February 28th, 2014 — Eyepoppingly Cool Shelves
My new apartment is pretty low on storage space – this was a bit of an issue when it was just me and my wife. But just a few weeks ago we introduced the newest member of our family – and she brought a whole lot of things that need to be stored with her! No we didn’t get a new roommate, we welcomed our first daughter into the world. But man, she has a lot of onesies, pajamas, hats and socks! In order to make the most of the shelving space we had, I looked into some shelf dividers. These dividers were able to organize and maximize the efficiency of my shelves.
Shelf dividers are a great addition to any closet or open storage shelf. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, as well as a variety of costs and features. I did not need anything all that fancy, and I was looking to spend as little money as possible.
Luckily there are some excellent options for organizing your shelving with dividers. From wood shelf dividers to metal shelf dividers, there is a accessory for any situation. The shelf divider I ended up going with is the simple yet effective Cedar Closet Shelf Dividers for Wood Shelving.
This shelf divider set includes two dividers, making it easy to increase the efficiency of your shelf. These dividers make it easier to create small stacks of items such as clothing without worrying about them collapsing to the ground because there was not enough support.
Another great feature of these shelf dividers is that they are made from cedar wood. Not only is this a very durable construction material, it also gives off a fresh scent. This fresh scent is definitely a great feature, making my closet smell like a natural forest instead of smelling like stinky socks and dirty underwear.
Overall these shelf dividers were huge game changers for our home, increasing the efficiency of our storage options.
February 11th, 2014 — Eyepoppingly Cool Shelves
So I am gearing up for the birth of my first child. I don’t have to do the heavy lifting when it comes to bringing her into the world (my poor wife’s hand was forced by biology). However I definitely have to be the one that figures out where to store all of the additional “stuff” that you accumulate with the birth of your first child. I had no idea there was this much stuff. So I needed to find some appropriate bedroom storage shelves for the baby’s nursery.
Luckily this baby is taking forever to come, because I have really been dropping the ball on getting the nursery organized. Even though we have all of the other essential items you need for a child, most of the small accessories and clothing are still lying in heaps around the room. However, all I need to do is invest in some good sturdy bedroom storage shelves and the mounds of clothes will slowly disappear.
Instead of getting the bedroom storage shelves in a piece meal fashion, I went with an all in one set. The Deluxe Wooden Closet System is perfect for adding organization and storage to any bedroom. With this set I get all of the storage and organization I need for the baby’s room. It provides a great place to hang little pants and sweaters, plus a bunch of places to store all of the other essentials you need for a nursery.
This great set of bedroom storage shelves can be purchased piece by piece, that way you do not have to spend more money than you need to. Or, if you have a lot of money to spend a lot of storage to gain, you can purchase the entire set of bedroom storage shelves all at once.
These stylish wood shelves are really going to save the day when it comes to organizing my little girl’s room. Let’s hope she holds up her end of the bargain and doesn’t take too long to arrive!
January 31st, 2014 — Eyepoppingly Cool Shelves, Garage Shelves, Metal Shelves
So the other day I heard that Atlanta got totally wrecked by a few inches of snow. Traffic was jammed all over the city, people were stranded in their cars and children were stranded at schools. Sounds like a pretty huge mess over what amounts to a light dusting when compared to what the Midwest and Northeast get every year. Perhaps if everyone was more prepared and had some garage shelving storage to store their road salt and tire chains, this whole crisis could have been averted!
Okay, I am intelligent enough to understand this mess was the result of a whole bunch of factors – the lack of regional coordination on the part of the Atlanta-area mayors and governments, a heavily car-dependant culture in which just about everyone was driving, and a sprawling city which people needed to travel long distances to get home. But that will not stop me from giving you some excellent recommendations on the kind of garage shelving storage you need for the winter!
Those that are dealing with the snow on a year-in, year-out basis probably already have these sorts of things in their garage. But those of you that do not, it is better to be prepared for nothing than unprepared for everything. If you have none of the cold-weather items that you need for that rare occurrence, it is definitely going to make your life miserable. If you are prepared, a light dusting will not turn into snowmagedon in a matter of minutes.
