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June 25, 2021
In the quest to tidy, storage containers can make the difference between an organized home and one heaped with mismatched boxes in the closets and garage. To find the best, we tossed 32 bins and totes down a flight of stairs, left them in the rain, and stuffed them full of books and blankets. We found seven for indoor and outdoor use that’ll keep your stuff clean, dry, and easy to access.
All of our recommended containers will stow your things safely and are easy to carry (or roll around). Our picks include clear plastic storage bins for indoor closets, a heavy-duty garage tote, cheap bins for big projects, an extra-large wheeled bin, an indestructible container that’s great for camping, an easy-access box, and zippered cloth boxes for clothes.
Why you should trust me
I’m Wirecutter’s resident textile writer and I’ve worked on our guides to closet organizing ideas, clothing irons, and ironing boards. I’m also a published quilt designer and former librarian. I’m a born organizer. I have experience maintaining entire school libraries, keeping hundreds of yards of fabric organized, and storing and cataloguing the onslaught of sheets and blankets I’ve tested for Wirecutter.
Best clear plastic storage bins: Iris Weathertight Totes
Best for: Seeing what you’ve stored and keeping a range of everyday items from pet supplies to linens inside the home.
Why it’s great: Any closet could benefit from a few Iris Weathertight Totes. They’re sturdy and easy to use and they come in more sizes (12) than any other bins we tested. They were also the tightest-sealing clear bins we tested, thanks to a foam gasket in the lid and extra latches around the edges (most bins have only two on each end). The Irises also stack more securely—each bin’s base sits snugly into a groove on the lid of the one below. In addition, the Iris bins maximize interior space because they have straighter sides than several other bins we’ve tested.
Iris makes similar totes for three brands: The Container Store (top), Ziploc (middle), and Home Depot (bottom). Colors and sizes vary, but they all work together as a system. Photo: Rozette Rago
Strong latches keep the sides and ends of the lid securely closed. Photo: Rozette Rago
The large, smooth latches double as comfortable handles—especially important when the bin is full of heavy stuff. Photo: Rozette Rago
Iris manufactures the Weathertight in slightly different sizes and lid colors for The Container Store, Ziploc, and Home Depot, but you can use them all interchangeably. Staffers who have used these boxes for moving, and to store countless items over the years, highly recommend them. We also recommend the under-bed size in our guide to closet organizing.
The Weathertight Totes receive strong owner reviews, with a 4.6-star (out of five) average across almost 400 customer reviews on The Container Store’s site. We took particular note that commenters—ranging from a personal historian stowing photos and personal documents to small-apartment dwellers—rave about the watertight seal and neat stackability.
Flaws but not dealbreakers: Like other polypropylene bins, they’ll become brittle in cold temperatures; we don’t recommend them for storage in a freezing garage or basement. If you live in a temperate climate you can probably get away with using these in a garage or unheated part of the house. But we wouldn’t risk it in colder climates. They chipped and lost latches in our drop tests, so look to our heavier-duty bins if you plan to treat them roughly.
Long-term test notes: Over the past two years, I’ve used the Iris test samples for everything from storing my daughter’s artwork in a closet to housing baby chicks (with a hacked lid to let air flow) until they’re old enough for our family’s chicken coop. The bins have stayed watertight when I’ve left some outside in the rain for weeks here in the Pacific Northwest, and even after they’ve lost a latch or two (which happens a lot), the seal still keeps moisture out. Several other Wirecutter staffers have used these bins for years, although a couple of people have noted that the bins can be smelly when you first get them. Because they stay so well sealed, the smell can transfer to clothes and linens inside, so one senior staff writer recommends throwing some cedar blocks in.
Sizes: 19, 30, 41, 46, 62, 74 quarts (The Container Store); 6½, 19, 30, 41, 62, 74, 103 quarts (Home Depot); 16, 26½, 44, 60 quarts (Ziploc)
Best bins for the garage, basement, and attic: Rubbermaid Brute Totes
Best for: All-purpose storage in basements, attics, and garages.
Why it’s great: If you want bins for your garage, attic, or basement that can take a lot of abuse, we recommend the Rubbermaid Brute Totes. These containers are made with high-density polyethylene, a sturdier and more temperature-resistant plastic than the clear polypropylene containers we’ve tested, like the Iris Weathertight Totes. The Brute’s molded handles also made them more comfortable to carry than the less expensive garage bins we recommend, the Home Depot HDX. Like most bins we tried, the Brutes didn’t let water in, although in our tests, the deeply grooved lid collected a lot of water, which can attract bugs and bacteria.
