Create more space with bookcase room dividers

There are lots of great ways to get the most out of small spaces. One of my favorite decorating tips is using bookshelves to create room dividers and separate existing spaces into multiple areas. With the addition of a sturdy shelf, a living room can become a sitting room and a home office… or a foyer… or even a breakfast nook! I love this trick because you can renovate your home without the high cost of building or re-decorating. It’s a great way to make apartments, condos and flats a little more homey, too.

The right shelf

  • Open shelves: Open bookcases are a great way to to separate a room while maintaining a constant flow throughout the space. Utilize one or two bookshelves with open backs to separate living spaces. Once you add books and decor, the space fills out without a solid separation. This is great is you have a flat or one-room apartment because you can create specific spaces without making the area feel too small.
  • Multiple shelves: Think your space is too big for one shelf to do the trick? Utilize multiple shelves to get the look — and it doesn’t have to be the same shelf! Find a style that comes in multiple models or sizes and use them together. One tall shelf and one waist-high shelf creates a great divider in larger rooms.
  • Floor to ceiling: If you want to completely divide a space for privacy, use a floor-to-ceiling shelf. This option is best for small apartments. Create a closed off bedroom, or even create a faux “walk-in” closet behind the bed with one of these large shelves.


Get ready for winter with garage storage

Once the snow starts to hit the ground, it’s time to store all your junk in the garage so you can pull the car in. It can be easily to let stuff stack up and accumulate, but a quick autumn weekend can turn your cluttered garage into a streamlined system.

  • Heavy duty storage shelving: A quick way to add storage to your garage is shelving. Basic but heavy duty shelving makes it super easy to store and organize all of your stuff. These shelves are large enough to house all your auto and outdoor needs — plus fragile pieces like Christmas decorations in plastic bins. These shelves are strong enough to hold loads of weight and large enough to fit bins, boxes and other over-sized storage pieces.
  • Storage cabinets: If you’re looking for more protective storage for your yard tools, painting supplies or power tools, consider a storage cabinet. These large, spacious storage pieces have height-adjustable shelves, closing doors and can be typically be locked with the addition of a padlock. Storage cabinets are great for garages and workshops alike, and they come in multiple sizes so you can find the best model for your space.
  • Overhead garage storage: If you really want to store a lot — and most importantly — not have to look at it, overhead storage is for you. Storage lifts are a real handy and convenient way to get bulky storage bins out of eyes view. Most have motorized lifts so you don’t have to worry about getting out the ladder, too.

Wall shelves create the best bathroom storage

Matching bathroom storage creates ageless style.

Small bathrooms rely heavily on wall shelves.
These matching shelves were recently added to our site and I’m really excited about them. Here are the details:

  • The Metal Bathroom Shelves are a wall mounted unit that adds loads of space. Two shelves hold toiletries, lotions and more while the bottom rod is perfect for hand towels. The strong steel construction is super durable while the soft brown finish is a great accent to any décor. The unit comes packed with all the hardware you need to assemble and install. The sleek, modern wave design is unlike any bathroom storage I have seen before. It’s simple and minimalist while still offering charm and character.
  • Complete the look with the matching Three Tier Over the Toilet Shelving. This three shelved unit provides tons of storage for all of your bathroom goods. The same wave design and brown color are a great compliment. This piece fits over the back of any standard sized toilet, creating storage in previously unusable space – a great addition to smaller powder rooms. Instructions and hardware are included, too, for quick and easy installation and assembly.

Create usable storage with stylish pieces.

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Shelf Dividers Increase Storage for a Cramped Closet

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.

Shelf Dividers

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.

Bedroom Storage Shelves for a Baby Nursery

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.

Bedroom Storage Shelves

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!

Garage Shelving Storage Helps in Winter Weather

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.

Garage Shelving Storage

Wood Storage Shelves for My Bizarre New Friend

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!

Wood Storage Shelves

Craft Storage Shelves for a Special New Friend

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).

Craft Storage Shelves

Portable Closet Storage for the Polar Vortex

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!

Portable Closet Storage

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?

Kitchen Storage Shelving Acheived with a Kitchen Cart

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.

Kitchen Storage Shelving