Remember earlier this week when I showed you the beginning of a learning corner that is developing in our family room for J&A?
Since I am also re-styling our entertainment unit, I really want to use this one shelf to store art supplies that they are able to access on their own (things like paper, crayons, playdough, stickers, etc.).
I have been on the hunt for the perfect set of baskets to house these items. I have a few basket criteria: 1) must have a lid, 2) must be hidden storage (no clear or wire baskets), and 3) prefer a basket that is available in different sizes so that I can stack one on top of the other.
After searching many different websites, I saw these baskets online from World Market and, although they were pricey, they fit all my criteria so I decided to go take a look at them.
I called around and the closest store that had them in-stock was a 20-minute drive south. I loaded J&A into the car and off we went, zooming down the highway, with dreams of the perfect baskets dancing in my head.
Seeing the baskets in person, I quickly realized they weren't going to work. My goal is for J&A to be able to access the art supplies by themselves and the lids on these baskets were really hard to get on and off. Plus the baskets overall were bigger than I wanted and the price wasn't right, so I left the store empty handed.
Next door to World Market was a Marshalls. I haven't been in a Marshalls in years since there isn't one close to my house, but I happened to have in my purse an old-old-old (I'm talking like 15 years) merchandise credit card, so I wandered into the store and asked if they could check to see if there was a balance on it. Sure enough, I had $3.28 to spend. With a few extra minutes of time to spare, I walked aimlessly around the store browsing the children's clothes and household items to see if something caught my eye that would use up my gift card.
That is when I came upon their basket aisle and immediately began doing a happy dance when I saw they had, not one, but three options of baskets that met my criteria! Happy happy joy joy! The baskets ranged in price from $8-$16 (well less than half what I was planning to pay at World Market). I wasn't sure which ones would be right for my family room, so I took all three styles home to test them out.
I was hoping once I set the baskets up on the shelf it would be obvious which style I wanted, but instead I only got more confused the longer I stared at them. This is where I need YOUR help in deciding which set of baskets to keep.
Here are my pros and cons for each set of baskets.
Pros: I like the style of wicker; it isn't too chunky and has clean lines which appeals to me. The baskets are fairly big which means they will store lots of art supplies.
Cons: While I like the roominess of the baskets, I actually think they are too big. It looks like a wall of wicker on the shelf. And with the wicker baskets in the glass cabinet below, it just seems like a lot of wicker.
Pros: A little smaller than the previous baskets, they don't seem quite so overwhelming in the space.
Cons: I cannot for the life of me get the lid on the top basket to stay closed. My friend recommended I just turn the basket around, but then you can see the little silver hinges. The lid is driving me bonkers, so I am pretty sure I am ruling these ones out.
Pros: The color of these baskets works nicely with the wicker baskets in the glass cabinet. And since these baskets are made of a woven fabric, it isn't quite the wicker overload of the other two options.
Cons: These baskets definitely feel the cheapest of the three options. There is already some fraying on the edges where the fabric is cut so I am not sure they are going to hold up over time.
So, what do YOU think? Let me know which set you like the best or if you think I should scrap them all and keep looking. You can leave a comment below, post on my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/everydayorganizingblog), or email me directly (firstname.lastname@example.org).