We Gave a Pro Organizer $50 — Here’s What She Bought at Costco

published Feb 7, 2024
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Indianapolis - Circa April 2023: Costco Wholesale Location. Costco Wholesale is a multi-billion dollar membership retailer.
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I recently had a startling revelation, but it’s one I’m learning to accept. Okay, you caught me — I’m ready to proudly brag about it. For the last couple of years, I’ve lived within a stone’s throw of Costco and went from shopping there sporadically to making it a weekly adventure. So, there, I said it: I’ve finally reached the age where I consider leisurely strolling the aisles my idea of a fun night out. And I don’t care who knows it.

All kidding (kind of) aside, one of the things I appreciate most about Costco is its clear desire to keep up with the demand for organizing supplies. Back when I began my professional organizing business in 2017, I was lucky if I found a pack of velvet hangers or label maker tape in the whole warehouse. But I’ve kept tabs on all the new items they’ve been selling as of late and, while the inventory is still lacking (in my humble opinion), the brands and products they do sell are high-quality. 

I shopped at Costco with just $50 and was able to find two products that I think are beneficial to getting and staying organized, and yet are often overlooked. Plus, they also happened to be some of the cheapest storage supplies Costco has to offer. With that being said, I only came in four cents below budget. 

You might not consider your car as part of a home organization project, but if you think about it, it’s a direct extension of your home. Trunk organizers help your car stay just a tiny bit tidier and are worth the investment. I use the different compartments to corral things such as reusable bags, car-specific cleaning supplies, a spare pair of flip-flops, and a blanket in case of an impromptu park picnic. This trunk organizer from Costco has handles, a removable lid, and a non-slip bottom so it stays put while you’re en route. A good alternative? This Amazon find is a good alternative as well.

I think back on the number of times I fought with a kitchen drawer in a client’s home because of food storage bag boxes. Not only would it make a drawer look messy, but it would also make the drawer downright hard to open. This is why I did a little happy dance when I started seeing organizers for them everywhere, including this one at Costco. The bamboo material itself is sustainable, which may make you feel a bit better about having plastic baggies in the house, they’re individual so you can arrange them however you like, and they’re labeled with sizes (which makes grabbing the one you need a no-brainer). If you don’t have a Costco membership, consider this alternative.