Storables Is Living So Simply!
Last week I had the great pleasure of visiting a land called Storables. For those of you who haven’t been initiated, Storables is an organization store a la The Container Store, in other words, mecca. With five stores in three states (Washington, Oregon, and California), the company is decidedly smaller than its more-widely known competitor.
Yours truly was given a private tour of the store by the lovely manager Brenda; they closed it all down, locked the doors, and let me go crazy. By which of course I mean the tour was conducted during normal store hours where the doors were most certainly unlocked and loads of other customers were perusing.
Regardless. Upon first shaking hands and offering open statements, Brenda suggested that her company trounces others in the area of customer service. Customer service? We’ll see about that.
So Brenda patiently strolled me through this aisle after the next, explaining her favorite products and being polite enough to ignore the fact that I was drooling on them.
Let’s pause here. Because the truth is that- if your house is filled with unnecessary shit, you have no business being in Storables or any relative establishments. Storables et al is for good little boys and girls who have done the required de-cluttering, have accessed and measured their spaces, and have then and only then gone out to purchase organizing accoutrements.
That being said, Storables has every thing you could ever want or need to keep your stuff organized: desk organizers? They got ’em. Kitchen solutions? Naturally. Bathroom, classroom, garage, you betcha! Oh, did I mention the custom closets?
Back to that purported “excellent customer service.” Brenda, my sherpa, was quite lovely; extremely knowledgeable, friendly. Then she called Markus over- Markus whose brilliant idea it was to use those space bags to create guest packs: fill the bag with sheets, a pillow, towels, and you and guest are good to go- Markus, too, was a very helpful sales associate.
Alright, homeboy’s playing by the rules in front of the manager. Let’s see how people act when the teacher’s back is turned. I wandered off on my own– just making five or so laps of the whole store in order to absorb the glory, you know- and during the journey, I was approached by several other helpful employees. Some smiled, some offered product recommendations. They were consistently visible in their cute little navy apron-thingy’s, yet never crossed the line into hovering. Ya know what? This store’s got great customer service!
To make a sweet time even sweeter, the Storables crew sent me out the door with a few pieces from their Bigso Collection. These are great because they can be used for so many different purposes– another thing I happened to love about Brenda & co. was the insistence on “de-labeling” everything so as not to constrict the possibility for use.
I got busy with the media box, trying out every sort of thing I owned in these guys. First some wrapping odds and ends:
Next, de-lidded, and used for clutch storage:
And finally, a box full of scarves:
The magazine file was put to good use as well; the folders and notebook I use for the LS method to organizing magazine clippings are a bit less than presentable.
Being that I’m totally neurotic, I was thrilled at the opportunity to turn the box round and hide that ugliness away. Et voila!
All in all, my Storables experience was grand and glorious. Consider the LS Seal of Approval officially applied!
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