Going Green: The Repurpose Report - Volume 3-Total Basket Case

Cynthia Farmer By Cynthia Farmer, 22nd Mar 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This article focuses on how to use and reuse baskets to decorate and create storage.

Volume 3 Total Basket Case

I Love baskets! I don't say that lightly. I am truly passionate about baskets. Well made baskets can be very expensive. Most of mine(and I have quite a collection) came from garage sales and second hand stores. I also let my friends and co-workers know that I collect baskets, so I've had lots of them given to me.
My living room walls are decorated with baskets. One reason for this was camoflage. The old house we've remodeled has very few wall outlets. So in each outlet we put a block of six to eight outlets. This solved one problem but created an eye sore. We hung baskets on the walls. Some with the bottom to the wall and some with the bottom away from the wall. Strategic placement of these covered up my expanded plugs.
I designated a "remote" basket that sits atop the tv and houses all the remote controls. No more digging and searching. Small baskets placed on nightstands and coffee table are great for small items like when you empty out your pockets. One by the phone holds a note pad and pen. A long basket fits atop the commode and houses extra toilet tissue rolls. Tall baskets serve as dirty clothes hampers. Short wide ones sit beside the couch and recliner for magazines and books.
Simple open storage units which are merely cubby holes can be transformed with baskets in each cubby. This allows you to pull out contents "drawer" style and keeps contents from being visable to all.
Pets are a big part of my family. In my den I have 2 large square baskets. One is filled with dog toys, one is filled with cozy lap quilts, but they both slide beneath my coffee table. This gives me an organized and cozy look to my practical storage needs.
I think lots of the new plastic stackable storage solutions are very neat. I try to replicate some of those designs, using second hand store baskets cuts my expense and cuts down on my plastic usage. This is good for the envirnonment as well as my poscket.
One last hint for today. You need a gift for a friend at the last minute? Basket to the resuce. Line it with tissue paper or a piece of pretty cloth. Place inside a jar of homemade jam, a scented candle, 4 bags of herb tea, and a small container of bath salts. Viola! a great gift.
So be on the lookout for baskets when you garage sale or stop by the second hand store. You'll find lots of uses and save money at the same time. Until next time... stay green


Baskets, Country Living, Decor, Home Decor, Money, Money Saving, Organize, Recyle, Saving, Storage

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author avatar Cynthia Farmer
I am a country girl at heart, My fiance and I live with our beloved boston terrier (sugar). I love life and want to share my knowlege and zest. I will be writing about health, nutrition, counrty lifestyle, frugal and simple living, home repair, and ...(more)

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