How to Organize With Baskets
If you are looking for an easy way to organize with baskets this list is just what you need. We will talk about each main room in your home and how baskets can help keep things put away.
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Since I caught the organizing bug after finally getting my entire home free of clutter, I might have to say my favorite things to do is look at new and different organizers on the market. I love to see the different options out there hoping I might find something new to use in my own home.
The funny thing is what usually catches my eye is a basket. Not the stand of drawers in coral green but the shelf that is full of simple baskets. And the fact that you can now find baskets in just about every shape and size makes it clear that I am not the only one that loves to use them in my home.
Baskets are my dream organizers. Not only will they work in just about every room they are quite possibly the best solution for just about any items you are looking to corral. Remember to always keep in mind your organizing mentality when you are setting up a new space. If you are like me and need systems that have the least amount of steps possible, then baskets are probably going to be your dream organizers too.
Before we dive in let’s go over just a few things to remember when working with baskets as organizers.
How to Choose the Best Baskets for Organizing Your Home
- Be sure the basket is durable when needed. What I mean by this is that you want to have a basket that will hold up well with what you are storing inside. Durable plastic in the kitchen pantry, for example, will be the best option for corraling those heavy canned goods.
- Be sure the basket will not damage your shelf. I love a good wicker basket like the next girl but did you know the bottom of those baskets can really scratch up a shelf? For a quick fix, simply add a few felt squares on the bottom to prevent this from happening.
- Be sure the basket fits the job. If you really want a space to be organized then you need to choose items that “fit” in the space. Baskets that are much larger than the job calls for will only keep your space looking cluttered or out of whack.
- Be sure the baskets are labeled clearly. Let’s face it if our family won’t use the baskets there is no reason to even set them up. What you need are clear labels on each so everyone knows just what goes inside. This really is the key to an organized space in your home staying that way. Make it easy so everyone in your home will use it.
How to Organize With Baskets
One of my favorite tools in our home is baskets. Not only are they super affordable but they work really well to keep things corralled together.
In the Office
We are going to start off in the office because I believe paper is a universal headache. No matter where you live or what stage of life you are in, paper is most likely something you need to deal with every single day.
Use baskets to hold your mail as soon as it comes in and keep it front and center. This is important especially if you are still getting statements and other financials mailed to your home.
A simple woven basket will work great here, try to shoot for a size of 15 x 13 so it will hold papers and magazines easily. You can take your paper organizing one step further and set up baskets for each member of your family.
This really helps to sort out the papers being sure that they are getting to the person they need. Since my kids are older and living on their own now, you would think that papers for them are few and far between.
Actually they aren’t. I still get quite a few items for each of them and by having a basket set up and ready for me to toss their mail into really does keep the papers under control.
You can even use baskets to keep your finances in check. A small woven basket from a set is perfect for holding your receipts for the month until you have a chance to file them away.
Great Basket for Your Office:
- Woven basket – great for receipts, incoming mail, high action items.
- Low plastic basket – great for incoming mail, kids homework, high action items.
- Deep plastic basket – great for things that need to be filed, magazines, work projects.
In the Pantry
Quite possibly the very best place to use baskets to organize may just be in the pantry. This is probably especially true if you have a pantry that has wire shelving. I am not sure what we were thinking when we installed wired shelves in our own pantry but luckily baskets saved us there.
I like to baskets to hold themed food items so I can get in, find what I need quickly and get right back out again. This is great on those nights I am looking for something else to make other than what is on our weekly menu for the night.
Be sure to select durable baskets like these aiming for a size of 11 x 15. The ones in the picture above do well to withstand the weight of canned foods and condiments. You will also want baskets with handles that you can use to slide in and out. If you have a wire shelved pantry as I do, then sheets of plexiglass will make the sliding part a bit easier to do.
Great Basket for Your Office:
- Plastic jute baskets – great to hold cans, pouches, and boxes of food.
- Square or rectangular whicker baskets – great for oils, spices, and produce
- White plastic baskets – great for any foods, jars, pouches, and cans.
D/M PRO TIP: If you have young children or grandchildren set up a cereal basket just for them. Include small snack boxes of their favorite cereals, a few plastic bowls, and spoons. Teach them a bit of independence better helping them to do more on their own.
More Pantry Resources:
- How to Organize a Walk-in Pantry
- How to Find More Space in Your Small Pantry
- Genius Ways to Organize Your Pantry
In the Kitchen
One of the hotspots in any home might be the kitchen counters. There is something about all that wide open space that calls to my clutter-bug soul just begging for me to put things on it. I have found that a few baskets really help to corral items on my counters keeping the overall look of my kitchen neat and organized.
