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
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.
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
Marian Parsons, Mustard Seed Interiors
Who knew toilet paper could serve as wall decor? Find out how to copy this genius storage idea here.
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.
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
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.
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.
Chances are, you can find a wire basket much cheaper than an actual firewood holder. Bonus points if your firewood is this tidy.
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.
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
Kitchen cabinet shortage? Adorable wire baskets to the rescue.
Root Vegetable Storage
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.
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
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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
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
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.
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.
A basket keeps diapers within reach without creating an eyesore.
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.
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
Streamline your laundry system with baskets where the kids can pick up clean linens or clothes.
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.
Rustic White Photography
A mudroom loses its functionality when not properly organized. And, ICYMI, you should organize with baskets.
Kitchen Trash Cans
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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.
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.
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.
Hide Trash Cans in a Planter
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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 >>
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 >>