The Brute’s deep lid helps it stack more securely but also allows water to pool. Photo: Rozette Rago
The 20-gallon size we tested was big enough to hold eight throw blankets. Photo: Rozette Rago
The large, sturdy handles made this tote comfortable to carry—especially important for heavy loads. Photo: Rozette Rago
The Brute comes in two sizes: 14 and 20 gallons. We tested the larger size and it held 59 books or eight throw blankets. In our drop tests (down a flight of stairs), the Brute was one of our only picks to survive damage-free—the lid popped off, but the container itself was completely intact.
Flaws but not dealbreakers: The Brute’s lid was tricky to open when the bin is empty but it was much easier once the bin was full of heavy books. If you need something more accessible, the butterfly lid of the Akro-Mils bins we recommend might work better.
Long-term test notes: In two years of long-term testing, we haven’t had any problems with the plastic degrading, although we have seen at least one reader comment noting that this happened to their bin. We’ve stored ours in an unheated workshop year-round, and so far the bins look new, have kept the contents dry, and prevent mice and insects from getting in.
Best cheap storage totes: Home Depot HDX Tough Storage Totes
Best for: Organizing on a budget or large-scale projects.
Why it’s great: If you’ve decided that this is the year you’ll organize your basement and you’re looking to stock up on storage, consider Home Depot’s HDX Tough Storage Totes. They come in eight stackable sizes and they’re cheap—you can buy a dozen HDX totes for the same price as one or two of our more expensive picks. Unlike the super-durable Brute totes, the HDX bins are made with polypropylene, so they’re not as tough in extreme cold temperatures and they break more easily when dropped. But if you live in a mild climate or aren’t worried about years-long durability we recommend them for garages and basements. We even spotted them in an episode of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo in a freshly decluttered garage.
Although you could technically use these for closet storage, they’re much bigger than the Iris totes and won’t work as well for most indoor spaces. Even the smallest, 12-gallon size is almost three times as big as the smallest Iris. The HDX totes are reliably available in Home Depot stores—many of our other picks are mostly sold online—so you can see them in person to figure out exactly which sizes you need.
The HDX totes get very strong owner reviews on Home Depot’s site, with a 4.7-star (out of five) average across over 17,000 reviews. Common praise for the boxes include that they stack easily, they’re durable, and they’re a good size for the price.
Flaws but not dealbreakers: In our drop tests, the HDX cracked and lost a small chunk of plastic. The lid stayed on, though, unlike with the Brute Totes. Though the container would probably need to be replaced after a major fall, your stuff would stay inside.
Long-term test notes: Test bins have held up after two years of long-term testing in an unheated workshop, and they seem to be pest-proof: At my house, we used to keep our animal feed bags on a shelf, but after mice began eating into them we moved them to these HDX bins, and the mouse attacks stopped completely. In addition, one Wirecutter staffer says that at her previous job people used these bins to haul AV equipment back and forth to various locations, and they were durable and comfortable to carry.
Sizes: 12, 17, 27, 38, 55 gallons
Best bin for bigger loads: Sterilite 40 Gallon Wheeled Industrial Tote
Best for: Oversize items or big loads that are hard to carry.
Why it’s great: The extra-large Sterilite 40 Gallon Wheeled Industrial Tote is helpful for anyone who struggles to carry heavy containers or for those who want to save multiple trips by filling one giant bin instead of several smaller ones. It’s the only bin we’ve found with wheels and a big, comfortable handle that folds down when it’s not in use. Though the HDX bins we recommend come in an even bigger size (55 gallons), they don’t have wheels. In testing we consolidated three bins of holiday decorations into the Sterilite and wheeled it into storage—quick and easy. This bin is bigger than most people probably need (and more than most wirecutter staffers we asked actually want), but if you have the space, it’ll save some backaches. It also didn’t let water in when we sprayed it with a hose.
The Sterilite gets a 4.6-star (out of five) average across more than 200 customer reviews on Walmart’s site. Commenters use them for everything from camping gear to storing holiday decorations.
