Since I know so many of us need attractive storage in our homes, I wanted to talk a little bit about one of my most favorite practical and beautiful storage accessories. I have at least one in every room in my house. I have them in closets, bathrooms, on shelves and in cars. I use them for just about everything! I have collected them for years!
What are they? Yep, you guessed it! BASKETS!
You might remember me talking about one of the ways I use lidded baskets, back during my 31 Days of Autumn Bliss series — I keep seasonal decorating items and accessories for entertaining in baskets in my dining room. I have an armoire and a dresser in the dining room as well, but the baskets give even more storage while adding texture and interest to the room.
So besides seasonal items, what else do I keep in baskets?
- When I wanted open shelves but didn’t want to see my baking supplies, baskets to the rescue!
- Lunch and snack items getting lost in my pantry? Baskets corral things together!
- When I need a little texture in a room or on shelves, baskets are a quick and beautiful solution!
- Where do I keep my dusting rags? Baskets.
- Where to we keep our stray socks in the laundry room until we match up their pairs? Yeah, baskets.
- When I’m working on a creative project, how do I keep my supplies handy and organized? BASKETS!
- How do I keep random pens, paper and car accessories organized in our vehicles? The car basket!
- Where do I keep my magazines? In a basket, of course!
- Where does my mail go when I bring it in from the mail box? A basket.
Awhile back we started having too many video games and controllers stacked around my family room. So last week we had our son go through his games and pick out a handful. The rest got bundled up to be kept in his closet. The remaining games and controllers had to fit in one lidded basket on our shelves near the TV. Crisis averted!
Baskets are attractive, fit almost anywhere, and they are really one of the most convenient and versatile home accessories I own. I REALLY do not like to see clutter or excess stuff around my house. I like things contained. Baskets are the way I keep my sanity. You cannot have too many baskets.
So where do I buy lidded baskets?
After I talked about my lidded baskets in October, many of you asked where I find my baskets. And a number of you asked where to find baskets that fit on shelves or cabinets.
I sometimes run across baskets at HomeGoods, TJ Maxx, or Pier One, but it is always hit or miss with their availability, quality and sizes. I wanted some new baskets a couple of months ago and I couldn’t find any baskets with lids! So frustrating. I started looking online to find a place that had good quality baskets that would be easy to order and would always be in stock.
I’m so happy to announce that I have finally found a reliable and beautiful resource for quality hand crafted lidded baskets, Diane from Longaberger is my new go-to gal! She has gorgeous baskets and other quality items such as bakeware, pottery, home accessories and dishes too!
If you aren’t yet aware of the wonderful products by Longaberger, you might want to check out their products. You’ll be happy to know that my new basket (pictured) also fits on shelves and cabinets!
I’m thrilled to partner with Diane from Longaberger today as a sponsor of this giveaway! I hope you’ll remember her when you have a need for a great quality basket or gift! She is such a sweet lady! I just love working with so many great women and their businesses!
A Longaberger Giveaway!
Diane is offering one lucky winner at The Inspired Room their choice of a Sort & Store Small Rectangular Storage basket and wood lid (which is the item I showed today from my home, although it comes in various stains and black too!). It is a beautiful quality basket!
as an alternative prize you could select a Woven Traditions 9 x 13 Ivory Baking Dish with Cover and a Woven Traditions Travel Mug! Two gorgeous items I also love to use at my house! They are really beautiful and quality pieces!
mmm. morning coffee to go!
no, my coffee maker is not included in the giveaway.
How to enter:
All you have to do to be entered is to visit check out the beautiful Longaberger products, then leave a comment here on The Inspired Room (click on the “comment” link) about how you use baskets at your home (or would like to use a basket if you win!). U.S. winner only this time! This giveaway is open to non-bloggers and bloggers alike.
For up to two additional entries, you can post about this giveaway on facebook or twitter and then come back to leave a comment for each! Up to three chances to win!
Giveaway will end Friday at 9PM PST.
WINNER: April from say what you need to say!