Bowls and baskets are wonderful for bringing together and creating a cohesive look for items that could otherwise seem randomly strewn across a surface.
However, when a bowl or basket becomes a catch-all for all those little things you don’t know what to do with or where to put, it stops being a decorative touch or finishing element to your room and décor.
Do you have bowls or baskets that collect paper clips, coins, pens, stamps, coupons, receipts, business cards, etc.? If it’s a temporary situation (you dump the contents of your pockets when you get home, but you sort through the stuff after dinner or during the weekend), then it’s probably not a problem for you.
If, on the other hand, stuff never leaves these catch-alls; or, you have multiple bowls and baskets around your home, this may be a habit to break.
Sort through your catch-all bowl and put stuff where it belongs … or, toss it all.
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I'm Susan, a writer and teacher developing a second career as a Decluttering Coach.