22 ways to use vessels to organize

Stuff. It’s everywhere.

I’m an essentialist and I still seem to have so much little stuff that needs a home. It’s useful so I keep it but man it’s a lot to keep contained.

That’s where vessels come in. Plus I just like saying that word.

Vessels are those containers you use to store things. I like pretty ones like baskets and crates and jars and bowls. Not so much cargo ships.

Bonus - repurposing old bowls and jars and bins and baskets to store and organize things is even better since no new money is spent and consumerism doesn’t get another boost.

So, all ye fellow organizers, gather up your vessels!

1. Jars

One of my favourite vessels for storage is a recycled glass jar - I use them for practically everything from dry foods to tea to craft supplies to buttons to laundry detergent to soaps to office supplies. They're great because you can easily see what's in them and when you need to stock up again. And they're easy to come by  - just recycle mason jars from soups or sauces, or pick a few up at the local flea market. 

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2. Baskets, crates, bins & boxes

Baskets, crates, bins, and boxes are brilliant for pretty and organized storage. Natural fiber baskets and vintage wire varieties work well, as do antique wooden crates.

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3. Trays

Trays corral practical items or collections to display neatly and with more impact. Try using them in the kitchen, on your dresser to hold jewelry, on the bathroom counter or toilet tank, or as a phone charging station. 

4. Bowls and cans

And finally, bowls and cans are pretty ways to keep everyday things handy and on display. 

I hope these inspire you to gather and organize using budget supplies you can recycle and reuse - it's easy and cheap and makes your day-to-day life at home some much more functional, stylish and peaceful. Happy sailing.


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