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How to Get Organized with Vintage Decor

Happy 2017 you fabulous people! I hope the first 30ish hours of the year have been wonderful for you so far! I know I’ve said it already, but I seriously love the month of January. The idea of a fresh start and setting goals is so energizing for me. Plus I love the return of routines and normal life after the holiday craziness. I told you all in my last post that getting more organized is one of my many goals for the new year, so today I’m talking all about how to get organized with vintage decor. This past weekend I was busy little bee organizing the house and doing a bit of decluttering, and I decided to use as much of my vintage goodies as I could to solve some of our “organization troubles”. I have lots of simple and practical ideas to share today, so let’s get to it!

Vintage Drawer for Mail

How to Get Organized with Vintage Decor. Simple ideas to use vintage decor to organize your home! How to Get Organized with Vintage Decor. Simple ideas to use vintage decor to organize your home!

I don’t know about you guys, but stacks of bills and mail sitting on the kitchen counter really stresses me out. I used to have a large desk organizer with lots of little compartments and drawers in this spot, but it was just too big and bulky. Plus it attracted lots of other “stuff”, so the whole area was always cluttered. I love using this small vintage drawer instead–it’s just the right size and only has room for what we need: mail, pens, and a notebook.

How to Get Organized with Vintage Decor. Simple ideas to use vintage decor to organize your home!

Vintage Jar for Bars of Soap

How to Get Organized with Vintage Decor. Simple ideas to use vintage decor to organize your home!

This is probably my favorite way to use an old jar. I shared this in our master bathroom renovation post and we’ve seriously used it ever since. Super practical and it definitely adds a bit of pizzaz the room.

How to Get Organized with Vintage Decor. Simple ideas to use vintage decor to organize your home!

Vintage Milk Crate for an Organized Coffee Table

How to Get Organized with Vintage Decor. Simple ideas to use vintage decor to organize your home! How to Get Organized with Vintage Decor. Simple ideas to use vintage decor to organize your home!

I love this old milk crate. If you have little people in your house like I do, this works perfectly to organize goodies on your coffee table or anywhere really. It keeps little hands from grabbing whatever it is you want to display, plus it can actually hold a ton of stuff.

How to Get Organized with Vintage Decor. Simple ideas to use vintage decor to organize your home!

Vintage Crock Storage

How to Get Organized with Vintage Decor. Simple ideas to use vintage decor to organize your home! How to Get Organized with Vintage Decor. Simple ideas to use vintage decor to organize your home!

I love collecting vintage doilies and table runners, but they usually end up in a drawer somewhere. When I was decluttering this weekend I found my collection and decided to bring them out of hiding. Storing them in this old crock works perfectly–it’s pretty and functional!

How to Get Organized with Vintage Decor. Simple ideas to use vintage decor to organize your home!

Towels in a Vintage Basket

How to Get Organized with Vintage Decor. Creative ideas to organize your home and everyday items with vintage decor.

How to Get Organized with Vintage Decor. Simple ideas to use vintage decor to organize your home!

This works really well if you have a small bathroom, like we do, and don’t have much extra space for storage. We can’t quite fit a cabinet in this spot, so this basket for extra towels is just what we needed. I wish I had thought of this a long time ago!

How to Get Organized with Vintage Decor. Simple ideas to use vintage decor to organize your home!

Vintage Enamel Tray for Kitchen Organization

How to Get Organized with Vintage Decor. Simple ideas to use vintage decor to organize your home! How to Get Organized with Vintage Decor. Simple ideas to use vintage decor to organize your home!

I’ve been looking for a way to display a few of my favorite cookbooks in the kitchen, so when I found this enamel tray just sitting in our basement storage I knew exactly what to do with it. It’s just the right size for the kitchen countertop!

How to Get Organized with Vintage Decor. Simple ideas to use vintage decor to organize your home!

If you’re on a mission to get your home a bit more organized for the new year, I say think outside the box and get creative with it. Vintage decor doesn’t have to be just used for decoration–it can serve a practical and functional purpose as well. And if you love vintage decor like I do, there’s a good chance you have a few similar items sitting around your home that would work really well for organizing every day items.

Well friends, that’s all I’ve got for you today. I hope you enjoyed the post and it gave you a few ideas. As always, thanks so much for dropping by! I absolutely love having you here! xoxo

How to Get Organized with Vintage Decor. Simple ideas organize your home and everyday items with vintage decor.

