Fab and Functional Bins

Bins, bins, bins. As a professional organizer, I’ve been known to spend the better part of an afternoon searching for just the perfect bin for a client.

The quest for a stylish bin, both fabulous and functional, starts after determining exactly what needs to be stored. Once you’ve got that down, measure your space and then let the fun begin.

From baskets to canvas. From metal to plastic. Do you want jute, sea grass, lacquer, or linen? The options are endless!

This month I’m sharing my favorite bins out there.

Let’s start with classic basket options.

Eileen Fisher Senegal Baskets
Eileen Fisher Senegal Baskets - from Garnet Hill

IKEA Expedit Seagrass Bins

Jacquelyne Underbed Basket
Jacqueline Underbed Basket from Pottery Barn

Modern Weave Storage Bins
Modern Weave Storage Bins from West Elm

Now bins in other natural materials like jute, linen, and canvas.

Richards Eyelet Totes
Richards Eyelet Tote from Gracious Home

bamboo jute bin - crate and barrel
Bamboo Jute Collapsible Bin from Crate and Barrel

chevron bin - see jane work
Chevron Bin from See Jane Work

Pandan Bins - Serena & Lily
Pandan Bins from Serena & Lily

Metal works for an industrial feel and also when you need something durable.

Down to the Wire Bins - Land of Nod
Down to the Wire Bins from Land of Nod

Macbeth Storage Bins
Macbeth Storage Bins

Square Brocade Bins from The Container Store

And why not a little something for the kiddies while we’re here.

Dotted Storage Bins - Land of Nod
Dotted Storage Collection from Land of Nod

,Strapping Storage Bins - Land of Nod
Strapping Storage from Land of Nod

I’d love to hear from you. What’s your most favorite bin? Comment here and let me know.

This is a guest post by Korinne Kubena Belock, founder and owner of Urban Simplicity, a professional organizing company based in New York City.

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  1. One of my favorites is the Pandan boxes with lids from The Container Store. Great for memorabilia and things I don't need to access often. They are stackable and perfect to tuck away atop a wardrobe or other furniture. http://www.containerstore.com/shop/closet/storageBoxesBins?productId=10002696

  2. I've finally figured out a solution for my scarves.......a bin!