The easiest way to grow mushrooms at home is with a five gallon bucket full of coffee grounds, and some Oyster Mushroom spawn. Spent coffee grounds can almost always be obtained free from a nearby coffee shop. Oyster mushroom spawn can be purchased online from Amazon or from a mushroom lab near you. Detailed instructions for putting together a five gallon mushroom farm can be found http://www.stormthecastle.com/terrarium/how-to-grow-mushrooms.htm
A laundry basket make a great container for growing mushrooms! The holes are already there for you; allowing for air flow, drainage, and easy fruiting/picking. Using this method with oyster mushrooms is great for beginners.