We Montessorians love a good basket. Why? One of the cornerstones of a Montessori environment is the way in which materials are organized. Things that are offered to the child (toys, activities, books, etc.) are kept on a low, open shelf so that (s)he can access them freely. By placing these items in baskets or on trays, we are encouraging the child to take the entire material to use (rather than just pieces of it). Baskets also keep loose parts together and are often easier for children to carry. Here are some great options for keeping your children's materials organized in a Montessori-inspired way:
The baskets below are all from IKEA! They all come in sets, and the prices are very reasonable; you really can't go wrong.