Waaaayyyy before Marie Kondo, the Container Store was teaching people the life-changing magic of organization—in fact, it celebrated its 40th anniversary just last year! And if you’ve ever walked into one of its stores, you know how fun it is to see ALL the possibilities, but you probably also know how that can get overwhelming. To help you narrow things down—and prevent you from wandering around in a daze—here are the 10 most popular items that the Container Store can’t stock enough of, according to someone who's worked there.
You’ll never have to deal with lifting lids or shuffling shoeboxes up and down, or in and out. The clear front allows you to see exactly what’s where, and the drop door makes it the easiest thing in the world to reach for your shoes. Even better, they can be stacked as sky-high as you can reach. Just imagine how much room a tall, skinny column of shoes could save you in the closet!
Not only are these lidded containers sturdy, but they are made to fit into even the shallowest apartment closet. Get them in every shape and size, and you’ll never have to waste time trying to find what you need. These are so popular, you can order them by the case!
These are great inside a desk drawer, but you can also use them as portable desk caddies to turn any tabletop into your workspace. In the kitchen, they can hold not only utensils but bottle openers, corkscrews, birthday candles, etc. And in the bathroom, pretty much anything you can think of.
True to their name, these open bins really are perfect for any purpose. They are even durable enough for heavy items, like cutting boards or baking pans. Use them to corral and organize all the various odds and ends that make up your life.
Sustainably crafted from water hyacinths and sturdily constructed around a metal frame, these cozy woven baskets are an attractive way to keep things neat and tidy.
Fridges and pantries can get crowded fast. Organizing items into categories—like all the condiments in one bin, all the fruit in another—means you can quickly move things around and access what you need. Plus, these crates are safe for the freezer as well as the fridge.
Storing your spices in uniform containers is the drop-dead-easiest way to make your spice rack look like it belongs on a cooking show, without spending a lot of money. These lovely glass bottles are minimalist and functional, and come with both shaker tops and screw lids. Buy them by the dozen!
These pullout drawers are designed to be securely stacked together. And the sweater versions are great for keeping your most delicate sweaters neat and tidy, without having to yank one out of a tall pile.
Bamboo lids add a hygge warmth to contrast with the plastic bottoms, and the playful holes make these organizing bins anything but boring.
Similar to the multipurpose bins, but with a more stylish swoop to the integrated handles.