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Keep files and projects close at hand with our Multi-Purpose Bins. Perfectly sized to hold letter-size interior file folders, you can also use them to organize binders, notebooks and magazines.

  • Made from polypropylene
  • Features two carry handles

Small Multi-Purpose Bin Translucent
  • SKU#: 10051556
  • 13" x 3-5/8" x 9-3/4" h
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Medium Multi-Purpose Bin Translucent
  • SKU#: 10051557
  • 13" x 5-1/2" x 9-3/4" h
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Large Multi-Purpose Bin Translucent
  • SKU#: 10045153
  • 13" x 6-3/4" x 9-3/4" h
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Extra Large Multi-Purpose Bin Translucent
  • SKU#: 10055022
  • 15-1/8" x 10-1/4" x 9-3/4" h
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Multi-Purpose Bins is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 378.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The most utilitarian organizer I am absolutely obsessed with these bins. I’ve been using them for years and they come in handy in every room of my house. I use them in my closet for accessories, in the kitchen pantry, under the bathroom sink, for crafting supplies, and in the linen closet. They are incredibly durable, I’ve never had one crack or break. These are my go to for everything, can’t recommend enough.
Date published: 2018-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Pantry Organizer I bought these to segment out my gluten free baking supplies and snacks, but when I realized how helpful it was to be able to pull a bin of similar items right off the shelf, I bought them for the whole pantry. In the process I ended up with lots more pantry space. Love that they come in several sizes!
Date published: 2018-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love them I use 3 different sizes to organize our BJU press homeschool stuff. They work great for that and many other things. Plan to buy more.
Date published: 2018-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for the car The XL bin fit perfectly behind my Rav's car seats. The multiple handle holes are such a plus. The height and width is perfect to hold a lot of items. Being clear helps me remember what I put in there. The price was excellent for what I wanted to do with this bin.
Date published: 2018-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Size Bins! I bought several these bins during the 25% Kitchen Pantry Sale to organize my pantry and they are perfect!!! They hold all my pantry items perfectly! I like that they are clear, so you can see what what is inside them, also having a cut out handles makes it easy to pull them out to access my pantry items!!
Date published: 2018-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So easy to organize with these! I saw how good pantries could look with these different sized bins. It looks and feels more organized. Every bin has its own category and things now have a defined place. Very affordable.
Date published: 2018-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love them I purchased these for my pantry in multiple sizes. Love them. Can see everything and my pantry now it looks organized.
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple Pantry and Under-Sink Storage Solutions These bins aren't fancy, but they have a few great features that make them ideal for organizing pantry and cleaning products without breaking the bank. They are made of harder plastic but not completely inflexible, so they can handle the weight of heavier pantry items. The handles make it easy to slide the bins in and out of your shelves to access items within, even if you have a ribbed pastic shelf liner. The clear plastic lets you see what is inside, while the high sides keep everything neatly aligned. I highly recommend the small bins to organize shelf-stable bottles in the cabinet. No more sliding bottles around to get to ones further back and worrying about knocking bottles over in the process and no more sticky spots on the shelf liners. I organize mine by type to make it easier to remember what is where (Ex. soy sauce, sesame oil, sriracha, and rice vinegar in a bin). You can get 3-4 bottles in each small bin depending on the bottles. I use the medium bins to store cleaning products under the sink, and the extra-large bins for dish towels and plastic wrap/foil/storage bags.
Date published: 2018-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count The Ways.... Oh, Multipurpose Bins, I love you so! From the office to the laundry room to the utility closet, you are always there for me, holding everything I need so neatly and efficiently. My only problem is that I can never have enough of you! When I purchase Multipurpose Bins for a project, invariably I discover even more uses for you and have to return to the Container Store again and again to buy more!
Date published: 2018-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The perfect container for almost everything It is possible that the majority of my trips to TCS are for more of these multipurpose bins. TCS offers the perfect size distribution for these bins which can be used for a variety of purposes. They allow one to group many like items together and create a well organized space. They are perfect for your utility closet, pantry and under-sink organization. The bins also fit perfectly into a file cabinet, and I use them in my office for extra desk and knick- knack organization. A final tip, if you fold your bed sheets just right, each set fits into a medium bin, and they stack across neatly like books on a shelf. Great item!
Date published: 2018-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good for everything! Perfect size to hold 4 1" three ring binders - my personal cookbook collection - better than just putting them on a bookshelf ( because the binders are so much narrower on one end and don't stand upright well). Love these for storing foods in my upright freezer also! So nice to keep everything separated by type: pork, poultry, soup, vegies, etc. Narrow ones fit on the refrigerator door - perfect for condiments - grab them all out at once!
Date published: 2018-02-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Exactly the Wrong Size for Everything I wanted to like these bins, but the illustration of possible uses on the label is misleading. It shows them used as "drawer separators" in a filing cabinet, but they are just long enough that using them as illustrated (with the narrow, handled side at the front and back of the cabinet) makes it impossible to move folders and binders in and out of the filing cabinet because they get stuck in the opening. Meanwhile, the containers are just barely too wide to fit in the cabinet the other way, with the handles on the sides. So, I thought I would use them as file boxes instead. Well, they're just barely too wide to accommodate hanging files. So, I tried using them to hold a few thin accordion files... and they're too narrow for that! Now, I'm stuck with six of these dumb things that I bought to organize the filing cabinet, and I can't figure out a single thing to do with them. I really wish I hadn't removed the stickers so that I could return them to the store. In short, the quality seems fine, but the measurements are terrible for one of the uses demonstrated on the label, making them a big waste of money for me.
Date published: 2018-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for the Playroom I optimized the vertical space in my playroom closet by converting from shoebox size plastic containers with lids to the multipurpose bins. I used every width available to group like things together. My kids can easily see what's in each bin, grab what they want and its very easy to pick it up again (though we're still working on that!). If there were a shallower option available for use in upper cabinets which are not as deep as closet cubbies, I would use these in every cabinet in my home.
