18 Ways to Organize Your Home With Baskets

Discover the brilliance of baskets.

Most peoples’ organizing strategy goes like this: 1. Discover things that need to be organized. 2. Buy containers to organize said things. My strategy, on the other hand, goes more like this: 1. Buy every cute basket I come across. 2. Find things to put in said baskets. But — I must say — of all my decor obsessions, baskets are by far the most practical. They’re generally inexpensive and fantastic for organizing every last room in your home. If you tire of your living room basket, you can switch it with your bathroom basket for a breath of fresh air. Ingenuity at its finest, folks. Read on to see how to use them in every room.

IN THE BATHROOM

Handy Towels

Blue and White Bathroom With Basket

Blue and White Bathroom With Basket

A basket is a smart place to stash extra towels in a bathroom with not a lot of storage. White tiles on the wall and floor visually brighten and lighten the space.

Photo by: Jared Kuzia Photography

Jared Kuzia Photography

Especially if your bathroom lacks cabinet space, finding a spot to store clean towels is a must. Enter, the basket. Roll your towels for a casual feel (and to help them fit in a round basket).

Toilet Paper Storage

Locker Basket Wall Storage

Locker Basket Wall Storage

Storage is always an issue in small bathrooms. This quick and easy storage idea will solve that problem in no time flat!

Photo by: Marian Parsons, Mustard Seed Interiors

Marian Parsons, Mustard Seed Interiors

Who knew toilet paper could serve as wall decor? Find out how to copy this genius storage idea here.

Under-Counter Organization

Contemporary Bathroom With Floating White Marble Vanity and Black Hexagonal Tile Floor

Contemporary Bathroom With Floating White Marble Vanity and Black Hexagonal Tile Floor

The floating white marble vanity includes two sinks and attached drawers underneath for built in storage space. Black hexagon tiles create a sharp contrast to the white surroundings. Wicker baskets add a nice texture and provide extra organized storage.

Photo by: Breeze Giannasio

Breeze Giannasio

Have space under your bathroom counter or cabinet? Find baskets that fit neatly into the unused nook. Store anything from extra soap to extra linens to keep your bathroom organized.

IN THE LIVING ROOM

Blanket + Pillow Storage

Basket With White Throw and Pillow

Basket With White Throw and Pillow

Corral clutter (or extra pillows) with rustic charm in a woven basket.

Photo by: John Woodcock Photography

John Woodcock Photography

During the cooler months, extra blankets and pillows are crucial for cozy nights snuggled up by the fire. Instead of overloading your sofa, buy a large basket to store them. 

Book Nook

Metallic Basket

Metallic Basket

Baskets of any kind are a great way to corral clutter, but a stylish metal basket offers a little more interest and keep items visible.

Photo by: Red Arrow Industries

Red Arrow Industries

If the only place a built-in bookcase exists is in your daydreams, opt for a wire basket filled with your very favorite reads, instead. 

Firewood Storage

Wire Basket With Fireplace Logs

Wire Basket With Fireplace Logs

A simple black wire baskets holds fireplace logs in the living room.

From: Fixer Upper

Photo by: Jennifer Boomer/Getty Images

Jennifer Boomer/Getty Images

Chances are, you can find a wire basket much cheaper than an actual firewood holder. Bonus points if your firewood is this tidy.

Kids' Corner

Living Room With Stylish Storage Baskets

Living Room With Stylish Storage Baskets

Beautiful baskets in bright prints or unique textures do a great job corralling toys and extra blankets, but they’re also a great way to add decor to a small space without cluttering up a room.

©Jodi McKee

Jodi McKee

The living room is a central gathering spot, so whether you intend for them to or not, your kids' things will probably find their way into your living space. Instead of incessantly moving every item to its proper room, designate a pretty living room basket for their favorite toys and books.

Shelfie-Worthy Organization

Basket Storage in Mod Living Room

Basket Storage in Mod Living Room

Nine woven baskets line the built-in living room shelves to store blankets and other accessories and keep the space organized and clutter-free.