So the first step is finding out exactly what you need to have stored. Once you have that all figured out, you can start to shop for the shelving. I like to use heavy-duty shelves in my garage, that way if I need to keep some heavyweight items in storage I have no problem. The most heavy-duty shelving you can find has a metal frame with metal shelves. What also works is a metal frame with solid wood shelves.
One highly reviewed item that makes for excellent garage shelving storage is the 5 Shelf Heavy Duty Steel Storage Rack. This shelf offers excellent storage options and is extremely durable.
January 24th, 2014 — Eyepoppingly Cool Shelves
Last week I began a tale about my new friend, a man who was in desperate need for wood storage shelves. Well today the amazing saga continues as I reveal what exactly he had in that bag, why he was so painstakingly eating his burger, and what exactly he needed craft storage for.
As I sat there and waited for my number to be called, I took a furtive glance at his hands. It was not that this guy was some sort of OCD – in fact his hands were filthy. And it was not with dirt or oil, something a construction worker or perhaps an auto mechanic would have after a long day at work. No, what was covering his hands was this strange substance with red, green and purple tinges.
I had never seen anything like that in my life before. I worked up the courage to inquire about his strange colored hands. Right as I opened my mouth to ask him, my number was called. I suppose it will have to wait a few seconds. I grabbed my BLT and fries and walked over to the concession stand and squirted some ketchup into those little chef’s-hat cups fast food places always have.
As I returned to my seat, I noticed he was gone! But his bag of mystery was still there at the seat. I looked around the patio for him, and could not find him. That is when I noticed the bathroom handle was all shades of the rainbow. He must be in the restroom. I took this opportunity to steal a look into his big old bulky bag and see just what was in there. As I pulled aside the top, I saw what looked like 5-6 mason jars full of green, red and purple substances, which kind of looked like fine-grain dust. That is when I heard the creak of the bathroom door opening, and I returned to my seat.
As he grabbed his bag to head off into the afternoon, I just had to find out what this guy was all about. Excuse me sir – I asked – may I ask what it is you have all over your hands?
Oh this stuff? This is simply the byproduct of my art. You see, I take the bus all over town and find the most desolate corners, and fill them up with color and brilliance.
I nodded towards his bag – is that where you keep your “materials”?
Yes and I am in a terrible quandary my friend! I need somewhere to store these jars while I go out and search for more materials. I will be gone for weeks and need a sturdy and spacious place to keep them.
Well my friend – I said. You are sure luckily because I specialize in writing a blog about things like wood storage shelves. Which make perfect craft storage for your mason jars!
He was very excited, and asked me where he can find the best wood storage shelves. I told him to take a look at Stacks and Stacks, because it provides great wood storage shelves and so much more!
January 17th, 2014 — Eyepoppingly Cool Shelves
I have a friend that ran into a unique storage situation that required a special set of craft storage shelves. This friend of mine I met on the bus a few months ago, in a chance encounter in which I learned about his storage quandary.
I was riding back from downtown on a Wednesday afternoon after appearing at the county courthouse for jury duty. The ride was uneventful; I stared out the window for most of the trip noticed one peculiar fellow sitting at the front in the center-facing seats. He had a large satchel that seemed to be bursting at the seams.
I thought nothing of this man, other than his peculiar facial hair and that oversized sack. He got off one stop ahead of me and as he rose from the seat the bag make a grinding glass-on-glass noise, and clanked a bit as he walked down the steps out of the bus.
Strange fellow, I thought to myself. A minute later and three blocks to the north I too was exposed to the uncomfortably warm February afternoon. I decided to grab a bite to eat at the burger stand a block down the road because it offered some shade and I was really thirsty (and caffeine deprived).
When I got there, guess who was busy munching away on something that was almost completely wrapped. He took great pains to ensure that he never actually touched his food. Very strange, but maybe he was a germ-freak or something.
There was only one other shady spot left on the patio, so I took the spot. It happened to be two spots away from my peculiar new friend. And it was at that point that he described to me, in painstaking detail, his need for special craft storage shelves and just what it was that was causing his bag to pull at the seams.
