A Tisket, A Tasket

Is there such a thing as too many baskets in one house?

I sure hope not because there are many, many baskets in ours. Our Ladies Sunday School class started a missions basket project several years ago, so I started basket shopping. We load them up with all sorts of toiletries and small goodies for preachers' and missionaries' wives as they're passing through one of our services. I wanted certain kinds of baskets, but found all kinds for other uses along the way.

The long, heavy ones are great for collecting up all the supplies you need to have readily accessible. This one, for example, is where I keep those scrapbooking tools that I need handy. I can grab it quick and move it wherever I want, plus I don't have loose pieces all over the table, the room, the floor, the house...

The big tall baskets are perfect for books. This one is in my prayer closet, right next to my chair. I can pile in my Bible, prayer list, praise journal, study books and other notebooks I'm writing in. I think it looks a little nicer than a big pile of books on the table, and I can move it easily to clean. It's nice to have a place where I know things will be there and a place where things can go back to when you're done with them.

There are some baskets that are perfect for hiding things away. This one, a huge, sturdy basket with great handles, holds all my pocketbooks. I can line them up, then tuck the basket away up on the shelf. This keeps them clean, in shape and out of sight when they're not needed.

Other baskets are great for having things out in the open. This varnished one is perfect for putting out fruit and veggies on the kitchen counter. It's easier to grab something healthy to eat when it's on handy.

Large baskets are perfect for moving things from one end of the house to the other. Smaller ones can corral bits and pieces in a drawer. Use them to store linens in the closet or for display in the guest bathroom. Line up matching ones on a shelf for a combination of decoration and storage. Look at the thrift shop or dollar store for some great, inexpensive baskets that you can use all over the house.


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