Looking for simple ways to organize with vintage decor? Here are 10 simple ways to reuse and repurpose and organize with vintage finds.

Organizing doesn’t have to be expensive. Shop your closets and your drawers and even your attic. You can use what you already and one of the easiest ways is to think outside the box and organize with vintage decor.

organize with vintage decor

Do you know what is even better than organizing?

Organizing with vintage finds.


Finding things that might have been a milk carton or a saddle or a display case or a toothbrush holder once upon a time. And then taking them and finding new ideas and new ways to use them.

There’s something so satisfying about taking a marquee letter and using it to organize files or taking vintage cashboxes and filling them with playing cards or taking a tackle box and filling it with chipboard letters in all the slots.

My upstairs craft room is full of yard sale and thrift store and vintage finds that are living their best life.

Here are 10 ways to organize with vintage decor.

And the sweetest thing my brother made me for Christmas.

Ready to get organized?

Let’s GO.

organize with vintage decor pegboard

organize with vintage decor bike basket

1. Hange vintage bike baskets on a pegboard

I found this bike basket at a vintage shop downtown.

We trimmed the back of the basket where it hooked onto the bike and it fit perfectly into a standard-sized pegboard.

You could also use vintage hooks and anything that comes with a hook on a pegboard as well. Once you start looking the possibilities are endless.

If you can’t figure out what to do with a vintage find?

You can probably hang it on a pegboard.

organize with vintage decor chair

2. Hang vintage chairs on the wall for extra seating

This is one of my favorite new tips.

I found these vintage chairs at a store downtown and hung them on the wall.

I used these giant hooks to hang the chair on the wall and keep them out of the way until I need them.

Organizing that decorates is the best kind.

organize with vintage decor baskets

3. use baskets for storage

This falls in the obvious category, but it needs to be added to the list because this is one of my most used tips.

I use these giant rolling baskets to store extra fabric and extra pillows for the space.

This large basket also stores extra craft supplies that are too bulky for the closet.

organize with vintage decor tags

4. Use a seed packet holder to organize gift wrap and tags

I LOVE my vintage tag holder.

I found it at a yard sale and I think it used to hold seeds once upon a time.


I added tags to each of the metal dividers. If you saw it at Christmas time it was FULL of tags, but I’ve used most of them. It’s about to be full again.

organize with vintage decor craft supplies

5. use a flower holder to organize craft supplies

Here are some vintage pieces I use to organize my craft supplies.

I found this flower holder at a yard sale and I use it to store scissors and pens.

Simply attach a hook to the wall and hang it up. You want to make sure your hook is long enough to extend out from the wall so the basket has enough clearance.

organize with vintage decor paper towel holder

6. store paper towels in a hanging basket

Don’t you love storage that looks cute and is functional?

I had this vintage basket with a liner.

I took the liner out and added rolls of paper towels and hung it up on a nail in the laundry room.

You could also fill a basket like this with extra toilet paper and hang it up in the bathroom.

organize with vintage decor table

7. organize a craft space with a vintage table

I got this table at a thrift store and we cut it down to fit inside the bookcase.

When I’m not using it, it folds flat in the space and almost disappears.

Then, when I need extra table space for crafts, I pull out the drop leg and an extra table appears.

organize with vintage decor paint

8. Store paint and books in a vintage fabric holder

I found this vintage fabric holder in a vintage store years ago.

It’s held my milkglass.

It’s held extra dishes.

It’s held Christmas ornaments.

Now it’s in the craft room and all my paints are on the top shelves with baskets full of tape and office supplies on the second shelf.

The bottom shelves are full of books.

9. Make organizers from a vintage coffee crate

I bought this coffee crate at a yard sale for $10.00. I almost fell over when I saw it. I had seen coffee crates all over magazines and blogs and Pinterest and everyone was using them and coffee crating their way into superstardom.

It was so big and I couldn’t figure out what to do with it.

