Clear Your Clutter… with a Clothes Basket

posted by Andrea | 01/9/2012

{don’t worry, we’re not getting rid of Nora!}

As you can probably imagine, January and February are busy months for anyone involved in the “organizing industry”. Just think about how many people made a New Year’s resolution or goal to “get more organized” this year!

And even though I’m normally quite organized, I find myself with an even stronger desire to declutter at the beginning of a new year. Maybe it’s because I like to declutter while I take down my holiday decorations, maybe it’s because I need to compensate for all the additional stuff we brought IN to our home at Christmas, or maybe it’s simply because I’m inside all the time during these cold winter months and can’t stand to live in clutter.

Whatever the case, I too have the urge to purge!

If you’ve had this same urge lately, I have a really SIMPLE tip that always seems to help me get rid of even more stuff in and around our house.

My tip = use a clothes basket.

Lately, I’ve put a couple different clothes baskets in convenient places around our house and anytime I come across something we don’t need, use, want, or love, I simply toss it in the clothes basket. When the baskets get full, or when I know I’ll be near a donation center, I simply put the baskets in my car and drop off our unneeded items.

Why do I like using clothes baskets?

  • They are really easy to carry
  • They are super portable so I can move them to different rooms in our house — or right into the car
  • They are sturdy enough to hold all kinds of things
  • They are inexpensive
  • They fill up quickly so I feel like I’m making lots of decluttering progress 🙂

And since I’m pretty sure almost every single person reading this has at least one clothes basket lying around… I would like to challenge you to spend 20 minutes walking from room to room and see how full you can get your basket!

Oh, and here’s another really good use for clothes baskets

How many clothes baskets could you fill over the next year?


Filed under: OrganizingClothesKitchensKids StuffPaperPurging

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  1. Ann


    If Nora’s in a basket to give away, I call dibs on her!


    Andrea Reply:

    nope… sorry Ann, I think we are going to keep Nora!!!


  2. jerilyn


    I use clothes baskets all of the time- not exactly in the same way. For things that need to be taken upstairs for example. I also use them a lot for putting stuff in until I have time to go through it. Or i’ll have the children do a quick pick up. It’s much easier for them to put it all in a basket and then we can put it out of the way if we are having company come over. 🙂


  3. Verity


    Cute picture! Great Tip! 🙂