Date published: 2018-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from By far the best storage bin I had been searching high and low for a good storage option for my kid's toys, especially the ones with a million little pieces. Most bins I have found are far wider at the top than bottom, impacting how many can be placed side by side and wasting valuable shelf space. I also wanted something translucent so she could see the contents because she can't read yet. These absolutely fit the bill. The variety of sizes mean I can tailor the bins to shelving widths and the contents. They have also found their way into other areas of our home because they are so useful (pantry, under sink, even in car to hold toys and books), and even though they are no-frills and utilitarian they still manage to look nice. I will never mess with other bins again. Please don't stop carrying these!
Date published: 2018-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Bins Ever - For EVERY room To say I love these bins is an understatement. I have purchased SO many of them over the years and use them in literally every closet. I use them to organize food in my pantry and freezer, sheets in my linen closet, first aid and bath products in my bathrooms, toys in my kids closets, magazines, paper, etc. in my office. I have one under every sink in the house to contain the cleaning products. The list goes on. Pair them with a label maker and you will be super organized. Container Store: Please make more sizes! I want some smaller, shorter versions and some XXXXL ones! :)
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favorite Container Store Product I use these everywhere... my pantry, under sinks, in my office and in my sewing room. (I've already purchased about 20 of them.) This is such a great way to use all of the vertical space available, and categorize supplies. I don't waste as much money on groceries, because my pantry is so organized. I wish you made them in a 12" WIDTH/Depth !!!! I'd use them in the upper cabinets in my kitchen and office!
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Many uses! Wasn't sure how useful they'd be until I brought some home. I got the small and medium sizes and they are great for sliding in and out under the sink and on shelves with depth. Good for storing cleaning products, hangers (so they don't get tangled) and they are quite sturdy. I can even hang spray bottles off the ends! Love them!
Date published: 2017-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for my freezer These bins were a perfect fit for my drawer-style freezer. I can sort my bagged items by standing them up. Now I don't have to comb through a pile of frozen vegetables to see what I have on hand, everything is visible!
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most Versatile Storage Product These bins are great for every room in your home! The 3 sizes make them suitable for many sizes of cabinets and shelves. I use them in my home office cabinets for office supplies, greeting cards, a variety of printer paper, printer ink cartridges and envelopes. In the bathroom, I use them for soaps, lotions, hair products and brushes. In my craft area, they hold my 12x12 paper and my children's memorabilia from school and events.
Date published: 2017-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these!! I bought these bins to organize my monthly readings mentor texts in my classroom. I love the cleanliness of these bins and all my books fit perfectly! They look awesome in my classroom - I've had tons of compliments and others flocking to buy their own! #organizationeyecandy
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfectly sized for everything... including Music We use these everywhere--taxes, healthcare files, warranties, etc... but the BEST use was realizing they would stand securely vertical--and hold collections of music so that the storage became like a bookshelf, organized by instrument and composer, and easy to access without anything falling over... Love these things! And so affordable too...
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Organizing your house was never easier These bins are the easiest way to organize your whole house. They fit in closets, pantries, bookcases, & under the sink. I have used these bins all over and they are great! They come in different sizes so they are perfect for any and all different items you need to organize. Here is a tip when starting the process of getting organized in your home. Try to group items together that go together; such as an entertainment area, with all your music and movies together. I made a closet for all our outside play stuff for the kids, and another one for inside play stuff. Then using these bins I grouped our play items together and labeled the bins. For instance we had a lot of bottles of bubbles that for some reason where all over the house in different areas. I grabbed a medium size bin put all the bubbles in it, labeled it bubbles and put on the shelf in the 'outside play stuff' closet. The house looks cleaner and now everyone including my little one can find what we are looking for so much easier. Try them you'll love them!!
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these bins! I purchased a variety of sizes of these awesome multi-purpose bins and have not been disappointed! I am a renter and don't have a pantry so these bins have come in handy when organizing drawers and cabinets. I Will be purchasing more to use in my fridge and freezer! A must buy!
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best thing ever I have a deep cupboard in my kitchen that has to hold food and pans. My sister told me about these and I purchased two to keep all my food together.All I have to do is pull it out and I can easily find everything, instead of emptying the whole cupboard to find that one box of noodles in the back.
Date published: 2016-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Versatile bin As a professional organizer, this is one of my "go to" products. They are affordable, durable and can be used in a variety of places. I love the sizes they are available in. Perfect for so many places in the home.
Date published: 2016-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from seriously multi-purpose I use all sizes of these bins extensively in my kitchen. With my recently remodel, I acquired several very deep and wide drawers and lost my pantry. I use them for beans, pasta, snacks, cereal, and even the melamine dishes I use when we have a large party or eat outside. AND are reasonably priced.
Date published: 2016-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best bins ever!! I use these for my home office, in my kitchen (perfect for storing cans), magazines, knitting books, all kinds of paperwork. A friend in Houston told me about these and I have ordered them online two times. We are finally getting a store in Michigan this summer. Can hardly wait to go shopping!
Date published: 2016-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Great siZe, with the handle works very nicely on upper shelves, slides easily, I keep buying more for all over the apartment.
Date published: 2016-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great deal I use it as a loner for my teaching tote. The medium is the perfect size for my tote. I also use it as file holder for my office. I like how transparent it is. I'm ordering 5 more
Date published: 2016-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect storage bins I have these bins in all the sizes - they are perfect for storing papers, crafting tools, fabrics, etc.
Date published: 2016-03-25
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Community Q&A

