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20+ Creative Ways to Organize with Vintage Finds

Using vintage and thrifted items for organizing your home and office. 

vintage McCoy planter with pencils

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Need to get more organized? So do I. I've been on a huge mission at our house lately. It involves being honest with myself about what I use and love and then getting rid of everything else. And for someone who has been collecting vintage items for almost 30 years, it's a really big job. But I'm so glad I'm doing it! Every time I get rid of something that I'm not using (no matter how "useful" it is), it's like a burden is lifted from my shoulders.

The things that I'm keeping are loved and utilized. It thrills me to be able to actually use some of my collection for unique storage and organization. I'm sharing how I've used my finds, and hopefully you can use many of these ideas in your own home. Let me know which idea is your favorite!


Creative Ways to Use Vintage Items for Organizing


1. Vintage China Cabinet used for storage


green painted vintage China cabinet used for storing art supplies

When I gave my studio a makeover a few months ago I used this antique China hutch to store many of my art supplies. It got a fresh coat of paint and was lined with wallpaper and is now the perfect accent piece in the room. You can find pieces like this at thrift stores and estate sales for various prices. Painting them gives them a brand new vibe and doesn't take much money or time. You can see the rest of the studio makeover HERE.


2. Using Milk Glass for Organizing 


vintage milk glass used for organizing

Milk glass vases and compotes are so versatile and usually pretty easy to find. (Check ETSY, thrift shops, yard sales, and estate sales). They're perfect for brushes, pencils, and so many other things. 


3. Organizing with Vintage Flower Frogs & Planters


vintage McCoy planter with pencils

Want a fun way to store pens & pencils? Add a glass flower frog to a small flower pot and you're set!


vintage planter used for organizing makeup

A shallow planter in the bathroom or vanity drawer is ideal for makeup and brushes.

4. Vintage Crates used for Storage


vintage wire egg crate with throw blankets inside

A vintage metal crate is a great way to store and show off your favorite throw blankets. 


5. Use Vintage dishes to Organize Drawers


vintage silver candy dish organizing pens

Pretty little dishes and bowls are the perfect way to corral pens, pencils, and all those loose things that roll around in drawers. These vintage silver dishes are great organizers in one of our kitchen drawers. They make it look so nice!


6. Use Vintage Jello Molds for Jewelry and Small Items


vintage jello molds with bracelets stored in them


vintage jello molds used for bathroom organization

These little jello molds are a fun way to organize jewelry and also little items in our bathroom vanity.


7. Vintage Muffin Pans & Tart Tins For Organizing Small Items


vintage muffin pan and tart tins organizing jewelry

Muffin pans and tart tins are also perfect for small jewelry. They would also be great storage for small office supplies and craft supplies.


8. Vintage Milk Glass Dental Tray for Organizing Bracelets


vintage milk glass dental trays organizing bracelets and necklaces

These vintage milk glass dental trays would be useful for so many different items. I'm using them for some of my bracelets but they would be great for office supplies too.

9. Vintage Tea Cups and Punch Cups used For Organizing Drawers


vintage punch cups organizing bathroom drawer

Vintage punch cups and tea cups are great ways to organize small items. I've got hair items and makeup in these that are in our bathroom vanity drawer.


10. Vintage Rolling Carts 


vintage rolling cart with cricut machine

Rolling carts are so versatile. They can be used as beverage carts, storage carts, and more. This vintage printer cart got a facelift and now has my Cricut machine and supplies stored on it. 

11. Vintage Picnic Baskets for Storing and Organizing Items


vintage picnic baskets used for storage underneath white table

Perfect for hiding and storing so many things, vintage picnic baskets are usually inexpensive and easy to find. 


12. Vintage Olive Bucket Used for a Recycling Basket


vintage metal olive basket used for recycling

I love my vintage olive basket and have used it so many different ways. It's perfect for tossing items to be recycled, holding throw blankets, kindling, and even plants. To see even more ways to use them go HERE.


13. Vintage Ironstone Pitcher used to Organize Kitchen Utensils


vintage pitcher used for kitchen utensil organizer

You could use an ironstone pitcher as a utensil holder in the kitchen, but they also make great vases.

14. Vintage Wooden Ladder used for Organizing Towels and Throw Blankets


old ladder used for towel storage in bathroom

vintage ladder used as magazine rack

We use an old wooden ladder to hang towels in our master bathroom and another one in the living room for throw blankets and magazines. 

15. Vintage Mason Jars used for Storing and Organizing Small Items


vintage mason jar used to store game pieces

Use vintage mason jars to store your vintage dominos, or anything else small. 


vintage mason jar used to store spools of thread

They make great storage for old wooden spools of thread too!

16. Vintage Wooden Milk Crates used for Garage Organization


vintage wooden milk crate used for garage organization

Old wooden milk crates store some of our grilling and garden items in the garage. 

17. Vintage Cake Pedestal used for Counter Top Organization


cake pedestal used for kitchen organization

Cake pedestals are a nice way to get things up off your counters. I used one in the kitchen next to the sink for dish soap and miscellaneous items. 


pedestal used for bathroom organization

And another one in the bathroom for soaps and lotions. (Go HERE for newer ones.)

18. Vintage Trophy used to Organize Pens & Pencils


vintage trophy used to store pens

Need a place to stash pens and pencils on a shelf, desk, or table? A vintage trophy is a gorgeous place for them. Also notice the little bowls with paper clips and binder clips, and the folders are stored in a plate stand. Think outside of the box!!

19. Vintage Swivel Hook used for Organizing Scarves


swivel hook scarf organizer, shoe pocket organizer used for gloves and hats

These swivel hooks are a great way to hang scarves in our entry closet. You could also hang aprons, purses, belts, and more on these. Did you notice the pocket shoe organizer we use for our winter gloves and hats? Again, think outside the box!

20. Vintage Bottles for Pretty Liquid Storage


old bottles with pouring spouts added


repurposed bottles used as dispensers

Glass bottles make wonderful storage for olive oil, vinegar, dish soap, liquid laundry detergent, syrup, spirits, and more! Add one of these spouts to make them great pourers. (The bottles shown are available in my shop HERE.)


Need more ideas for organizing with vintage items? Here are some of my favorites from Country Living.

Use an old metal sign as a magnetic bulletin board


vintage metal highway sign used as magnet board
 Brian Woodcock

Authentic vintage route 66 sign found HERE.
Reproduction versions found HERE and HERE.


Hang vintage baskets on colorful hooks 


vintage baskets hung on the wall for organization
Brian Woodcock


Use a vintage washboard as a memo board


vintage washboard used as magnetic board
Brian Woodcock

Vintage Mail Sorter Used for Office Organization


vintage letter sorter used for home organization
Brian Woodcock



From Better Homes & Gardens, here's another fun idea:

Vintage Drawer Pulls 


vintage drawer pulls hung on the wall for organization




And from a casarella, this is so clever:

Mason Jar Twine Organizer


mason jar used to store twine


Sources


There are SO MANY different ways you can use vintage items to organize your home or office. Various sources of these types of items are are available:

  • eBay - simply enter the item you're looking for into the search box 
  • etsy - also enter the item into the search box
  • estate sales - view photos ahead of time if possible
  • thrift shops - cross your fingers!!

See some of my favorite vintage organizing items from etsy HERE.






What are some of your favorite ways to organize with vintage goodies? Leave me a comment and let me know. I'm always looking for good ideas!


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vintage items used for organization



Thanks so much for dropping by. Happy organizing!!



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