Here's where to buy cheap storage bins (spoiler alert: they're not boring boxes or textile trash)

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I'll bet you $5 that you don't think about where to buy cheap storage bins — you kinda just get 'em when you need them. The problem with this strategy is that you'll often make the dullest decision out of necessity. I mean if you could talk to those style suckers, you'd go all Kendrick Lamar on them and say: "bish, don't kill my vibe" — right?

Contrary to what you've seen on the shelves — compartmentalizing and categorizing your stuff into crates can be cute. And I'm here to prove that by showing you where to buy bins (and which ones to pick). Because ICYDK, storage can be functional and fashionable when you make well-informed decisions and shop at the right places.

They say it's not what you know, but who you know — so take my virtual hand as I guide you through the reputable retailers that sell the best organizational products for your apartment.

5 places to buy cheap storage bins

How many times have you gone searching for cheap storage bins only to see the same plasticky eyesores staring you in the face? Yes — they're useful. But those clear buckets are borrrr-ing!

Here I've sourced everything from pastel and patterned picks to stackable styles. There are even totes that come on wheels for easy transportation. Use them as shoe organizers, organizational products for your closet, or even make your pantry look prett(ier).

Size-wise, your girls gone all Goldilocks, shopping small, large (and everything in between) so they're jussstttt right for your small space. Some selections can even slip under the bed! But trust — they're more bougie than Boogeyman. 

1. Amazon

A is for Amazon, and going by the sheer choice you've got when buying storage bins — we've listed it first. Being a Prime member myself, I know how speedy it is to search, shop and get my Amazon organizers delivered stat. I also like that I can filter by "Climate Pledge Friendly" which makes me feel a little better for choosing a global giant.

Price-wise — even if you're after a certain brand, it can sometimes work out cheaper to see if they have an Amazon storefront as they often sell below the recommended retail price (even outside of promotional periods like Black Friday and Prime Day).

2. Wayfair

If Wayfair's good enough for Kelly Clarkson — it's good enough for me. Like Amazon, they sell other brands' goods as well as their own, so you'll be spoilt for choice. It too has promotional periods (the most famous being Wayday) where you can save up to 85% on Wayfair shoe organizers, for example.

3. Walmart

Walmart lives and breathes its slogan: Every Day Low Price. Srsly, when it comes to grabbing a bargain in-store and online you can always count on this bricks-and-mortar store and site.

4. The Container Store

"Contain" yourself peeps — 'cause the Container Store is quite literally storage box dreams. If you're looking for really cute receptacles, this will give you life.

5. Target

I'm not even American, but even I understand the hype when it comes to Target. I don't actually understand how ya'll don't bankrupt yourselves each time payday comes around. I'm obsessed with the Brightroom Essentials range! They're great value for money and super on-trend too. See which Target storage bins I've scouted below...

Christina Chrysostomou
Former acting head ecommerce editor

Hi, I'm the former acting head ecommerce editor at Real Homes. Prior to working for the Future plc family, I've worked on a number of consumer events including the Ideal Home Show, Grand Designs Live, and Good Homes Magazine. With a first class degree from Keele University, and a plethora of experience in digital marketing, editorial, and social media, I have an eye for what should be in your shopping basket and have gone through the internal customer advisor accreditation process.