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Bins & baskets

Corralling the Clutter in Your Home

It’s easier to organize with the right bins, baskets, and storage!


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I love a good basket or bin, but I always say:

a bin alone will not make you more organized without an underlying system in place.”

What do I mean by that? I have seen so many people spend hundreds of dollars on bins, baskets and drawers only to be back at square one frustrated and a few hundred dollars short.


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Bins and baskets are helpful as they create a defined space to put something.

A disorganized space if often due to

  1. Too much stuff

  2. The stuff not having a home

A good bin can help to mitigate #2

Having worked in so many homes, including my own with two small humans running around, I have tested many of the bins and baskets. And, it can be tricky to find the right one that is a balance of:

  • Fitting the space you are working with

  • Ability to stand up to wear and tear of kiddos and families

  • A cost effective solution- it can’t cost more than the items it is actually holding

  • Aesthetically appealing – if it makes you feel good when you open that cabinet door




There are a few things to consider when it comes to the best bins & baskets for your home decluttering project.

Bin Size

You want to try to maximize the space you are working with and find a bin that appropriately stores the items you are trying to corral. Small stuff, small bin. Big stuff, big bin. ex. You do not want a huge bin to store legos or small figures. You will create a heap of stuff that your kiddos will dump out to find what they are looking for or they will never play with anything below the top level of toys. Sherry, from Young House Love Has a Podcast, talk about this in my interview about systems in your home. Check out that episode here.

And sometimes it is not even a bin you need to maximize the space- my latest favorite is the Lazy Susan!


A lot of people talk about the dollar store type bins and I think they are good if you are not handling the bins much. These type of bins are good for holding things in place such as a drawer or shelf, but likely not as good for my kids crafts and shoes where they are touching the multiple times a day.


I am all about investing a little more if it will hold up to my kids pulling and dropping it…and it will make my life a little less crazy.

Bins can get really expensive quickly. Bins can actually run you more than a session with a professional organizer and your are still left frustrated and in a mound of toys. This is one of the benefits of working with a professional organizer- we have tested many of the options and can quickly get you to a solution with a lot fewer trips to the store AND, like my services, manage all the shopping and returns.

Balance durability and the right fit to gauge how much you should invest in bins. Again, they won’t solve your organization issues if you don’t have a good system to start with. You can learn more about what I mean about a system in this conversation with YHL and in my book Simplified.


Some of my favs that have hit the mark-

  • The Container Store- This basket takes any space to the next level

  • Target – I love these bins for pantries and toy storage

  • Amazon- Although not a bin, this turntable is amazing for pantries or under the sink

I am realistic and know how hard it can be to take something and implement it in your home.

This is why I organized (wink, wink) all of this information into a quick training video to help you to select the right bin or basket

for your space!


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