Laundry Baskets: Not Just For Your Clothes Anymore

You've probably never given much thought to your laundry basket. You use it, maybe even daily, for the task described by its name. It's a container for your clothing. Nothing more. Or is it? It's time to take another look at your laundry basket and all that it can do for you.


Having a backyard shindig? Bust out that basket! Line your laundry basket with a garbage bag, preferably a heavy-duty one to prevent leaks and tearing. Fill your basket with ice and beverages. Voila! An inexpensive party cooler! 

  • Bonus tip: Use two different colored baskets or garbage bag liners to help distinguish between alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.


Not outdoor party weather? Maybe it's sledding weather. Laundry baskets make great sleds for kids. The smooth bottoms make baskets zoom down hills and the sides are perfect for little hands to grip as they go. Tying a rope to one end makes it easy to drag the basket-sled back up the hill so the kiddos can go over and over again.

Toy Storage

Laundry baskets are great for storing all but the tiniest toys. Toys like trucks, cars, dolls and stuffed animals can quickly overpower any room. Using different colored or different shaped laundry baskets can help teach even young children how to sort their toys into the proper bins. They will quickly learn that dolls go in the blue baskets and stuffed animals go in the white one and so on. 

Grocery Corralling

Before you head to the store, put a laundry basket or two in your trunk. When you get back to your car with your groceries, place the bags into the baskets. That way, when you get home, you can pick up your baskets full of bags and cut down on the number of trips you make back and forth to empty your trunk.

Garden Helper

Laundry baskets are great for using in the garden. You can fill it with the tools you will be using and carry them out to the are you will be working. Once you start clipping back bushes and weeds, you can place the trimmings into the basket to keep them corralled. Then it's easy and lightweight to pick up the basket and move the clippings to the garbage or compost bin. It's also easy to rinse the dirt out of the basket and then use it as storage for tools and hoses in it in the winter.

Bathtub For Baby

If you have a toddler in your life, consider using a laundry basket as a tub inside of a bigger tub. Once the little one can sit up on his/her own, it's the perfect way to keep toys from floating away. A laundry basket can also help stave off bumps and bruises that can come from slipping and sliding around a larger tub. Simply draw a shallow bath in the big tub.

Lower the laundry basket into the tub, allowing it to fill with water and sink the to bottom. Put your kiddo inside the basket with his/her toys. It's a great way to make bath time more fun and more safe. After the bath, use the basket to store the toys. 

Laundry baskets can be found in many households and many households only use them for laundry. What about your household? Think outside the box, or basket, in this case, and you will find that your laundry basket can have many different, and helpful, uses.