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5 Hidden Storage Ideas

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We have talked about displaying your books and valuables with pride, but what about the more expensive items you’d like to keep hidden out of sight? Whether you have family members who would love to riffle through your personal affects or valuables you wish to keep hidden away in case of a break-in, we have some ideas below on how to hide your valuables! The best way to lose the remote is by hiding it in plain sight, and the products below have taken that philosophy to the next level.

  1. Standard Safes

Invest in a standard fireproof locking safe to keep your irreplaceable documents safe from harm. Store your birth certificate, passport, social security card, and other vital documents safe from harm in the event of a fire, flood or other natural disaster. Replacing the above listed documents can be incredibly difficult if not downright impossible, so make sure they are protected from theft or damage.
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  1. Picture Frames and Wall Mirrors

Jewelry boxes are gorgeous and displaying your jewelry on your nightstand offers a sophisticated style to your bedroom, but it is also an open invitation to would-be thieves. Store your precious jewelry and family heirlooms in plain sight without thieves being any the wiser with a concealed mirror or picture frame. These hidden storage shelves masquerade as normal household accessories until they open up to reveal a hidden compartment behind the façade.
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  1. Wall Mounted Shelves

This hidden storage option allows you to hide accessories inside the shelf as well as on top of it so you can provide twice the storage space in one convenient location. This hidden safe will not open without the coordinating magnet so you can stow away personal affects without anyone being the wiser, and even if they did know about the hidden chamber within they cannot access it without the key.

  1. Locking Cabinets

Cupboards and cabinets are a bit more conspicuous, but they also eliminate the chance of you forgetting where you hid your valuables! Add a locking cabinet in your bathroom to keep prescription medications safe, a locking media cupboard to store your Blu-Ray collection out of sight, or even a locking garage cabinet to keep your power tools away from your neighbors. Add lockable cabinets to your home to ensure your everyday items are securely locked away from prying eyes or sticky fingers.

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  1. Key Hiders

Last, but not least. Make sure you can actually access the house itself! Most of us have had to climb through a bathroom window or break into our own house before – all the while staring at the keys we left on the kitchen counter. Keep a house key stored in the garden inside a fake rock so you never have to damage your own home to enter. Magnetic key hiders are also on the market so you can hide a spare car key underneath your car so you don’t have to call AAA every time you lock yourself out of the car – which may be more often then we would like to admit.

So whether you are preventing a potential crisis or recovering from a recent one, make sure your valuables stay safely locked away with any one of the above methods, or maybe all of them, to give you peace of mind.

5 Unique Book Storage Ideas

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“A book is a gift you can open again and again”– Garrison Keillor

Giving away books is hard, you’ve cried together, laughed together, and fought side-by-side with the hero/heroine as they navigated through a journey of hardship and personal discovery. Instead of giving away your favorite books when you are running low on space, transform your current space to keep your books prominently displayed without losing any space in your home.

Turn the page to discover new ways to store all of your favorite books you’ve collected throughout the years.
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  1. Turn a wall in your living room, den, or sitting area into a mural dedicated to all of your favorite books. Use floating bookshelves or wall boxes to create a unique design right on the wall, or you can install the shelves in perfect symmetry and use the book’s colors to create a unique look to the wall.

 

  1. Freestanding bookshelves are the norm for book storage, but who says you can’t turn them into a spectacular work of art? This cube-style bookcase takes up minimal floor space and the unique angles are visually interesting so you won’t even notice they are bookshelves.

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  1. Are you looking for a more rustic alternative to book shelving? You can stack wooden crates on top of one another to not only create more storage space, but add a vintage look to your decor. Use cedar crates to offer a pleasant aroma to the living room or bedroom space. Tip: anchor each crate to the wall to provide additional safety especially in households with pets or children.
  1.  Do you know anyone who constantly has a book in one hand? Never be caught without reading material with help from a magazine rack or holder. You can even use an over the toilet magazine rack (no I’m not kidding) to keep a book on hand so you are never forced to read the ingredients from a shampoo bottle again.

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  1. If you are short on wall or floor space, there is a solution! Take a wooden magazine holder, turn it sideways, and screw it right into a corner of the room. This allows you to store books inside the makeshift shelf or on top of it, and you can also use it to store various odds and ends around your home.

