‘m a little geeky when it comes to eye-appealing storage; in fact, I use the term ‘functional aesthetics‘ more often than my family would like to hear. Let’s face it, we all need to store our goods and possessions, so why not make it look attractive in the process.  And for me, having stylish organization and storage motivates me to keep it well organized.  I’m always on the lookout for interesting ways to store stuff.  Without further ado, here is my round up of snazzy organization ideas using some uncommon items.

Snazzy Organization Ideas for your Stuff

1.  Glass Jars and Vessels

I buy many of my pantry staples (beans, oats, rice, quinoa, etc…) in bulk at our local health food store, at Costco or from Amazon Subscribe and Save. Once home I put them in the jars  use in my pantry.

I’ve collected jars from a variety of sources.  Since I can our soups and stocks, I always have Ball, Kerr or Kilner mason jars in my pantry.  I have also picked up jars at WalMart, Target, Michael’s, Marshall’s and everywhere in between.  I used the Martha Stewart by Avery labels that used to be available at Staples.  I have been able to find them at Amazon…of course.

Staying organized is easy when your organization looks good. Organizing ideas using various containers, vessels, boxes, etc...

Staying organized is easy when your organization looks good. Organizing ideas using various containers, vessels, boxes, etc...

Get a load of these!  Covet-worthy for sure.

Staying organized is easy when your organization looks good. Organizing ideas using various containers, vessels, boxes, etc...

The Vintage Wren

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Stylish Livable Spaces 

Yep, glass containers are where it’s at for my storage.  I’ve also incorporated a wide glass apothecary jar in my bathroom to hold our bars of soap.

Staying organized is easy when your organization looks good. Organizing ideas using various containers, vessels, boxes, etc...

And here are some other organization ideas using glass containers in the bathroom:

Staying organized is easy when your organization looks good. Organizing ideas using various containers, vessels, boxes, etc...

Anthropologie 

Staying organized is easy when your organization looks good. Organizing ideas using various containers, vessels, boxes, etc...

Restoration Hardware

 

Staying organized is easy when your organization looks good. Organizing ideas using various containers, vessels, boxes, etc...

BHG

2.  Wooden Boxes

Wine crates and other wooden boxes provide great storage and organization ideas when you really don’t need or want to see what’s inside.  I have several wine crates in my pantry to corral small packages of stuff, this one holds my dried fruit.  

You can find them on ebay, but also try your local wine stores and restaurants. I was given several just by asking.

Staying organized is easy when your organization looks good. Organizing ideas using various containers, vessels, boxes, etc...

How great is this for children’s toys:

Staying organized is easy when your organization looks good. Organizing ideas using various containers, vessels, boxes, etc...

Serena and Lily

Old cigar humidors or men’s jewelry boxes make great storage as well.  We use this one to keep our remotes in one place and out of sight.

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3.  Metal Containers

I’ve collected several copper pots for use in my kitchen.  While they are especially appealing when they have been recently shined, I don’t mind the smudges and natural discoloration that comes with everyday use.  

Staying organized is easy when your organization looks good. Organizing ideas using various containers, vessels, boxes, etc...

The little one is from Williams-Sonoma.  I love the size to hold my small whisks, spatulas and other smallish items that would otherwise get lost in my big utensil pot, which I found at a local antique store.  

The rectangular one on the left was discovered in a cluttered bric-a-brac store in Riquewihr, in Alsace-Lorraine, France.  I was hiking with a girlfriend and carried this container for the rest of my travels in my backpack, as my suitcase was jammed with other finds!  I REALLY wanted this thing… I told you I was a little container-geeky.

I love thinking outside of the box (no pun intended) for storage containers.  The following are other great examples of outside the box storage.

How clever!  Re-purposing an old chicken feeder for counter top containment is a great organization idea!

Staying organized is easy when your organization looks good. Organizing ideas using various containers, vessels, boxes, etc...

Homedit

Staying organized is easy when your organization looks good. Organizing ideas using various containers, vessels, boxes, etc...

Homedit

 

Staying organized is easy when your organization looks good. Organizing ideas using various containers, vessels, boxes, etc...

House of Bliss

Staying organized is easy when your organization looks good. Organizing ideas using various containers, vessels, boxes, etc...

Paisley Wallpaper

 4.  Wire Baskets

Wire baskets make their appearance several places in our home.  I use wire mesh baskets in my pantry to corral similar, smaller items.  

In this case, I found these small baskets at Walmart and jazzed them up with adhesive metal bookplates (they were from the Martha Stewart for Avery collection at Staples, but sadly I think they’ve been discontinued!  I did find these on Amazon, though they don’t appear to be adhesive…just need to get a little creative).

