Recently Julie of V is for Victory Rolls was lamenting on Instagram about the difficulty of organizing many of her vintage accessories, and asked fellow vintage loving Instagram’ers to share their organizational tips. What is funny is that I had been thinking of doing a blog post on this very subject actually! I organize using a lot of different things, but today I’m going to highlight one of my favorite, and most used, things that I use to organize with: stocking boxes!
Stocking boxes are divided rectangular, often quilted, boxes. They were originally intended for women to store in their dressers with their stockings rolled up in them to keep the stockings from getting snagged. But they can be used for so much more!
One place you can find stocking boxes in our home is in our bathroom.
I use these for my hair scarves and other hair accessories. My scarves roll up nicely and tuck into the divided sections, and most of my hair flowers fit in just fine too. I like having all of my hair goodies in one place, so these are stored in the same cupboard as my hairspray, hair dryer, combs, etc.
Another way I use stocking boxes is to help organize my some of my jewelry.
These stocking boxes fit perfectly inside my vanity drawers. I have deep vanity drawers, so I stack the boxes two deep. I won’t lie, I have a lot of jewelry. And this isn’t how all of it is stored. I also store jewelry in a large, vintage, velvet lined jewelry box, bracelets hang on three T-stands, those spiral earrings racks, and I also utilize a vintage train case.
Although not pictured, I also use stocking boxes in our larger dresser to store some of my belts and belt buckles.
And then of course you’ll also find stocking boxes being used for what they were intended for…stockings!
I’ve snagged most of my stocking boxes at antique malls here and there, and they typically run $5-$12 each. But you can also find them on Ebay and Etsy.
Do you use stocking boxes? If so, what for? Is there anything you have a hard time organizing?