 
Find all of these storage solutions and more at Organize-It. Do you have a unique way to showcase or store your books? Please share in the comments below!

Holiday Display Shelf to Avoid Seasonal Disapproval

There really is nothing like the holidays. Seeing all of that family, sometimes for the first time in a year can be a really rewarding and comforting experience. It can also be incredibly stressful and nerve-wracking. This goes double if you are the one hosting the holiday festivities. You just know that the second she walks through the front door, Mom is going to cluck her tongue in disapproval at your poor holiday presentation. However, with the help of a holiday display shelf, you can transform that cluck of disapproval to a chuckle of delight! Believe it or not, this décor piece is really not all that difficult to achieve.

Just a few easy steps for a holiday display shelf

The first thing you need to complete your holiday display shelf is, of course, a shelf. Now, there are many schools of thought on what makes the perfect holiday display shelf. I am of the opinion that a floating shelf provides the best effect. With those ugly braces and stands, your shelf looks as if it is seamlessly attached to the wall. That leaves you with less time camouflaging and more time to decorate! I would recommend the Modern Display Ledge Wall Shelf.

Holiday Display Shelf

Once you have your shelf installed, the next step is adding some personalized décor. This will greatly depend on what holiday it is you are celebrating. For my Christian friends, a nativity scene is a great choice for your holiday display shelf. For those that celebrate Hanukah, this holiday display shelf is the perfect place for a menorah.  For those celebrating Eid al-Adha, perhaps looking into some crescent moon shaped décor to display (not really a big holiday for decorating).

I know this wasn’t the most in depth tutorial I have ever presented, but I suppose the point is to show how easy it is get your home looking great for the holidays. If you can’t figure it out from here, maybe you really do deserve that cluck of disapproval from mother!

 

Wall Display Shelf for Back To School Artwork

Ah, the school year is finally getting started. For parents that have had kids in the house all summer long, the year cannot get started quickly enough. No more having to entertain bored children for 8 hours a day – if you are lucky. These days, most homes are dual-income households, so that means no stay-at-home parent. Which means costly child care during the summer. SO now that you can save some money with the kids back at school, perhaps you should invest that money into a wall display shelf.

Why would you need to purchase a wall display shelf? Well, for those that do not know, elementary school age kids have a lot of art projects. And even though they may look like an elephant could have come up with the same results, kids are proud of their work. And they want to show it off. So allow them to show off their little works of art with the wall display shelf.

Keep in mind that these will probably be strictly temporary wall shelves, so no need to go onto a great search for the perfect piece. In fact, the simpler the wall shelf the better! One great wall shelf for displaying your child’s artwork is the Modern Display Ledge by Woodform.

Wall Display Shelf

What is great about this shelf is that it is made from lightweight-but-study Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF), plus it comes in nine different finishes, from white to Walnut! That makes it incredibly simple to match the wall mounted display shelf to your interior décor.

Another thing that I really like about this wall display shelf is the small ledge around the edges. This prevents your child’s artwork from teetering off of the edge and smashing into a million pieces. And, if you find that the shelf provides an attractive touch to your home, there is no reason that you cannot leave it up on the wall for when your grown-up child is attending Art Institute!

Wall Mounted Display Shelf makes a Unique Wedding Gift

Summer is known for its preponderance of weddings. In fact, people often call late-spring and early-summer “Wedding Season”. For those that are in their 20s in particular, it seems this effect is heightened. That many events leaves you grasping for wedding gift ideas – especially after a dozen weddings. May I suggest thinking outside the box and gifting a wall mounted display shelf for their newlywed memories?

Of course, gifting items that are not on the registry can be a problematic decision, depending on just how much of a Bridezilla (or Groomzilla) you are dealing with. But I am confident that with the proper details, a wall mounted display shelf is a perfect gift. If you do it right, the shelf may not just be an acceptable present – it may in fact become the stand-out present from their wedding!

That might be a bit of an exaggeration. But trust me a couple’s themed wall mounted display shelf will certainly be more memorable than some oven mitts or a latex spatula.

