Where to Store All Of That Stuff?!?

During the excitement and the rush of activity that marks every holiday season, it is very easy to forget one simple fact of life: You are going to have more STUFF after the holidays than you did before. And unless you are lucky and a home-expansion was your gift this year, it is going to be a tough predicament to store all of those holiday decorations, presents and more. One way to maximize your holiday storage accessories is overhead storage shelves. What is great about this style of shelving is that it takes up absolutely no floor space and can be installed anywhere, whether it is the attic, closet, basement or in the garage!

Heavy Lift Storage Hoist

This storage shelf has a capacity of 250 pounds, and uses a unique hoist system to make it easy to lift that weight.

Telescoping Ceiling Storage

Just in case you have more this season than you ever expected, this ceiling shelf can be adjusted to accommodate more items.

MonsterRAX Overhead Garage Storage Rack

For the most heavy-duty of storage, this MonsterRAX system has an extreme storage area of 64 cubic feet!

Did you get a brand new bicycle this year? Make sure it stays in prime condition by giving it a safe storage place!

Garage Gator Motorized Storage System

Or make it easy on yourself with this automatically lifting platform shelf!

Overhead storage shelves are the perfect way to ease the heavy-duty post-holiday clean-up.  Every single one of these large overhead units has free shipping until Dec. 30, 2012 and many are discounted, up to $40 off!

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High Overhead Shelf, But No More Games.

As curator of the Shelves Blog, I always have storage on the mind. This weekend I came across a great new storage tip. Here is a short description of how I discovered the long-term benefits of an overhead shelf:

I spend an inordinate amount of time playing board games. I believe that playing games is certainly not a recreation that should be remanded to the sealed vault of a distant childhood, rather game-playing is a healthy activity that strengthens the mind, sharpens reaction time, and improves eye-to-mind concentration. I prefer the classic games of my youth; colorful and witty games played on delightful cardboard mats; most of them created by Parker Bros. (no relation or I’d have a bigger house). These games are just as valid as, say, a New York Times Crossword as far as improving and exercising the intellect goes. But the crux of my dilemma is space: I have far too many board games. What to do?

Most of my days are spent thinking about shelves, but somehow it didn’t occur to me that I should find a perfect shelving system specifically for my board games. Should I trust them to a Laundry Shelf? Perhaps a safe corner of a Kitchen Shelf? There are always plenty of ideas regarding Closet Shelves. But finally, I settled on a one-of-a-kind style of shelf to store my games without taking up floorspace.¬† I found and installed a terrific overhead shelf that really fits the bill. This shelf is is adjustable from 16″ to 28″ high, with a surface area of 3’x 3′! That’s a great way to keep a whole lot of games all in one place.

Overhead Shelf

The overhead shelf keeps things up and out of the way, really helps to optimize my garage, and with its metal construction, it is incredibly durable. Another great feature of this overhead storage shelf is its ability to expand to fit more games! Mouse Trap, Operation, Clue, Monopoly, Scrabble, Sorry, Candyland, Chutes and Ladders… I can pack as many games up there as I need to!

I feel almost petty discussing my favorite benefit, but blogs are a place to share, so I’ll share: the shelf height is such that kids can’t reach the games. They can’t. Which is great, because I like to keep my vintage games MINT.

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