Baskets are also great to use in drawers to really keep things where they belong. You can go crazy here with a drawer full of baskets or just add one or two to keep things sorted just a bit. With so many sized baskets on the market right now, you really can go all out here.
Baskets are really helpful in a baking drawer where you can use them to keep measuring spoons separate from measuring cups. A great way to keep any baking projects from getting frustrating because you are looking for things.
Great Baskets for the Kitchen:
- Wire Mesh basket – great for measuring spoons, cups, and kitchen tools.
- Plastic drawer baskets – great for pens, scissors, and gadgets.
- Counter basket – great for random papers, recipes, or medicines.
In The Refrigerator
I just started using baskets in our fridge and this was a game-changer for our family. The baskets helped us to keep our food organized so we were sure to use it up before it went bad.
Set up a basket for foods you have multiples of like cheese or yogurts. Label things clearly so your family knows exactly what is inside.
Set up a basket for leftovers and date each container inside. This will help you to know what you have to eat and the date it was made so you are sure to eat it while it’s still fresh.
D/M PRO TIP: If you have young children or grandchildren that simply must eat all the time, set up a basket on a lower shelf just for them. Fill with snacks they love and keep just the day’s amount inside. This way they know what they can eat that day without eating more that is good for them. Label the basket with their name or their picture if the child is very young.
Great Baskets for the Fridge:
- White plastic baskets – great for produce.
- Clear baskets – great for snacks or dairy.
- Tall baskets – great for condiments or drinks.
In the Family Room
I love using baskets to encourage my family to keep rooms neat. I have found that the easier I set up things in a room the more likely they are to put things away.
A large basket to hold throw blankets and pillows or a basket for kid’s toys are a few great ideas for this room. If you don’t want to invest in a large basket right now you can always use a laundry basket in its place. Big is your goal here and you want something that is big enough to hold bulky items like pillows and blankets.
You can also use a small basket on a coffee table to hold remotes for the TV or other electronics. Never go searching for your TV remote again!
Your goal of this room is to corral common things so the space is neater. Take a look around at what is always in your family room and find ways to make it easier to keep things out of the way.
Great Baskets for the Family Room:
- Large woven basket – great for pillows, blankets, or stuffed animals.
- Sturdy shallow basket – great for pet toys.
- Table top basket – great for remotes.
In The Linen Closet
Another hot spot for clutter is the linen closet. Even with the shelving things can still get messed up if someone is looking for a sheet or towel. By using baskets you can keep things on the shelf where they need to be.
D/M PRO TIP: Don’t worry too much about the state of what is inside the basket. This is usually what happens when you have an area that your family is in daily. Allow them to keep the baskets a bit shuffled as long as they get the item in the basket itself. I have learned that I need to pick my battles if I want my house to stay somewhat organized. As long as they put the items back in the baskets where they belong I feel as if we have had a victory!
A few ideas for baskets in this area are:
- Cleaning supplies
- Wash Cloths
- Bath Toys
- Bath Supplies
Be sure to label the baskets so everyone knows just exactly what belongs where.
Great Baskets for the Linen Closet:
- Plastic tub style basket – great for cleaning supplies.
- Deep basket – great for sheets.
- Shallow basket – great for washcloths.
In The Toy Room or Play Room
There really may be no permanent solution to keeping a child’s playroom organized. No matter how many times I tried I just couldn’t find a system that was foolproof for my gang of boys.
What I had to do was pick and choose the items that I would insist would be kept in bins. This included books, expensive Lego sets, and games. I like to have specific baskets for each that are clearly labeled.
The rest was just tossed willy-nilly in large bins to at least keep the floors somewhat clear for walking. This compromise worked quite well in our family. The room was somewhat organized yet not so stifling that my boys could not let loose and play.
Great Baskets for the Play Room:
- Wood basket – great for books.
- Divider basket – great for art supplies.
- Deep basket – great for blankets, pillows, or stuffed animals.
In the Entryway or Mudroom
Having an organized area for the family when they enter or leave the home is really a great idea in any home. By setting up baskets for shoes, hooks for coats and bags, even baskets for outside gear you can really keep a messy mudroom neat and tidy.
Remember the easier you make things the more likely your family is to use it. If you have the room for a sturdy basket for each family member this is a great way to keep things from getting lost in the shuffle.
