For example, consider this passage from Proverbs: "By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches."


Family Life

Many Christian men and women are under the impression that home and home decor is an aspect of the secular rather than the spiritual part of life. Sure, you are probably not thinking too much about God while picking out your new sofa, but a true and integrated spiritual life is not one that gets divorced from the rest of life's worries and tasks. Your home can be a reflection of your inner spiritual self, and there are even a few encouraging Biblical quotations to back up this idea. For example, consider this passage from Proverbs:

 

"By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches."

 

If you want to spiff up your home a bit and have it be more reflective of you, then baskets are among the most versatile and practical elements you can add to your decor. Besides their storage capacity, baskets can add a warmth and style to any room. Consider these potential uses for baskets in your home:

 

1. Providing storage on open bookshelves.

 

Baskets are excellent for keeping items organized while also keeping them out of sight. Whether you are placing papers, knickknacks, toys, or books inside, baskets can allow easy access while maintaining a clean look.

 

2. Organizing family member outdoor wear.

 

Baskets on a shelf or slid under a bench near the doorway enable each family member to organize his or her belongings while simultaneously keeping items such as mittens, scarves, and hats, handy.

 

3. Preparing for school.

 

Students can use baskets to keep their projects, books, and lunch bags handy and ready to grab on the way to the bus stop. Ensuring the baskets are stocked the night before can allow for a much more relaxed, stress-free morning.

 

4. Arranging craft materials.

 

Scrap bookers, knitters, and hobbyists can keep supplies sorted while keeping the work area clean and free of clutter. Labels or gift tags attached to each basket can let you know at a glance what is inside each one.

 

5. Storing remote controls.

 

Rather than having remote controls spread throughout the living room, keep them centralized and easy to find in a basket on your coffee table. Besides television remote controls, the basket can be used for game system remotes, cable box remotes, DVD player remotes, and more.

 

6. Creating a drop spot for mail.

 

Whether on a table, shelf, or countertop, a basket can contain your mail to one location until you have time to sort through it. Another basket can be used for outgoing mail or for everyday items such as wallets and keys.

 

7. Containing spices.

 

A shallow basket can allow you to easily pull all your jars and bottles from a shelf at once or provide a decorative location to store them on a countertop. For added stability (and easier cleaning), place a cutting board or cookie sheet in the bottom.

 

8. Sorting snacks.

 

Rather than allowing snack bags and boxes to spread throughout your cupboards, keep them localized in designated baskets. Affixing labels or choosing baskets with mesh siding will help you keep track of what snacks are available.

 

9. Corralling books and magazines.

 

Tabletop or floor-level baskets can be used as catchalls to contain books, magazines, and other items that would otherwise contribute toward clutter.

 

10. Presenting gifts.

 

A gift basket stocked with toiletries, washcloths, and treats can make a house guest feel particularly welcomed and comfortable in your home.

 

Baskets certainly come in handy for a variety of purposes, and are easily ordered at websites like macy's.com. Be creative; see what other uses you can come up.