No matter how old I get, I don’t think I’ll ever outgrow the feeling that August is the season for back-to-school shopping (even though I graduated years ago and have no plans to return). Unfortunately, since I’m not a student anymore, all that back-to-school hubbub isn’t really for me—which means it can be hard to capitalize on my yearly urge to fill a shopping cart with a classroom’s worth of stationary and storage options.
Fortunately, as I’ve entered into adulthood and possession of my own credit card, there is one place that was made to fill the void of school shopping: the Container Store. You know, the place that turns modular storage bins into dreamy visions of a completely efficient home, hanging racks into space-saving technology, and rolling racks into a thousand different answers for the question, “You know what we could do with this room?”
And wouldn’t you believe it, the Container Store’s Customer Favorites Sale is happening right now. It’s like they know me. From heavily discounted drawer organizers to a life-changing (seriously) trash can, here are 10 of the best deals from the whole sale, which ends August 18.
You’ll never think about what makes a “good” trash can until you’re dealing with a bad one, and then you won’t be able to think of anything else. Particularly in the summer, it’s vitally important that your trash can just works so you can move on with the rest of your life. And by “works” I mean that it doesn’t leak, smell, or do the weird suction thing that makes it hard to remove a full bag. Does that mean you need to spend more than $100 on a garbage can? Yeah, pretty much.
It has literally never, ever occurred to me to use dividers in my freezer, which is why my freezer is overflowing with a random assortment of loose bags. Think: dumplings and vegetable scraps that I’ll “definitely” use to make broth later, all frozen together in a way that tends to make me avoid the freezer completely.
The older I get, the more I appreciate wicker (excuse me, water hyacinth), and judging by the fact that this laundry basket is a reigning customer favorite, it would appear that I’m not alone. Also, it’s a fact of life that real adults have nice-looking laundry hampers, and not just loose laundry bags that only take shape when it’s time to do the laundry.
There’s something cool about this chrome clothing rack that makes a normal bedroom take on the feel of an atelier or the wardrobe room on a movie set. Plus, it’s so much better than “the chair.”
Some of our clothes are just more important than others, and they deserve to be stored accordingly, as though your closet is a museum of all your best looks. For those that fit the bill, store them in this chic linen drop-front shirt box.
Turn the “stuff” drawer in your kitchen into a beautiful spice rack, and never again wind up with three almost-full jars of curry powder because you couldn’t remember which other spice jar the curry powder was hiding behind. Based on a true story.
Guess what: Without drawer organizers, you’ll never have organized drawers. Humans need structure, and so do all our little knick-knacks. Use this customizable modular system to build the organization method that makes the most sense to you.
When I’m in the mood to bake, nothing throws me off my game more than opening a barely used box of brown sugar to find that it’s rock solid and will not, in fact, give me the molasses-y, perfectly chewy chocolate chip cookies I want. This ProKeeper was made for me and bakers like me.
I’m insanely envious of anyone who has the kitchen space to turn their bottom cabinets into gliding storage like these elegant, pull-out lid holders (which could easily store anything that’s narrow and light enough, like cutting boards and bakeware). This is so much better than my current method of stacking lids from smallest to largest and hoping that I’ll use them in that order. Sigh.
I’m always immediately impressed by people who have these stackable beverage organizers in their fridge—it suggests they entertain enough to casually store multiple drinks at once (it holds nine cans), and that they’ll never let you go thirsty. Plus, the removable tray on top means there’s still room to store groceries. Win-win!
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