I have always collected vintage containers. I like to use them for decorative storage.
Above I have vertical storage for things like aluminum foil, Saran Wrap and storage bags in a box attached to a washboard on my kitchen wall. Below that is smaller wash board where I use magnets to hold various things.
An old galvanized hanging basket holds vintage rolling pins.
This odd-sized area of wall space just above my washing machine was unused, so I felt it was a perfect spot for vertical storage.
Here I use a rectangular vintage box to display books.
Vintage boxes are great for storing cutting boards.
The above photo shows various containers for decorative storage. In the shelf below my coffee table, you see an old Pepsi box where I store magazines.
On top that is a basket where I store more current magazines. And next to the chair is a vintage box filled with books.
In my bedroom, I use a vintage box for books I need to read and review.
I like to use this galvanized container to corral house plants. At Christmas time I use it to hold my Christmas tree.
This wire basket holds books as well. I no longer have bookshelves, so now I house my books in various containers around my apartment.
This galvanized tray holds vintage bottles.
And this old sewing machine drawer, that I painted gold, has small faux plants.
The way I look at it, if you need storage you might as well have decorative storage with a bit of character. Especially if you live in a small home and need extra storage.