Pretty Organizational Storage

I am always searching for pretty organizational storage. Items don’t need to be stored in what’s expected. You can use pretty, functional items instead.

Before organizational storage became a mainstream obsession, I was looking for ways to organize myself and my growing family. At that time, there weren’t a lot of storage options that were also pretty to look at.

Clear office desk trays

At that time, one of my favorite storage options is one that I still use today. I bought clear office desk trays that would go inside of a desk drawer to organize pens, paperclips, and rubber bands. I liked that you could see through them to the drawer liner below. It added functionality to the drawer along with the liner adding a pop of design and color.

Office supplies being used to organize items in a bathroom? Not exactly what’s expected, but it worked for me. They still work well, and I use them in three of my bathroom drawers to keep my nail items, makeup, and hair items organized.

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Other storage ideas

Fabric covered boxes –

Pretty organizing doesn’t just need to be where it can always be seen. I started purchasing fabric covered, divided boxes several years ago at TJ Maxx and Homegoods to add a pop of pretty when I open a drawer. They organize everything from ribbon to odds and ends.

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I’m  sure that they would be fairly easy to make, but I haven’t taken that plunge yet. When I do, you’ll be the first to know when I blog about it.

File boxes –

File boxes do not always have to be used for their intended purpose. I have several file boxes that I’ve repurposed to serve other needs.

One idea is to go vertical. A clear file box is used in my desk shelving area to store my address book, birthday book, and notebooks that I use frequently. The colors in the notebooks make it visually appealing. You could use a patterned filing box, as well.

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I also recovered a white file box, that I purchased at Target, with fabric. I used different fabrics with complementary colors on the top and the bottom. The fabric gives it more visual appeal and makes for great storage from my scrapbooking letters and stickers.

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Boxes, bins, and baskets –

I am always looking for a place to use boxes, bins, and baskets while organizing. I use boxes to store smaller books and notebooks and bins to do the same in my cupboard or closet.

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A gift box bin that I purchased at World Market was used to store my Silhouette items. I removed the ribbon and slid it onto the shelf underneath my Silhouette. It fits perfectly and keeps the items contained and within easy reach.

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I store my washi tape in a tiered storage box. To add some pretty to it, I cut scrapbook paper to match the size of the box and cut it to the depth of each bin. It created a seamless look that hides all of the tape rolls.

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In my studio office, I use a silverware caddy as a place to store pens, pencils, and highlighters that I use on a regular basis. I also use a canister to store markers that I use. It adds more visual interest than a typical storage container.

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In our master bathroom, I use a jar candle holder to store my face creams and essential oils on my bathroom counter. It is deep enough to keep them contained, and I like the design on the container.

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I use a clear nail polish holder to store my essential oil bottles. I added a small slip of paper to the front to add a pop of color.

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Storage tower  –

My office studio was a craft closet. I had a few storage cubes and a scrapbooking storage tower. When I created my office studio, I repurposed the storage tower into a jewelry storage piece. It has wheels on the bottom and is easy to move around.

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I also use three, small coat racks that hold my bulkier necklaces and bracelets where they are easy to see and access.

Until next time,

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