25 of the most popular things to buy at The Container Store—and if they're worth it
Because you can never have enough containers.
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Thanks to the recent Marie Kondo craze, many people—ourselves included—are striving to declutter and better organize their homes, and if you’re trying to neaten up, there’s no better place to visit than The Container Store. In this promised land of organization, you’ll find everything you need to tidy up every room of your home—and then some things you don’t need, too.
There’s certainly a lot to sort through at this big store, so here are some of the most popular items from The Container Store, as well as our humble opinions on whether they’re worth the buy.
1. These all-purpose plastic bins
Whether you need to sort items in your pantry, fridge, office, bedroom, craft room or bathroom, these multi-purpose bins are definitely the way to go. The clear plastic containers come in four sizes, and they have two carry handles that make them easy to access.
They’re the perfect size to hold letter-size file folders, but reviewers have used them to sort cleaning products, snacks, art supplies, and more. Overall, they’re definitely a good, affordable buy if you’re looking to organize a closet, cabinet or pantry.
2. A DIY drawer organizer kit
If your junk drawer is out of control, you may be looking for some type of drawer organizer. Instead of being one big organizer, the popular InterDesign Linus Organizer Starter Kit provides you with several smaller containers that you can arrange in different ways to fit a 30-by-21-inch drawer. The plastic bins are each 2 inches tall, and reviewers love that they’re simple and easy to clean.
However, keep in mind that when you use this type of DIY system, the bins can shift around, especially if they’re not tightly packed into your drawer. If this will bother you, you might be better off with a one-piece drawer organizer.
3. A 2-level under-sink organizer
Are you optimizing the storage space under your kitchen or bathroom sink? Probably not. These cabinets tend to be quite tall, and you can get double the storage out of them when you purchase this type of two-tier organizer. The Silver 2-Drawer Mesh Organizer has two slide-out drawers where you can store cleaning supplies, personal products, toiletries and more.
However, the bottom drawer only has 7.5 inches of clearance, so it’s not big enough to store things like shampoo bottles—those will have to go on top. Despite this, reviewers absolutely love this under-sink organizer, and it’s a worthwhile investment if you want to tidy up a jam-packed cabinet.
4. These eco-friendly woven baskets
Don’t like the look of boring plastic bins? Want to hide your mess in a prettier container? Then these Water Hyacinth Storage Bins are perfect for your needs.
Water hyacinth is a type of aquatic plant that’s dried out and woven into these lovely baskets, which come in four sizes. The baskets are woven on a wire frame, so they’re quite sturdy, and reviewers say they’re perfect for organizing your pantry, bathroom, closets and more. Plus, the plant-based material is more eco-friendly than plastic.
5. The ultimate pantry organization kit
If you’re sick of looking at a jumbled mess of containers in your cabinets or pantry, the OXO Good Grips 10-Piece POP Canister Set is just what you need. These containers are made from clear plastic and feature an easy-open airtight top, making them perfect for storing grains, rice, cereal, pasta, snacks, and more. With this set of 10, you get a variety of sizes, which you can stack on top of each other to save space.
Reviewers call this the best canister set ever, raving about how easy the lids are to open and the unbeatable airtight seal. Plus, you save 20 percent when you buy the whole set, so if a pantry reorg is in your future, we say go for it.
6. These stackable shoe storage boxes
Reviewers call these drawers “one of the biggest bargains at The Container Store.” The small, see-through boxes have a pull-out drawer, so you can stack them without making the contents inaccessible. While they’re designed to house a pair of small shoes—think ballet flats—many people use them for other items, including makeup, toiletries and even food.
These stacking boxes are a great way to create an efficient shoe storage system, but keep in mind that bulkier shoes might not fit into the “small” size—you’ll want to upgrade to a more spacious size for heels, sneaker, and boots.
7. An affordable file box
Is your desk piled high with bills, forms and statements? These papers can quickly take over your life if you let them, which is why you may want to invest in an inexpensive filing system to keep things organized. This Weathertight File Box is a hit among reviewers thanks to its low price and simple design—it can hold both letter- and legal-size papers and the top is securely fastened by four clips. Plus, the plastic box is weatherproof, so you don’t need to worry about your papers getting ruined if they’re exposed to water.
The downside of this budget-friendly filing system is that there’s really no security—it doesn’t lock in any way. As such, you may want to invest in a more secure system for sensitive documents.