Flaws but not dealbreakers: The Sterilite is too cumbersome to carry up and down stairs. In testing the wheels did pop off of this bin—we think that’s due to the sheer weight and size of something this big taking a tumble down a flight of stairs—but we easily reattached them. The container was otherwise undamaged. It’s usually sold in a two-pack (Sterilite told us that it sells the bins to retailers in pairs), which may be more storage than many people need. If you do plan on packing one of these full to the brim, be mindful of weight (we’d recommend things like clothes and decorations over documents and dry goods).
Long-term test notes: I’ve used these bins to pack away all of our family’s holiday decorations for three seasons now, and the wheels, handles, and latches have held up to an increasingly large amount of stuff packed inside, in addition to surviving being dragged up and down a hill and across our gravel drive (our storage room is outside). The bins keep everything dry and secure, and they’ve made digging out the holiday decorations much more pleasant every year. One note: I noticed that while the bin was empty and in storage over this past holiday season, a critter got in and chewed up a small box. This is the first such problem we’ve had, but I’d stuffed the bin so full last year that the lid bent upward, leaving an air gap. So this one is the result of my own user error, not a fault with the bin itself.
Best camping storage bin: Rubbermaid 24 Gallon ActionPacker
Best for: Keeping things secured and safe outside.
Why it’s great: Take the Rubbermaid 24 Gallon ActionPacker camping or throw it in the back of your truck—it’s the best storage container we found for outdoor use. Nothing we tested, including the smaller and larger ActionPacker sizes, beat the 24-gallon size for its combination of durability, security, and portability. In our drop tests, it outperformed everything else we tried. After we threw it down the stairs, a few corners were a bit dented but the latches held and the lid stayed tightly closed. It’s also our only pick that can be padlocked.
The ActionPacker’s deep, rounded handles make it easier on the hands than the Brute, Roughneck, and HDX bins we tested, and the 24-gallon size is much easier to haul around than its big sibling, the 35-gallon ActionPacker.
The ActionPacker’s lid was one of the few we tested that didn’t allow water to pool, so it’s ideal for outdoor use. Photo: Rozette Rago
It was the only bin we found that lets you use a padlock for extra security. Photo: Rozette Rago
Like many bins we tried, the molded plastic wastes some interior space. Photo: Rozette Rago
We prefer it to the Brute and HDX bins for long-term outdoor storage, too—those bins have lids with raised lips that help them stack securely but also allow water to collect. If the ActionPacker is sitting outside for long periods, water will run off, so the lid won’t turn into a putrid pool (where bacteria and bugs can fester). This bin is made with durable HDPE, so it will withstand weather better than many others we tested.
On REI’s site, the ActionPacker receives an average of 4.4 stars (out of five) across more than 100 reviews. Many commenters seem to use the box as storage. We saw several commenters saying they’ve used the ActionPacker for years and that it’s held up through all types of weather.
Flaws but not dealbreakers: Because of the thick plastic and bulky design, it doesn’t make the most efficient use of the space inside, which is why we don’t recommend it for everyday garage storage.
Long-term test notes: We know these bins can survive tremendous wear and tear. Staffers have kept them outside for years in all kinds of weather (one senior editor has stored hers outdoors in both Los Angeles and in Maine). And one of our two-year-old test samples survived a bear attack last year and is still going strong. The bear stole the bin from outside my chicken coop, dropped it on the latched side until it popped open, and made off with some chicken food. The only lasting damage was a small puncture hole from one of the bear’s claws. The latch still works perfectly, and if I had padlocked the bin (the lock was purchased but sitting in the house forgotten), I’m pretty confident the bear would have failed in its quest for food.
Easiest to open: Akro-Mils KeepBox Attached Lid Container
Best for: Convenient, easy-to-open storage when bugs and leaks aren’t a concern.
Why it’s great: The Akro-Mils KeepBox Attached Lid Container is the most convenient bin for anyone who struggles with tight lids. The lid has no latches to secure it—its two halves just lift open—so it’s easier to open than any other we tested. The flip-top (also called a butterfly lid) is attached to the container, so it’s also ideal for anyone who tends to misplace container lids. The KeepBox was just as sturdy as the one other butterfly-lid bin we tried (the Quantum QDC2115-12) but about half the price and more widely available. We also like that the KeepBox is clear so you can easily see what’s inside. We’ve seen the KeepBox used to store everything from Legos to home-birthing supplies.
