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21 Container Store Products Professional Organizers Use in Their Homes

Have you ever wondered which products professional organizers use to keep their homes tidy? Organizing expert Jamie Novak is here to reveal the products that are so good experts rely on them and you're going to want them too!

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Clutter corralling trays

Everyone needs a place to drop stuff—even professional organizers. Place everyday things, like car keys, on a tray to keep them from getting misplaced. Opt for trays with sides like this Swiss-designed Taper Tray so items won’t roll off and get lost. Also, check out these smart storage solutions for small spaces.

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Ongoing donation bin

Organizers always have a donation bin set up and ready to fill with items to give away. A container like this tall and narrow pop-up Umbra Blue Round Artisan Crunch Can tucks easily into a convenient spot like a hall closet. When the bin is full, you know it is time to schedule a pick-up or plan a drop-off.

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Oversized trash can

Professional organizers don’t let rubbish build up; they’re always tossing out the trash. Therefore, an oversized trash can like this Umbra Pewter Venti is a must. The swing top lid lets you drop waste in without ever touching the can. And a secure bag fastener means no more bags slipping to the bottom and making a mess. Family Handyman readers know their storage! Check out these brilliant DIY storage projects.

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A basic timer

Instead of leaving tasks open-ended, professional organizers set time limits to help motivate themselves to begin and finish projects. A portable timer, with a large display, like this Polder Mini Digital Timer, is just the thing to help you get through a long to-do list. Set the timer for a short window, like 10 minutes, then see how far you can get before the buzzer sounds.

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Weekly task padvia

To-do lists

Everyone, including professional organizers, gets a deep sense of satisfaction from crossing completed tasks off their to-do list. Grouping tasks on this Poppin Weekly Task Pad lets you see your week at a glance, so you know what needs to get done.

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White frame dry erase boardvia

A place for thoughts

Try to avoid scribbling on random scraps of paper. For quick notes, do what professional organizers do: Use a dry erase board like this U-Brands Contempo White Frame Dry Erase Board. Hung in a convenient location, this board is the best place to list the menu for the week, write a phone number, or jot down a reminder.

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Shower caddyvia

Neaten up the shower

Bottles and bars of soap resting in shower corners are a no-no for professional organizers. We prefer things up and out-of-the-way in easy to reach shower storage, so this Rockford Shower Caddy fits the bill. The two shelf caddy hangs from the shower head with enough space to store shower essentials. Next, check out these cheap garage storage projects you can DIY.

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Cleaning starter kitvia

Cleaning caddies

Caddies are a Professional Organizer’s best friend! Toting everything you need to get the job done means fewer wasted steps backtracking to grab something you forgot. These Cleaning Starter Kits include all the essentials like sanitizing sprays, a broom and dustpan set, and more to get you started.

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collapsible crates with handlesvia

A tidy trunk

Things don’t roll around loose in the trunk of the car when a professional organizer is at the wheel. Everything, from umbrellas to bags of groceries, has a home in these Collapsible Crates with Handles. To make space for larger cargo, you can easily fold the crates down. And they have comfortable handles, so you can to carry them.

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Expandable under sink cratevia

Under sink storage

Always make the most of that awkward space under the kitchen or bathroom sink by inserting an adjustable organizer like this Iris Expandable Under-Sink Organizer. Professionals use one with shelves and pull-out bins, so stuff isn’t shoved into a cavernous hole. Plus, it’s adjustable to fit around plumbing; the best part is the no-tools assembly.

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Double hang closet rodvia

Double the hanging space

Don’t settle for the basic closet configuration of a single rod: The quickest and easiest way to double space in your closet is to simply hook a Lynk Double Hang Closet Rod over the existing closet rod, and in seconds, you have more hanging room.

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Cube cubby shelvingvia

Versatile cubes

Storage is key in every room of the house. Professional organizers prefer flexible storage that can change as your needs change. These White 4-Cube Cubby Shelving work in almost every room of your home and can store everything imaginable. Use the cubes in the entryway for shoes, the hall closet for seasonal items, the clothes closet for stacked sweaters, the pantry for bulk goods, the garage for car-care items, the craft room for tools, the office for paper storage, the dining room as a sideboard, or the living room for blankets and television remotes.

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Heavy duty storage binvia

Outdoor activity storage

Your outdoor and sporting equipment comes with some of the most awkward and oddly shaped items—bike helmets, tennis rackets, soccer balls—that need to be stored. Professionals recommend mesh bags like this a Heavy-Duty Triple Storage Bin, so the storage can mold to fit the item. Plus, these breathable bags allow damp equipment to dry.

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Rolling laundry sortervia

Loads of laundry

Wasting time sorting dirty laundry is something professional organizers try to avoid. Put dirty items in the right bin the first time using a 3-Bin Rolling Laundry Sorter to separate types of laundry. The snap out bags can easily be taken to the dry cleaners or the laundromat. And the fact that the sorter is on wheels makes it easy to roll it up to the washing machine.

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Paperwork system

Paperwork is always an issue, even for the most diligent professional organizer. Staying on top of the incoming mail has never been easier than with this Iris Open-Top File Box. Add a few hanging file folders, and you have the perfect place to file bills-to-be-paid, receipts, and so much more. The open-box feature means the file labels are easily readable, so you won’t forget where you put that paper.

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Post-it Label rollvia

Labels are a must

Professional organizers will label anything that will stand still. Labels serve a double purpose: You know where to find things and you know where to put them back. But no one wants a gummy mess left over after the label is removed—this Post-it Label Roll solves that issue. The labels attach securely and remove cleanly from surfaces like plastic storage bins.

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Stainless steel grocery bag holdervia

Contain plastic bags

Plastic grocery store bags are handy, although storing a bunch of bags inside another bag can get messy. Professional organizers corral their bags in a dispenser like this Simplehuman Stainless Steel Grocery Bag Holder. Insert bags through the large opening on top and pull them out, as needed, from the slot on the bottom.

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Linus battery organizervia

Replacement battery storage

Finding the correct size replacement battery has never been easier than with the InterDesign Linus Battery Organizer. This storage container lets you neatly store all size batteries in a box with a hinged lid. No more searching for a spare battery they will all be sorted and stored safely upright.

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Drawer dividers

Finding a place for everything and everything in its place is a breeze with this Clear Expandable Drawer Divider. Forget about jumbled drawers; these customizable dividers let you create a spot for all the stuff you want to store in your drawers.

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Small stuff storage

Modular Flip-Out Bins are the best way professional organizers know how to contain all the little pieces and parts that would otherwise get misplaced. From picture hanging hooks and screws to craft pieces and jewelry, these little bins let you keep all the little stuff from getting lost.

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Tray dividersvia

Divided storage

Efficient storage, like this Design Ideas Tray Divider, is an organizer’s dream. No more un-stacking then re-stacking a tower of trays. This divider creates multiple vertical slots in your kitchen cabinet to store cake pans, baking sheets, muffin tins, cutting boards, serving trays, and more. Next, check out these 20 clever household storage hacks you’ll wish you knew sooner.

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