8. These cute cable anchors
It’s always annoying when you have to crawl under your desk to find a charging cable that slipped off, which is why the Bluelounge CableDrop Adhesive Cable Clips are such an ingenious idea. These little anchors have adhesive on the bottom, so you can stick them to your desk. Then all you have to do is pop your cables into them so they don’t go sliding off, which is so simple, yet effective.
You get six of the cable clips per package, and reviewers call them a “perfect, minimalist solution to a tiny but very annoying issue.” However, the downside is they’re not compatible with all cords—thicker cables, such as those on small appliances, will not fit.
9. These freezer-safe plastic bins
The InterDesign Linus Pantry Bins are another popular pantry solution from The Container Store, and while they’re significantly more expensive than the multi-purpose bins listed above, there are a few benefits to this particular product.
For one, they’re totally clear, so you can easily see what’s inside them. Further, they come in five different sizes and, probably most importantly, can be used in the freezer. However, if you don’t care about your bins being see-through or freezer-safe, just go with the other option listed above.
10. A staircase for spices
If you keep your spices in a cabinet, you know how much of a pain it can be to find the one you’re looking for. To make them more accessible, the Expand-A-Shelf props them up on its little staircase, making them easier to see.
This handy little product expands from 14 to 27 inches, so you can adjust it to fit your whole collection, and the “stairs” are big enough to hold small canned goods, jars or other condiments. Plus, the Expand-A-Shelf is less expensive than similar products on Amazon, so we say scoop it up.
11. These shelf dividers for your closet
When you store linens or folded clothing on a shelf, the piles are prone to tipping over, creating a jumbled mess. If you want to keep things more organized, the Lynk Small Chrome Solid Shelf Dividers are an affordable solution to this common issue. All you have to do is slip the dividers onto a solid shelf, and they’ll keep your towels, sweaters, pants or whatever in nice, orderly piles.
You get a set of two dividers with your purchase, and they can accommodate shelves up to 3/4 inches in thickness. Some people even use them in their pantries to keep water bottles, snacks or pans organized.
12. A spacious hanging jewelry organizer
If you have more jewelry than you know what to do with, you can condense and organize it all with this highly rated jewelry organizer. The two-sided hanging organizer has 80 clear vinyl compartments in two different sizes where you can store necklaces, bracelets, earrings and more.
The canvas sheet snaps onto a standard hanger, so you can store the whole thing in your closet. Reviewers love that it’s made from high-quality fabric, and many say it keeps necklaces untangled—always a plus.
13. These closet hangers with a smarter design
These hangers have close to 600 5-star reviews, and it’s easy to see why. Every aspect of their design was carefully considered to prevent common problems! For instance, the Joy Mangano Navy Huggable Hangers have a velvety finish to keep items from slipping off, and they have a slim profile so they take up less space in your closet. They have “ergonomically designed” ends preserve the shape of your clothing, and they’re strong enough to hold up heavy winter coats. Sure, they’re on the expensive side as hangers go, but we think they’re worth the splurge if you want to upgrade your closet game.
14. An expander to double your closet space
Small closets and big wardrobes just don’t get along—trust me, I know. If you’re struggling to fit all your clothing into a tiny closet, the Umbra Dublet Adjustable Closet Rod Expander may very well be the solution to your problem.
The concept is simple: You hang the U-shaped contraption in your closet, and it provides a second bar to hand clothing on. It’s easy to install—no tools needed—and it’s adjustable from 19.5 to 35.5 inches in width and from 28 to 51 inches in height. Reviewers say it’s strong and durable, and many enthusiastically recommend it to anyone living in a small apartment.
15. An all-purpose set of drawers
Whether you want a space to store clothing, toys, craft supplies or something else entirely, you’ll love the Platinum Elfa Mesh Start-A-Stack, a set of all-purpose mesh drawers. This little stack comes with four smooth-gliding drawers, and the fine mesh design lets you see what’s inside while preventing any small items from falling through.
What’s cool is that this product is part of the Elfa line, so there are lots of ways you can customize it or use it as part of a larger organization system. Reviewers say this stack of drawers fits in just about any closet and is a perfect alternative to a full-size dresser.
16. These drawer dividers for KonMari lovers
One of Marie Kondo’s big tips is standing up folded clothing in drawers so each garment is easy to see and access. It can be a little tricky to keep up with this organizational strategy, but the Dream Drawer Organizers make it easier.
The spring-loaded dividers expand from 12 to 18 inches, and they’re 4 inches deep. You can use them to segment up your dresser drawers and more easily store all sorts of clothing. They’re a bit expensive considering you only get two and they’re made of plastic, but reviewers say the dividers are extremely helpful if you’re trying to tidy up your wardrobe.
