I'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.
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 I 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, Weck 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 these labels at Amazon…of course.
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.
And here are some other organization ideas using glass containers in the bathroom:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wire baskets make their appearance in 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).
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.
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! 😀
I think it's very clever 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. Such perfectly charming organization.
One of my favorite pieces of organization/storage is this sewing machine drawer that we use to store our tea bags in the kitchen.
Funky Junk Interiors used old drawers to store her paint brushes
Jen used two re-purposed drawers to store perfumes and lotions in her bathroom.
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 similar to the one my mom has. Look at this beauty!
Turning a basket into a file drawer…CLEVER!
And ever-wonderful Ina Garten uses a large basket to store her oversize cutting boards! Brilliant.
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!
Kim at Tidbits and Twine uses her silver pieces in her bathroom. I love how this looks.
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.
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.
That's it for today my friends and thanks for stopping by to visit. I appreciate you more than you’ll ever know. And when you leave a comment…ah, it makes my heart sing!
I have published printable PDFs of several of my most popular knit patterns and printables and have made those available to all of my subscribers. Come back and check every now and again. I will continue to add patterns and printables to this page as we go along.
So, if you’d like to get in on the ‘subscriber benefit’ action, simply subscribe to Nourish and Nestle using the form on the right sidebar. It’s towards the top a bit. Or you can just click here. I have sent all my subscribers the link to the Subscriber Benefits Library, but if you missed it or misplaced it, drop me a line and I'll get it right to you.
Until next time,