To keep my basket at a workable level I use one of those round plastic outdoor tables someone gave me a while back. Of course it doesn't fold down for storage, but we just keep it up all the time and it's really helpful when we need to just set something there while working in the garden, etc.
If you do much laundry at all you might find setting up something for your basket everyday a bit annoying. You could also just use an outdoor chair of some kind too.
loving a small homestead with DH and DS (12/2005) keeping it natural, frugal and back to basics :