From Poketo to IKEA: LA's Best Stores for Organizing Your Space in Style

Anyone else need an excuse for a home makeover?

It's a new year, which means we're all in the mindset to start afresh. If you, like us, are prone to dust bunnies and stacks of random paper but don't exactly dig those basic clear storage totes — why box it up if you can still see the mess inside, right? — then allow us to guide you to the best spots that'll help you organize your home or office space in style.

On that note, we've rounded up LA's best stores for stocking up on organizing accessories, stylish storage, and more. From no-brainer big-box retailers to design-driven havens to bohemian-cool indie boutiques, see them all below in A to Z order and feel free to share your own favorites in the comments.

To help us with our home reorganization mission, GMC kindly hooked us up with a new Terrain Denali SUV to help us shuttle our newfound gear home. See the above photographic proof of how much merch we were able to stuff in its spacious trunk. Photo: Danielle Directo-Meston/Uncover LA


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The design-focused home furnishings and decor haven's relocated flagship at Row DTLA spans nearly 7,000 square feet and offers luxe organizing-ready furniture and accessories like minimalist wood and steel shelving (complete with a leather magazine holder) by Stellar Works & David Rockwell, rose gold wire baskets, sleek metal storage containers, and many other goods that'll make your home look like a modern art museum.
A+R at Row DTLA, 777 Alameda St., Suite 100, LA, 90021

The Container Store

The big-box retailer deserves a spot on this list for making a business out of being obsessed with putting everything away in drawers or boxes — which you'll find plenty of alongside refrigerator organizers, glass jars, and more at its many LA locations, including at the Original Farmers Market, Westfield Century City, and Old Town Pasadena, to name just a few. Plus, time-pressed KonMari enthusiasts will find that their in-store pickup for online orders is super convenient.
The Container Store, 110 South Fairfax Ave., A-17, LA, 90036; (323) 648-3120; more LA locations here


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Hailing from Japan, this $1.50-and-up store is beloved for its wide-ranging selection of essentials like cheap kitchenware (including adorable bento boxes), plastic containers of every size, beauty and skincare, and travel accessories to random-but-somehow-you-need-it finds like head massagers, microfiber floor cleaning slippers, silicone sausage cutters, very kawaii tchotchkes, and much, much, more. Daiso has over a dozen outposts in the LA area (including in Westwood, Hollywood, and Little Tokyo in DTLA) but Redditors swear by the Japanese retailer's locations in Torrance and the San Gabriel Valley (where the chain first arrived in SoCal), which apparently have the largest spaces and most well-stocked selections.
Daiso Japan, 333 South Alameda St., Suite 114, LA, 90013; (213)265-7821; more LA locations here

General Store

From handmade etched ceramics and trinket trays to chic wall baskets and minimalist wooden brush and dust pan sets, this Venice boutique (which also has an outpost in San Francisco) has everything for keeping your bohemian modern abode in order. We dare you to resist picking up a few more things to fill that speckled stoneware bowl that bought (it's basically impossible).
General Store1801 Lincoln Blvd. Venice, CA 90291; (310) 751-6393

Hawkins New York

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The New York-based home goods brand made its highly-anticipated debut last year at Row DTLA, where its LA flagship stocks its minimalist line of perfectly-imperfect dinnerware, bedding, tabletop accessories, decor, woven storage baskets, and more alongside lighting from Menu, furniture from Gregor Jenkins and Ton, ceramics from WonkiWare, and apothecary products from Grown Alchemist, to name a few. 
Hawkins New York at Row DTLA, 767 Alameda St., LA, 90012; (844) 469-3344


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The interior decor-focused sister retailer of off-price chain TJ Maxx excels at what its name suggests. From fair trade baskets and acrylic makeup storage to midcentury modern-inspired side tables to those OXO Good Grips pop top containers, the discount-happy store has something for every style and budget. While there are over 10 stores across LA, our design-minded pals in the Interior Decor & More Friendship Club on Facebook swear by the El Segundo location's stellar inventory (Yelpers seem to agree, too).
HomeGoods, 750 South Sepulveda Blvd., El Segundo, 90245; (310) 607-9646; more LA locations here


It may seem like a no-brainer, but it's worth a reminder: If you don't have the time or patience to go on a scavenger hunt for shoe cabinets and dainty knick-knack catch-alls, IKEA's largest U.S. outpost in Burbank is your best bet for items that blend seamlessly and stylishly with one another. In addition to their bestselling Malm beds and Lack side tables, the collab-happy Scandinavian home furnishings mecca houses no shortage of woven baskets, stationery boxes, and magazine racks — the list goes on. Bonus: You can fill up on those Swedish meatballs (which are also available in vegetarian options!) if you're wiped out after your shopping spree. You're on your own with those wonky illustrated assembly instructions, though.
IKEA, 600 South Ikea Way, Burbank, 91502; (888) 888-4532

Melrose Trading Post

We know, the Melrose Trading Post isn't exactly a store in a traditional sense — but whether you're looking for vintage suitcases or those African-made Bolga baskets spotted on every bohemian-cool fashion blogger, you can find them and much more at Fairfax High's weekly flea market, which takes place every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition to featuring vendors hawking globally-sourced home goods, vintage-happy retail therapy spot also offers plenty of unique containers and more organizational items that are perfect for storing away your tchotchkes.
Melrose Trading Post, Fairfax High School, 7850 Melrose Ave., LA, 90046


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Clearly the Japanese are gurus in the tidiness and organization departments (see: Daiso above and Muji below), so here's yet another store chain to help you clean, Mari Kondo-style. Enter Miniso, a fast-expanding Japan-born chain that now has locations in Sherman Oaks, Culver City, Alhambra, Temple City, Torrance, Cerritos, and beyond. In addition to stocking organization goods for every room in the house, the retailer offers affordable fashion accessories (we once spotted Chloé-inspired purses), skincare, tech goods, kitchenware, toys, and more. Miniso's own store listings page isn't very robust yet (it only shows three stores in the U.S.), so we suggest finding your nearest location on Yelp.
Miniso, 14006 Riverside Dr., Sherman Oaks, 91423; (818) 783-0550


muji santa monica store
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Often referred to as the Japanese answer to IKEA, Muji offers home furnishings and life essentials inspired by "emptiness" and "simplicity", not minimalism — so keep that in mind when you're stocking up on the retailer's popular acrylic drawers and jewelry cases, stacking wood shelves, rattan boxes, and laundry room accessories, to name just a few at the brand's newest (and largest) LA outpost in Santa Monica. We're major fans of Muji's cleaning system, which helps cut down on waste by featuring brushes, washable microfiber mop heads, and dusters that can be attached to a universal pole. (Say goodbye to that Swiffer.)
Muji at Third Street Promenade, 1345 3rd St., Santa Monica, 90401; (310) 907-9889; other LA locations here


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Like A+R, Poketo also relocated its flagship to stylish center ROW DTLA — and we're definitely not mad about it, because its bigger shop (dubbed Poketo Project Space) offers even more stationery (including its own stylish collection), colorful vases, chic metal trays, ceramic containers, and other organization-friendly goods alongside home decor, art, furnishings, clothing, jewelry, and more. The space also houses a pop-up shop where like-minded brands regularly hold court.
Poketo at Row DTLA, 777 Alameda St., Suite 174, LA, 90021; (213) 372-5686

This story was originally published June 6, 2018. 

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