I was excited when I first discovered The Container Store, but I wasn’t excited about the prices. While I love organization and all sorts of containers, there were cheaper alternatives to what the store was selling. The closest one to me was nearly an hour away, but recently one opened that’s just 20 minutes away. The store layout is amazing, categorized (as it should be), and there’s some inexpensive finds that are worth looking into. Check out my inexpensive planner favs below!
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When entering a new store it’s easy to be overwhelmed by all that they have. I could spend hours in The Container Store, but I really wanted to see their pricing in the stationery section. What they had in stock was more limited than I expected, but I did come across two pouches that I could use for on the go planner supplies. The first was a clear envelope with a snap closure pouch. It was only $1.99 (10 x 7-5/8″). There is a larger size (13 x 9 1/2″) for $2.99. I wasn’t sure just how much I could fit inside of it, so I opted for the zippered vinyl mesh pouch that was the same size and price. The colors available are black and aqua. The store only had the smallest size displayed, but it comes in two larger sizes, 10-3/4 x 14″ ($2.99) and 12 1/4 x 16″ ($3.99).
I saw one of my favorite organizers on YouTube, Alejandra Costello (Alejandra.tv) using the largest size in her filing system which is a great way to keep all important documents contained and semi-visible.
When organizing stickers or die cuts, accordion folders a great option. These in particular from the container store stand up and the pricing is great. The smaller one (10-1/4″ x 1″ x 5-1/2″) is $6.99 ad the larger (13″ x 1-1/4″ x 9-1/2″) is $9.99. I had purchased on Amazon, the DariceSpectrafile, which is currently out of stock, but I’ve been using it for nearly 3 years. My sticker organization has definitely changed over the years from photo boxes to binders, albums, and my disc system. The smaller fits perfectly in any bag and if you travel with your stickers, it’s compact enough to fit in a purse.
Oli Clips are all the planner rage and you get 5 for $9.99, which averages out to $1.99 a clip. Yeah, I know, that sounds steep for a paper clip. If you could get your hands on a coupon for these, that would be the best bet when buying. There are two sizes, small and large. This pack features the mini clips, but I see them being used as decorative page markers in most planners. I love the metallic set. I’ve heard mixed reviews about Oli Clips, but variety packs are great to try out when you’re unsure of a product.
Container Store notebooks can be pretty pricy but for all my traveler’s notebook lovers, this pack of 10 is a pretty decent deal. The set is $19.99 so that averages out to $1.99 a notebook. The bright colors can be decorated to match your style or left as is. I’m curious about the paper quality, but it’s a Poppin product so it’s probably good. Each notebook contains 64 pages of college ruled paper. I snagged half a dozen at Micahels in a 5×7 size, since I use a B6 traveler’snotebook, for $1. They were originally $1.99. This set will work throughout the year whether it’s for daily/weekly planning, making a budget, or just having running lists, it’s a good deal.
This one is a bonus I thought I’d add to the list. These storage cases can be bought on sale at Michaels but regular price they’re $5.99/each. Container store has them regular priced at $6.99 each. I have one of these storage cases that I received from a tricky tray and I have used it for scrapbook paper, but my collection has expanded so much I needed to implement a new system. If you can’t catch the Michaels sale (which happens pretty often) and need one of these in a pinch, the Container Store option isn’t a bad option. Again, this item is a bonus on the list.
Although I highlighted these items as planner finds, there are multiple uses for them throughout any home. Buying containers to contain sounds great, but sometimes it can be overwhelming and they’re not being used properly. I purge on a regular basis to make sure that what I’m using it being used and what is not can go to a new home.