Now that you have the idea, it is time to get to work! The first step in this wedding themed wall mounted display shelf is to purchase the materials. You are going to be gussying up this shelf, so I would recommend something simple like the Magnetic Wall Shelf. I love that this shelf is magnetic and has an easy installation – that way you don’t give the newlyweds a “chore” with your gift.

Wall Mounted Display Shelf

Add Their Initials to Give the Wall Mounted Display Shelf a Custom Touch

I think the best way to make it a personalized wall shelf is to add the couple’s initials to the shelf. That is simple and tasteful, and gives it a little personal touch. I think a shelf like this is perfect for their closet or bedroom.

So add their initials, maybe tie in some décor that relates to the couple, and there you have it! A great wedding present that is unique and personalized!

Wall Mounted Display Shelves Vs. Your Cat

Don’t get me wrong – I am definitely a huge lover of felines. Their cute little faces, eccentric quirks and playful attitude make them a joy to be around. However there is one thing about cats that drives me crazy. And that is when they get up on a shelf and start rubbing their facing against things. I cannot even begin to estimate how many nice vases, picture frames and artwork have been lost to an out-of-control cat. There is one way to keep kitties away from your valuables, and that is to use wall mounted display shelves.

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Somebody stop that kitty!

Why wall mounted display shelves?

You see, most shelves serve almost like a ladder for your cat, allowing him or her to find a way to the summit, where they can rub their faces on all of your stuff. If there is even the slightest chance of a cat climbing up on your shelving unit, you can bet your bottom dollar that they will find a way. Cats are amazing creatures in this way – nothing gets between them and their face-rubbing.

So like I said, a great way to prevent your cat from destroying all of your precious belongings is to place them on wall mounted display shelves. These shelves are better than your typical shelving units for a variety of reasons.

First of all, they “float” on the wall, leaving no route for your cat to climb up. Unless your cat has some sort of Spiderman power, he will be completely unable to reach the pinnacle.

A second feature of wall mounted display shelves is that you can place them at any height along the wall! I know some cats that are amazing jumpers, but if you install the display shelf above a certain height, there is no way a cat is getting up there.

So if you have issues with your cat destroying all of your valuables, replacing your stand-alone shelving units with a series of wall mounted display shelves like this wall mounted glass shelf!

Fixin’ It Up with Wall Shelves

Last month I was able to achieve one of my biggest goals in life – I finally joined the ranks of so many proud Americans and became a homeowner. It took a long time to save enough money to be able to responsibly afford a nice home here in Southern California (definitely did not want to end up like so many of my fellow citizens and go underwater on my mortgage), but now that I finally was able to pull the trigger on my home I could not be more excited.

One reason I had grown tired of bouncing from apartment to apartment was simply that – I was tired of gathering all of my stuff up and piling it into a moving van year after year. The life of an apartment dweller can be pretty exhausting, especially dealing with rent increases. Another reason I am really glad to not have to answer to a management company, which almost always has ulterior motives and is just looking to get as much money out of me as possible. Similar to being your own boss, I can finally say that I am my own landlord.

But despite these nice conveniences of being a homeowner, the biggest reason I wanted to buy my own home is that I am a bit of a fixer-upper nut. I love being out in the yard or on the roof fixing up my home or giving it an added modification. With an apartment, if you so much as paint some trim or baseboards, you undoubtedly are headed down the road towards a vanished security deposit.

One of the first improvements I made to my home was increasing the storage and display space around the home. As a first-time home buyer I went the fixer-upper route and saved myself some money. Unfortunately this means the house is also as bare bones as it gets. Adding wall shelves to my home was the first step I took to add storage and display space to the walls. With a variety of materials and sizes available, I really went to town throughout the house.

My next few posts will deal specifically with the new improvements I made on my fixer-upper home and maybe you can learn a thing or two from my experience!

Wall Shelves as Gifts?!?

When it comes to thinking about gifts for the holidays, there are many things that instantly come to mind. Train sets, bicycles, puppies, even fruit cake might come to mind as a typical holiday gift. However there is one type of item that you’d never think would make an excellent gift. This item is great because it combines function with style, and can be used in any room.