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I could not for the life of me tell you exactly the original source of these ‘baskets’ holding staples in my pantry but I think they are old freezer baskets.  They had been receptacles for junk in our garages over the years before I discovered their utility indoors, gave them a good cleaning and a coat of spray paint.  

They are a little quirky, but they work and I like quirky.

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Terry tries to have a bowl of heart healthy oatmeal most mornings and likes his oatmeal with many toppings.  I found it easier and neater to keep those oatmeal condiments that get used on a regular basis corralled in one basket.

He just needs to get one thing out of the pantry and put one thing back in the pantry, making it more likely that it’ll end up in the same spot each time!  😀

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5.  Re-purposed Drawers and Such

I think it’s way cool to use something in a way different than it was originally designed for.  Case in point, check out what Sarah did with an old Post Office Mail Cubby.  So clever.

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Sincerely Sara D

One of my favorite pieces of organization/storage is this sewing machine drawer that we use to store our tea bags in the kitchen.  

Ideas, photos and links showing snazzy organization ideas for your stuff using 7 easily found but uncommon containers styles

Funky Junk Interiors used old drawers to store her paint brushes

paint jars in drawer

Funky Junk Interiors

Jen used two re-purposed drawers to store perfumes and lotions in her bathroom.

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The Haystack Needle

6.  Grass. Wicker and Twig Baskets

My mom has this huge basket with a lid that she always kept in our den for throws.  Writing this post has reminded me that I need to find one like mom has.   Look at this beauty!

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Vibekedesign

Turning a basket into a file drawer…CLEVER!

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Imperfect Homemaking

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Les Tissus Colbert

And ever-wonderful Ina Garten uses a large basket to store her oversize cutting boards!  Brilliant.

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House Beautiful

7.  Silver/China Pieces

Once again, along the same theme of re-purposing, use your rarely used silver and china to store everyday items so that you can enjoy them everyday! I use the silver sugar and creamer set that was a wedding gift many moons ago to hold my crochet hooks, stitch holders and cable needles.  

The tools don’t get lost in drawers and they stay in one place and…I’m finally using the sugar and creamer set!

Staying organized is easy when your organization looks good. Organizing ideas using various containers, vessels, boxes, etc...

Kim at Tidbits and Twine uses her silver pieces in her bathroom.  Love that look. 

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Tidbits and Twine

When I was younger my grandmother lived with us.  She was an accomplished seamstress and kept a tin filled with buttons in her room. I have very clear memories of sitting on her bed eating the spearmint leaf candies she kept in her nightstand drawer and rummaging through her button box.  

I accumulate all my buttons that come with a recently purchased item of clothing or from any other source in this china bowl that belonged to Terry’s mom.  It’s a confluence of families…in a button collection kind of way.

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Wow!  If you’ve made it to the end of this post, give yourself a huge pat on the back.  It was fun collecting all this organization and storage ideas and it has energized me to incorporate some of the web ideas into my home.

Ideas, photos and links showing snazzy organization ideas for your stuff using 7 easily found but uncommon containers styles

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20 Comments

  1. Laurie

    July 15, 2015 at 11:30 am

    Lynn… Fantabulous! I get so overwhelmed with organization or lack there of!! About to do a pantry at the lake. Can’t wait to use these ideas! I do believe this is a great direction for you! Cheers dear friend!!!!

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  2. karen

    July 25, 2015 at 6:20 am

    snazzy is one of my most favorite words…annoys my hubby. These really are all so snazzy and maybe when my son is older I can use some of the ideas and not fear him breaking them!!!! Stopping by from #SITSBlogging

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    • lynn

      July 25, 2015 at 7:01 am

      Thanks Karen…it’s a fun word, isn’t it! As it relates to your son growing up and not breaking stuff…mine is almost 16 and it is still a concern. Don’t hold your breath! :} Thanks for stopping by.

      Reply
  3. Alayna @AlaynasCreations

    July 26, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    Oh look at all the of those containers! I’m a sucker for a good basket, bucket or bottle. So many things to organize, so little time! 🙂 Great round up.

    I am co-hosting the #HomeMattersParty link party this month and would love to have you stop by for a visit. The current party is open through Monday night. http://alaynascreations.co/2015/07/24/home-matters-linky-party-47/

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    • lynn

      July 27, 2015 at 6:31 am

      Hi Alayna, Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words. I will head to your link party post haste! Thanks for the invite.