This style of container is used for industrial shipping because it can take a beating and it stacks neatly. It’s made of a polypropylene and HDPE blend, so it’s stronger than the clear polypropylene Iris Weathertight Totes. In our drop tests we didn’t see any damage to the plastic, but the loose lid did fly open. To ensure the lid stays shut on things you want to store long-term, these bins have eyelets at their connection point that can perfectly hold a zip tie. One of our staffers has owned several of these bins for years, so we know they hold up over time.
The KeepBox receives an average of 4.6 stars (out of five) across over 2,000 owner reviews on Amazon. One reviewer uses them to stow Legos, and we saw several mentions of people keeping craft supplies in the boxes. We did note some complaints about the boxes cracking but it wasn’t an overwhelming complaint.
Flaws but not dealbreakers: This is the only plastic container we recommend that let water in when we hosed it down. Water gets in, and bugs can probably also climb in. This isn’t the bin to use to protect your stuff against the elements.
Long-term test notes: We still think these are the best easy-access bins, and although they don’t seal as tightly as our other picks, I was surprised to see how dry, dust-free, and pest-free our test Akro-Mils bin stayed after a year in my storage room. Also, our family used to store pellet litter for my 8-year-old daughter’s indoor rabbits in an Iris Weathertight Tote, and she never reattached the lid because the six latches were too tricky; instead, she frequently left it tossed aside somewhere, which meant stray litter ended up all over the carpet. I switched to the Akro-Mils bin last year, and now she can easily manage the lid—and we never have carpet spills. It’s a secure, accessible alternative to latched bins.
Best cloth storage bins: iWill Create Pro Storage Box with Zipper Lid
Best for: Seasonal and long-term clothes storage.
Why it’s great: The breathable, zippered iWill Create Pro Storage Box with Zipper Lid is a simple, inexpensive way to store and protect clothes. It’s perfect for garments that need airflow, like wool sweaters (just keep in mind that they aren’t moth-proof). We also like the iWill for items like scarves and belts—accessories you don’t use every day but still want ready access to. We tested three cloth storage containers and the iWill’s zippered top and structured sides made it the easiest to use. Retrieving items was much less frustrating than with the smaller and more expensive front-loading Container Store Sweater Box, which had to be completely emptied to pull out one thing. We also tried the Sorbus Foldable Bags but they were so floppy that filling them was a challenge—the iWill’s rigid sides were much easier to pack.
The iWill’s rigid sides and large opening make it easier to fill up than floppier boxes. Photo: Rozette Rago
The breathable fabric and zipper are ideal for protecting clothes from dust, although they may not keep out moths. Photo: Rozette Rago
The iWill’s handles made the containers easier to move around a closet or grab off of a high shelf than others we tested that lacked handles. Photo: Rozette Rago
The Iris Weathertight Totes we recommend will also work in your clothes closet and they’re clear, so you can see what’s inside, but we prefer the iWill’s zippered closure to the Iris’s heavy latches, which can feel like overkill when you just want to grab something. We also think the iWill containers are a good-looking storage option for any area where you’ll have to look at them frequently; we’ve seen commenters on Amazon who use them to store weights in a living room, linens in a hall closet, and odds and ends in a car.
Flaws but not dealbreakers: The iWill doesn’t have a slot for a label and because the container is opaque identifying what’s inside is difficult. We tried to attach a few sticky labels but they fell off immediately, so we think a marker or a good memory is the best way to keep track of what’s inside.
Long-term test notes: I’ve used the test samples for two years, and they do a solid job of keeping everything inside clean. They fit neatly on my closet shelves, but they’re not firm enough to stack if I fill them with anything bulky or heavy. They’ve withstood a lot of handling as I take them on and off the shelves, and I appreciate that each lid zips completely open, which makes it easy for me to see everything I’ve stored and to add more stuff.
Size: 17.6 by 13.6 by 9.7 inches
How we picked and tested
To find a range of containers that work for a variety of needs we researched a total of 82 bins and used these criteria to narrow the field:
Holds a lot: We considered bins that would neatly and securely hold a variety of items and stack without wobbling. Organizer Beth Penn told us to look for the squarest bins possible to maximize the space inside.
Widely available: A helpful storage bin is one that’s easy to buy. Some popular bins were hard to find, so we focused on containers sold by multiple retailers or sellers with reliable inventory. Sometimes you need to see a container in person, so we also looked for options that could be picked up in store.
