Contain your clutter – Part II

As the saying goes, “A place for everything, everything in its place.”  – Benjamin Franklin

This slogan holds true in our household.  Each and every room in our house seems to have a basket, bin or tote to put items.  And in case you missed the first edition of “Contain your clutter” from Erica check it out here.

Storage items can be found in all shapes and sizes, colors and textures.  A quick cruise around the house I spied these items in which I think I hit on Erica’s tip number 1 – Baskets and bins EVERYWHERE.

In the living room, perhaps inspired by the popular color blocking trend, is this $12.99 textured bin I found this past weekend at Home Goods (it should be illegal to have one within 5 miles of your home – we do and it is dangerous let me tell you).  This newest addition to my storage items holds Dax’s toys.

Living room basket for Dax's toys

Living room basket for Dax’s toys

On the other side of the bookshelf is Liam’s toy storage bin for his “big boy toys”.  This bin hits on the very popular chevron print and black and white combo.  I found this puppy at Target for under $20.

Living room bin for Liam's "big boy" toys

Living room bin for Liam’s “big boy” toys

Also in the living room because lets be honest when a diaper needs to be changed I don’t want to go upstairs to the other diaper changing area.  (Moment of confession, I don’t even have a changing table…eek!)

Living room bin for diapers, baby socks and baby products

Living room bin for diapers, baby socks and baby products

This textured “diaper” basket holds diapers, wipes, little shoes, socks, lotions, creams and other baby creams that are used on a frequent manner.  Throwing all these items in a non-baby like bin helps it fit into the living room decor.  This was a Hobby Lobby find years ago for super cheap.

Moving to the basement…

In the media area we have storage to disguise magazines.  I dig the graphical print and again the strong black and white combo.

Downstairs - Media area storage for magazines

Downstairs – Media area storage for magazines

Also, in the basement I have these great vintage storage trunks that I found at the Rose Bowl Flea Market when I lived in California.  You betcha I was going to drag these puppies all the way back to Kansas with me.  This was years ago before the vintage trunks were really back in and “cool” so I scored each of these for under $25!

Downstairs - Media area storage for blankets and pillows

Downstairs – Media area storage for blankets and pillows

These trunks help infuse color while storing blankets and pillows for movie viewing.

Downstairs open play area -toy bin specifically for books

Downstairs open play area -toy bin specifically for books

With our basement split in half with media area and play area, these bins are used for books in the basement.  I like to keep books on each floor in the house that way there is always a story to read easily accessible.

In the nursery, I went a bit untraditional with these locker room inspired storage bins.  I splurged a bit on these knowing that I can use these for years and years.  Now they hold baby blankets, bibs and extra diapers.

Locker room inspired storage

Locker room inspired storage

Of course all storage doesn’t have to be out and about for eyes to see.  This round basket holds my bangles and bracelets in our master bathroom.

Under the cabinet storage found in bathroom

Under the cabinet storage found in bathroom

Also found under the sink is this textured basket to hold beauty supplies and necessities.

Store beauty items and necessities in this beautiful basket

Store beauty items and necessities in this beautiful basket

And the most obvious of places to have storage – a closet.  In our master room closet I have these storage items to add pops of color and great pattern.

Storage ideas - closet

Storage ideas – closet

I scored these puppies during the craze of Missoni for Target last year.  Or maybe it was longer than that – I tried to block that out of my memory.  People were CRAZY about that line.  But I do adore these bins – that store hats and scarfs.

Again, baskets and bins EVERYWHERE can help contain your clutter…Yep, I think I have that covered.

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