I have a confession, I love baskets! There, I’ve said it and I’m now off to find a support group to help me, I am a basket case!
Okay, that does sound drastic doesn’t it, but in this post I’m going to show you what I mean.
First of all I want to say why I like baskets so much. For me they help group together things which if left on their own would be all over the place and I would be forever muttering under my breath “where the (insert whatever expletive you feel necessary) is that now!” You’ll see what I mean as I go through.
Now I don’t just stick to one type of basket or make, I like to re-use ones that have been used for other things, gifted to us as part of presents and sometimes I do go out and buy ones specifically for something.
So, let’s get started with the tour of my baskets.
First stop, the bathroom. I needed something to take the tall bottles that couldn’t fit into my make up drawer (which you can see a post about here) as well as somewhere for putting my make up bags that was easily reached. This purple basket with a lid was the perfect choice for that and it sits nicely on top of the unit in the bathroom.
I got this basket in Next. They dont’t appear to do the same ones now but you can find similar ones here
I also got some for my husband for his stuff in our en-suite:
I found these in Dunelm. I can’t seem to find them online but I have seen that they are still in the shops.
Next stop is the spare room. This room is used for everything – guests when they stay over, where I get ready in the morning, blow dry my hair and where the ironing board, iron and ironing pile is kept. I wanted something here that could look nice on top of the chest of drawers and clear the clutter off the top of the unit, leaving it loooking clean and tidy when we had guests over. I found this basket at The Range, for how it looks it is really reasonable and I love these styles.
This basket only cost £2.99 and you can find it here
I also use a basket to keep straight all of my girls hair accessories, and I have already done a post about this which you can find here. Now I can’t remember where I got this basket from but it was perfect for what I needed.
Now into the lounge. This was where I used to have a lot of “where the effing hell has that gone now” moments, especially trying to locate the remote controls. After I had reached the end of my tether a number of times I came up with the idea of using a basket. Whenever we stopped using the remotes they had somewhere to go and you could find them again easily, without having to turf off the cushions from the sofa hunting for them. Again I can’t remember where I got this one from.
The dog has also got one for all his toys!
We have a log burner, which is one of the best things we have installed in our house, and yes you’ve guessed it, we use a basket to store the wood in.
We picked this one up from a place called Trago Mills. Now if you live in the Westcountry you will know what I mean when I say this place has everything!!
And finally, we move into the kitchen. This is where I use a lot! Re-used and purposefully brought ones too. The first place is in our tall larder cupboard. Like I said earlier I really like using them for grouping things together and here you can see I’ve done just that with the crisps and the girls and ours snacks.
I particularly like the Curver ones that stand on top of each other as they really make use of the tall shelf space. You can get these from The Range too, see here
I also use another small basket for grouping together the breakfast jars
I also use these smaller baskets for keeping together our drink bottles. I used to get so annoyed when I was trying to get one particular bottle out of the cupboard and all the others would fall over like a domino effect. So after many months of cursing I came up with using these baskets to help keep them upright and together, and so far it is working.
You can get these from The Range too – click here
And that’s it, for now! Do you use baskets around the home? Let me know, I would love to hear about it.
Let’s get organised.