What I am talking about are wood wall shelf units, designed to have unique shapes and angles and are as much décor pieces as they are shelving. There are a wide variety of these shelving units, from the more contemporary units to elegant and sophisticated traditional style shelf units.

The deluxe four-level wall shelf has a simple design with storage on a variety of levels. With levels at different heights, it draws the eye in to the items that are stored on the shelves, whether they are pictures, artwork, trophies, portraits or any other item!

Four Level Wall Shelf

For those with more simple tastes, the 12″ x 24″ Wall Display Shelf is a great choice. This wall mounted wood shelf also has four levels for storage, but also vertical bars that separate the shelves, adding a little bit of visual interest. This shelf is a safe choice because its transitional style looks good in both modern and traditional décor styles.

12" x 24" Wall Display Shelf

For those with more daring tastes, the Trio Shelf is a great gift. This wall shelf features a contemporary style that adds modern flare to the home, plus adds display space. Three “branches” provide the perfect place to keep items.

Trio Shelf

While it might not be the most eye-grabbing or sophisticated gift there is, giving someone a wall shelf is a great, usable gift. I would especially recommend them to friends that might be moving into a new space, or perhaps those that have children and are starting to take more family portraits or have their children’s artwork displayed.

Wood Wall Shelves for Holiday Decor

For many families, one of the best-loved holiday traditions is to get into the spirit of the season and “deck the halls with balls of holly”. Getting your home looking festive is a great way to spend quality time with your loved ones, all while bringing some holiday cheer to the home! One issue that many people run into when decorating the house is that the decorations take up so much space. When there are festive flowers and wreaths on your console, it’s hard to find a place to put your mail when you get home.

One great way to display your favorite holiday decorations in style without taking up all of your practical surfaces is to place them on wall-mounted shelves. There are a wide variety of wood wall shelves in an array of styles and designs, and some even have a bit of holiday cheer themselves! When the holiday season is over, they make for a great place to display artwork, photographs, awards and more.

Ornamental 14" Floating Shelf

The Ornamental 14” Floating Shelf is a great example of a wall shelf that adds a touch of simple décor to the room while providing a place to store candles, votives or other smaller holiday items.

Birch Wood Wall Shelf

For those that celebrate Christmas, a larger wall shelf is a unique place to display your nativity set. A large wall shelf such as the Birch Wood Wall Shelf, which has a large display area of 32” x 10” offers the ideal amount of space plus the ability to hold a little bit heavier weight. This shelf also doubles as an excellent make-shift mantle if you do not have one above your fireplace, or don’t have a fireplace at all!

Hopefully these examples or other wood wall shelves can provide you with the perfect display surface for all of your favorite holiday decorations, no matter what holiday you are celebrating

Using Floating Wall Shelves as an Art Gallery

Now that the kids have been back in school for a few months, I am sure a lot of my fellow parents are facing the same dilemma as I have. Art and creativity are a huge part of early childhood learning, and as a proud parent I love to put my children’s talent display whenever and however I can. The issue I run into as a father of three is that there is simply not enough refrigerator space to display all the wonderful works of art!

 

A wonderful example of post-modern art from my son. He calls it “Dad and Me and Dog Walking”.

One issue with using the refrigerator as your de-facto home art gallery is that the works of art tend to get food stains on them, or fall to the ground and are crumpled under the feet of a hungry kid. Additionally, my oldest has enrolled in a pottery class and there is no way to stick a paper-machete NBA star to the refrigerator.

One great way to add a little bit of display space to the home is to install a floating wall shelf. These are great options for displaying smaller items because they do not take up floor space, which most tables and shelves have been known to do.

What is great about wall shelves is that they can also add a touch of décor to the room. Personally, my home has a Mid-Century modern interior theme, so finding something that was sophisticated and contemporary was important. The Vicksburg Floating Wall Shelf worked perfectly for what I was looking for – it has a sleek, floating style plus it can support 15 pounds of weight, the perfect amount for displaying children’s arts and crafts.

Vicksburg Floating Shelf in Espresso.

Now my home has become a virtual art-gallery for squiggly abstract drawings and deformed cubist-style NBA star statues!