Entries Tagged 'Shelf Organization' ↓
November 8th, 2013 — Eyepoppingly Cool Shelves, Garage Shelves, Shelf Organization, Shelf Storage
Lately I have been getting a lot of requests to write a blog entry about garden shelving for the winter. You see living in sunny Southern California, where the winter is just as perfect a growing season as the summer and spring, I forget that some people do not have this luxury. All across the United States, folks are putting away their gardening supplies in preparation for a long and arduous winter season. Here is the best winter garden shelving suggestions my naïve Californian mind could come up with.
The most important aspect of winter garden shelving is how well it protects your garden supplies from the elements. That means weather-proofing is incredibly important. There is nothing worse than getting a ton of snow all over your supplies, or them getting drenched and eventually rusting through.
With that in mind, I would recommend forgoing the traditional wood shelving in favor of winter garden shelving that is a little bit more weather-proof. This also means skipping metal shelving, which eventually just rusts away and falls apart. Instead, look for something that is made from synthetic materials. What is great about synthetic shelving is that it is as comfortable in the winter as it is in the summer. You can avoid rusting, warping, rotting and other pitfalls that come with using natural materials in your shelving.
With winter garden shelving, quality is much more important than quantity. If you are doing things right, you plan out your growing seasons and have as little disposable materials (such as fertilizer, seeds, etc) left over at the end. That means you just need to store the tools you will need every year.
Or you could just go big or go home and get an entire shed and forget about any pretense of preparation. There is not a single winter garden shelving option out there that could possibly trump something like the Backyard Garden Storage Building. This thing is pretty much built with the singular mission of keeping your garden supplies safe and organized.
August 19th, 2013 — Closet Shelves, Eyepoppingly Cool Shelves, Hanging Shelves, Modern Shelves, Shelf Organization
It’s already mid-August, and you college students know it is time to start getting ready for dorm life! Whether you are a returning student or a first time fresh-person, you will need to stock up on storage and organization accessories, and stat! One of the best ways to be organized in the dorm is to have the proper shelf organization.
Dorms are not exactly well-known for their spacious accommodations. One of the keys to enjoying dorm life is to find the hidden storage opportunities around the room. A great way to increase your shelf organization space is an under-mounted shelf! These unique shelves basically are screwed onto the bottom side of a flat surface. This adds a convenient place to organize paperwork and other smaller items.
For those that are looking to organize books and paperwork in a more visible way, the Cardboard Magazine File is a must-have shelf organization piece. This durable but lightweight file is perfect for organizing magazines, books and papers in a vertical fashion. This file fits onto a shelf and is a great addition to a desk or closet shelf.
If you want to save shelf space for more important items, use the Modular Cube Storage system for catch-all storage. These cubes and drawers are perfect for everything from clothing to linens to foodstuffs! These versatile shelves are just the thing you need for the dorm, providing easy-to-access and convenient storage in any setting.
With these helpful suggestions for dorm shelf organization, you will have no problem keeping it together this year. Now you can save time searching for items and use that time to study even more! Nothing feels better than totally blowing the curve for everyone else because you had the most study time. Use these easy and helpful storage suggestions to get a leg ahead of everyone else!
March 29th, 2013 — Closet Shelves, Eyepoppingly Cool Shelves, Laundry Shelves, Shelf Organization, Shelf Storage, Wall Shelves, Wood Shelves
Under just about any circumstance, giving someone a shelving unit as a gift can typically be a dicey decision. While many do like to get practical gifts, most of us are just looking to get some cool new toys for the home. Closet shelving as a gift is usually met with general disappointment.
Even I, as a person that is considered to be a dedicated connoisseur of the art of home storage, rarely if ever would place a wall-mounted floating shelf anywhere near the top of my Wish List. However, I have decided that there is one particular home-storage and organization related item that makes for an excellent gift.
Maybe you are like me and have a large walk-in closet but are unable to find an efficient, cost-effective way to make the most of the space. Well, adding a closet shelving system can make an incredible difference. Though closet storage systems do not make the most exciting present, they are the perfect choice for providing your home with a sense of greater organization.
While the walk-in closet in my bedroom is very spacious, it is lacking in useful shelving for storing all of our clothing. As of right now, our closet looks like a disaster area, with clothes stacked on top of each other, shoes all over the floor and accessories scattered around – basically a huge mess. Adding a modular closet shelving system is the perfect solution for getting the closet organized. What is great about this modular system is I can pick and choose the pieces I want, ensuring I don’t waste money on storage pieces I have no need for.
