Baskets Containers

Mail Slot Bowl by Dan Sjogren

No matter how neat and clutter free we attempt to be, there’s still a fair amount of mail, keys, and miscellany that follow us through our front doors. To conquer this choas, consider the Mail Slot Bowl by Dan Sjogren. It will keep your most recent paper correspondence lined up neatly in a row. Will it force you to take stock of which documents go to the recycle bin and which go to the filing drawer? Eh, maybe. It also has a reasonably sized bowl to park your keys, which might mean you’ll never lose them again. We can hope.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $65.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Patinated Brass Vanity Box

At first glance, you might think this is a very, very nice cooking pot, but, no, it’s a vanity/jewelry box. Paris-based designer Lee West has a collection of objects produced at the Carl Auböck workshops, and they all have the same sort of quality and elegance of Auböck’s original works. This particular box is patinated on the outside, with a contrasting brushed brass interior. A mirror is encased within the lid, providing a hand mirror whenever you should need it.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $380.00
Available from: Merchant No. 4

Brilliant Boxes by Simon Legald

Several bright colors plus a semi-traditional glass pattern make these Brilliant Boxes a perfect fit for this spring season. But what are they for? Trinkets, of course, but only the most special sort. Perhaps a bright turquoise box could be a perfect gift? Or, maybe a Large Smoke Box plus a Small Dark Green might be a nice addition to your dresser top for holding jewelry and other small sundries?
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Price: $37.00 - 55.00
Available from: Royal Design

ObjectBox Wooden Storage Boxes

Just what little odds and ends need to be hidden away? Because chances are that they’ll fit inside the ObjectBoxes from designer Maya Bille. An acrylic sliding lid has the perfect balance of transparency and opacity; you can see the general idea of the box’s contents but not enough to distract you from the beauty of the box. Maybe it could make a nice home for your watches or jewelry? Or desk accessories?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $68.00- 88.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Phold Container

A built-in lid? Yes, please. The Phold Container sure is cute, and it appears to be incredibly handy as well. The pliant food-safe silicone is perfect for keeping snacks or other small odds and ends safe and sound, just fold over the lid to make sure contents stay put. Think of it for holding your mid-afternoon snack or put it to use in the office area for paperclips and other small sundries.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $16.00 -30.00
Available from: A+R Store

Hay’s Bits and Bobs Colour Glass Containers

You know that small stuff lying around on desks, dressers, and countertops? These glass containers from Hay would go a long way towards organizing those “wee essentials” in an elegant way. Just take a look at those colors- there’s several reassuring neutrals with the smallest size sporting a bolder orange. The sizes are perfect for storing practically anything- paperclips, bracelets, business cards, you name it.
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Price: $15.00 - 35.00
Available from: A+R Store

Kanto Magazine Holder/Firewood Rack

This bent plywood holder is just begging to store kindling, logs, stacks of magazines, or whatever else your brain may think of. The handle makes short work of toting around contents, though do avoid swinging any small children or live animals about as that will only end in tears. The Kanto Magazine Holder/Firewood Rack is available in natural lacquered birch veneer or your choice of three lacquer options and is currently on sale.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $174.00
Available from: Hive

Animal Boxes

A couple of years ago I saw a few of these Animal boxes by Karl Zahn lined up along a windowsill in someone’s home, and it struck me how it would be a thoughtful tradition to give one each year as a gift for a friend or loved one. Each box represents a “power” animal, a sort of totem for one’s ambitions. Plus, there’s just enough room inside for something small and special should you decide to take the gift a step further.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $49.00
Available from: Areaware

Lacquer Lid Boxes

If there’s a handful of small, necessary stuff lying about, you might want to get a couple of these Lacquer Lid Boxes. They’ve got a clean look with an affordable price tag, and they’d go a long way to tidying up whatever surface that is currently covered in that stuff you need at hand. Ash veneer plus a peach or blue lacquered top would fit in wherever you need them: office, entryway, bathroom, or bedroom.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $24.95 - 34.95
Available from: CB2

Laundry Basket by Lorenzo Petrantoni for Seletti

Few people would say doing laundry is fun, so if there’s any opportunity to make it more visually appealing, then we might as well take advantage of it. This particular Laundry Basket by Lorenzo Petrantoni for Seletti might help you not hate laundry day as much, thanks to its nicely balanced old-world graphic on a natural cotton basket/bag shell. A drawstring top with cord closure and rope handles finish off the functionality.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $89.00
Available from: GSelect

Reclaimed Tropical Walnut Tool Box

Is this the nicest toolbox you’ve ever seen? I’d wager a guess that is is, and that you wouldn’t want to hide this box away on dusty shelf in the garage. Made with Nogal wood (a.k.a. Tropical Walnut), each toolbox is made by skilled Nicaraguan craftsmen and features comb joints and an interior tray for smaller items. The tray and lid slot easily through the handle for a clean, streamlined look. (And, it’s finally back in stock!)
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Purchase Information:

Price: $219.00
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

Petal Cup and Tray

While you’re sweeping up whatever debris that hides around your desk, you might as well assess whether you need some serious organizers like this Petal Cup and Tray from Dino Sanchez. They’re made of powder coated steel, so they’ll last a very long time, and are available in three colors: avocado green, powder blue, and cream. So, now, go on and get to it: organize, corral, and conquer that disorganized stack of stuff!
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Purchase Information:

Price: $85.00 - 110.00
Available from: Dino Sanchez

Beautiful Insight Storage Boxes (Gallery, Hobbyist, or Storekeeper)

Do you remember the Beautiful Insights Storage Boxes we posted last year? If you liked them, but didn’t like the international shipping fee, now you’re in luck as MoMA Store is carrying three sizes (hooray!). You now have a reason to organize, if only to make the Gallery, Hobbyist, or Storekeeper Box functional.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $48.00
Available from: MoMA Store

OK Dish

Stay sane with a daily reminder that everything is, in fact, going to be okay. Take a deep breath, put on your jewelry/pick up your keys/etc., and head out for the day. Similarly, at the end of your how-the-heck-did-end-up-with-a-12-hour-a-day work schedule, take off your jewelry/put down your keys, and relax. This small dish might just be the one spot where things won’t get lost.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00
Available from: Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.

Alessi CrissCross Tray

If you’re going to buy a tray or basket to catch all of your miscellaneous clutter, please make it this CrissCross Tray by Eero Aarnio. It’s made anodized aluminum and is available in both natural and black (get the black). The size is perfect for handling all manner of large and medium-sized things- magazines, books, and mail, just to name a few.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $265.00
Available from: Cooper-Hewitt Shop