Photo by: Regan Baker Design Inc.

Regan Baker Design Inc.

If your stuff-to-storage ratio is a bit off, consider lining living room shelves with matching baskets. Give each basket a specific purpose to help stay organized.

IN THE KITCHEN

Small-Space Solution

Copper Basket

Copper Basket

A simple, inexpensive copper basket used to store glasses is surprisingly fresh and stylish when combined with other copper accents.

Photo by: Red Arrow Industries

Red Arrow Industries

Kitchen cabinet shortage? Adorable wire baskets to the rescue.

Root Vegetable Storage

Stacking Wire Baskets in Pantry

Stacking Wire Baskets in Pantry

The humble wire basket gets a modern upgrade with these Bronze York Open Stack Baskets from The Container Store. Storing onions, potatoes, squash and more, these bulk bins also stack so you can maximize space inside the pantry.

Photo by: The Container Store

The Container Store

Store potatoes and onions in wire baskets in your pantry or in a cabinet to maximize their freshness. The open basket will keep the root vegetables dry, and a cabinet or a pantry provides a cool, dark environment.

Pantry Organization

Labeled Baskets in Pantry

Labeled Baskets in Pantry

Gathering like items guarantees you’ll be able to find what you need, advise the organizing pros behind Neat Method. Start with basic groups like baking, breakfast, grains and snacks.

Photo by: Michelle Drewes, MichelleDrewes.com

Michelle Drewes, MichelleDrewes.com

Speaking of the pantry, try organizing it with baskets. By separating your dry goods into groups, you’ll be able to keep tabs on your supply and locate items faster.

Ready-to-Roll Craft Supplies

Accessible Storage

Accessible Storage

Wire baskets and glass canisters keep craft supplies and dry goods within easy reach.

Photo by: Robert Peterson/Rustic White Photography ©2016, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Robert Peterson/Rustic White Photography, 2016, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

If you don’t have a designated craft room, you likely keep craft supplies in your kitchen. Organize those supplies in baskets so they’re easy to find and carry to a workstation when you’re ready to craft.

IN THE KIDS' ROOM

Sports Gear Organization

Rustic Wire Basket With Baseballs

Rustic Wire Basket With Baseballs

Wire baskets, like this one in the HGTV Smart Home 2014 kids' bedroom, are a terrific way to organize shelves, providing rustic storage for displaying baseballs and sports equipment.

Photo by: Eric Perry ©2014, Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Eric Perry, 2014, Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Buy several baskets to store and organize your little one’s sports gear. That way, they can easily find and put away their own equipment.

Stuffed Animal Digs

Pink Contemporary Girl's Room With Wire Baskets

Pink Contemporary Girl's Room With Wire Baskets

The brass curtain rod and wicker hanging chair bring out the warm tones in this bedroom's pink palette. Pretty wire baskets neatly corral stuffed friends.

Photo by: Tessa Neustadt

Tessa Neustadt

All those fluffy stuffed animals need a home, too. Opt for a wire basket (or two) that corrals them while still showing their sweet faces.

Diaper Storage

Wire Basket Diaper Holder in Nursery

Wire Basket Diaper Holder in Nursery

A teddy bear sits in a wire basket turned diaper holder in the newly renovated nursery in the Barrett home.

From: Fixer Upper

A basket keeps diapers within reach without creating an eyesore. 

Laundry Lockdown

Contemporary Nursery With Striped Throw

Contemporary Nursery With Striped Throw

Baby's room is filled with simple, beautiful pieces like the carved wood crib, toe-tickling shag rug and for storage, a large basket with handles and a lid. Pastel shapes make a pretty gallery wall.

Photo by: Amy Bartlam

Amy Bartlam

Who said the baby doesn’t need a laundry hamper? Keep those dirty onesies in one spot with a pretty basket.