Durable: All bins should have closures that work consistently and materials that won’t break or tear with everyday use. Not every bin needs to withstand heavy abuse, so we also considered some that were less durable but highly practical for storage. Our plastic picks are made with polypropylene (labeled PP, the most common plastic we found) or high-density polyethylene (HDPE, for heavy-duty containers). Both PP (PDF) and HDPE (PDF) will degrade eventually from exposure to oxygen and UV from sunshine—which can cause discoloration—but the bigger concern is cold. Polypropylene can become brittle at just below freezing, which is why we don’t recommend PP bins for storage in an unheated basement or garage. Instead, choose HDPE bins, which won’t become brittle until nearly –100 degrees Fahrenheit. Neither material should be affected by the hottest outdoor temperatures—weaker PP doesn’t break down until about 176 degrees Fahrenheit.
Easy to carry: We tested for handles that didn’t hurt our hands and lids that didn’t dig into our stomachs when carrying a full box.
In 2015 we tested 11 bins; for our 2019 update we tested 21, in a range of sizes. Over the years we’ve simulated flooding and water leaks by hosing the bins down, submerging them in a kiddie pool, and leaving them out in the rain overnight. We’ve dropped them and tossed them down flights of stairs (which, we’ve found, is relaxing and pretty good for stress relief). If a container survived those tests, we filled it with household goods to see how much it held, if it closed when overstuffed, if it stacked securely, and how comfortable it was to carry. We filled clothing boxes with sweaters and hoodies, noting how much the boxes held and how easy they were to pack and empty.
A note about labeling
We recommend investing in a label maker. Labels are easy to remove and replace if you decide to repurpose a box. If you still prefer writing on the bins, we suggest dry-erase markers instead of Sharpies, particularly on clear storage containers. A quick pass with a wet wipe or magic eraser will take off the marker so you can reuse the box. Penn also suggests keeping an index inside the closet so you’ll never forget what you’re storing.
The best way to label your stuff
The Best Label Maker
We printed dozens of labels while testing the top seven label makers to find the best one to organize your office, kitchen, media cabinet, and more.
We like the Sterilite Ultra Latch containers, and used to recommend them, but they’re harder to find and come in fewer sizes than the Iris Weathertight Totes.
The lids on the IKEA Sockerbit Boxes don’t latch, which made the boxes uncomfortable to carry and less useful than our picks.
Rubbermaid’s Roughneck Totes, which we tested in 18-gallon, 10-gallon, and 3-gallon sizes, are excellent, and a favorite with a lot of our staff. They’re just really hard to find.
The Quantum QDC2115-12 storage containers were very similar to the Akro-Mils KeepBox in testing but they aren’t clear and they cost a lot more.
Closet storage boxes
Even when empty, the now discontinued Sterilite 25-Gallon Ultra Tote was warped. Our recommendations are better-made.
More ways to store your stuff
Beth Penn, home organizer and founder of Bneato Bar, email interview, December 27, 2018
Ductile/Brittle Transition Temperature, Omnexus by SpecialChem
Rebeca S. Grecco Romano, Washington Luiz Oliani, Duclerc Fernandes Parra, and Ademar Benevolo Lugao, Effects of Environmental Aging in Propylene Obtained by Injection Molding, AIP Conference Proceedings 1914, December 15, 2017
P.C. Lodi, B.S. Bueno, and J.G. Zornberg, UV Degradation of HDPE and PVC Geomembranes in Laboratory Exposure (PDF), proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Geosynthetics, May 1, 2010
Peter Dunn, Why Do Plastics Get Brittle When They Get Cold?, MIT School of Engineering, June 2, 2009
About your guide
Jackie Reeve is a senior staff writer covering bedding, organization, and home goods at Wirecutter since 2015. Previously she was a school librarian, and she’s been a quilter for about 15 years. Her quilt patterns and her other written work have appeared in various publications. She moderates Wirecutter’s staff book club and makes her bed every morning.
13 Purse Storage Ideas, According to a Professional Organizer
We blame Reese Witherspoon. It was only after watching her episode of Get Organized with The Home Edit on Netflix that we first started thinking, “huh, perhaps stuffing all my handbags onto the shelves at the back of my closet and hoping for the best is not the best purse storage idea.” And while we’re still pretty obsessed with the clear acrylic hangers Joanna Teplin and Clea Shearer used to hang Witherspoon’s bags with her clothes, not everyone can afford to give up so much precious hanging space (nor do they want to drop $15 to hang each individual bag).
