What Goes Up, Must Come Down

Why is it that what belongs on the first floor of your house always ends up on the second floor and vice versa?  Does this just happen to me?  I swear half of my day is spent running things up or down.  Which was great after Annabelle was born in helping me lose the baby weight, but it’s not a super productive use of time.  Plus, with a toddler running around it’s not always easy (or wise) to make a quick trip upstairs.  There is nothing quite like being upstairs and hearing the tiniest little “Uh Oh” coming from the floor below.

So, I decided I needed a “What Goes Up, Must Come Down Basket.”  A basket that I could keep on the stairs so that when I find items that belong on the other floor, I can toss them in the basket so they are ready to go when it’s time to head up or down stairs. Easy peasy.

Originally I bought a regular basket from Target.  It served the purpose of keeping things contained and making it easier to transport items up and down, but the basket itself looked messy.

See, doesn’t it look a bit out of place?  Obviously part of the problem was that the basket was too big to fit neatly on the stairs without hanging over, so it had to hang out on the floor at the foot of the stairs.  But even a smaller basket, I feared, would look out of place.  Like it was waiting on the stairs to be taken up to its proper home.

So, I decided to splurge and buy an actual stair basket.  Have you seen these?  They are step-shaped baskets that are designed to rest neatly on the stairs.  Genius, right? After a bit of searching, I found a basket at Ballard Designs.

The thing I liked about this particular basket, is that it not only has the larger step-shaped area, but it also has a smaller basket nestled inside the larger one, perfect for smaller items, like Annabelle’s bows that seem to find their way into every corner of the house.

I can’t deny it.  I’m pretty much in love with this basket.  The first few steps used to be covered with items that needed to go upstairs, now everything that needs to be moved, is contained neatly in the basket.  Plus carrying a basket full of items is obviously more efficient than all the trips it used to take me up and down carrying a few things at a time.  I asked Mike to please bring the basket up or down with him if he ever noticed that it had items in it.  Now I’ve got two of us on the job.  This super simple solution is clearing up the stair mess and saving me a lot of running up and down.  Now I’ve just got to make sure I hit the gym to get in my cardio!

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  1. donnaheaney says:

    Great idea!

  2. What a brilliant idea! I’m in love with that basket too. If we had stairs, I’d be all over that!

  3. Christie says:

    I am so getting that when we move!

  4. I just found your blog- I love it. I also love this idea!

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