Next week I’ll continue this very interesting and one-of-a-kind craft storage shelves situation. So you are just going to have to wait a couple weeks to find out what he’s got in that bag. You’ll never guess, I promise. Here’s a little hint, the craft storage shelves he needs ended up being the Maine Garden Potting Table, but it has nothing to do with his green thumb (well, kind of it does).
January 9th, 2014 — Closet Shelves, Eyepoppingly Cool Shelves, Free Standing Shelves
Wow it has been incredibly cold these last few weeks! With temperatures in the single digits all over the country (if you are lucky!), people have been finding new and inventive ways to keep warm. Of course, the oldest and most time honored method of staying warm in frigid temperatures is layering. This requires a lot of storage space in the home so you can store those layers efficiently and neatly. With portable closet storage, you will not have any issues finding a place to keep all of your winter wear.
One issue with layering is that it takes a whole bunch of storage space in order to keep all of that winter wear organized. That is why you will probably have a difficult time keeping all of your cold weather gear in your built-in closets. Instead, use portable closet storage to increase your bedroom or closet’s total clothing storage space.
What is great about portable closet storage is that while it provides a great deal of storage space when you need it, it folds down compactly when you do not. This is vital in the summer months when you don’t need so much storage space, but you need to have floor space to walk around (and perhaps room to air dry your laundry in the warm summer months).
A great portable closet storage option is the Honey Can Do Storage Closet. This closet is a very subtle addition to the bedroom with its clean lines and white color. The closet is really durable and long-lasting, so you can use it every year. You’re going to need portable closet storage a lot more in the future with all this climate change, so make sure you get it right the first time!
Full disclosure: I wrote this blog post about the polar vortex that is sweeping the nation for the comfortable confines of an office with all of the windows open and a breezy 70 degree Southern California day just outside the door. Some people have all the luck, eh?
December 31st, 2013 — Eyepoppingly Cool Shelves, Kitchen Shelves
This year we hosted the family holidays at our house for the first time ever. My wife had to work the day after Christmas so there was no way we could make it all the way up to Northern California and back to Los Angeles with enough time to really enjoy the holidays. So instead we had the family come on down and stay with us in our two bedroom apartment. While it was a great time, we were pretty cramped on space. This was especially apparent when we were preparing Christmas Eve dinner. We really could have used some additional kitchen storage shelving to store the extra food, and some more counter space to prepare our food.
Luckily there is an easy way to add both kitchen storage shelving and counter space to a cramped kitchen! All you need is a spacious and sturdy kitchen cart. There are a wide variety of kitchen carts available, from those that fold down to those that have elegant marble countertops, to simple wood carts that are perfect for storage.
No matter what kind of kitchen cart you are looking for, it is important to be sure they are set on casters or wheels. This makes it easy to move your kitchen storage shelving all over the kitchen, eliminating the need to walk all over the kitchen when you are preparing meals. If you have “too many cooks in the kitchen”, as they say, this can be a lifesaver (literally – my father in law is a maniac with the carving knife).
What worked best for my kitchen was the Baxton Studio Quebec Black Kitchen Cart with Granite Top. This kitchen cart provided excellent kitchen storage shelving to store some extra pots and pans, a catch-all drawer and the all-important wine storage racks. And like I said it is set on casters so it is easy to move around the kitchen. The granite top is stylish and also a functional touch.
December 20th, 2013 — Eyepoppingly Cool Shelves, Garage Shelves, Shelf Organization
When it comes to the holidays, everyone loves getting ready but hates cleaning up. Trimming the tree, adding lights indoors and outdoors – all of this is a great time. But when it comes to putting all of those decorations back into the tiny box they came in… Who can do that? It feels like it is impossible. Well use this holiday storage tip and make clean up way more efficient and much less stressful.
A favorite holiday storage tip of mine involves the age-old tradition in masochism that is putting away holiday lights. Christmas lights always come in such tiny packages, all perfectly packed together – it’s like a little snowflake. It’s actually a lot like a snowflake, because it is impossible to replicate that light-packing job. This was obviously done by some sort of automated machine, because no human hands could possibly be able to wind long electrical wires so meticulously and precisely.
