Love Your Stuff: Baskets

You know how occassionally you'll come across an item that's a real game changer? You know, like back in 2006 when skinny jeans first became popular and suddenly it was like you had a whole new wardrobe. Well, a couple of months back I had the interiors version of that with the GADDIS basket from IKEA. Yeah, the big blue box again! I promise I'm not sponsored (I wish) but is anybody else as excited as me by the prospect of the Ilse Crawford collaboration coming this summer?

I bought the basket just because I liked it, but had no plan for what use I was going to put it to. No scrap that. I loved the the dip-dyed version that IKEA did, but by the time I decided to buy that was sold out, so I bought the plain one instead. It wasn't until I got it home I realised it was the perfect thing to compensate for the lack of enclosed storage in my bedside table.

A neater, clearer bedside situation.

A neater, clearer bedside situation.

We all have that life-detritus of power cables (so many cables!) and magazines and notebooks and whatever. You don't want to tuck it away because of the frequency with which you use it, but it ain't pretty and tends to spread (nay breed) over surfaces. The upshot being that everywhere looks messier than it actually is, and it's always a search to find where you last had your phone charger. Or maybe that's just me; I don't have the mind to remember where I last put things down, which is the main reason I'm so tidy. If an object's not in it's home I have no clue where it is. But dumping it all in a basket? Easy and suddenly it all looks so much better.

I month or so after my first basket purchase I found this great video from Apartment Therapy:

Now besides the fact that I am fully down with the concept of a landing strip (that thing about no memory for where I left stuff means that knowing where I put my bag/wallet/keys is crucial for maintaining the impression that I'm an adult), it also was an enabler for more baskets! The only thing my own landing strip was missing was a wastepaper basket, and I picked up a suitable one from Sainsbury's, part of a set of two.

Big basket in the hall; and the small in the living room

Big basket in the hall; and the small in the living room

The smaller basket of the pair I've used to hide my WiFi router: I used normal kitchen scissors to snip out a couple of holes for the cables and no more unsightly box on show. The easiest DIY ever. 

WiFi router hide and seek

WiFi router hide and seek

The easiest DIY of the year! If not the neatest . . .

The easiest DIY of the year! If not the neatest . . .

I feel this may only be the beginning of my basket obsession. And don't get me started on baskets' near cousin, boxes!

Now none of this is rocket science, granted, but is a great way to kick off a new series on the blog: Love Your Stuff. As I've already explained here I'm pathologically organised due to a flaw of memory (isn't it always so that your weakness fuels one of your greatest strengths? Who'd of thought a post on baskets would run so deep?!) so I thought I'd share some of my favorite ways to store my things, both to hide the things you need but don't want to look at and how to display the stuff you love.

What do you find hardest to store or display well?