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

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 by: Photo courtesy of Kimberly Ludy

Photo courtesy of Kimberly Ludy

Teacup Jewelry Holder

Teacup Organizers

Teacup Organizers

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

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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

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Photo by: Photo courtesy of Michele Pacey

Photo courtesy of Michele Pacey

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

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

Photo by: Alicia McDonald and Jamie Ritter

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

Cookie Tins as Office Storage

Cookie Tins as Office Storage

Use leftover holiday cookie tins to store large office items, such as ink cartridges for the printer. Stack the tins to save counter space.

Photo by: Photo courtesy of Serena Thompson

Photo courtesy of Serena Thompson

Use colorful cookie tins to store larger office supplies, and label them to keep things organized.

Tuna Can Drawer Organizer

Clever Organizers: Can the Clutter with Can Drawer Dividers

Clever Organizers: Can the Clutter with Can Drawer Dividers

Get control over small odds and ends by nestling clean tuna cans into a drawer. Each little compartment can store thumbtacks, rubber bands, clips, or twist ties. Say goodbye to junk drawers forever!

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

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 by: Photo courtesy of 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

White and Green Cake Stand For Kitchen Soap and Sponge Display

White and Green Cake Stand For Kitchen Soap and Sponge Display

Keep kitchen sponges and soaps tidy and neat-looking with this cake stand soap dish. It's a stylish was to organize items and still have them readily available beside the sink.

Photo by: Photo courtesy of Natalie Wright

Photo courtesy of Natalie Wright

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

Ice Cube Tray Food Holder

Ice Cube Tray Food Holder

An ice cube tray makes a mess-free food holder for toddlers and small children.

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.

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