For our closet, the perfect accessories were:
1.) The Standard System, which included
- Three 12″ x 24″ shelves
- Three 12″ x 72″ shelves
- Five Wardrobe Bars
- 9 Bar Spacers
- 4 Angle Brackets
2.) A wall-mounted shelf tower, perfect for putting our folded clothes
3.) An under-mount tie and belt rack for organizing all of our accessories
4.) A deep wire basket for catch-all storage
5.) And lastly, a few additional shelves for the shelf tower
February 12th, 2013 — Kitchen Shelves, Modern Shelves, Shelf Organization, Shelf Storage
The last four years or so have been pretty tough economical times for Americans. However, one positive that can be taken away from this difficult time is many people have learned to simplify their lives and live within their means. Even as we slowly but surely pull out of the recession and folks find themselves with a little bit of extra spending money compared to the last few years, sustaining these new-found principles is a very healthy thing.
One of the easiest ways to simplify your life is to have a renewed focus on preparing meals at home. There are several great reasons to make a point of eating at home instead of out at a restaurant:
- It saves money. The dollar menu at your fast-food joint may seem like it is a good deal on paper, but comparing it the amount of money you spend per-person, per-meal when you cook at home shows just how wasteful it can be
- It is often very difficult to register just what kind of nutritional value meals at restaurants contain. While many large chains are now required to label meals with their caloric count, one-off restaurants and fancier restaurants do not. When you cook at home you know exactly what is going into your meal, and how much of it.
The problem many people face when it comes to cooking food in the kitchen is that there simply is not enough space to cook a proper meal. Often this comes down to a lack of counter space – I know I struggle with it often in my one-bedroom apartment.
One great way to clear up counter space (and pantry space) is to install a slide-out storage tower in the kitchen. This unique shelf is able to fit into areas of the kitchen you never imagined could be used for storage! With a pull-out design you can store spices, canned food and other items that normally would take up valuable counter space in the kitchen.
This week and next I will explore a variety of ways that shelves (yes, shelves and yes, there are a variety of ways) can increase the storage space in your kitchen, making it easier to cook meals for yourself.
January 30th, 2013 — Free Standing Shelves, Garage Shelves, Metal Shelves, Shelf Organization, Shelf Storage, Wood Shelves
Now that the weather is starting to cooperate a little bit more, I have been able to resume my gardening hobby, planting new flowers and ground-cover around the house. For the last few months it has just been way too cold to go out and do any gardening, plus the frigid overnight temperatures would definitely have knocked those plants out cold (pun intended).
One thing that I like to get out of the way before the gardening season commences is to pull out my old folding metal shelves so I have a convenient place to store my fertilizer, gardening tools, pots and any other equipment I need for the season. For a long time I would just use my existing garage shelves to store these things, but ran into trouble in the winter. Because I am unable to garden during the cold winter months, I would have to put all of my equipment and gardening supplies on the shelves long-term. The issue with this is that I need those shelves to be open so I can store my everyday winter items like firewood.
After my first winter of searching for storage space because everything was full of gardening supplies, I took a different approach. Once winter set in, I put all of the gardening equipment away deep in the attic, where it wouldn’t take up valuable space. In the spring, summer and autumn when I am still able to garden, I bring out the aforementioned folding shelves, which for the last few months have been sitting in a corner, flattened out and taking up very little space.
When I was searching for the perfect folding shelf, I came across some great shelves before settling on what was the perfect choice for my situation, the General Purpose Origami Folding Shelves. Some of the great features of this shelf that helped sway me were the durable metal construction, open wire shelving that is easy to clean up, and it is set on casters so it is easy to move out of the garage even when full of supplies.
Here are a few other shelves that might be more ideal for your gardening / shelving situation:
Made from Cedar Wood, this 5 shelf red cedar unit is perfect for outdoor use, as the construction materials are very resistant to the harsh elements of the outdoors.
For those that are storing very heavy-duty equipment, something like the 5 Shelf Heavy Duty Steel Storage Rack is a great option. This shelving unit is great because it can hold up to 750 pounds, more than most garage shelving units.
January 29th, 2013 — Eyepoppingly Cool Shelves, Free Standing Shelves, Media Shelves, Modern Shelves, Shelf Organization, Shelf Storage, Wood Shelves
I am a total music geek; I cannot get enough new bands or artists and am constantly purchasing new music to discover. My favorite format for listening to music is hands-down a vinyl record played on an old-school record player. The sounds are so warm yet crisp, making you feel as if you are in the recording room with the band as they are playing.
Unfortunately, I am not made of money (and what money I do have goes to records!) so I live in a pretty cramped one bedroom apartment. The biggest downside for records (and partially the reason for their fade from prominence for a few years) is that they are big, bulky, hard to store and you cannot listen to them in the car or on the go. This issue is magnified by my small home, to the point which I had cardboard box upon cardboard box full of records and stack up on each other.