      Reply
  4. Shann Eva

    September 2, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    So many great ways to organize. Can you come over and help me? 🙂 Thank you for linking up at #HomeMattersParty this week, and hope to see you again next week.

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    • lynn

      September 2, 2015 at 6:15 pm

      Thanks Shann! I enjoy linking up at HomeMatters and will see you next week! Lynn

      Reply
  5. Paula

    October 28, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    AWESOME!! Such fantabulous and clever storage ideas! I fall in love very easily with anything OLD, especially if it had a precious life story. What I mean is something old that was used for one thing and now can be turned into something completely different! Old items, since it’s not only furniture, fascinates me!? Paula

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    • lynn

      October 28, 2015 at 6:13 pm

      Thanks so much Paula! I’m completely with you about the ‘backstory’. Really much prefer something with history than something right off of the shelves…having these storied items on display as organization. They incent me to stay organized.

      BTW…we have a measuring equivalent PDF to send you, but would you be able to print it off?

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      • Paula

        October 28, 2015 at 6:48 pm

        Yes ma’am, I can go to the library and print it off!? Your lemon would look much better, not to mention fresher, than my old faded one I’ve had for eons! LOL!!! Thank you, I will be looking forward to getting it! 😉 Paula

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  6. Chellie

    February 27, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    Oh my goodness, I love them all! I am a huge fan of “functional aesthetics”, I’ve never used that term before, but I will from now on. ha! I have a fabulous small vintage looking dresser in my living room which stores my small photo props and additional napkins and things, it’s yellow and I love it. I also found an awesome old trunk that I put in my bedroom. Thanks for sharing at From the Archives Friday, see you next week!

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    • lynn

      March 1, 2016 at 7:29 am

      Good Morning Chellie, don’t you love the term ‘functional aesthetics’…it’s so descriptive. And I’m always on the look out for a new piece of storage…like I said, it’s rather an addiction of mine. Thanks for swinging by today and thanks for giving new life to our old posts.

      Hugs, Lynn

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  7. Elizabeth (Plant Based Bride)

    March 25, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    Love love LOVE storing things in glass jars and containers! Loved this post 🙂

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    • lynn

      March 26, 2016 at 9:45 am

      Thanks Elizabeth…I do too! I know it may seem like a silly thing to many, but I am so much more inclined to stay organized if my organization looks pretty! Just how I am.
      Thanks for coming by and for leaving your sweet comment.

      Hugs, LYnn

      Reply
  8. Nikki

    March 28, 2016 at 9:31 am

    Lynn, you certainly taken fashionably functional storage to a new level. I love all of The Rustic touches that the storage containers bring to decor. I can’t even say which one I like more I love the cleanness of the glass in your pantry and bathroom. But those repurposed antique drawers are really cool. I love galvanized tin of any type. And the wire baskets, especially for your toilet paper container in the bathroom, really hit the spot for me. I’m going to start being more creative with my storage and when I go to a thrift store or antique shop my eyes will be looking at items differently.

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    • lynn

      March 30, 2016 at 6:37 pm

      Hi Nikki…thanks so much for swinging by and leaving your kind words. I’m with you that the repurposed drawers are my favorite, but do have a penchant for any kind of unique storage solutions. It is fun to find different ways to store items. That wire basket had been sitting in my garage for years before I considered it for Kate’s toilet paper. So go search your garage!
      Wishing you a wonderful Thursday!

      hugs, Lynn

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  9. Michelle Marttila - Happy Heart Made

    March 31, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    OH MY, LOVE IT ALL…FEELING INSPIRED TO GET MY ACT TOGETHER!!! Lol

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    • lynn

      April 1, 2016 at 8:59 pm

      Thanks Michelle! Having spiffy containers always motivates me to get my organization on! Really appreciate you swinging by and leaving your kind comments.

      Wishing you a lovely weekend.

      Hugs, Lynn

      Reply
  10. Katrin

    June 18, 2016 at 3:18 am

    A lovely collection of storage ideas Lynn! I’m all for making storage spaces look pretty and with wire baskets, wooden boxes, glass jars it all just looks so much better! I love your idea to hide the remote controls inside the wooden box and that apothekary jar is beautiful for the bathroom, I have to look for some for mine too! My dream would be a pantry with all jars, that might make me want to cook more often!

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    • lynn

      June 20, 2016 at 7:31 am

      Thanks Katrin…you now know my weak spot…In fact, Terry and I are on a little road trip right now and we stopped at a couple antique stores and what did I buy? 2 old milk jars, a big metal box and a wire oyster crate. Just realized that! Too funny. Thanks for visiting my friend.
      Hugs Ltnn

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