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Outdoor Storage Shelf to Protect Your Outdoor Items

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.

Outdoor Storage Shelf

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.

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 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!

Outdoor Storage Shelves For Summer Recreation

With the weather getting nicer and the likelihood that my gardening will actually be successful, it is time to look at some outdoor storage shelves! Whether it is home improvement, gardening or just recreation that is on your docket, shelves for your outdoor space are a convenient storage addition.

I am lucky enough to live in a drier climate than most in the United States. There is a reason they say “it never rains in Southern California”. And that is because it does not rain here, especially in the summer. So for my outdoor shelving needs, I do not need to worry as much about rotting or moisture damage. However, I am open-minded enough to realize that the rest of the country does not really share this climate advantage.

So for those that need an outdoor storage shelves that can survive a few summer-time thunder storms, I would recommend the Montego Bay Multi-Purpose Storage Cabinet. This incredibly durable cabinet is made from Shorea wood, which is moisture and UV resistant. Additionally, this cabinet is specifically designed for optimal drainage, so you don’t get pools of water collection on the shelves.

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An option that does not involve any outdoor storage shelves

That cabinet is a great choice for your gardening tools and other outdoor items. For those that are more recreationally-minded, there are great storage options for the yard. The Deck Box Outdoor Storage Box is a perfect choice for storing your summertime recreational accessories.

While it is not really outdoor storage shelves, this item is a must-have for anyone that wants to keep their sporting equipment and playthings in tip-top shape through the summer. Plus, it makes a great seat in the yard when the lid is closed!

There are many other outdoor storage shelves out there. For instance, a great alternative to a wood cabinet is a strongly-finished set of metal shelves, which are also very resistant to the outdoor elements. One advantage of the metal shelves is that they are much less likely to warp.

With these tips in mind, you will be able to enjoy this summer and have convenient storage right at your fingertips!

Closet Shelving as a Birthday Present!?!

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.

Closet Shelving

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

  1. Three 12″ x 24″ shelves
  2. Three 12″ x 72″ shelves
  3. Five Wardrobe Bars
  4. 9 Bar Spacers
  5. 4 Angle Brackets

2.)    A wall-mounted shelf tower, perfect for putting our folded clothes

Wall Mounted Shelf

3.)    An under-mount tie and belt rack for organizing all of our accessories

Under-Mount Tie and Belt Rack

4.)    A deep wire basket for catch-all storage

Deep Wire Basket

5.)   And lastly, a few additional shelves for the shelf tower


Folding Garage Shelves: The Perfect Gardening Accessory

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.

General Purpose Folding Shelves

Here are a few other shelves that might be more ideal for your gardening / shelving situation:

5 Shelf Cedar Shelf

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.

5 Shelf Heavy Duty Steel Storage Rack

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.

Folding Shelves for Record Storage

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.

Wood or Metal Outdoor Shelves?

One thing I look forward to about the end of the winter and the re-emergence of the sun is that I am able to resume a favorite pastime, gardening. I love to be in the outdoors where the air is crisp and refreshing and I can hear the lovely sounds of nature. Unfortunately winter leaves me unable to do much gardening, leaving me with plenty of time to strategize for this growing season.

When it comes to gardening, I have found that one really handy thing is having some shelves in close proximity so it is easy to store your tools, fertilizer and other garden gear.  It eliminates the need to lug heavy items back and forth to the garage or shed. Where I live, the weather can often be pretty damp and unpredictable, so the shelves that I have in my yard need to be durable enough to last through multiple rain showers if I am not there to cover them with a tarp.

When I was buying shelves for my garden, I had two options: Wood outdoor shelves or metal storage shelves? There are pros and cons for both materials, and I went through both and analyzed them to come up with the best shelves for my situation. Metal shelves are prone to rusting if they are exposed to too much moisture or if the seal on them is broken, while wood shelves are able to carry less total weight and often warp or rot when exposed to moisture.

The choice I made was very unique and perfect for my situation. I found a pair of metal racks that could stand up on their own and buried each one about a foot deep in the ground for stability. The racks had horizontal bars that ran from one side to the other, which was perfect for placing large 2” thick planks across, made from mesquite, which is a very water-resistant type of wood. The major load-bearing pieces were made from the most durable material, metal – and wood planks as shelves allowed me to save a great deal of money.

This shelf is the perfect place to rest my things at the end of a long day of gardening. The durability of the shelf has shown to be impeccable and I have been very happy with the results of my wood and metal shelf.

Attic Truss Storage for the New Year

Attic Truss 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.

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!