I get asked a fair amount how I store various things in our Little Pink House. I use our drawers and cupboards like anyone else but I do like to use everyday items in not-so-everyday ways.
Stockpile overflow in an over-the-door shoe organizer
This way I can see exactly what I have on hand at all times. When a friend who knows of a need calls me, I can quickly fill in whatever gaps possible by reaching into the pockets and pulling out toiletries.
Milk glass/tea set collections to hold toiletries
I am sure I am not alone in this. When folks find out that you like/collect something they want to help you out and give you items in those collections and that's great; but, after a while, there is no more space in a cupboard to hide them or on a shelf to display them. We repurpose stuff all the time here at the Little Pink House. That top picture is of a milk glass decanter which holds mouthwash and the jar there holds our toothbrushes. In the second picture, an antique coffee pot holds bubble bath in our guest bathroom.
Hat boxes used as a nightstand
All of those hats have to live somewhere so I might as well make use of their boxes. I needed a nightstand so it seemed like a perfect fit.
Purse made from a bra used to store, uh...lady type stuff
This one is a double doozy repurposed item. It's one of my bra purses. Instead of wearing it out in public (and by the way, respect to the lady that wears that size) I have it hanging in our bathroom to keep girlie type stuff within easy access.
Next time you have a need for storage, have a look around the house and see if you can use an everyday item you already have instead of buying a new container.