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Medium Colorwave Smart Store Tote

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Our fantastic Colorwave Smart Store System is so multifunctional, you'll find several uses for it around your home! Choose from a range of sizes of transparent colored or clear open totes, then select inserts and trays to organize the items inside. The multiple colors can be used to color code contents or simply to add a burst of interest to a room. Craft/art supplies, toys, office items and more are wonderfully organized with this ingenious, portable system.

  • Made from polypropylene
  • Locking lid
  • Food-safe



  • 11-3/4" x 15-3/4" x 7-1/4" h

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Medium Colorwave Smart Store Tote is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 61.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Alternative tool box! I keep our tools in a tool box I made from a collection of these modular parts. It is much nicer to look at than the standard metal case, and I feel like I can see everything better as well.
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Smaller than I thought I should have paid better attention to the actual size. These are not large bins despite the similar price (I picked up large clear bins for $13.99). These are small and good for organizing small items. Not great for storing large size items or large amounts. Still, useful for storing lightweight things such as fabric scraps etc. and I love the snap closures on the sides. The colors make it not very easy to see what's inside.
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect!!! I needed storage for all my crochet stuff. This fits the bill. I can stack them and see everything I have. It helps me with all my projects. In fact I'm planning on getting more.
Date published: 2016-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's perfect for what I need it for. Good size and good for storage. A little pricey, but worth it!
Date published: 2016-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love these! they are cute and durable and have so many options for organizing. I have the medium ones and the small ones and all the various inserts. wonderful!
Date published: 2016-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good storage for Legos I purchased this product along with the handled tray and 3 medium inserts to store my son's Lego Robot kit. I am completely satisfied as it makes organizing the Lego parts so simple and accessible.
Date published: 2016-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome. These sets have helped me get a handle on puzzle pieces and little toys tgat always end up lost. So great to have everything organized. Well worth the price!
Date published: 2016-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Creative solution If you pencils, rubber bands, and other items. It's awesome.
Date published: 2015-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Form and Function The containers are perfectly sized with great fitting lids. The bright colors or clear give multiple options for where to use them.
Date published: 2015-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FANTASTIC ! i got three medium smart totes, one pink, one blue and one green and they are awesome! not sure what i was thinking of putting in them but when i needed to put some stuff away quickly, after the cat knocked a bunch of dvds on the floor, each one fit about 24 dvds, lined up on their sides with the titles showing for 20 or 21 of them along the length of the box and 3 along the side on their sides too. it of course depends too on whether they're regular size or a complete season of a tv show which tend to be bigger so the number you can fit in could be different. and the lid is awesome! a super tight fit but easy to open and close. one of the handles that helps close it was jammed almost shut so i didn't want to break it by forcing it open. it was still fine though as the lid could be slid under it and then it closed fine just like the other side. and looks like a nice tight fit that could withstand cats knocking it off something onto the floor. !! so i am ordering more. they are transparent so you can see thru them although if you want something you can read from the outside when they're closed you might want to get the clear ones just for easier ability to see thru them. and my only improvement would be to have more colours in this size !!! orange and purple and yellow are always good. so two thumbs up, five stars out of five and 10 out of 10. you can't go wrong with these beauties !!!
Date published: 2014-08-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mostly functional I got the clear bin with the 6 different colored tall inserts for art storage for my children. I really love it except for the fact that unsharpened pencils are too tall for it. I either have to jam the lid in place or sharpen them all. I like to gather up every odd and end craft supply they've gotten from school, birthday parties, etc in here so it's annoying to have to sharpen all 20 extra pencils. Other than that this is a great product and easy to use for young children (mine are first graders).
Date published: 2014-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice Product! I bought this tote and six of the colored organizers to put inside. I am very pleased with the amount of space it provides! I love it that the container is clear so it's see-through and the colored containers inside show through just enough that it looks good. I am also happy that I can take out each colored container and use it as needed and then return it to it's place so everything stays neat and clean inside. I will be ordering more of these systems to continue to organize my life! Great design & quality.
Date published: 2014-08-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay for some uses This works for what it is, a lightweight storage option for organizing small things. It is appropriately priced - much more affordable than Iris containers but also lower in quality/durability.
Date published: 2014-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic if you can afford it! These container are absolutely the best! I love the ability to keep an entire body of project items in one place while still having everything separated within the box. The only qualm I have is about the price. It is entirely too expensive! As with other container store items, sometimes there's nothing better than the real thing. You get what you pay for, and here you are paying for the quality. All in all, great storage system!
