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20 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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Containers and beyond

There is no other retail outlet with a name that delivers as accurately and efficiently as the Container Store: yes, it is a store, and boy, do they have containers. But they also have so much more! The real Marie Kondos out there can't pass this stuff up!

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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. You can get them for as little as $0.79! How else could you make better use of $0.79? You couldn't!

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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 Natural Round Crunch Can with Handles 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. Professional organizers would never do these things to their homes.

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Oversized trash can


Professional organizers don't let rubbish build up; they're always tossing out the trash. Therefore, 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. These organizational tools from Amazon will help you become neater than ever before.

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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 ten minutes, then see how far you can get before the buzzer sounds.

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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 Jumbo Weekly Task Pad lets you see your week at a glance, so you know what needs to get done. Check out the 8 things professional organizers do every night before bed.

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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 White Square 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. The Container Store thinks that you're making these common storage mistakes–outsmart them.

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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 showerhead with enough space to store shower essentials.

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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. Check out these 13 simple housecleaning tricks you'll wish you knew sooner.

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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 it has comfortable handles, so you can carry it.

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