So we made it into organizers instead.

You can see the DIY and how the crate organizers were made here.

10. Use marquee letters to organize baskets

This is the simplest organizing idea with vintage finds.

And it’s SO CUTE.

All you need is are those marquee letters.

Simply clip them on the baskets with clothes pins to organize all your stuff.

This was a little different year for Christmas presents.

We had a few challenges that prevented us from sharing our handmade Christmas presents.

But I wanted to share this notebook that my brother made for me for Christmas last year that I didn’t share before.

I found it when I was organizing everything.

It’s the cutest wooden notebook that he hand-carved my logo into.

It’s the perfect way to keep all my notes organized.


Even if you read all these tips on organizing with vintage finds and decide today is not your day to be organized, I want you to leave today with this:

Organization doesn’t have to be fancy.

Organization as simple as thinking outside the box.

Organization doesn’t have to be overwhelming.

Organization can be done a little at a time and a minute at a time.

Just pick your minute and begin.

Rome wasn’t organized in a day….

….and your house doesn’t have to be either. 🙂

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  1. Image for Sara Sara

    That notebook is stunning KariAnne; such a wonderful gift your brother made for you! Love that you shared 'truth' at the very end. It encourages me that one day I'll be organized if I just do a bit every day!

  2. Image for Donna Donna

    Hi, love the notebook. I have always thought your brother deserved an entire blog post dedicated to him. There is still time. . . . ..he should feel honored. Smile.

  3. Image for Lori Lori

    Some really good tips! We had planned on some peg board for organizing my garden tools but seeing yours got me thinking about how I can use that space in my shelves my husband made that doesn't have a backing as it's the same color as the wall. Now, I can place some peg board there and use that for household things in that room. Genius! Sending good happy vibes to all today...:0)

  4. Image for Va in NC Va in NC

    Thank you for more good tips. Your brother's gift was very well thought out and a beautiful gift for you. Hugs,

  5. Image for patricia patricia

    I want ALL of it! Sigh. Alas, I've already filled our small two-bedroom condo. But next lifetime, I'm doing it all! My favorite vintage piece was a large hotel size armoire that held EVERYTHING. Alas, it didn't make the move, too big. I'm a big believer in pegboard. when my handyman finished the dark hole that used to be the laundry/freezer/kitty litter box space, I had him line all the walls with white pegboard.

  6. Image for Patti Patti

    My fav thrift store organization in my house is the metal crib springs purchased for $5.00, spray painted gold and hung on the sewing room wall. I hang designs I'm considering, patterns being sewn, fabric being considered and finished products for photos. Makes me happy every time I walk in the room!

  7. Image for Kris Kris

    I have those exact chairs! I know they aren't fancy, but I've always loved them. To add to your ideas, I don't know if this qualifies as vintage, but I love using tea tins to hold odds and ends. I have a large one which is great for storing all of the charging cables and has the benefit of looking cute.

  8. Image for Teresa Gonzales Teresa Gonzales

    Love all the ideas. Will be using several of them around our place :) Your brother is so clever! Your whole family is amazing!

  9. Image for Gail Cunningham Gail Cunningham

    What a special relationship you and your brother must have! His gift to you is loving and beautiful. As always, you look adorable in that cute spring outfit! I always get a happy feeling after reading your posts and seeing the joy you exude out into this world! God bless!

  10. Image for Glenda Shine Glenda Shine

    Marianne, I look forward to everyone of your posts. First just seeing your amazing smile lights up my day. You have made such a beautiful home and have wonderful ideas. I love when a post has a pic of one of your rooms and I can say to myself, “I remember when she found that painting over the fireplace”, or “I remember when she added those buttons on the back of those chairs!” Someone above already asked, but I have been struggling to find a rug for my small living room. The furniture is neutrals and I use different colors of pillows and small Devore in different seasons to feel refreshed through the year. Do you have a source for that neutral rug in the “white dining room” pictured?

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