How much weight will the multi purpose bin support?

Would like to stack/store can goods and other items in my pantry. Do not want it to be too flimsy.
Asked by: Suzeq
I have filled mine with canned goods, bags of flour and sugar and have had no problems.
Answered by: mellyann
Date published: 2016-07-30

Do these bins fit into a letter-sized file cabinet?

I'm looking for a sturdy container that will fit into a file cabinet comfortably and hold either supplies or a large quantity of documents. BOX HANGING FOLDERS are made of paper and are vulnerable to tearing and collapsing, and have open sides so they will not work. Thank you.
Asked by: solutionseeker58
Yes, but only the small-large do and not the extra large bins. I use them for my office.
Answered by: miguelito
Date published: 2018-04-07

Can these be attached to a wall?

Asked by: Kejul
I have attached some of mine to the pantry wall simply using Command strips. I don’t use them to store very heavy things (paper plates, etc). They have held up for years. You could always do a more permanent install by drilling through, but I’ve found this method very successful.
Answered by: GretRog
Date published: 2018-04-07

Do these ship (or come from the store) flat, or are they already in a box shape?

I am considering buying some to take back overseas, but am wondering how well they would pack in a suitcase. Thanks!
Asked by: sarahah
They are already in box shape. You can stack the boxes and fit socks, shirts, etc to fill up the space. They are not heavy.
Answered by: Pimmy
Date published: 2018-05-28


Is the surface a smooth/glossy plastic or more of a rough/matte plastic texture?
Asked by: Ydnew
smooth except for the visible groove pattern and a bit of a "bump" around the cut-out handle.
Answered by: SKGODESS
Date published: 2018-03-17

Can you stack these bins on top of each other?

Asked by: AG2010
Not for storing items. They are stackable when empty. The container is a softer type of plastic. Sturdy but not rigid.
Answered by: Pimmy
Date published: 2018-03-30

Can you use hanging files with these bins?

Asked by: OrganizedJAG
You might be able to use the slender ones, but there are much better options for hanging files. I would not use these for mine, no. I saw much better options when I was at the store today.
Answered by: SoCalJeepGirl
Date published: 2018-03-30

Are these large enough to fit albums?

Asked by: ambi0508
Our Multi-Purpose Bins can accommodate standard 1" Three-Ring Photo Binders; they cannot accommodate LP vinyl record albums.
Answered by: psb87
Date published: 2018-04-21
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