If you were to come over to my house (please excuse the mess), you would probably notice I have baskets everywhere. From the living room to the kitchen, they are all over the place. But I use them for more than decoration; they actually make great storage. Here is a room by room overview of how you, too, can use baskets as decorative storage in your own home.
Try using small baskets to store the remote controls, and larger ones to store your magazines and newspapers. I have a large basket that sits on the floor and makes excellent storage for throw blankets. A picnic basket makes a great place to store dog toys, I have found.
Use baskets as storage for your cooking utensils, such as spatulas and wooden spoons. I use a small, decorative basket next to my coffee pot as a place to store coffee flavorings and stir sticks.
A short, wide basket makes a great place to store napkins and place mats. If you are short on cabinet storage space, try using baskets to keep your silverware and even dishes. A grouping of baskets stored with these items looks as beautiful as it is practical when used as a centerpiece for your dining room table.
Using baskets to store your nightstand items makes for an organized, relaxed look. I keep my dainties in a soft, lined basket and find that this works better than shoving them in a drawer. You can also try storing bed linens and throws in a large basket, making them ready to grab when you need them. A large, woven laundry basket is traditional, and always makes a great place to keep your dirty clothes until wash day.
Baskets make perfect storage areas for small personal care items. This way, they are corralled into one area, and won’t take over your space. You can keep towels and wash cloths in baskets, too, and even bath tissue looks great when stored in a decorative basket.
I have learned that baskets are great for keeping your home organized. Sometimes I carry one around the house and use it to fill items that don’t belong where they were found, and put them away later. If you don’t own any baskets, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding them at most stores. One thing I’ve learned is that after Easter, many stores put their baskets on clearance, and you can pick them up for little to nothing. Thrift shops have inexpensively priced baskets all year round. Have fun using your baskets as decorative storage!