02 January 2013

Vintage Storage Solutions - Organizing the Clutter

Happy New Year all you {Home-ologists}!!!  Do you love the arrival of the new year as much as I?  The exuberance I have for what lies ahead is at its pinnacle right now.  And I'm filled with optimism and excitement for what the new year holds.  But the new year isn't complete until the Christmas tree is down and all the decorations put in their proper place.  In our house, that usually happens Jan. 2.

Are you still smothered under the pile of new stuff that's made it's way into your home over the holidays, or have you found a place for everything?  This time of year is an optimal time to organize all that "stuff."  It's in with the new and out with the old, and is the perfect time to evaluate which items are no longer relevant in our busy lives.

I know I'm not the norm, but purging and organizing make me happy.  Yep, I'll be the first to admit that I am something of an organization nazi.  In my world, there is a place for everything.  After all, my work requires that I be organized.  It's imperative that I find what I need exactly when I need it.  But we all deal with the need to keep things neatly in their place - whether it be at work or at home.

This time of year we're faced with returning all the holiday supplies back to their proper place.  For many, that means a trip to The Container Store for a purchase of plastic & cardboard boxes.  If you're short on time, patience, & don't mind cost, this is a great way to store your supplies.  However, I'm not a "new in the box" kinda girl.  I enjoy coming up with more unique & creative ways to organize - mostly by recycling items that have been discarded by previous owners and finding new ways to utilize them.  If you tend to have a similar preference, I've chosen a few select items from our inventory {new & old} to help you find the perfect place for your newly beloved hoard.

These are a few vintage storage ideas from {Home-ology} - some are in stock, and some are of old stock; but all are fun, creative, & beautiful suggestions for those ever-present storage needs.  They are utilitarian in their form but are so pretty you'll want to use them in a place where they will always be displayed and appreciated:

vintage shopping carts via homeologymodernvintage.com
Vintage 1940's shopping carts - $140

I adore these vintage shopping carts. And one is aptly painted a Christmas red - how perfect!  So functional, these carts can be folded for easy storage, and their wheels make for easy transport.  But best of all, the height is perfect for holding an assorted collection of wrapping papers.  I like, too, that the metal grate construction allows you to hang smaller baskets {think bicycle baskets} to it's structure for those smaller necessaries such as tape & scissors.
vintage shopping cart via homeologymodernvintage.com

vintage shopping cart via homeologymodernvintage.com
You will typically find these shopping carts unlined.  If so, a piece of fitted cardboard cut to size and placed on the bottom will keep things such as papers neatly contained.
european potato basket via homeologymodernvintage.com
 European potato basket - $150

 Above is an old galvanized potato basket from Europe.  I love this style because it lets you see what's inside and the metal grate construction allows for easy hanging, if you so desire.  This basket is particularly large and is an overall good size for a multitude of assorted items.
antique battery jar via homeologymodernvintage.com
antique battery jar via homeologymodernvintage.com
 Antique Battery Jar - $75 {top jar - sold}

I love the character of these old battery jars, and the fact that they are glass makes them the perfect container for assorted bits since you can see exactly what's inside.  Battery jars come in all sorts of sizes and shapes.
antique ball jars via homeologymodernvintage.com
Assorted Mason Jars - $8-24

Mason jars...  Their assorted sizes make them great for anything & everything!
leather trunk liner via homeologymodernvintage.com
Antique Leather Trunk Liner - $125

This old leather trunk shelf, with its divided trays, was meant for organizing!  This one would look great as storage on an open shelf. 
antique storage drawer via homeologymodernvintage.com
Vintage Wood Box with Handles - sold

This sweet painted box has been sold, but similar ones can be easily found.  A perfect drawer for housing the small things.
french linen press via homeologymodernvintage.com 
French Linen Press - sold
1940s stand alone kitchen storage unit via homeologymodernvintage.com
1940s stand alone kitchen unit via homeologymodernvintage.com
1940's Stand Alone Kitchen Storage Unit - $425

And lastly, furniture.  Never, never forget to utilize those things you may already have on hand.  Furniture is a perfect example.  An old chest you may have stored in the basement can be repainted and used specifically for the purpose of organization.  Furniture is such an obvious, but one that is often overlooked for anything other than housing clothes.

There are many versatile options for storage if you think outside the box.  Try looking beyond the new and take advantage of things you already have one hand {many can be updated with a bit of paint}.  Once you've done that, hit your favorite antiques market for more creative storage solutions and make your space uniquely your own.  I guarantee, you'll find more uses for those vintage pieces than just storage!

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