Saturday, January 26, 2013

Dump Basket [On Keeping Things in Order]

Let's talk about something that is a constant source of frustration for me and a constant supply of income for anyone working in any sort of "sweet" industry: Organization.

I. Cannot. Stay organized!

It is so frustrating!

You know we have nearly-two-year-old twins and baby girl is just about ten-months-old and we just moved into a new home and on and on and on. Needless to say we're constantly trying new things to have some semblance of order in our home.
Side note: if you think a larger home is the answer for your mounds of stuff I would like to take this opportunity to tell you how severely wrong you are. Trust me, we tried it... still overwhelming.

In efforts to de-overwhelm (underwhelm is it?) ourselves we've recently implemented what I will lovingly refer to as the "dump basket." The dump basket came about when we were visiting my mom recently and "shopping" in her (equally overwhelming) storage room.
Sorry mom, I promise I'll get my crap out someday!

A bright blue basket caught my eye and I thought "what perfect storage for the kids!"

It used to be lime green but now it's more robin's egg blue, a perfect addition to our bright living space.

We set it in the living room with the idea that we would, throughout the day, toss random toys inside instead of constantly having to traipse down to the boys' room at the other end of the house. At the end of the day we'd empty the basket into the boys' room and it would be ready for the next day.

It was a huge success! ... the first day. Those little hands just love to clean up their messes (thankfully!) However, since its beginning dump basket has only accumulated and never been emptied making it less of a space-saver and more of an eyesore. Hmm.

Maybe you have some great ideas about how to get the basket emptied? I'd love to hear them! In the meantime said basket makes for some pretty cute pictures...

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  1. I love the idea of disguising the clutter because in real life there just have to be Dump Baskets! I love the turquoise and the fact that it looks so beautiful as decor. Your pictures are Amazing!!

  2. Love the basket, but she is just too cute!!!!

  3. Baskets are the perfect way to keep stuff corralled. When the basket gets too full, time to donate or get rid of :-) I love your pictures of your babies! Adorable!

  4. I want a basket like that but have not found one in the price range I want yet. Right now we just have the landfill look with the huge pile of toys off to the side, lol. We had a toy box for a while but that was because I wanted to hide the fireplace from the little one so he did not get hurt on it, now he is older and knows to stay away from it so we need something new.

  5. I love that basket! I need to get a pretty basket, I will be on the lookout next time I go thrifting :) Your baby is adorable!!!

  6. That basket is beautiful! Baskets really are a great way to organize because they look so good.

  7. Beautiful photos! I love your dump basket, so much prettier than mine :)


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