What’s a super versatile and inexpensive article of home décor that you can find at any thrift store? If you guessed baskets, you’re right. Baskets come in a ton of shapes, sizes and colors, and if you can’t find the color you want, you can easily paint them whatever color you choose. You can find them in thrift stores, at yard sales, and in discount stores sometimes for as little as a quarter. They aren’t just affordable; they’re downright cheap.

But how can I use baskets? We’re so glad you asked. Here are some great ways to utilize these cheap little multitaskers in every room of your home:

In the entryway, foyer or mudroom:

  • Keep a basket on the floor inside the door for stray shoes
  • A basket on the entryway table can make a beautiful and functional storage center for keys, sunglasses, wallets, etc.
  • A basket mounted by the door can hold sunscreen, lip balm, or other essentials you’re likely to forget on your way out the door.

In the kitchen:

  • Baskets are ideal to hold oven mitts, potholders, and dishtowels. Set a basket next to the stove and have everything at your fingertips instead of digging through drawers and pantries.
  • Create a coffee station and use a small basket next to your coffee pot to hold creamer, sugar, stirring straws or even coffee cups. Now, if you’re serving guests in another room, your coffee station is portable.
  • A flat back basket can be very handy above the sink to hold sponges, dishrags and brushes.

In the bathroom:

  • Roll your hand towels up and put them in a basket by the tub or shower.
  • In the guest bathroom you can create a great goodie basket for guests with fun essentials; disposable razors, travel-sized toiletries, toothpaste, deodorant, bubble bath, mouthwash, shampoo and conditioner. You can even add ibuprofen, Tums, or anything else your guests might want but be hesitant to ask for.
  • Store your extra rolls of toilet paper, wipies, and a bottle of PooPourri and/or air freshener in a basket.
  • Use a divided basket to store makeup.

In the living room or family room:

  • Always missing one remote when you try to watch tv? Keep them all in a basket on the coffee table and you won’t need to search between the couch cushions every time you want to watch a show.
  • Baskets make a beautiful way to display extra blankets and pillows so everyone can cozy up for family time.