The plague that is toddler eating utensils and supplies had officially taken over my kitchen.

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I could not. handle. it. any. longer.

So I did what any sensible adult would do and I went to The Container Store. OK, this may come as a shock to some of you, but it was the first time I had set foot into that store in my adult life. And I was in HEAVEN. I told my husband that this was my new guilty pleasure. My eyes were darting all over. I couldn’t comprehend all the organizational beauty. It was overwhelmingly wonderful!

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I had an idea of what I was after and it involved tiered, sliding drawers. I found a great unit in the kitchen aisle, bought two, and skipped out of the store. OK I didn’t skip, but it felt like I was walking on air, whatever, same thing. I was so excited to get home and take out all of the mayhem and organize the toddler-craziness into bins by category, size, color even?! Ohhh the possibilities. When I had everything all organized and ready to put back in — the true horror set in.

They were too tall.

And my shelf is apparently so custom built in, it is cut into the sides of the cabinet. Fantastic. I sat them on the counter for a few days trying to figure out where else I could stash these magical tiered baskets, until I gave in to the fact that it would not work in my kitchen and I bagged them back up to be returned. Depressing.

I was browsing Target a few days later and strolled through the $1/$3 aisle {glorious sometimes, right?!} and found these cute, pink, rubber bins that hit that sweet spot of “this could work” in my brain. I grabbed four and went on my way.

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They are perfect for wrangling the toddler gear! They are deep, which fits a lot, and since they are rubber and flexible, they can fit side by side well. It was a quick and easy fix, that happened a bit by accident, but that saved me about $40! The Container Store items were $25 +tax each and these were $3 each! Sure they are pink, due to it being Easter timing, but heck, it works for me!

The bamboo utensil holder was a cheap find at Marshalls as well. I had that for a while hoping that I would figure out some way to hold all of the other items!

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