So, we reached out to Nonnahs Driskill, a professional organizer and founder of Get Organized Already, for her best tips on which purse storage ideas actually work and which to avoid if possible. Here are the products and tools she recommends.
RELATED: After Watching ‘Get Organized with The Home Edit,’ I Spent $250 at the Container Store (and This Is What I Bought)
Tip #1: Hang in-season handbags and store others
“Most people have a few go-to bags for everyday use,” says Driskill. She suggests hanging these MVPs in an easy-to-reach area (like next to your coats, in a hall closet, next to the front door, etc.), but don’t take this storage method as a blanket method for all your totes and shoulder bags. “You don't want them hanging up all year because over time the straps may develop a buckle,” Driskill warns.
The Container Store
1. Chrome Metal Purse Hangers
These compact metal hangers allow you to store frequently used bags on the hanging rod next to your jackets or dresses. But unlike the wide plastic ones used in Reese Witherspoon’s closet, these take up far less room.
Buy it ($10 for set of six)
2. Wall-Mounted Organizer
“Wall hooks work well if you have the space for them,” says Driskill. She advises installing them at shoulder height for easy access. If you don’t have space in your bedroom, consider investing in a piece you’d be happy to show off (like the very piano-inspired hooks above) and mount it in a hallway.
Buy it (from $65)
The Container Store
3. Mounted Coat Hooks
Of course, a simple row of mounted coat hooks always works, as well. And it may be a better fit with your minimalist decor preferences.
Buy it ($15)
4. Individual Hooks
If you’re really feeling artsy, or just don’t have very many bags to hang, you can try mounting individual hooks to the wall. (Our favorite place to find them is Anthropologie, of course.) You can even get creative with placement and spacing to craft a 3D art piece from your bags.
Buy it ($18)
Tip #2: Stow out-of-season bags in clear, enclosed spaces
For seasonal purses (like straw beach totes or last year’s glitzy velvet New Year’s Eve clutch), Driskill suggests utilizing enclosed containers that protect them from the elements. One thing she doesn’t advise, however? Sticking everything in an opaque dust bag. “Who knows what's even in those by the end of a season?”
5. Clear Plastic Bins
Just like The Home Edit’s Teplin and Shearer, Driskill is a fan of clear storage options because you can clearly see what you have. That means you won’t accidentally end up buying another ‘90s-inspired shoulder bag that looks exactly like the four you already own. “Just be sure to measure your shelf or storage area before you shop!” Driskill reminds us.
$45 for set of four at Amazon
6. Hanging Organizer
This is another one of Driskill’s favorite organizational pieces—and mostly because of its inherent versatility. “I love this solution for closets with a little extra hanging space because it holds different sizes of bags and can be used for other off-season items. I appreciate multi-purpose organizing products, in case I want to switch things up or I go through a no-purse phase (hello, COVID-19 isolation!).”
$18 at Amazon
7. Clear Dust Bags
If you’re truly committed to stowing each bag individually or want to use hooks without possibly damaging your straps, these clear dust bags may be a good solution. “This option is pricey,” Driskill concedes, “but it’s great if you have no room for other options.” (Psst, they can also be used as chic rain-protectors when you’re on-the-go.)
$35 at Amazon
Tip #3: If you have the space, let your bags spread out
If you have the luxury of extra space, embrace the idea of giving each handbag some breathing room. One of the most common organizing mistakes Driskill sees is people crushing their purses on a crowded shelf—even expensive investment bags. Leather is highly moldable and can develop kinks and weird folds fairly easily, so it’s important to treat your purses well.
8. Purse Cubbies
This is a good option for someone who wants lots of bags to be easily accessible and has a bit of room to play with. Stack this on top of your shoe cubbies, slip it onto a shelf or turn an entire wall into a handbag bookshelf, by stacking two or three on top of one another.
Buy it ($43; $30)
The Container Store
9. Drop-Front Sweater Boxes
Sure, these handy little boxes were designed to stow sweaters, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use them for clutches and purses instead. The best part? The clear front drops down to open, so you can stack them with abandon and won’t have to worry about restacking every time you grab a different bag.
