Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Baskets for Clutter

When we moved into this house about a year ago I knew I needed to come up with a way to collect the "stuff" that accumulates around the house. This house has three levels and I wanted to find a way to A.) keep from having to run up and down the stairs 300 times a day and B.) keep things from piling  up on the stairs (or anywhere else) until it was put away.
So, I decided to use baskets. I placed a basket on each level to collect the"stuff".
I started with a basket for the basement "stuff" because that is where the girls' playroom is and so much of it seems to find its way upstairs. So now, when it does, it goes into this basket. When it is full (or we're cleaning the basement) it goes downstairs and gets put away where it belongs. The girls also know that if they can't find something that it very well may be in "the basket". 
I actually found this basket at Goodwill for a couple of dollars and added a label made of cardboard covered in chalkboard paint. Gotta love that.


 The 2nd spot I needed some help was for the stuff that belonged upstairs. So, I found these baskets at Ikea and hung them on hooks beside our front door. The one labeled "theirs" is for the girls (purposely hung low where they can reach) and the one labeled "ours" is for Ryan and me. Yes, we have "stuff" too.
This works very well because they are right in front of the stairs and can be taken off the hooks very easily and brought upstairs when needed.

The last place that needed a basket was on the top floor. As with the main floor, stuff seems to make its way upstairs that doesn't belong there. (I think if my kids could have it their way, there would be princess dresses, high heels, and  baby dolls in every room.) This basket (I think it is supposed to be a laundry basket from Homegoods) is to collect just that. And again, like the other baskets, when it is getting full or I'm just in the mood to put things away, I can take the basket (or liner) down and put everything back where it belongs--all in one trip.
Sure beats walking up and down stairs 300 times a day--I feel like I do that enough as it is. 




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11 comments:

  1. Great idea. I currently leave stuff on the stairs to go 'up' or 'down'. Now to find the perfect spot for some clutter baskets!

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    1. Thanks Heather! If you have stairs with a landing that can always be a good spot (as long as it isn't a tripping hazard. :)

      Susan

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  2. Susan I love how pretty your clutter baskets are and the cute labels you made for them! I usually just put stuff on the stairs and take it up and down when I'm going. I don't have a lot of space for baskets (and my landings are already being used for other things) but I'm going to keep my eyes open for some smaller baskets that I can put on the top/bottom steps. Hopefully that will save me some trips :) Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks Hilda! They do make baskets specifically to fit on the stairs. I haven't tried that just because with two little ones and two big dogs, I see that to be a hazard. Good luck finding what works for you!! :) Have a great weekend!

      Susan

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  3. I love having a what not basket. I keep mine hidden in a closet - but yours are so cute there is no need to hide!

    Mary

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    1. That was the idea anyway! Who knew clutter could be cute? Okay, not really but it gives me a little time between my little princesses' outfit changes. :)
      Susan

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  4. Hi there! Visiting from Saturday Show and Tell. I love the idea of hanging the clutter baskets on the wall. I always forget about vertical space. It is a constant battle with my three boys to get them to keep their toys in the play room. Maybe hanging baskets will at least save my sanity if not fix the migrating toy problem.

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    1. Thanks Stacey! I totally get what you are saying about the migrating toys. It is a constant around here and they seem to work 3 times as fast as I do. :) The baskets at least give them a place to go until we have time to put them all away.
      Thanks for stopping by!

      Susan

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  5. Love this! Thanks for sharing last week on Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes.com. You are a featured favorite this week! Thanks again for sharing your great ideas! We look forward to more great ideas!
    Mackenzie :)

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  6. Love this idea with the baskets. Cute blog, new follower!

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  7. Thanks so much for stopping by Kelly! Glad to have you as a new follower!
    Susan

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