• Stephanie

Ten-second Tidy Tip: Put your stuff in Baskets and Bins

Have you ever walked into someone's house and it's one of those obnoxiously clean spaces? You think, "where's all the stuff?" Most of the time my house is pretty clutter free, but at the end of a busy week, or even just a busy day, it seems like small piles of junk have accumulated everywhere.

A fast way to quickly declutter is super simple: put the stuff in a basket or bin.

storage bins in closet

There is something truly magical about a storage basket. That woven wicker instantly turns ugly clutter into an intentional collection of items.

cookbooks in basket

mudroom organization

This small countertop is taken from messy to tidy.

And this desk nook from unkempt to orderly.

Finally, this mudroom bench looks adorably uncluttered with simple metal bins for shoes and other goodies tucked beneath.

Give it a try in your own home: take those bills, note cards, pens, chapstick tubes, sunglasses, tissues, junk mail, hair ties, boots, tape dispensers, remote controls, extra throw blankets, keys, spare change, other remote controls, gum, magazines, and wallets and find them a home in a storage basket or bin.

Here are some of our faves:


Ibiza storage Basket Williams Sonoma

Ibiza Utility Basket, Williams Sonoma, $39.50

Aseana Folio Bin Target

Aseana Folio Bin, Target, $14.99

coiled rope basket ivory target

Coiled Rope Bin, Target, from $11.69

lidded wicker storage basket Pier 1

Lidded Wicker Storage Basket, Pier 1, $29.95


Large metal storage basket HM

Large Metal Storage Basket, H&M, $29.99

metal bin Bed Bath & Beyond

Metal Wire Storage Basket, Bed Bath & Beyond, $14.99

wire magazine organizer

Wire Magazine Holder, The Container Store, $24.99

Round Metal basket Wayfair

Round Metal Basket, Wayfair, $26.99

Desk & Mail Storage

Gold and Marble Letter Holder World Market

Marble and Gold Letter Holder, World Market, $24.99

gold letter holder cb2

Marias Gold Letter Holder, CB2, $12.95

two drawer paper organizer Pottery Barn

Two-Drawer Paper Organizer, Pottery Barn, $56

Mail Holder Black Target

Mail Holder, Target, $7.99

Give it a try! Put all that stuff into something, and call it done!