Journal | February 5, 2018

It’s January, it’s the new year and so often that means a fresh start, resolutions, the like. I think we’ve all come to terms with New Year’s resolutions being a bit of a joke, so that’s not exactly what we’re suggesting. We’re thinking of ways to get ourselves a little more organized around the home on a daily basis.

If you finally got up the courage to take down the Christmas tree and decorations, you’re already ahead of the game. Isn’t it always shocking how different your home looks once those decorations are put away? Suddenly the living room looks so clean and fresh…even empty sometimes! We’re going for that same feeling – in a few different areas of the home that seem to just attract clutter! We found that by simply using a basket, these areas just magically felt so much tidier.

Here are some of our ideas.

Using a vase or jar to collect makeup and hair brushes

This is one of my favourite hacks! It keeps all those brushes and daily use items close at hand and prevents clutter in drawers.

Bacon Basket grey ceramic vase – $15


A “put back basket”

The idea behind this trick is to place a basket somewhere where you tend to pile up items. A good place to start is at the back door where you drop all your things when you get home. Later, you dedicate time to take the basket around your home and put items back where they belong.

Imax medium willow basket – $85


A basket on your nightstand

I found that this helped keep my bedroom looking so much tidier! Added bonus – you won’t be knocking items off the nightstand in the middle of the night anymore!

Indaba round seagrass basket – $56


Stair basket – go up or down

This one is so unique! We love it. A basket that is made specifically to go on the stairs. It’s a similar idea to the “put back basket” – put items in here that need to go upstairs or downstairs and grab it when you find yourself going up or down!

Creative Coop braided rope stair basket – $120


Tiered stand in the kitchen

The kitchen counter always manages to collect bills, papers, random items that don’t really belong there. I was very impressed with the difference using a multi – level basket made!


Footed tray to hold soap & dishwashing supplies

Once again – dish soap, hand soap and dishwashing supplies just seem to line up along the sink and make the kitchen look messy. This cute tray gives your supplies a home and adds a rustic touch to the kitchen.

Imax metal pedestal tray – $

In the pantry

I don’t know about you, but my pantry cupboard can be a total mess at times – see before picture…Putting spices and other loose items into a basket not only helps the cupboard look cleaner, but allows for much easier access when you’re looking for a specific item. You can pull out the basket and search through without making an even bigger mess!

Uma small seagrass baskets – $8 each

Skinny basket for cookie sheets

Cookie & baking sheets are just so inconvenient to store! Most of the time they end up in a big stack under the oven that you get to dig through when needed. We thought that this trick of storing them in a short, long basket offered the same benefits as the pantry baskets!

Bacon basket long black window planter – $25