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The Comments

  • Liz
    January 2, 2017

    Love these ideas! They’re simple yet so clever.

    • Sarah
      > Liz
      January 3, 2017

      Thanks Liz! Simple and practical for the win! 🙂

  • Stephanie
    January 2, 2017

    Great post! We are getting close to our move in date, so making notes of all your ideas. I’m inspired!

    • Sarah
      > Stephanie
      January 3, 2017

      Oh that’s so exciting Stephanie, good luck with your move!

  • Doreen
    January 2, 2017

    Sarah, love all your storage ideas. Thanks for some great tips. ????

    • Sarah
      > Doreen
      January 3, 2017

      Thanks Doreen!!

  • Mary
    January 2, 2017

    It all looks so great! I love the drawer on your counter and I have used in a metal basket too.
    Off to find some vintage drawers. Happy New Year

    • Sarah
      > Mary
      January 3, 2017

      Thanks Mary, I love that little drawer too. Just the right size for mail! Hope you found one!

  • MeLinda
    January 2, 2017

    Love the organization ideas!!! I joined your e-mail list not too long ago and you have inspired me to change up a few things around my house. Over the Christmas break I redecorated my bedroom and changed some décor in the master bath. Also, I am working on changing a few things in the living room. I’ll send you pictures when I get finished. Thanks for the inspiration, I love looking at your blog everyday!!! Happy New Year!!

    • Sarah
      > MeLinda
      January 3, 2017

      Hi MeLinda! I’m so happy to hear that my blog has given you some ideas for your own home–that’s my #1 goal! And yes, please send me pictures. I would seriously LOVE to see them!!

  • Brenda
    January 2, 2017

    You gave me some great ideas, after I get over a stupid head cold I will be implementing some of them. Happy New Year.

    • Sarah
      > Brenda
      January 3, 2017

      Thanks Brenda! Sorry to hear you are sick, sending all the healthy vibes your way! 🙂

  • Pamela Martin
    January 2, 2017

    I love all your great ideas for organizing. I have the organizing bug right now, but get stuck for ideas. I really appreciate you posting them.
    *Smiles*

    • Sarah
      > Pamela Martin
      January 3, 2017

      So happy to hear you like my ideas Pamela and thanks for stopping by!

  • Tara
    January 5, 2017

    Lovely ideas! and I love the rug under your vintage trunk!! Where is it from?

    <3 Tara
    @blooming_acre

    • Sarah
      > Tara
      January 5, 2017

      Thanks Tara! That rug is from Pier 1. It’s currently on clearance, you can find it here: https://rstyle.me/n/cbjiwsb6hgf

    • Kay
      > Tara
      July 4, 2022

      Using vintage items to organize is a special
      Idea. Thanks. Love your ideas.

  • Vicki
    February 12, 2017

    Great Ideas! I especially love the vintage enamel container on the kitchen counter. I found one of those a while back in mint green with the lid, and I keep it on my dryer in the laundry room since it always seems to accumulate random items like small tools, sandpaper, screws, etc. from projects. Now they can go in the pretty container and be out of sight. Of course, I need to go through the container from time to time and put things where they belong, but I find that if some space ends up being a “drop zone” for ts best not to fight it and just find a pretty way to organize or hide it????

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  • Sarah
    March 26, 2019

    Great ideas! Can’t wait to use them!

  • Laurie
    September 20, 2019

    I love the idea of a wood box but I’m looking for something next to sink to hold salt n pepper holder and dish liquid that won’t rust it’ll sit next to sink. My counter space is only like 14 inches

  • Deb
    July 24, 2022

    Love your ideas. Thank you!😊

  • Jo
    January 3, 2023

    Finally…found someone who appreciates vintage! I always try to use what I have or look through thrift stores, yard sales, etc. I live in Lancaster county, PA and can usually find “gold”. Thanks!

  • Jamie
    February 5, 2023

    Love all these ideas I have a lot of these same items in my house I have a crib spring hanging in my kitchen over my coffee bar I love using it for hanging old utensils and pictures of my kis cooking when they were kids♥️

  • Pat
    April 6, 2024

    Hi. I love the idea of the red and white enamelware displaying your cookbooks, wooden spoons and flour canister. Could you tell me what size the cake pan is? I would love to do this in my kitchen. Thank you.
    Pat