Buy it ($30; $23)
Tip #4: File clutches vertically
Driskill credits Marie Kondo with coming up with this clever purse storage solution: Clear out a deep drawer and arrange your clutches so they can stand in order (rather than laying on top of one another) and are easy to grab. Just be sure to file them from left to right and not from to back or you’ll never reach for the bag relegated to the very back.
The Container Store
10. Decorative Boxes
Don’t have any available drawer space? A decorative box with a lid will also work for storing your clutches. We know, we railed against opaque storage boxes before, but since clutches tend to be such a special occasion item, you’re not likely to accidentally buy repeats of them or need access to them all that often.
Buy it ($12; $10)
The Container Store
11. Shelf Dividers
Driskill isn’t the biggest fan of using shelf dividers for rarely used bags because it exposes them to dust more than other options. However, when combined with the use of dust bags, they can be an appealing solution for someone with a lot of shelf space to work with. Just be sure to label those dust bags or affix a picture of the bag on the outside, so you can see what you’re storing. FYI, The Container store also sells a three-compartment clutch and purse organizer ($40) that’s enclosed on five of six sides for better dust protection—don’t forget to measure your bags to ensure they’ll fit neatly into the slots before you buy.
Buy it ($9 for set of two)
Tip #5: Keep your entryways clear
“Landing pads like your entryway need to be decluttered regularly and bags are a major clutter culprit there,” says Driskill. This is particularly true if you’re in the habit of regularly switching over to a new bag while leaving the previous one plopped on your hall bench. The solution? Create a space in the entry or hallway that’s designated for your bag.
12. Entryway Shoe Rack
This multi-purpose shelving unit can store up to eight pairs of shoes (or bags!), has a spot for umbrellas or a yoga mat and plenty of space to drop your handbag on top, so you can easily grab it before you leave the house.
Buy it ($97; $56)
Tip #6: Help floppy bags maintain their shape with inserts
Just as you don’t want your purses to be crammed and crowded in your closet, you also don’t want them flopping and folding all over the place. Be sure to properly stuff larger or unstructured styles to avoid misshaping or warping them.
The Container Store
Whether you just have a few key bags that you swap out for different occasions or a collection of handbags, purses, and clutches so big you don't know what to do with them all, keeping them organized and finding storage for them can be a little tricky. From those lucky enough to have a big walk-in closet or those desperate for space, these purse organizers can help.
From acrylic dividers to wall and door-mounted hooks and utility systems, these purse storage ideas will totally revolutionize your closet.
1Bunny Williams Acrylic Closet Organizers
$149 AT BALLARDDESIGNS.COM
Stow away or show off a few of your favorite purses in these acrylic organizers, which come in a set of two.
2Chrome Metal Tote Hangers
$10 AT THE CONTAINER STORE
If you've got the closet space, hang your handbags from these special hooks along with your clothes.
3White Elfa Utility Mesh Closet Door & Wall Rack
$145 AT THE CONTAINER STORE
A utility rack like this, which can be mounted on a door or a wall, is great because yo can store handbags and clutches and organize other items, like jewelry.
4ZOBER Hanging Purse Organizer
$14 AT AMAZON.COM
To keep your purses free of any dust and dirt, hang them in your closet in a dust bag organizer like this one, which has a swiveling hook for easy access.
5Divide Clutch Organizer
$175 AT HOUZZ
If you've got quite a few clutches and small bags to stow away, put them in an acrylic divider like this one—perfect for the shelf in your closet.
65-Compartment Hanging Organizer Tray
$35 AT AMAZON.COM
Or take advantage of the unused space below your closet shelf and add this hanging acrylic divider.
7Umbra Estique Over-The-Door Organizer
$25 AT AMAZON.COM
Add some stylish hooks to the back of your door for hanging scarves, purses, and more.
8PerfectCurve Over-Door Bag Rack
$5 AT THE CONTAINER STORE
This bag rack easily mounts to your door and allows you to neatly hang 9 purses, backpacks, and more. Your purses will almost look like art!
9Easmor Hall Tree
$359 AT WAYFAIR.COM
If your entryway is in need of some extra storage, a hall tree with hooks like this one can be a great place to hang purses, too.
108-Compartment Shoe and Purse Organizer
$32 AT THE CONTAINER STORE
You can store shoes and bags in the cubbies of an organizer like this, and easily add more organizers if you need more than 8 cubbies.
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