Smart & Stylish Small Storage Ideas

Star Anise Jar Storage Using Bon Maman Jar

Interior design is a new found love of mine and by that I mean I love looking at other people’s interior design in home magazines! I’m not much of a decorator myself but I do love accessorising a home, especially when they provide storage too (something our little home seriously lacks).

Pinterest is a great source of inspiration for cheap, unique and stylish storage ideas, that are both practical and beautiful. Small storage can really change the appearance and functionality of a space; Whilst the majority of those shown in magazines and on Pinterest aren’t necessarily groundbreaking or new, they are so versatile that they are constantly reinvented and used in such unique ways. These commonly seen small storage features should be staples in your home. Here is how I use this winning combination for optimum impact:

Update your home decor with stylish small storage and de-clutter your home.1. Baskets
Baskets are so incredibly multifaceted and are available in a range of styles to suit every room.

Cupboard Top Small Storage in Stylish Wire Baskets

I love wire baskets at the moment and I have managed to incorporate them for both functionality and style.

In the kitchen, I cleared the space above my cupboards of its homeless clutter, by using 2 lined wire baskets and a retro style first aid tin. The lining of the baskets keeps the contents hidden, making the space look neat and tidy.

These baskets are from Target, so were pretty cheap. They actually have typography printed on one side, which would provide a great focal point. I want them to blend in unnoticed, so I display the plain side of the linen.
Rustic wire basket with printed hessian lining with 'Storage' print. I also store my eggs in a vintage wire basket, using it as a display feature to give my kitchen that homely, country feel.

2. Jars, Bottles and Vessels

One of the easiest and cheapest ways to accumulate small storage solutions is to reuse empty food jars and drink bottles.
Up cycle jam jars and use for storing herbs, spices or as candle vases

I absolutely love Bon Maman Orange Marmalade on toast and as such I go through a lot of jam jars. These jars, in particular, are a great shape, with a wide opening and have a cute, red gingham lid to boot. I have used them for so many different things: from storing tea bags and star anise, to organising pens and stationery. The possibilities are endless!
Star Anise Jar Storage Using Bon Maman Jar Jars, carafes, jugs and empty bottles, are also some of my favourite ways to display flowers. The array of shapes and sizes creates an interesting focal point that you won’t often get with a standard vase. It also allows you to add flowers to even the smallest of spaces, in any room.
Babies Breath and flowers displayed in alternative to vases, jars and carafes

Glass jars are also reasonably inexpensive to buy and for larger jars, purchasing them is often the only option. I have taken my jar obsession to the extreme, storing my cotton pads in a beautiful Moroccan style display piece in my bedroom and in my bathroom I use a large sweet jar for my laundry powder. It looks so much better than the garish box the powder usually comes in!

Repurposed Bell Jar for Stylish Storage of Laundry Powder

 

Little milk bottles are also a cheap and sleek way to store herbs and spices if, like me, you prefer all of the bottles to match. I even found some cute pre-printed spice labels at my local homeware store.
Repurposed Pigeon Hole Milk Bottle Spice Holder

3. Re-Purposed Vintage Objects
My favourite way to store things and provide a room feature, albeit on a slightly larger scale, is to repurpose old vintage items with new uses. Pigeon holes, printers trays and specimen boxes are such a fabulous and unique way to store your belongings.
Unique shoe storage I recently found this gorgeous vintage pigeon hole in a shop called Kabinett Vintage, in a quaint little country town called Kyneton. I couldn’t pass up this bargain and the potential I knew it had to solve some of my storage woes. At the time of purchase I had no idea what I’d use it for but I eventually settled on using it as a shoe rack – my sandals and flats fit perfectly!

I recently found this gorgeous vintage pigeon hole in a shop called Kabinett Vintage, in a quaint little country town called Kyneton. I couldn’t pass up this bargain and the potential I knew it had to solve some of my storage woes. At the time of purchase I had no idea what I’d use it for but I eventually settled on using it as a shoe rack – my sandals and flats fit perfectly!
Repurpose Antiques as everyday household objects such as a shoe holder, to add extra style to your home.
Vintage shopping is so popular now, though, that it can often be expensive and the market has become flooded, often with greedy sellers. It doesn’t have to be this way, though, you might have pieces in the family, or you could try looking at local ads online.

If you can’t find original vintage pieces, try looking for a homeware brand that reproduces new furniture in that style. I found this cute shelving unit that emulates a vintage specimen display cabinet of some sort, at Provincial Home Living and now use it to store my herbs and spices.
Replica Specimen Cabinet and Milk Bottle Spice Rack

Finally, a quick bedroom fix (whilst we await the arrival of my furniture from England) has been to repurpose a galvanised drinks bucket into a hair equipment station. It’s not the neatest or smartest storage when you look in from the top but hey, at least, the hair stuff is not on the floor! The tub works well with the rest of the room so I will definitely use it for something nice once I find a hidden home for the hair stuff – I’m thinking some scatter cushions or textured blankets would look fab.
Repurpose Galvanised Ice Bucket for Stylish Storage

For me the beauty of vintage items is in their rawness; I guess it matches my outlook on life and my mission to celebrate the imperfections.

Ferg x

Ps. To make the most of your small storage, read our tips on how to kick the clutter at home to maximise your space.

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