In Your Guest Writers, Your Home on June 29, 2010 at 9:44 AM


Image Courtesy Gail Merriwether

I was flattered and tickled pink by a comment made by a recent guest at my birthday celebration.

“I love your home!” She stated as her eyes danced around each room taking it all in as if to take “mental notes.” (And this coming from an accomplished woman whom I admire greatly as well.)

Truth is, it’s nothing fancy.

But I do try to be creative within my limited resources, and being meticulous also helps. 😉

One thing that I found that enables me to stretch my budget dollars and get more mileage for my money is purchasing baskets. That’s right; something as simple as baskets can add a nice touch to your environment, and offer a great deal of versatility.

Not to mention, they’re abundant and inexpensive. You can get them at dollar stores, flea markets, thrift stores, arts and crafts shops, or use the ones that come when you receive periodic gifts like fruit baskets, bath products, or flowers.

Here’s how to enjoy the beauty of baskets and become better organized as well.

  • Combine colorful baskets of different sizes, shapes and hues, and discover how they make great wall art!— I use them to add a playful touch to the kitchen area of my basement.
  • Use them for storage—Baskets in my washroom are functional as they serve as  containers for odds and ends like sponges, nail polish, candles, etc. I have a fuchsia colored one that matches my shower curtains that I scored from a local store for less than a buck!
  • Use larger versions to keep the kids’ room neat—Place toys, movies, books, and other items in them for a quick and fast clean-up.
  • Baskets can be used for serving— Things like breads, fruits, and snacks.

 As you can see the possibilities are endless!

So the next time you’re seeking an inexpensive, versatile way to spruce up your place, pick up some baskets and let your imagination run wild!

Jennifer Brown Banks is a veteran freelance writer, columnist, and professional blogger. Visit her blog  Pen and Prosper  and her column at

  1. Thanks Jen! I love decorating with baskets too. My favorite is a rattan step basket that rest at the botton of my stairs.
    Thanks for sharing and though a bit late, “Happy Birthday”!

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