The great little rope storage basket challenge
I, Rachel, love GLTC's rope storage baskets. They're one of my favourite products on the whole website. Soft, sturdy, great to look at, and they hold a surprisingly large amount of toys - even my youngest son's vast Lego collection, would you believe? We wouldn't be without them. Our house wouldn't be anywhere near as tidy without them.
A couple of weeks ago, GLTC sent me a sent of three mini rope storage baskets and challenged me to find multiple ways of using them. While pint sized in comparison to the ones I already own, they still pack a surprising punch in terms of being useful around the home. They might be small but they are most definitely handy.
In total, I found ten different ways to use them. Over the course of the coming months, I'm convinced that I'll find many more, too. So, £18 for three super cute mini baskets that have multiple uses? Pop them at the top of your GLTC wish list! You won't be sorry.
MAKING POTTED PLANTS LOOK EVEN PRETTIER
I love picking up a pot of pretty flowers or a plant or two from the supermarket but the containers that they come in aren't always the most attractive. These narcissus look so much nicer sitting in their matching baskets. A quick tip, line the baskets with a polythene bag or layer so you can water your flowers without causing any damage to the material.
BEST FOR BEDSIDE AND DRESSING TABLES
If you're lucky enough to have a dressing table, then you could use all three baskets for keeping perfumes, make up and brushes tidy. I only have a small bedside table but just one basket proved to be handy to keep my brushes, cotton pads and makeup remover in easy-to-grab distance.
FOR KEEPING TOYS TIDY
Tiny toys are my nemesis but my children's one true love. They can't get enough of them. They tend to get lost in bigger baskets and toys boxes so the mini baskets are the perfect size for cars, dinosaurs and homemade arrows.
PENCILS AND PENS AND CRAYONS, OH MY!
My eight year old has a bit of a stationery addiction, as you can probably tell by the vast collection of pencils and pens on his desk - and there's more in his drawers, too. He's exhausted the space in his desk tidy and the mini storage basket offers him the opportunity to add to his collection when he's saved up his pocket money.
THE ULTIMATE LEGO ORGANISERS
My six year old loves to sort things in to colours. We probably need to invest in another set of three baskets for him to be able to do this properly, but he's already made a start on organising his Lego. It makes building much easier too, as he can reach for the appropriate basket rather than search through a huge toy box of many different coloured pieces. Plus, I actually like the rainbow effect. It makes the Lego look less untidy.
SUPER SWEET SNACK POTS
Don't worry, I only leave the fruit in reaching distance not the sweets. But the baskets make great snack pots. They're just the right size for a bag of apples or a bunch of bananas. Pop them in the middle of the dining table or on a low shelf in the kitchen and your children will be able to help themselves.
FOR WHEN MY NEPHEW COMES OVER
The baskets are also a great size for nappies, wipes and a muslin cloth. I would have used it all the time when my boys were younger and moved the basket from room to room - or had all three in different rooms. Right now, it's ideal to have sitting on a shelf for when my nephew comes over. It means my sister-in-law doesn't have to worry about bringing everything with her.
LOCATING THE REMOTE CONTROLS
Do the remote controls go walkabout in anyone else's house? I like the idea of having one basket where everyone pops them in to when they've finished watching TV. No more looking under cushions or behind curtains. Whether I could actually get everyone to agree to do this is an entirely different matter, though.
HELPING TO HANG OUT THE WASHING
Now that the weather is getting warmer and we can go back to hanging the washing on the line, how about a new basket to pop your pegs in to? The thing I like most is that the basket handles can be pegged to the line so no having to carry the basket or bend down to the floor to reach the pegs.
NO MORE MISSING MITTENS
Finally, if you have children like mine who run in to the house and throw all of their possessions on to the floor as quickly as they can in order to get to the fridge first, you'll know how easy it is for things like hats, scarves and gloves to get lost in the debris and somehow go missing. Pop a basket on a peg next to their coats and it makes containing those small items of clothing a little easier.
Can you think of any more ways to use the new mini rope storage baskets? Let us know in the comments.
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