IN THE UTILITY ROOM

Laundry System

Metal Laundry Basket

Metal Laundry Basket

A metal basket holds clean towels in the laundry room, as seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper. (detail)

From: Fixer Upper

Photo by: Sarah Wilson / Getty Images

Sarah Wilson / Getty Images

Streamline your laundry system with baskets where the kids can pick up clean linens or clothes.

Mudroom Organization

Mudroom With Gray Shelving

Mudroom With Gray Shelving

To transform a blank wall next to the family entrance of this Southern traditional house in Atlanta, designers created a sleek, sophisticated spot to keep everyday items neatly contained. The bench also offers up a comfy spot to sit, put on or take off shoes.

Photo by: Rustic White Photography

Rustic White Photography

A mudroom loses its functionality when not properly organized. And, ICYMI, you should organize with baskets.

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TV Cords + Speakers

Keep TV cords and speakers out of sight with a do-it-yourself pallet accent wall and a beautiful storage bench underneath. Get the step-by-step instructions here >>

DIY Cable Box Cover

Blend that chunky cable box in with your living room decor by covering it with a sheet of decorative aluminum and stacking it between your favorite books. This is also a great way to hide unsightly TV cords!  Get the step-by-step instructions here >>

Chic Magazine Storage

Magazines piling up? Keep them decoratively organized by rolling them up, then storing in a vintage, weathered soda crate.

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

DIY Birch Wood Fireplace Cover

Get creative with an unused fireplace by dressing it up with this DIY birch wood cover. Another great project? Make this framed art television cover to conceal the TV in a fashionable way when it's not in use.

Photo By: Lia Griffith

Electronics Drawer Organization

Escape the cord clutter that comes with charging multiple electronics at once. Free up counter space with a charging station inside an unused drawer like this one from Design Chic. Learn how to make your own >>

Hide Electrical Outlets With Low-Hanging Artwork

Unecessary outlets cramping your style? Insert child-proof safety plugs, then hang a piece of art.

Photo By: Kim Cornelison (styled by Heather Chontos)

Book Covers

Not every book is worthy of display on your smartly styled bookshelf. Wrap those not-so-cute (or guilty pleasure) hardcovers in vibrant papers for a bit of colorful eye candy.

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Kitchen Trash Cans

Tuck away trash cans in a secret place, such as the kitchen island. DIY blogger Corey turned an old cabinet into this amazing, one-of-a-kind island. See the incredible transformation here >>

Photo By: Sawdust 2 Stitches

Built-In Dog Bowls

Free up floor space with built-in dog bowls on one end of the kitchen island. Bonus? Kibble crumbs and water dribbles are kept to a minimum.

Photo By: A Bonisolli Photography

Improved Fridge

Peel-and-stick wallpaper instantly updates an old refrigerator. Plus, it can be easily removed if you're renting. Don't fret about grime and spills — wipe it clean with ease.

Photo By: Courtesy of the blogger

Upgrade Appliances on a Budget

Blogger Julie Blanner turned her basic black dishwasher into a stunning stainless steel look-alike with a smart, money-saving stainless steel decal. See more of this kitchen makeover on Julie's blog >>

Photo By: Julie Blanner

Cover Shelves With Fabric

Give old shelves an update with colorful fabric. This is a great solution for renters! Get more stylish rental kitchen update ideas >>

Photo By: Bethany Nauert

Clear Up Pantry Clutter

Give dollar store bins a more expensive metal look with metallic spray paint for plastic. Once the bins are dry, add labels for a perfectly organized pantry.

Photo By: Melissa George, Polished Habitat

Say Goodbye to Packaging

Is your open pantry an eyesore? Tidy it up by emptying packaged foods into chic, clear storage containers like the pros at The Neat Method did here.

