You may have received a gift basket, used the contents, and stored the basket for future use. Maybe you bought a basket for a particular decorative use. Baskets are bulky (and if they have handles, they may not stack neatly one inside the other) but they seem so useful … so, we hold onto them.
Use your 15-minutes of decluttering time today to gather as many baskets that you can find around your house. Do you have a tangled pile in the basement or out in the garage? How many of the baskets were you using intentionally (by which I mean that you purposefully put items in the basket as opposed to using it as a catch-all)?
You can use baskets if they meet your needs. (And if you bring one into use and find it doesn’t meet your needs, then stop using that basket.) If a basket isn’t moldy or dirty beyond what a simple cleaning will take care of, you can fill a basket with muffins and bring them into work, bring an assortment of small goodies to book club or a party, turn it back into a gift basket, or donate them.
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I'm Susan, a writer and teacher developing a second career as a Decluttering Coach.