Instead of losing a few months off of your life and trying to force the lights back into the box (we all know it just ends up ripping at the top corner anyways), just use something a little larger and easier. Okay, so you are going to sacrifice a bit of efficiency when you use a larger storage container for your holiday lights.
The Holiday Light Box with Wing Top Lid and 4 Dividers is an ideal choice for storing your holiday lights. This light box is made from durable materials, so it is perfect for long-term storage use. A little holiday tip – get two of these light boxes because one is never enough.
They are not just great for storing your lights, even though that is what they are built for. You can use them for other hard-to-store holiday items. The dividers ensure that the decorations stay separated and don’t get all tangled up together.
Use this holiday storage tip wisely and be able to enjoy the winter even after the festivities have ended .
December 13th, 2013 — Eyepoppingly Cool Shelves, Garage Shelves, Shelf Organization, Shelf Storage, Wood Shelves
It is a little bit of a “too little too late” scenario, but if you have not gotten around to winterizing your outdoor spaces, it might be a good time to get that taken care of. All over the country we have been seeing freezing temperatures, and that is not good for your patio accessories to withstand. Luckily there is an outdoor storage shelf that can help keep your outdoor items safe from the ill effects of these frigid winter temperatures.
I have seen too many perfectly good furniture cushions freeze in the winter and thaw out in the spring, only to be completely useless. The water just sits there in the cushion and causes it to deteriorate. If you don’t notice that they have thawed in time often you will have a bunch of water sitting in the outdoor furniture cushions for days at a time, which causes rotting and decay.
So avoid this costly and annoying inconvenience by preparing ahead for the cold winter months. These months can wreak havoc on your furniture cushions. When you store them within an outdoor storage shelf, they can be used over and over for years without worry of deterioration or decay.
For my outdoor space, I chose the Montego Bay Four Door Multi Purpose Storage Cabinet, which has a durable Eucalyptus wood construction that is perfect for long-term outdoor use. This outdoor storage shelf is perfect for storing my patio furniture cushions as well as gardening materials and other outdoor recreation items. That includes pool toys, sports equipment and any other items I do not have room for in the garage.
This cabinet includes slat style shelves, so if any water does get into the cabinet is able to flow through to the bottom. This allows you to avoid the annoyance of warped or rotting shelves from sitting water that can accumulate throughout winter.
So if you have not got to setting up your patio or yard for the winter, get to it! The winter is starting to come and go and I am sure you cannot afford to let another set of furniture cushions go by the wayside.
December 6th, 2013 — Eyepoppingly Cool Shelves
Here on Shelves Blog, we have discussed where to store winter clothing in the off-season so you don’t have a big mess in your closet, basement or attic during the spring and summer. However, what we have not discussed yet is where to store those things during the winter when you are actually going to use them. The right kind of winter clothing storage is important so you don’t have to spend tons of time digging through unmanageable crates and boxes looking for your clothing.
Winter clothing is typically heavier than your year-round clothing, which makes it harder to fit your entire wardrobe into your typical clothing storage furniture. In this way winter clothing storage presents a unique dilemma. You want to be able to store those coats, jackets, scarves and thermals efficiently, but also in a way that you can find what you are looking for quickly and easily.
However, you do not want to get something that is too bulky either. This is mainly because the furniture you choose will only serve as winter clothing storage for a portion of the year. There is nothing worse than having a big bulky piece of storage furniture that is only used for one quarter of the year. I suppose it would be great if you could find a way to use this winter clothing storage for something else during the summer. Perhaps bathing suit storage?
One great choice for winter clothing storage is the 6 Basket Storage Shelf. What I like about this shelf is that it provides six different space for different types of winter clothing storage. The fabric boxes are easy to slide in and out of the cubby spaces, and they are spacious enough for a couple of coats and more.
Even better, this storage shelf looks great and can be used throughout the year. The compact footprint of the shelf allows it to fit in well no matter what room you use it in.