17. These simple canvas bins with labels
If you’re all about minimalism, you’ll love these simple canvas bins. They come in three sizes and have a no-frills design, but they do include a little slot where you can place a label. They’re ideal for storing towels, accessories, toys and more, and they’re surprisingly affordable, to boot! To be honest, there’s not a lot to say about them besides that they’ll get the job done and are a hit among reviewers.
18. An innovative laundry folding tool
I will admit to being a bit skeptical about this type of device—it seems like it would take just as long, if not longer, to perfectly align a shirt onto the FlipFOLD Laundry Folder than it would to just fold it by hand. However, reviewers really seem to love it, especially since it folds everything into uniform sizes, which makes clothing easier to store.
Apparently you can use the FlipFOLD on all sorts of tops, as well as pants and towels. It folds everything into 12-by-9-inch rectangles, and users swear it makes folding faster and more fun. So if you hate doing laundry and struggle with overstuffed drawers, it might be worth a try.
19. A collapsible laundry hamper
People are surprisingly passionate about these collapsible hampers, which come in both circular and rectangular designs. The Umbra Round Navy Heather Crunch Can has a metal frame, covered in woven fabric and supported by two braided handles. You can smush it down into a flat shape for easy storage, then it will pop back up again when you need it.
This design isn’t unique by any means, but reviewers say the hampers are spacious and strong. Plus, the neutral color scheme will fit in well with any decor. However, if you don’t care about looks, you can find similar products for less on Amazon.
20. A better photo storage solution
If you have years worth of photos thrown haphazardly into a box, chances are you’re never going to able to find the ones you need. That’s why people love this photo storage box, which comes with 12 color-coded cases, each of which can hold 100 photos, allowing you to sort your memories more readily.
Reviewers can’t say enough about this reasonably priced storage solution. Many say they tossed their space-consuming photo albums and adopted this system, which is much more efficient. Several even use the boxes for greeting cards or craft supplies.
21. These elegant display boxes for figurines
If you collect some type of small figurines, you may be looking for a way to simultaneously display them and keep them from getting dusty. Luckily, you’ve found it, as collectors love these multi-level display boxes.
The display cases include three adjustable platforms, so you can stagger the contents if you choose, and you can stack up to three of the boxes on top of each other. According to reviewers, these cases are ideal for displaying all sorts of figurines, from Lego figures to G.I. Joes and more.
22. A makeup storage system you can customize
Cosmetics are notoriously hard to organize, as brands insist on making their packages all different shapes and sizes. However, if you’re determined to make something work, one of the best options is the Luxe Acrylic Modular Makeup System.
This modular system has a wide variety of pieces to choose from, include standard boxes and drawers to special lipstick, brush and palette holders. You can mix and match the pieces to suit your needs, and they’ll stack securely on your vanity. While these pieces are a bit overpriced, many reviewers say the system is worth it for anyone who wants a high-quality, personalized makeup organizer.
23. A small, versatile shelving unit
This solid wood bookcase has three shelves, and it comes pre-assembled, saving you the hassle of putting it together. It’s a great solution for storing books, CDs or DVDs, and many people actually use it on top of their desks. If you choose, you can stack two of these shelving units on top of each other for even more storage space.
While it may not seem all that special, reviewers have great things to say about this small bookcase. Many write that it’s surprisingly sturdy, even when loaded up with books, and of course, no one is complaining about not having to build the unit. It comes ready to go!
24. A create-your-own drawer system
It can be tricky to find a storage solution that fits your individual needs, which is why people love the Like-it White Modular Drawers from The Container Store. Essentially, you can pick and choose the size and shape of your drawers, then stack together a unit that’s totally tailored to you. There are six drawer sizes to choose from, as well as dividers and organizers to go inside them.
Yes, you’re probably going to end up spending quite a bit if you want to create a whole drawer system, but isn’t it better to pick and choose what you need rather than buy a one-size-fits-all unit? Reviewers use these drawers for bathroom supplies, office products, under-bed storage and more, and most say the product is worth the price.
25. A bin to slide under your bed
Sure, you can slide any old plastic bin under your bed, but this particular product makes storage a little bit more convenient. How? First of all, it has wheels that make it easier to pull out, and it also features an easy-open lid that saves you from having to drag the whole length out from under the bed to open it.
The long design is ideal for storing books, blankets, linens, and seasonal clothing, and if you believe reviewers, the bins are sturdy, roomy and reliable. If convenience if your main priority, these under-bed boxes are definitely worth the extra cost.
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