I just couldn't resist joining in on Organizing Junkie's Basket Carnival. I love baskets. I can't stand clutter and I find that baskets are VERY useful in helping to maintain a clutter free home. Baskets create order, they define a space, and they make what would otherwise be a pile look clean and defined. They also create boundaries and limits. My husband jokes that as long as something is in a basket, I'm happy. I may be anal, but I can find almost anything really quickly in my home. Not only that, I can tell someone else where something is with ease. When everything has a designated space, it makes life much simpler.
I have lots of baskets in my house, they are all over. Not only do I love baskets, I also love to label them with my trusty label maker. Here are just a few examples of how I use baskets in my home.
Part of my pantry
A pretty basket to hold dog toys in the family room. Cookie knows that all of her toys are in here. She is so good about only playing with these things and leaving Ethan's toys alone. What's funny is that once in a while she'll even put a toy back into her basket.
This is Ethan's dresser. I even have baskets labeled in there (it helps when Matt or someone else needs to dress Ethan)
Baskets to hold books in Ethan's room, and a basket to hold toys on the ground.
My makeup drawer
A cabinet in one of the bathrooms (I guess these aren't technically baskets, but rather clear bins).Another bathroom cabinet
There you have it, some of the ways I use baskets! This is just the tip of the iceberg, I have many more of them, but I figure you get the picture :)
If you're a basket affectionado, check out Organizing Junkie's basket carnival for more examples and ideas.