Embrace the Bin
The pros agree: With kids, bins are key to organizing just about every space. “You can toss stuff into them, and they make for quick cleanup!” says Beth Penn, founder of Bneato Bar Professional Organizing. Here are expert picks for clutter hot spots.
For the shoe pileup in the entryway, use a big, handled basket that can get tucked into the closet when company comes. But choose a decorative one since it will be out most of the time. Snidad Basket, rattan, $28; ikea.com
For your clothes closets, select a bin with rigid sides and an open weave so small items like scarves, clutches, and belts can breathe. White Nordic Storage baskets and lids, $4 to $10 each; containerstore.com
For craft supplies, buy a clear shoe box–size bin with a lid so you can stack them on a shelf and still see what’s inside. Stackable Shoe Boxes, $15 for 12; bedbathandbeyond.com
For concealing toys in the living room, opt for structured fabric bins that match your décor. Stripes Away bins, $40 each; pehrdesigns.com
For your junk drawer, shallow, squared-off bins in various sizes will help you make use of every inch. Stacking Bin Sets Small, $10 for three; threebythree.com