In our new video series I’ve been showing ways in which we use our diverse basket collection to reduce visual clutter and increase functionality in our small home (and office). Similarly, Instagram Stories videos from our bikes, canoe, and our single car have offered a look at how we also use baskets while on-the-go. In response, I’ve received several requests to share some of my favorite designs and resources.
I’ve included a shopping round-up of baskets we use often (or used repeatedly in the past). When you look at the photos in this post, these scattered containers might not look like much. But in reality, they corral everything from art sets to reusable shopping accessories to dolls to instruments, and so much more. It’s all hiding right here in plain sight.
For me, the key is to find baskets that can be used in multiple ways. For example, the petite bag on the front of my bike can also be converted to a shoulder bag or backpack. And the rolling cart I take to the library and market holds larger garden toys while it’s parked at home. Versatile pieces such as these ultimately save space, money and waste.
When a container is no longer needed for one purpose, we adapt its use to suit our changing needs, rather than buying something new. The best example of this would be our beaded nesting set from Kembali Collective, which we repurpose at least once per month.
A SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING BIKE BASKETS - Across our 4 bikes, we use the following styles of baskets. (It might seem like a lot, but biking is our family’s primary mode of transport— even when we travel locally with the dogs.)
Child’s bike front basket, which converts to a shoulder bag or backpack
Matching adult front basket, which converts to a shoulder bag or backpack
Wide-rim rear basket for larger goods and jackets
A rear basket with a bottle holder
When riding, I usually wear a straw backpack for taller items, like wine bottles or branches. If I need something that closes at the top so goods don’t tip out if I bend over (which happens a lot when I’m traveling with West), then I wear this canvas minimalist backpack.