One of the best ways to create an organized space for storing your records is using a folding shelf. What is great about this type of shelf is that not only does it provide exceptional and secure storage for your vinyl; it also can be folded down for easy transport. This makes it perfect for the transient record-collectors among us.
I would recommend using a soft wood shelf to store your records over a sturdier metal shelf, for a variety of reasons. First off, one thing every record collector has to understand is the damaging effects extreme temperatures can have on vinyl – metal has this annoying tendency to absorb the extreme heat or cold, transferring that to your records and potentially damaging them. The other reason is that metal can be very sharp or have very hard angles, which can damage the gatefold of your records.
By using a wood shelf to store my records I have been able to secure a lot more space in my living room and get my records organized so it is easy to find them right away.
January 5th, 2013 — Eyepoppingly Cool Shelves, Garage Shelves, Shelf Organization, Shelf Storage, Wood Shelves
Earlier this week we looked into one way to get the garage organized for the New Year because one of the most common resolutions is to “finally get organized”. This time we will look into another way to get your life in order in a unique location using a one-of-a-kind shelving unit set.
One place that is often under-utilized in homes is the attic space. Many homes, new and old, include an over-head space that usually is just home to all the ducts and insulation that keeps your home livable. Most people do not realize that this area also makes an excellent place for additional storage in the home.
Growing up, my dad was able to make that area a great storage area for all of our older stuff that we just could not bear to part with. It also ended up being a great place for post-holiday storage. Of course, my dad was a regular Bob Villa, constantly upgrading and improving our old house. He built a series of platforms and shelves throughout the rafters which created the perfect storage space.
Of course, not everyone is as handy around the house or as ingenious with planks of wood as my dad is. For those of us that do not know our way around the jigsaw, there is an excellent option for activating your rafter space for additional storage.
Available from Attic Maxx is a set of Attic Truss Shelves, which are specifically designed to fit within the rafters to create a stable and spacious storage space. These shelves are made from wood and the brackets are made from a rust-resistant metal and both are chosen for their ability to stand up to the hot and cold extremes of the attic.
Speaking of temperature extremes, they are something you need to be cautious about when using rafter storage. Often your attic space has the exact temperature of the outdoors, and other times it can actually amplify the heat or cold due to the insulation and lack of sunshine. You must be sure to not store items that can be damaged in either condition. So you should probably leave those vinyl records and oil paintings out of the attic.
December 12th, 2012 — Bathroom Shelves, Corner Shelves, Eyepoppingly Cool Shelves, Floating Shelves, Glass Shelves, Kitchen Shelves, Metal Shelves, Modern Shelves, Shelf Organization, Shelf Storage, Wall Shelves, Wood 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!
December 5th, 2012 — Eyepoppingly Cool Shelves, Floating Shelves, Modern Shelves, Shelf Organization, Shelf Storage, Wall Shelves, Wood Shelves
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!
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.
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.
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.
November 27th, 2012 — Eyepoppingly Cool Shelves, Free Standing Shelves, Magazine Shelves, Media Shelves, Modern Shelves, Shelf Organization, Shelf Storage, Wood Shelves
When looking for a Christmas gift for my best friend this season, I found myself searching for a unique but functional present. We have been very good friends for quite a few years now after meeting together in college while we studied writing. Unfortunately I am not able to see my friend all that often anymore as he is constantly traveling due to his employment situation. It is hard to get a feel for what someone is into and wants as a gift when you only see them once a year or so.
About two years ago he was hired on as a contract screenwriter and now he is constantly moving from city to city, spending about six months in each location before moving on to the next project and city. You may or may not know that contract screenwriters do not make a ton of money, and have to live in fairly tight quarters, often in very expensive cities in which the films are produced.
With that living situation in mind and the knowledge that my friend is one of the most avid comic book collectors I have ever met, I knew what the perfect gift would be for my friend. Whenever he moves, all of the comic books, graphic novels and collectibles come with him, which can be quite a hassle when you are trying to move as quickly as possible.
The perfect gift for my friend and his comic collection is a folding bookcase. What makes this unique type of bookcase perfect for my friend is that is provides enough storage for all of his books when he is settled in the apartment, but when it is time to move the bookcase folds down compact for easy packing. Three tiers provide plenty of storage for the comic book collection, and a solid wood construction means that it has a long-lasting quality.
Whether it is for a gift of just for you, a folding shelf is a great choice for the home. In fact, I liked the shelf I got my friend so much, I bought one for my own home!