Storage containers, bins, and totes provide safe, secure places for all of your home's miscellaneous odds and ends so that your interior design can shine brightly and you can rest easy knowing everything has its place. Storage bins also make easy work of cleaning and decluttering since all you have to do is toss any clutter inside to safely store it out of sight.
What to look for in storage solutions
Not all storage solutions are created equally, and some storage containers lend themselves better to specific spaces than others.
Dai'Jah Wroten, an interior designer at Mackenzie Collier Interiors, advises that "For areas like bedrooms, bathrooms, offices, and kitchens, you should go for aesthetically pleasing storage bins that complement the design of the room if they are seen. If these storage bins are under a cabinet or in a closet, you can go for a more standard bin, but be sure that they all match to maintain consistency and reduce visual clutter."
Additionally, you should consider whether your needs require closed or open storage. For instance, if you're using storage containers for skincare products that you plan to use each day, then you might want a lidless container that lets you quickly grab whatever you need. On the other hand, if you're storing winter sweaters until next year, then a storage container with a tight lid that will protect your clothes from moths and dust is ideal.
Since storage needs are vast and varied, we're highlighting the very best storage solutions for every room (and need!) in your home. Whether you want your storage containers to double as living room decor or you're seeking heavy-duty totes for the garage, the following storage solutions can help you create the tidy, organized home you've always wanted.
Our 20 Top Storage Bins and Containers Picks
The Best Storage Bins for Kitchens
Simple and effective, these plastic storage bins come in several different sizes to make it easy to organize everything from cookbooks to refrigerator contents. And the clear plastic design means you don't need any labels to instantly know what's inside.
Their nearly universal utility has also made them a favorite among professional organizers. "I have been organizing for years and have seen everything, but I can't imagine heading to a client's home without these bins," says Karen Sullivan, a professional organizer at Organizing Genies.
Open Spaces Wire Baskets
These storage options are equal parts functional and sustainable. The zero-plastic baskets feature a durable steel base and scratch-resistant matte finish.
They also come in two sizes and five sophisticated hues that will look great on any shelf, cabinet, or countertop, no matter your kitchen aesthetic.
3-Tier Bamboo Expandable Shelf Organizer
This three-tier organizer is made from renewable materials and offers a more eco-friendly alternative to its plastic counterparts. It also happens to be designed by Marie Kondo, the unofficial queen of organizing:
"The 3-Tier Bamboo Expandable Shelf Organizer is a kitchen must-have. I love this piece because it can go on your countertop or in your cabinet, so it works in a variety of kitchen designs," Marie Kondo told Living Cozy.
Stackable Storage Baskets
These intelligent storage solutions feature a stackable design that allows them to seamlessly fit in a wide variety of spaces.
Featuring four different sizes, the three smallest bins can sit sideways and tuck perfectly on the top of the largest size, potentially saving a ton of space.
iDesign Eco Stacking Bin
Speaking of stackable, if you purchase several of these storage containers, you can easily stack them on top of one another to save space.
The plastic storage bins feature a bamboo lid that keeps their contents secure in addition to hidden handles for easy transportability.
The Best Storage Bins for Bedrooms
Open Spaces Underbed Storage
The space underneath your bed is perfect for storage, allowing you to hide items out of sight while keeping them within arm's reach. And these underbed storage solutions maximize this space to the fullest.
Made from recycled felt, the eco-friendly storage containers feature heavy-duty leather handles and more than two square feet of storage space, making them ideal for bulkier items, like sweaters, seasonal clothing, and blankets.
White Nordic Storage Baskets with Handles
Made from 100% post-consumer recycled material, these storage tubs come in all kinds of different sizes for optimum storage versatility. They also feature a thoughtful, ventilated design.
"The Container Store's White Nordic Storage Basket features holes along the sides for ventilation—a useful addition if you're storing clothes, which can get musty," says Dai'Jah Wroten.
Modern Weave Underbed Storage Basket
This beautiful storage basket from West Elm is as attractive as it is functional. "The compact design is handwoven with sturdy rattan and includes a hinged lid to keep all your items secure," says Dai'Jah Wroten.
"This storage bin is 6.5 inches tall, making it ideal for slipping underneath your bed frame, and it comes with a built-in handle, so you won't have to worry about wear and tear."
