12 Items You Need to Organize Your Life

These baskets and bins will help corral your clutter (and are cute enough to keep on display)

Updated 08/16/19
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Spring has FINALLY arrived and summer is just around the corner, which means it's time to dust off the old and bring in the new. We're talking spring cleaning, people. For most of us, it's not so much about washing windows or scrubbing floors (although actual cleaning can definitely be part of it), but it's more about organizing. It's time to get rid of all the things you no longer need and bring in some tools to help you to more easily access what you actually do use. Many of us live in small spaces, which means that many of things we're storing need to be in boxes or bins on display. And if you have extra space like a walk-in closet or pantry, isn't it nicer to look at a wall of pretty matching boxes and bins versus a mismatched assortment of strictly utilitarian plastic pieces? It might even be the incentive you need to get and stay organized.

If you're stashing items in a bookshelf or other large piece of furniture, think about using multiples of the same design (with some variations in size) to keep the overall look feeling clean and not too cluttered. Square and rectangle-shaped boxes fit more seamlessly on a shelf, however rounded canisters and stand-alone baskets can also add a nice, organic feeling to a countertop or living space. In general, we're big fans of anything with natural materials and little handmade touches.

Here are 12 of our must-have items to get you inspired (and organized)!

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Alina Storage Ottoman

Urban Outfitters

This lidded basket does double duty as both a boho coffee table and as a roomy container to hide away extra blankets, towels or cushions.

SHOP NOW: Urban Outfitters, $149

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Hyacinth Storage Bins

Container Store

In addition to adding texture and pattern to a bookshelf, these graphic woven baskets are perfect for storing magazines, craft supplies, or stationary.

SHOP NOW: Container Store, $16.99-$29.99

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Blush Storage Containers

World Market

Decant coffee or grains in these airtight stoneware containers (choose from pale pink or dark grey), or use in the bathroom for cotton ball and q tip storage.

SHOP NOW: World Market, $7.99-$14.99

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Whitewash Rattan Baskets

Container Store

Try these durable woven baskets for a classic, crisp look in a living space or closet.

SHOP NOW: Container Store, $16.99-$29.99

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Pandan Woven Square Bin

Serena & Lily

This preppy container is handmade of woven palm fronds (the roomy, square shape makes it super easy to fit on a bookshelf).

SHOP NOW: Serena & Lily, $38

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Nordic Storage Boxes with Lids

Container Store

These easy-to-clean stacking bins are genius for storing fruits and veggies in the kitchen or for organizing smaller items like belts or other accessories in the closet.

SHOP NOW: Container Store, $6.99- $9.99

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Mint Basket


A more colorful, decorative basket is great as a stand alone piece to store magazines, books or throws next to the sofa.

SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $78

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Dara Cup Desk Organizer

Urban Outfitters

Keep pens on your desk or makeup brushes all in one place with an array of smaller-sized containers (cluster multiples of the same style so the surface feels cohesive).

SHOP NOW: Urban Outfitters, was $16, now $12

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Folded Leather Basket


We love the look of this chic, handmade basket. Invest in a few of these to totally transform the look of your bookshelf.

SHOP NOW: Terrain, $88-$98

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Overseas Connection Market Basket


Because each of these baskets is handmade by an African artisan, each one is slightly different in shape, pattern and color. They're perfect for magazine storage or extra supplies (and the handle makes it easy to tote from room to room).

SHOP NOW: Amazon, $33.60

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Honey-Can-Do Water Hyancinth Basket Set

This set includes 3 different sizes, each with an exposed wood handle that makes it easy to pull off the shelf.

SHOP NOW: Zola, 59.99

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Isabella Baskets

TSK Photography

These generously-sized woven baskets are perfect for storing extra blankets, toys, or other loose items (they also make great laundry hampers).

SHOP NOW: Z Gallerie, was $95.99, now $73.99

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