I am such a huge fan of French market baskets, I think it’s beginning to border on obsession. These simple woven totes with leather handles are so incredibly chic and versatile, I don’t think you can ever have too many. Whether you choose a traditional plain version, or spice yours up by paint-dipping, I think you will agree they are hard to resist. They are even more useful than typical baskets, because you can easily pick them up and move them from room to room, or even take them out with you on errands. So, without further ado, here are 30 great ways to use French market baskets around the house…
1. Hang a few on hooks in entryway to stow small items, from scarves to mail.
2. Keep one loaded with beach gear near front door.
3. Pack with picnic essentials and stow in the car.
4. Use as a chic diaper holder beside the changing table in the nursery.
5. Stow extra rolls of toilet paper in the powder room.
6. Store onions, potatoes, and apples in the pantry.
7. Store cutting boards and baking sheets in a small kitchen.
8. Store stacks of clean dish towels in the kitchen.
9. Stack firewood and kindling beside the mantel.
10. Put one under your desk to toss paper recycling into.
11. Store a stash of favorite magazines next to your favorite chair.
12. Place gifts in a French market basket and cover with a pretty cloth as a chic & green alternative to gift wrap.
13. Hang on the bedroom door to collect delicate laundry.
14. Stack with freshly laundered towels and place on a little stool in the bathroom.
15. Keep a few in your closet to organize small accessories.
16. Use as a summery alternative to your work tote.
17. Take one along to the farmer’s market.
18. Corral baking ingredients in the pantry.
19. Hold shoes by the front door.
20. Organize kids toys by type (trains, blocks, cars, etc.) in baskets that can be toted from room to room.
21. Keep one filled with toys, bubble wands, and sidewalk chalk near the door for impromptu outdoor playtime.
22. Store extra blankets in one and place on a chair in the guest bedroom.
23. Use one to contain bulky extra pillows in the linen closet.
24. Fill with rolls of gift wrap, scissors, ribbon, tape, and gift cards, for a portable wrapping station.
25. Organize your knitting or sewing stash with a basket for each project or type of yarn.
26. Keep leashes, doggie toys, and plastic bags by the front door.
27. Stash in the closet to collect dry cleaning.
28. Put one on a chair in your bedroom to keep clothes from piling up.
29. Store stacks of table linens near the dining table.
30. Keep gardening supplies handy by the back door.
Are you as obsessed as I am? Have a favorite source to share? Can you think of any other ways to use French market totes? I’d love to hear! xo Laura