Folden Lane Baskets
Made from vegan leather, these heavy-duty storage baskets can be folded up and tucked away when not in use, and they come in four neutral hues that will align with virtually any aesthetic.
You can also choose from several different sizes and shapes to find just the right fit for your storage needs.
The Best Storage Bins for Living Rooms
This stunning storage basket is made using a hybrid weaving technique in Peru. Composed of recycled yarn made from plastic bottles, the flexible yet durable design comes in two sizes to fit diverse needs.
And thanks to its beautiful design, you can treat this basket as a piece of decor, putting it on full display while using it to store living room essentials like extra throw blankets and pillows.
Modern Weave Harvest Basket
Sold individually or as a matching pair, these handy storage baskets, handwoven in the Philippines, will add texture and warmth to any living room.
The storage solutions come in two natural hues and make it easy to store living room items within reach, like remotes and magazines.
Mercado Storage Basket
Handcrafted with Mexican palm leaves, this storage basket comes in three roomy sizes, ranging from medium to oversized, so it's a great option no matter your decluttering needs.
You can also purchase each size individually or save some money by buying a set of two or three. These storage baskets will help you organize your home in style, no matter how many you get.
Shoji Bamboo Bin
Designed by Marie Kondo, this storage solution is handmade from bamboo with a design inspired by the Shoji room dividers ubiquitous in Japan.
The catchall is perfect for wrangling clutter, featuring translucent sheets set within a lattice bamboo frame. And the interior is finished with a coated fabric liner that makes it easy to wipe clean and restore its original beauty.
The Best Storage Bins for Bathrooms
Hay Color Crates
These colorful storage crates are sold in various sets that feature different colors and sizes. The smallest size works well as a drawer organizer, while the larger sizes can help you organize your bathroom shelves, cupboards, and counters.
Made from polypropylene, the storage containers can be easily wiped down with a damp cloth, making them a practical storage solution that will work and look great for years to come.
Open Spaces Storage Bins
This lovely storage set will create the perfect home for your bathroom essentials and look great doing it. It comes in five pretty hues with the option to purchase bamboo lids to keep your items extra secure.
"The containers are made of durable plastic and are definitely worth investing in to create a functional and aesthetically pleasing bathroom. The perfect bathroom storage for above or below the cabinet is worth the splurge, in my opinion," says Dai'Jah Wroten.
Wood Storage Box
Every bathroom can benefit from a good caddy, and this one from West Elm perfectly fits the bill. Designed in Japan, the caddy comes in white and mint hues, with a solid ash wood handle that makes it easy to take from point A to point B.
You can stick it in your shower to create an attractive way to display soap, razors, and shampoo, or put it on top of your counter for things like skincare products and makeup brushes.
Wayfair Basics Obray Plastic Bin
If you like to keep things simple, you'll love this plastic storage bin. Its open-top design makes it a breeze to access items when you need them, and built-in handles make it an excellent option for when you're on-the-go
The storage caddy's heavy-duty plastic composition also means it can stand up to wear and tear so that you can continue to enjoy a neat and organized bathroom for the long haul.
The Best Storage Bins for Garages
Sterilite Industrial Totes
These heavy-duty storage totes are a disorganized garage's best friend. Large and stackable, their 27-gallon size can store items big and small, and you can safely stack them on top of one another to save space.
"I love using Sterilite Industrial Totes for the garage. They have latches to keep the lid secure and a keyhole design in the lid, allowing you to tie them down if you are transporting them. You can even get some with wheels, making it easier to move around," raves Dai'Jah Wroten.
Made from commercial-grade material, these storage bins are another heavy-duty option that's perfect for keeping all of your garage items safe, secure, and organized.
The containers are stackable, offering space-saving capabilities, and they're water-resistant, so they're a great fit even for damp garages. Plus, the handles feature tiny holes that allow for drainage, helping to prevent moisture damage.
Clear Weathertight Totes Cases
Sometimes you want to be able to see the contents of your storage containers at a glance, in which case clear plastic storage bins are the way to go.
Not only do these polypropylene storage totes make it easy to see what's inside, but they also feature an air- and water-tight seal that will protect your belongings even during bad weather conditions. They're also stackable and come in many different sizes, so you can use them to meet virtually any storage need.