect calls:

  useEffect(() => {
  }, [])

  useEffect(() => {
  }, [status])

  useEffect(() => {
  }, [todos])

  useEffect(() => {
  }, [sortBy])

  useEffect(() => {
  }, [starredToggle])

In addition to localStorage functions:

const saveLocalTodos = () => {
    localStorage.setItem("todos", JSON.stringify(todos)); 

   const getLocalTodos = () => {
    if (localStorage.getItem("todos") === null) {
      localStorage.setItem("todos", JSON.stringify([]));
    } else {
      let localTodo = JSON.parse(
        localStorage.getItem("todos", JSON.stringify(todos))


  1. gets the list of todos from local storage and then saves them (the save seems to be redundant, I removed from my active code)

  2. When status is changed, filter then save the todos

  3. When the todos array is changed, filter them and then save

  4. When the sort by drop-down state is changed, sort them

  5. When the starred toggle checkbox is clicked, filter by sorted

The fourth one sorts the array, but ends up wiping local storage on refresh. I can’t figure out what is going on to cause this. The choice to use local storage was introduced through the tutorial I based this on, but supported by the idea that it is meant only to be a single-user application without authentication. I don’t know if local storage is the best call or if there’s something better. This is driving me crazy and I just want to see it through to the end!

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