A large basket can hold 4-5 pairs of shoes keeping them out of the walkway. This one tip alone is a game-changer in a mudroom.
All in One Organizers for the Mudroom
- 2 Piece Set – Good for empty nesters.
- 24 Shoe Cubby Wall System – Good for a larger family.
- 4 in 1 Entryway Bench with Coat Rack – Goo for a large room.
In The Closet
A great place to really keep things organized with baskets is in the closet. You can use them to hold small items like socks or scarves or you can use them to keep t-shirt collections under control. Baskets can really create an organized space quite easily and still be a system you can easily use and keep up with.
READ: HOW TO ORGANIZE YOUR CLOSET
This can work for any age as well. If using baskets in a young child’s closet that cannot read yet, picture labels will better help them to know what goes where.
Basket for Your Closet:
- 6-Shelf Hanging Closet Organizer – We have a few of these and they work great especially if you have a small closet and need more storage.
- Trapezoid Storage Bins – Open look that will work great on a closet shelf.
- Storage Bins with Clear Window – Helps you to see what’s inside without labels.
- 3 Tier Foldable Closet Organizer – A metal option if you are looking for one.
- Plastic Storage Basket Bins with Lids – Good for accessories, shoes, and out of season items.
- 3-Shelf Hanging Closet Shelves – You get 2!
In The Laundry Room
I think when people talk about baskets for organizing the very first place they think is in the laundry room. If you sort clothes before you wash then this is a great tip for you. Label laundry baskets for fast and easy sorting and store in your laundry room. The baskets can then double for folded clothes as you return them to the rooms where they belong.
You can also use wash tub style baskets to organize laundry supplies such as fabric sheets, deterrent measuring cups, and wool dryer balls or sheets.
Another tip is to have a bin just for random items you find in pockets as you are washing clothes. We call these “pocket treasures” and it allows me to send my family there if they find they are missing something.
In The Garage
One of the most overlooked areas in our homes might just be the garage. A dump all for most families it can be easy to ignore this space until you are in it.
Use large plastic baskets to keep things in easy to find categories such as car care, or electronics.
This will allow you to not only find what you need quickly but to keep this home maintenance area a valuable tool for your home.
Great Baskets for the Garage:
- Sturdy plastic basket – great for paints, car supplies, and cleaners.
- Woven baskets – great for rags, misc items.
- Deep baskets – great for toys.
Extra Basket Ideas
As you might have noticed there are dozens and dozens of ways to organize with baskets, here are a few bonus areas that you can really go crazy with!
Pet Toys – I just love using a basket to keep all of our pet’s toys in one place. By using a low sided pet toy basket our pup can easily get the toys he wants to play with all on his own. This still doesn’t stop him from getting all his toys out at once, but it does make it easier for me to pick them up at the end of the day.
Just be sure to choose a basket that has durable sides. As your pup reaching in and out for his things he will do some wear and tear to the sides of the basket. By choosing a sturdier option your basket will hold up much longer.
Vertical Organizing – Use baskets to give you a little extra room in a small space. Wall hanging baskets are a great way to store items in a bathroom or even a kitchen. Us them to hold towels, magazines, cutting boards, mail, even lids for your pots and pans.
By using your walls for extra storage you will free up more counter and cabinet space. Something that can be hard to come by in a small kitchen.
READ: HOW TO CREATE SPACE IN A SMALL KITCHEN
Books – If you love books like I do then this might be one tip you are going to love. Sturdy wire baskets can work great to hold book collections that you love. By having them out where you can enjoy them you can double up books as a work of art and really add something you love to liven up an otherwise dull room.
You can also use wooden crates hung on your wall and create a makeshift book shelf that looks great in any room.
Toilets – If you have a small bathroom then storing extra bath supplies might not be an option, if that’s true for you, take advantage of the space you have by using a toilet bowl basket.
I like the size 16x8x6 as it fits well on most toilet bowl backs. You can use this basket to hold tissues, extra paper, and sprays.
Towels – Another great tip for a small bathroom. Store a few extra hand towels in a hanging wall basket. You can hang a sturdy whicker basket sideways, roll towels and stack them inside.
Organizing with baskets is a great way to keep a home neat and clutter-free. By using simple organizers you will not only make it easy to keep up with but easy for your family to keep up with as well.
Do you have tips on How to Organize with Baskets? Please leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you!
I love the basket article and really like your simplicity for things. Thanks for the tips.
Also has anyone said you look like Bette Midler? I think you do..lol
haha, no! I have never had anyone tell me that before, but thank you because I LOVE her!