Organizing Drawers and More With Baskets

Happy Friday!  I have been in organizing mode lately – specifically organizing drawers.

I tend to go into this mode, when I am not in the mood to tackle something larger.  As you can see from the photo below, I need to refinish my kitchen floor – it is worn in many spots.  It is a big undertaking and I keep putting it off …and off …and off!

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I keep coming up with excuses why I should wait, like:

…I should do it in the fall when it is cooler.

…hire a contractor and just be done with it.

…I’ll wait until we move.

There is nothing fun about refinishing a wood floor.  So while I make excuses -I have been cleaning and organizing drawers in my kitchen until I get my floor refinishing mojo back.

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I like change. Organizing lets me have change without costing me a thing.

Making what you already own look fresh and new simply by sorting, purging, and adding order can be very therapeutic.  Making it look stylish and pretty helps too.  I think that is why organizing and de-cluttering is a popular task among home lovers.   It feels like you are getting a new start with your stuff. You see it with fresh eyes.

I like organizing my stuff in baskets. I have posted about my love of baskets before and showed you a few ways I use them.

A tisket… a tasket… I like collecting and organizing

with little square baskets.

I have found most of them at the thrift store and yard sales – a few I have even had since I was a teenager.


“ The least expensive decorative accessories are the ones

you already own”

Organizing Drawers with Baskets

When I shop the thrift store – square and rectangular baskets are the first thing I search for.  I have never paid more than $1.oo for any of them. I soak them in the sink with some dish detergent when I get home and then set them out in the sun.


When they are dry, they come inside and become drawer organizers.    I am not a big coffee drinker, but I do “love me” some hot tea – all kinds, except green tea, which gives me an instant headache.  When the teabags are placed in a low sided, square basket  – I have no trouble finding exactly the type I am in the mood for.


This basket is one of my faves. I have three others just like it.  I have had them for a very long time. They work perfectly in drawers because they are square and the sides go straight up.  Round baskets and baskets that have angled sides don’t work as well  – too much drawer space is lost since they don’t fit together.


Square and rectangular baskets can be placed together like a jigsaw puzzle.  As you can see in my kitchen desk drawer, even though they are all different sizes and styles – they are all square or rectangular and fit together nicely – no space is lost.   I am still looking for a thin long one to place in the back left corner.


I don’t overlook baskets with handles  – like an Easter basket or one that has a handle on each side.  If I find a square or rectangular with straight sides and a handle, I buy it and remove the handles with a knife or pair of scissors.  The handles are just woven in and once you cut it, they are easy to remove from the basket.


Plasticware chaos – no more.  Storing the lids on their sides in the baskets keeps it under control.

Kitchen Cabinet Organizing Idea

Bigger baskets for larger items.


Seeing the baskets when I open my drawers adds a delightful visual surprise.  Everything in order and in its place –  aaahhhhh!  It is nice not having to rummage through to find anything.

Kitchen-Drawer-Organizing Ideas

I have even been known to line some of my drawers with colorful paper when baskets are not needed.  This gives you a dose of color therapy every time you open the drawer.

Kitchen Organizing Ideas

These baskets are a bit bigger and are my favorite baskets in my house.  I found one at TJMaxx and when I brought it home and realized that it fit perfectly into these shelves, I had to find more.  Every time I went back to the store, I searched until I had 6 to fill the shelves.  It took about 9 months of searching, but I was determined and successful.  I store cookie cutters in a few of them and candles in the rest.  I made the French Enameled Tags for them.


In the pantry I have a set of IKEA baskets on the top shelf and many other types of baskets on the floor.

Home Office Paper Storage Idea

In my studioffice, I stack and store paper in them.

Storage and organizing ideas How to Make a Lid for a basket

On occasion, I may even make lids for larger baskets so I can stack and store items in them.  How to Make a Lid for a Basket

No baskets to organize with?

How about… cutting the bottom from cereal boxes and fitting them together in a drawer or use your larger square or rectangular plastic containers that you would normally use to hold leftovers in your fridge.   I know some brands of pre-sliced lunchmeat come in rectangular shapes.     Shoe boxes work well, too.

How to make Drawer-organizers out of boxes

I used small boxes and covered them with pretty paper to organize my desk drawer.  I was really into organizing when I did this since I even made labels for what goes in each box.   How I Organize My Desk Drawer

Drawer organizing ideas

Look what Heather Bullard uses – wood boxes, china, and even a box lid.    I wish my drawers were this pretty.

The next time you get into an organizing mood, before you go out and buy something to help you with the task – look around your house first to see what you can find to get your small stuff in stylish order.  Baskets work for me; you may be surprised with what you find.




  1. says

    Being organized but running out of baskets, so using boxes. Love the ideas, we have limited spaces, resources, so more less recycle. It takes planning, it does help much with a person who multi-task.
    Thank you for your ideas.

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