Organize Your Home (with baskets, bins, and totes)

I believe 100% in being organized, but I also believe in not spending a lot of money. Take a look at how quickly and simply I organize my home. Get ideas on how to organize your home the inexpensive way with baskets, bins, and totes.

Organize your Home with Baskets, Bins, and Totes

You can pick up a variety of baskets, bins, and totes almost anywhere. Some of my favorite places are Ross, thrift stores and Home Goods. You can even find smaller ones at the dollar store. Look for the best varieties in the late Winter and early Spring. The best thing about organizing with baskets is that you can take them with you when you move and use them again at your new place. They are also easy to move from room to room if your needs change.

Organize Your Home with Baskets, Bins and Totes


This large woven basket is to hold extra pillow cushions that I don’t mind my kids using on the floor. The basket keeps them contained but easy to access and put away.

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I wish I would have bought 2 of these lidded baskets for extra blankets in the living area. It makes a great portable table for easy access to snacks while watching TV too.

organize your home organizing with baskets storage


I made a craft table on a really limited budget then added these inexpensive totes for hidden storage. Attach chalkboard labels to the totes with small clothespins.

organizing with baskets craft room table

These totes hold non-seasonal home decor items I change around in my home regularly. They’re in the craft room so they’re easy to get too but they’re also out of sight.

organizing with baskets decorating items


If you don’t have any drawers or enough drawer space in your desk a small shelf with baskets and bins can hold office essentials. Place it next to your desk or under your desk if there’s enough room. I probably should have dusted before this picture.

organize your home organizing with baskets desk shelves

The large lower basket holds my personal files.

organizing with baskets files

The basket under my desk is to control all the office cords that would normally be in a jumble on the floor.

organizing with baskets cords


This bedside table didn’t have enough hidden storage so I added the baskets that more than doubled the storage space.

organize your Home organizing with baskets side table

My boys bedrooms are small and storage space is limited so these totes under the bed add much needed storage space for their stuff. Each tote is labeled and they can change them as their needs change.

organize your home organizing with baskets under bed

You can usually find more storage space in the bottom of a clothes closet. By adding totes to inexpensive shelves you can store lots of items that are easy to access.

organizing with baskets Emilee

Store seldom used items in totes or bins on a top shelf in a closet.

organizing with baskets Emilee totes

These milk crates are another inexpensive way to store items on a top shelf in the boys room.

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More Ways to Organize Your Home with Baskets, Bins and Totes


I love using baskets to corral pretty and useful items especially if I’m limited on space.

organize your Home organizing with baskets laundry supplies

If you have a really cute laundry basket you can keep it out on display in the laundry room. I love this one with it’s chippy paint and wheels.

Organize your Home organizing with baskets laundry

I fortunately have large cabinets in the laundry room that offer plenty of storage. I added totes to organize and contain the separate items.

organizing with baskets laundry room totes

All of your baskets don’t have to match, especially if they’re behind closed doors, they just have to work for that space. Sometimes you just need a small basket to hold small essential items.

organizing with baskets laundry things


Plastic baskets are the best to use in places with a lot of moisture, like the bathroom. I also like to label everything so there’s no question where to get and return things.

organize your home organizing with baskets linen closet

Rolling wash cloths and hand towels and placing them in a basket looks cute and also gives everyone easy access to them. If you’re short on cabinet space they can be placed on the bathroom counter.

Organize your Home Organizing with baskets bathroom towels

I was tired of hubby’s razor being out in a big jumble in the corner of the counter so everything associated with the razor is now placed in this lidded basket. That looks so much better.

organizing with baskets shaver basket

I love these cheap baskets to hold small items in almost any and every drawer. They’re easy to wash clean in the dishwasher or wipe out with a damp cloth.

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I was so tired of trying to keep lids with the containers. This is a much more convenient way to keep the lids under control. Even my kids can put them away easily.

organize your Home organizing plastic lids

I was also tired of the water bottles falling over and being a mess in the cabinet. They’re much easier to control now that they’re in a basket.

organizing water bottles

Baskets are an easy way to keep food separated in the freezer. I store my gluten free food separately from the other foods.

organizing with baskets freezer

And the refrigerator.

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And even in the pantry. It makes it way easier for everyone in the family to find what they want.

organizing with baskets pantry

This basket holds extra paper products for picnics, barbecues, and even just for nights when you don’t feel like doing dishes.

paper products moving basket

Who says you can’t have a neat and tidy all purpose drawer? A junk drawer doesn’t have to look junky. These little plastic baskets come in handy.

organizing with baskets junk drawer


These baskets on top of open lockers hold seasonal items when not in use. The small baskets below hold gloves and hats in the Winter and swim goggles and bug spray in the Summer. The number labels are just for fun.

organizing with baskets mudroom

Under the bench are 2 metal totes that hold the kids lost and found items. They are cleaned out a few times a week and the kids put their things where they belong.

organizing with baskets lost and found totes


A large laundry basket holds our outdoor and pool toys. The box behind it holds more milk crates to keep the inside of the box organized.

organizing with baskets pool toys

Add milk crates or totes to the back of your vehicle or in the trunk to keep essentials available. Use the crates to keep items separated and easy to carry.

organizing with baskets car

Are you ready to get your home organized?

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  • Dora Thomsan January 17, 2021, 9:37 pm

    These tips are amazing. Thanks for taking the time this, I feel deeply about it and enjoy learning so much about it

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