Photo By: Michelle Drewes, MichelleDrewes.com

Cover Stairs in Fabric

Designer Marian Parsons gave her plain wooden stairs a facelift by covering them in inexpensive, store-bought table runners. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Photo By: Marian Parsons

DIY Radiator Cover With Shelving

Designer Marian Parsons added stylish extra storage in her half bath by building a thin shelf around an unsightly radiator. See more of this gorgeous small bathroom >>

Bathroom Baskets

A large woven storage basket provides a stylish spot to discard wet towels and dirty laundry in the bathroom. Keep similar baskets around your home for a quick place to stash toys and other unsightly items before company arrives.

Cover Up Popcorn Ceilings

Forget scraping! Easily cover up those ugly popcorn ceilings with a DIY planked wood ceiling. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Photo By: Marian Parsons

Stash Your Pillows

The age-old adage, "Where do I put my throw pillows at night?" is now solved. Pretty woven baskets placed at the end of the bed add style and a quick place to stash pillows, blankets and more.

Photo By: Alexandra Rowley

Hidden Charging Station

Cords cluttering your bedside table? Transform an old book into a chic DIY phone charging station. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Cluttered Closet Fix

Turn a cluttered closet into a focal point by removing the doors and hanging flowy, floor-to-ceiling curtains over the opening.

Secret Compartment

Try this smart storage solution for a small kid's room by stowing away toys and clutter underneath the bed.

Store Shoes in Style

Clean up your closet – and keep your fancy footwear pristine – with this shoe storage hack. Plain shoeboxes can be found at your local craft store for a few dollars each. Label the front of each box with a snapshot of the enclosed pair, storing special-occasion shoes on the top shelf.

Out-of-Sight Bins

Sorting bins for lights, darks and towels don't have to be front and center. When Erin Rollins of the blog Sunny Side Up was redoing her laundry room, she created clever drawers that disguise plastic baskets. 

Photo By: Sunny Side Up

Laundry Closet Upgrade

Add style to basic bifold doors by covering them in batting, then upholstering with stylish fabric. Give the doors a streamlined look with a classic, bronze nail-head trim. See this full laundry closet makeover >>

Utility Box

Use a large decorative piece to hide the utility box or any wall dings that you don't want to show.

Photo By: Sarah Wilson / Getty Images

Incognito Thermostat

Thermostat cramping your style? Cover it up with a trendy woven wall hanging.

Photo By: Laure Joliet

Air Vent

Cover up the air vent by placing a chair in front and adding a pair of stylish shoes and a house plant for a decorative touch. Allow air to flow freely without completely blocking the vent.

Photo By: Bethany Nauert

DIY Fauxdenza

Build a fauxdenza for the home office to hide the hefty printer, miscellaneous chargers and immense amount of paperwork. Get the step-by-step instructions here >>

No Room for an Office?

To create a home office in her tiny home, Killy Scheer of Frisson Design hung a curtain from the main room's ceiling. When the curtain is open, the office is spacious enough for both work-at-home spouses. When it's closed, Scheer and her husband can forget work and enjoy their living room.

Internet Router

Place that bulky router behind old books in a vintage crate. Use an antique suitcase to add height. Get the step-by-step instructions here >>

Photo By: Me & Mr. Jones

Dirty Fence

No money to replace your aging fence? Give it a facelift by painting a pretty mural on it.

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Hide Trash Cans in a Planter

When storing garbage and recycling bins inside the garage isn’t an option, make lemonade out of lemons and transform their hiding place into a chic raised flower bed.  See more ways to hide outdoor eyesores >>

Photo By: Rowlinson Garden Products

Shoe Storage

Welcome guests to a neat and organized entryway with a place to store dirty shoes and on-the-go items in industrial metal baskets. It doubles as a bench, too. Get the step-by-step instructions here >>

Photo By: Sam Henderson

Kitty Litter Box

Conceal the smelly litter box in a clever way by turning an old cabinet into a place for your cat. Simply close the curtains when guests are about to arrive. See how this cabinet was flipped into a secret kitty litter station here >>

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