by Susan McCarthy
Small baskets, boxes, trays, bowls, bins, and yes, drawers, can help you organize and display small belongings – or, they can become catch-all containers for things you don’t put away (or that you don’t decide where they belong). Chances are, you tossed the item in that basket to give yourself the feeling that you’d done ‘something’ with that item.
However, allowing a basket or bowl to act as a catch-all is giving clutter permission to gather – the very thing that you are working against. Now, a basket or tray is fantastic to collect specific things, like the mail or your makeup. It's when unrelated things start cohabitating in a space the trouble begins.