10 Old Kitchen Items You Can Use to Organize Your Life
Use muffin tins for bathroom storage, plus more surprising ways to repurpose old kitchen stuff.
Whether you haven't baked since slap bracelets were in or just want to upgrade your kitchenware, there are plenty of ways to use those supplies outside the kitchen. Keep reading to see how common kitchen tools can be used as storage, like the muffin tin below that holds your bathroom toiletries — genius!
Multipurpose Muffin Pan
Vintage baking pans come with a pretty patina that makes them a favorite find at flea markets, though a pan dating back to the Mad Men era may be better suited for display rather than Sunday's blueberry muffins. Here's a new use for that old pan. Repurpose a muffin pan in the bathroom as a handy tray for toiletries that you can bring by the tub for at-home pedicures.
Photo courtesy of Kimberly Ludy
Teacup Jewelry Holder
We can never have too many ideas when it comes to organizing and displaying jewelry. If you're not short on storage space, reserve a vanity or dresser drawer just for holding bracelets, necklaces and rings. Designer Lynda Quintero-Davids wanted to add as much style and function to her client's dressing table, so she used tea cups and saucers for storage.
You love grandma's vintage tea set, but probably have nowhere to display it. Use the saucers and cups to hold your favorite possessions like jewelry. It's a quick and pretty way to organize your drawers.
Vintage Meets New
Bring out your lunchbox from your elementary school days, and use it to store all the odds and ends that clutter up your shelves. Got a collection of boxes? They can double as decor.
Unscramble Your Thread
I seem to collect countless spools of thread and organizing them is nearly impossible. If you are anything like me, use an egg carton to keep them separated and easy to grab.
Grater Pencil Holder
Repurposed Cheese Grater as Pencil Storage
Take an old box grater (you'll want one with dull enough openings to prevent cuts) and fill the opening at the top with floral foam cut to fit snugly inside. Loop a wire through two holes on one side of the grater to form a hook, then flip it and hang on the wall. Fill with colored pencils and pens. Photo courtesy of Alicia McDonald and Jamie Timmer
Alicia McDonald and Jamie Ritter
Stick floral foam into an old grater, and stick pencils or other kitchen utensils into the foam to keep your kids' craft space tidy. Hang the grater on any surface to free up counter space, but make sure you use an old grater with dull edges to prevent cuts.
No Cookies in These Tins
Use colorful cookie tins to store larger office supplies, and label them to keep things organized.
Tuna Can Drawer Organizer
For smaller office supplies, use recycled tuna cans. You can fit several in a drawer, and it keeps your most-used supplies right at hand.
Mason Jar Bathroom Organizer
Hung Up on Jars
Mason jars are a pretty and practical solution for organizing cotton balls and Q-tips, but glass in the bathroom is a risky matter and counter space is always at a premium. Here's a solution for getting everything up on the wall in style. All you need is a piece of wood, paint, pipe clamps, wide-mouth Mason jars, screws and picture hangers. Paint your wood board the color you want. Once it's dry, screw the pipe clamps onto the wood (be sure to measure out how many Mason jars you'll be adding and space them out on the board). Add picture hangers to the back of the board to hang it on the wall. Then, slide the Mason jars into the pipe clamps. Be sure the pipe clamps are tight enough to catch the lip of the jar. Now you have all your essentials within reach, and they look good, too. Design by Liz Marie Galvan
Photo courtesy of Liz Marie Galvan
Did you think we forgot about Mason jars? We're taking it to the next level with this clever way to organize your toiletries. You will need a piece of wood, paint, pipe clamps, wide-mouth Mason jars, screws and picture hangers to make this hanging organizer. Paint your wood board the color you want. Once it's dry, screw the pipe clamps onto the wood (be sure to measure out how many jars you'll be adding and space them out on the board). Add picture hangers to the back of the board to hang it on the wall. Then, slide the jars into the pipe clamps. Be sure the pipe clamps are tight enough to catch the lip of the jar.
Cake Stand Turned Soap Dish
Let's take it back to the kitchen. Cake stands take up too much precious cabinet storage. Keep it right by the sink instead to hold your sponges, towels and soap. You don't waste any counter space either since you can store things underneath it, too.
Ice Cube Tray Snack Caddy
An ice cube tray is an easy way to keep small household items organized or to separate food for your picky little eater. Sure, the food may not stay in its designated cubby by the end of mealtime, but A for effort.