if there is any lifestyle or home decor hack that i think applies to anyone, anywhere, it would be pretty DESIGN STORAGE. it’s incredible how much a person accumulates throughout life, and not being able to give everything a place just leads to stuff spilling everywhere, all the time. and i don’t know about you, but a messy home makes me feel anxious. i’m not marie kondo, but a tidy home does wonders for my state of mind. now make that storage functional AND beautiful, and i’m happy as a kid in a candy store.

i should start by saying i don’t throw things away easily. one reason is that i usually consume quite consciously. i weigh my options and i choose carefully and deliberately, so i don’t get tired of what i buy quickly. another reason is that i become (almost) unhealthily attached to objects. don’t get me wrong – i won’t hesitate to sacrifice everything i own to save my family from a fire. but let’s just say if no one else is home, you can bet your ass i’ll try everything i can to save some of my favorite keepsakes.

so yeah, we hang on to a lot of stuff. the kids have a large collection of books (and so do in even though most is in storage in belgium), we have a bizarre amount of blankets and stuffed toys seem to multiply overnight. those are all things i like to keep close. especially when used in combination – they’re the essence of cozy family life in my opinion. but i don’t like cupboards that are so full you’re afraid to open its doors, and though i like to keep things tidy, i also believe ‘out of sight is out of mind’, and that doesn’t exactly lead to more enjoyment of your things.

so, baskets it is. they’re literally everywhere – in different shapes, sizes and colors, but nearly always stackable, easy to pick up, move around and store in little corners, but also always, always, always pretty enough to be left out in the open. the RESTORE BASKET by MUUTO was perhaps one of the first pretty baskets that i ever bought when it first came out in 2009, and at more than a decade old, my first one is still in mint perfect condition.

that’s why i decided to add another color to our home. the sand color is a perfect match for our living room, but it also goes really well in the girls’ room (of which you’re getting a little sneak peek), so i’m not sure yet where it will end up eventually. all i know for sure is that we have one less pile of our beloved belongings that doesn’t have a place to go at the end of the day. also, those foldable crates next to the muuto basket under juliet’s bed are from HAY.

post in collaboration with MISTERDESIGN • thank you for supporting the partners of this blog • muuto restore basket designed by MIKA TOLVANEN


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