Stuff I Love: Boxes & Baskets

I have a strange love of boxes and baskets– you might say I have a slight addiction.  I get WAY too excited when Target puts out a fresh crop in the home department or marks down last season’s offerings.

Taming clutter is an ongoing struggle in my house, and I’ve found that one of the easiest things to do is put stuff in boxes.  Pretty boxes.  Well, there’s actually more to it than just tossing crap I can’t find a “home” for in a box.  I’m actually forced to sort and inventory specifically what I want to go in each box, effectively clearing out forgotten and useless items.

wooden chalkboard boxwooden chalkboard box

I found these yesterday at Target– there were two sizes, but only a few left, so there must have been quite a few other people who couldn’t pass them up!  I love that they are made of wood and sturdy, plus the chalkboard on front is both practical and fun.  The one on the left is the large size and fits perfectly on our bookshelf– before there was just a stack of old school work and it drove me crazy!  Lilu actually does look back through her papers, so I’ve been searching for an attractive way to store them within her reach.  The one on the right is smaller and keeps Annabelle’s snacks handy but out of the way.

soft woven basketsoft woven basket

These soft woven baskets are one of my favorite purchases–ever.  I originally just bought one, but loved it so much that I sent Mateo back to Target (hey I was pregnant at the time) to buy the rest.  Alas, when he returned there was only one left.  So I have two.  These baskets are large enough to store a variety of different things, but have a casual lived-in look that is totally my style.  An unanticipated plus is that Annabelle can pull the sides of her toy basket down and easily get out whatever she wants to play with– crawling baby approved!

messy bathroombox organizerbox organizerorganized bathroom

Hubby is not organized– at all.  I guess having toiletries just tossed on the counter doesn’t bother everyone.  This is our guest bathroom however, so I would prefer it to have the appearance of being neat and clean.  I found these small Rubbermaid (yes, the brand) boxes to be an easy, cheap ($6 each) solution.  They have snap-out dividers inside, which in this case was just what I needed to hold hair products, toothpaste, etc.  Hopefully hubby can handle actually putting his stuff inside the box. 🙂

kids room organizationkids room organizationkids room organization

Keeping the kids’ rooms tidy can be one of the biggest challenges of all!  I found these bins at Ikea, so they were super cheap.  There are rollers on the bottom, so they are easy to move and for kids to access.  They can even stack if space is tight.  Lilu is like me in that she craves order, but as a six year old she needs a little help to get it done.  It makes her so happy to know where her art supplies are without having to look and she is surprisingly consistent with putting things back when she is finished using them.

kitchen organizationkitchen organization

The bane of my existence is kitchen clutter.  I’ve (somewhat) accepted that there is always going to be stuff out on the counter, but I still try to keep the junk from taking over.  I found a large tray to be the “intake” box: new mail, magazines, things that still need opened or to which I need quick access go here.  I also bought a larger Rubbermaid box to corral all of the various bottles that we use on a daily basis: vitamins, ibuprofen, and the like.  A plastic basket (I believe it once contained a gift assortment) displays hand towels (one of my mom’s addictions– I get the overstock so she can justify buying new ones) so they are within arms reach while cooking.  A vintage metal Coca-Cola six-pack bottle holder is now a pen caddy.  A Le Creuset bowl in a cheerful shade of aqua keeps keys, coins, and other random small bits from being scattered across the counter.  It’s getting better, but the kitchen will always be a work in progress!

What is your favorite household storage/organization solution?


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