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Organizing Drawers and More With Baskets

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How to Organize the Drawers in Your Home With Baskets of all Types.


I like change. Organizing the contents in drawers in my kitchen and every drawer in my house is something I like to do.

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.

Where to Find the Best Baskets to Organize the Contents of Drawers

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

I have found almost all of my smaller square and rectangular baskets at the thrift store and yard sales – I even have a few since I was a teenager. I have always loved these smaller style baskets.

If you can find any of these small, low-sided baskets to fit in your drawers, no worries, look what you can do with handled baskets that are a dime a dozen:

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 $1.00 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.

Organizing teabags and coffee filters in drawer with a basket.

When they are dry, they come inside and become drawer organizers. When the teabags are placed in a low sided, square basket – I have no trouble finding exactly the type of tea I am in the mood for.

Organizing-teabags in a drawer-using-baskets.

This style basket works 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.

Desk drawer with contents organized in small low sided baskets.

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.

Desk-drawer-organizing-tips showing small baskets in a drawer.

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 one 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.

Plastic-Food-Container-Organizing-Ideas

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

Kitchen Cabinet Organizing Idea showing small baskets hold plasticware.

Bigger baskets for larger items.

Kitchen-Drawer-filled with small baskets to hold small 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 with colorful gift wrap lining.

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.

Other Ways to Use Baskets to Organize Your Stuff

Kitchen shelf Organizing Idea using a collection of the same basket.

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.

Pantry-Organization-Ideas with flat reed baskets. Ribbon tied on label.

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 for printer paper storage using baskets and stacking them. Then adding labels.

In my studioffice, I stack and store paper in baskets and like to label 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

If you Don’t Have Baskets to Organize Your Drawers, Try These?

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

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 – cardboard, wood or metal boxes – do you have any of these?

Images of drawers filled with low sided baskets. Text overlay says Where to find the best baskets to organize the contents of drawers.

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29 Comments

  1. Love this post and love organizing with baskets. My mother makes handmade baskets that are just gorgeous and I have them all over my house.

  2. Great ideas Diane, I never give baskets at a Thrift store a second look. I will see them in a new light :)

  3. I love this post for three reasons:
    1. Love the idea of using square baskets- will have to hit the thrift store for those next!
    2. You are a tea lover! I am too! I have a whole pinterest board dedicated to my tea drinking addiction. And a whole drawer in my pantry of my teas…can never have too much loose tea!
    3. You are honest in admitting you put off the big projects and do the small while you procrastinate – one of my very favorite strategies!! ;-)

  4. Thanks for all the great ideas for using baskets. You have inspired me to use baskets to organize a few of my kitchen drawers. Vikki in VA