Baskets are a great opportunity to introduce a natural storage element into your home. Storage doesn’t need to be ugly and hidden. Baskets come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are available in nearly every home store, so you’re bound to find one that suits your budget and style. Here are some tips to include baskets in your home.
10 Ways to Use Baskets
- Entry catch-all. Set a small basket on an entry table or small shelf close to your front door to hold incoming mail, written messages and reminders, car keys, and your cell phone. This way you’re ready to get in and out of the house efficiently.
- Bathroom necessities. A basket set on a bathroom counter is a great place to store rolled up hand towels, bars of soap, or extra rolls of toilet paper. This frees up storage space under the sink.
- Toy storage. Designated playrooms are a luxury for many families. To give toys a special place in the communal parts of the home such as a living room or family room, house the toys in nice large baskets. The baskets can be placed under the coffee table, behind a sofa, or simply in plain view. Cleaning up toys becomes easy when you can bring the basket right to the toys.
- Extra comforts. There just isn’t enough space on a sofa for all the pillows I would like to use. I store additional pillows and comfy throws in a basket that I can dip into whenever I feel like lounging on the couch needs an extra cozy touch.
- Craft control. Some hobbies and crafts require many pieces and some equipment to complete a single project. I like to store current projects in a small basket to corral all of the necessary items in one place. When I need to put away my project, I can simply place the basket on a shelf, then pull it out when time allows with everything I need right at my fingertips. I also keep a basket of art supplies right on our kitchen table for my girls to use whenever they’d like.
- All together now. Some pantries can become disorganized quickly with the amount of food and supplies we store. House similar items in baskets to quickly find what you’re looking for. Most used spices, baking ingredients, snacks, and different pasta shapes are all perfect examples of sets that can benefit from basket storage.
- Breathing room. Potatoes and onions shouldn’t be stored in the plastic bags they come in. This can produce mold and encourage sprouting. Instead, I use metal bins to store them in a pantry. This allows air to circulate and keep your veggies fresh.
- Accessorize with ease. Keep your favorite and most used accessories close at hand by setting them out in a shallow basket on your dresser. A sectioned basket will help sort them and keep order to all your bling.
- Pray with me. Praying five times a day, you’re bound to have guests at some point or another at the time of prayer. Keep prayer clothes and rugs neatly contained in a basket and close by in order to quickly access anything your guest may need.
- Laundry hamper. I personally do not have the time to do laundry every day. Until laundry day rolls around, our laundry is kept out of sight in a tall, lined basket by our dresser. It keeps dirty socks off of the floor and adds a natural touch to our bedroom.
Do you use baskets in your home? What’s your favorite way to utilize them? Leave us a comment!
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