Date published: 2014-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Handy! Love the bins and options for this tote for whatever you need it to be!
Date published: 2014-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for Kids Craft Mediums! This is the perfect solution when coupled with the tall insert bins. It's possible to organize crayons, markers, colored pencils, etc all in on container standing up straight. Would definitely recommend this to anyone trying to consolidate coloring supplies!
Date published: 2014-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Get Your Artist On My seven year old granddaughter can't seem to find anything to wear or get her clothes organized. But she can "keep calm and get her artist on" with her awesome Smart Store Tote organizer. Everything she needs for her art and crafts is right at her fingertips in colorful Smart Store Inserts. Thanks Container Store for Smart products that even delight a rather messy child.
Date published: 2014-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Toddler Proof! My toddler kept getting into my supposedly child-proofed makeup drawer, so I had to find an alternate solution. I bought the Medium Wavy Smart Store Tote with a couple of inserts. Perfect solution! I stay organized and my toddler can no longer paint her body or my walls...or my furniture...with my eyeliner! :)
Date published: 2014-04-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for crafts I get a few different types of craft kits and always have left overs - this is a great way to keep them organized and usable for the next craft day!
Date published: 2014-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Art Caddy This made a perfect art caddy. I made sure to label each insert with its contents: markers, crayons, scissors, etc. so even if everything is dumped everyone knows how to put it away. Great quality, too.
Date published: 2014-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Storage Option this is great for crafts - plenty of room and very organized!
Date published: 2014-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Craft Storage I love to do crafts, but don't like to dig. I used the medium one to organize my stamping supplies and it makes me want to use them now that I can see them.
Date published: 2014-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Solution for Desks with Nothing but File Drawers I have recently been assigned to a wonderful desk that has four file drawers and a keyboard tray where a shallow pencil/office supplies drawer usually lives. This colorful tote, when paired with six of the coordinating inserts (sold in tandem), fit perfectly within one of the file drawers. I now have six perfectly-sized compartments for everything from boxers of binder clips and staples to stashes of post-it notes, pens and markers. It made my wonderful desk function much better and provides a mood-elevating pop of color. Thanks, Container Store, for once again having just what I needed (and so much more)!
Date published: 2014-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for storing and carrying rubber stamps! I'm loving my new SmartStore Color containers! I often do art parties and so I need to bring my rubber stamps and supplies with me. This keeps them easy to organize and I love the colorful color options!
Date published: 2014-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great I purchased this being a little hesitant, but it is great I purchased the open totes that go inside, and it's great, my daughter has everything sorted out from crayons, markers, pencils, pens,'s easy for her to carry and keep things organized when she is finished with it.
Date published: 2013-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bought for 9-year old's collection My son and I went to the Container Store to find a way to store his Beyblade collection. After choosing first bins, then multicolor plastic boxes, we found the Smart Store System. He chose the medium size, along with the handle and the small boxes in a pack of 6. We also bought the label holders. Lo and behold, my child organized his toys in this tote, and he carries it everywhere and puts his toys away. I'm a happy mother and the tote is going strong!
Date published: 2013-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I had been looking for something to help me organize my kids craft supplies. We bought one of these (with 6 of the tall inserts) to try it out and I was able to replace 2 large cardboard boxes with just this one container. The best part is that now we can see where everything is and my son can easily get to his supplies. He actually gave me a huge hug when he saw this and thanked me for organizing his crafts.
Date published: 2013-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from XLarge Tote I am pleased with my purchase. I had to order a second one as the first one came with nothing around it and one corner was almost completely tore off. The second on came much better packed and was in good shape
Date published: 2013-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Product It is a sturdy storage box, but what makes it great are the inserts that allow you to customize each box for your particular needs and use the maximum amount of space, as well as provide easier access to what you have stored
Date published: 2013-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Great way to store project supplies.Easily adaptable and flexible.
Date published: 2013-04-18
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Community Q&A

How deep is your shallowest set of inserts for this system?

I need to organize my sole desk drawer and it's only two inches deep. Or perhaps someone there could suggest an alternate product line? The drawer measures 27 3/4" wide, 15" long and 2" deep. Thanks for any help you can give me!
Asked by: LMEPA1
This Medium tote can hold 6 inserts - each are 6 inches tall, so would not work in your setup. The inserts for the Small tote are approx. 3 inches tall, maybe still to tall for you.
Answered by: mykenyce
Date published: 2018-02-03

Acrylic paint on the bottom

If you store regular sized acrylic paint bottles on the bottom, can you still place the tray on top?
Asked by: almostbunnies
Unfortunately, no, our Medium Smart Store Tote cannot accommodate standard acrylic paint bottles and the The Smart Store Tray at the same time.
Answered by: psb87
Date published: 2018-04-14
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