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Organizing your bedroom can feel like a constant push and pull at times, can’t it?
You need to make sure you have enough room for your clothes, while also providing the sort of furniture you’d expect from a bedroom (at least a bed, maybe somewhere to sit down) and it can all start to take up a lot of room!
That’s where bedroom benches come in. Bedroom benches can provide the benefits of comfortable furniture along with some new ways to organize or decorate your bedroom, and in ways you may not have expected.
Check out a few fun uses for bedroom benches below, and see if you get inspired to bring some new seating into your bedroom:
Shoe Storage: One of the most obvious benefits of bedroom benches is that it gives you the opportunity to store your shoes somewhere a little more convenient. Many benches come with a shelf underneath to store shoes (or smaller things like purses), and even without an extra shelf these benches are a great way to keep your shoes aside where they can be easily accessed—and out of the way so nobody trips on them).
Window Seats: A common decorative touch in homes these days is large bay windows inside a bedroom, and bedroom benches offer a great place to sit down and enjoy the view. Line your longer windows with a bedroom bench for a more aesthetically pleasing place to sit down while you get ready for work or change into your pajamas after a long day. And if you have pets, they’ll love the chance to get a better view of the outdoors.
Landing Strip: Whether it’s in the bedroom itself or right outside, a bedroom bench provides a great ‘landing strip’ for things to end up on at the end of the day. Even if nobody sits on it, leave a bedroom bench close at hand to keep things like wallets, watches, or other items you’ll need to remember in the morning.
Camouflage: Got an unsightly vent that you want to cover up? Benches are a great way to conceal the less pleasant but still needed parts of a bedroom, like grates or heaters. (Just make sure you’re not causing a fire hazard with your placement!)
Got any other fun ideas for sprucing up your bedroom with a new bench? Drop a comment below!
Towels! Endlessly useful in the bathroom, always a pain to put away.
Sure, there’s always towel closets, but what about when you’re fresh out of the shower and need to towel off? And where are you supposed to put it when you’re done? And what if your towel closet is running out of room?
It’ll be okay! All you need is a little bathroom space and some imagination. We’ve collected some of our favorite towel storage ideas here for you to try out in bathrooms of any size:
Get a second shower rod: When you’re getting out of the shower or bath, a towel is pretty much the first thing you reach for, right? On a lot of showers, a second tension rod can be installed underneath or alongside the shower rod to create a new space to keep a towel right at hand, as soon as you need it.
Think inside the bath: Inside the shower itself is another great place for towel racks. A lot of bath shelves and racks can be hung up inside the shower itself to hang onto whatever you need (much like a shower caddy) and to keep your towel close by.
Make your cabinets work harder: Odds are you have a cabinet door or two underneath your sink, and if you’re looking for somewhere to keep your towels when they’re not in use, adding storage to these doors can be just the trick. Get some over the door storage on your cabinet doors (or bathroom closet door, if possible) to hang onto unused towels and free up room on the shelves that bulkier towels can start taking up.
Set up smaller storage pieces: Bathrooms can start getting a little cramped if you have too many shelving installations, so keeping an eye out for smaller solutions can be just the thing your bathroom needs. Look for smaller shelves that can go in out-of-the-way areas, like shorter racks or over the toilet storage shelves to keep it out of the way and prevent your bathroom from feeling too cramped and unusable.
Keep it mobile: Another great idea for towel storage is to keep it on a cart that can be moved around wherever you need it to be. By stashing your towels on rolling wire carts or rolling wire storage, you can free up space in your bathroom and roll your towels wherever you need them, whether you’re keeping them right by the shower or rolling them out of the way when you need to get under the sink to find that soap you needed.
Got another tips for towel storage? Drop a comment below!
A question that doesn’t get asked often enough when installing new shelving is what should my shelves be made out of?
In a lot of cases, people think shelving is a one-size-fits-all solution to getting things organized, but that’s not always the case. A lot of different shelves have different uses and different places where they work best, and knowing these differences can be more helpful than you might think.
One prime example of a shelving type with specific uses is rust proof wire shelving. True to its name, this type of wire shelf is coated with a special epoxy that helps further inhibit rust and prevent corrosion, even in harsh environments that deal in a lot of humidity or moisture.
Now, we know what you’re probably thinking - “That sounds good, but shouldn’t that be used in a warehouse or refrigerator or something?” You’re not wrong, but a lot of homes are turning to more industrial-styled storage solutions for their durability, ease of use, and unique look, and rust-proof shelves are a perfect example of this.
Curious to see how much help they can be in your home? Here’s three rooms that could use rust-proof shelving, and what you can store in there:
Think about your laundry room, and everything you have to keep in there. Not just the washer and dryer - there’s half-filled detergent bottles, boxes of fabric softener you’ll never use again, and all kinds of color-safe bleach you need to keep safe and away from the rest of your clothes.
The storage needs of a laundry room are twofold: you need to be able to safely store cleaning products that don’t need to be spilled all over the place, and the shelves need to be able to withstand the humidity and changing temperatures of a laundry room, particularly one in a basement. By bringing in rust proof shelves you can help reduce the risk of spillage or damage to your shelves (or even your clothes) from bleach or powdered soap getting knocked over, and help withstand the humidity that’s bound to build up in there over time.
Food storage, especially long-term storage of bigger quantities for all you Costco shoppers out there, is a pretty common concern in most homes. Rust proof shelving (and its sibling, wire shelving) is a common fixture in restaurants and food storage facilities for its ability to resist rust in the temperatures that food often needs to be stored in, as well as preventing the growth of bacteria.
Even if you’re just storing dry goods at room temperature in a pantry, rust proof wire shelves are a great way to keep your food organized and safe - well, safe from everything except prying hands looking for a snack. Set some of these up in your pantry or basement and help keep your food safer, longer.
Now, we know garage storage can be an entire story unto itself, but rust proof wire shelves are a great go-to when you have a garage in need of a little fixing up.
As a lot of the stuff you keep in your garage is probably out there for a reason, it needs to be stored as safely as possible, and rust proof shelving is a good call for that. The coating means it can handle things like cleaning supplies, car paint, motor oil and other chemicals, and even some smaller power tools no problem. Better yet, for everyone without a heated garage (and realistically speaking, that’s most of us) the rust-proof coating can withstand cold & humidity to protect your stuff and prevent you from needing to replace your shelves after a cold winter.
Got any other ideas about where to use rust proof shelving, or maybe you just want to see what shelves work best for which room? Drop a comment below or contact The Shelving Store today!
Do you ever look around your house and feel...anxious?
It happens to all of us sometimes. You take a look at the mess and clutter of your house and just feel anxiety and stress creeping in as the mess begins to feel insurmountable.
There’s some truth to the way you’re feeling - studies have actually shown that a cluttered house can impede sleep and increase feelings of stress and anxiety due to the increased visual stimulation your brain is getting. If it looks like there’s too much stuff in your house, you can start to feel like your life is going out of control in front of your very eyes.
It might sound a little dramatic, but that’s just the way your brain handles these sort of situations, and it can really start to make your day-to-day life more difficult.
Never fear! We’ve got some decluttering tips that specifically focus on the areas of your home (and life) that can cause you the most stress if left uncleaned. Take a look at this list and feel the tension already starting to fade:
Focus on the rooms you’re in most
Most stress and anxiety caused by messy, unorganized rooms is due to visual stimulus affecting the brain. Take time to review the rooms you spend the most time in and go from there. Do you find yourself relaxing in the living room a lot after work? Maybe try re-organizing your living room furniture and finding a new home for all the wayward phone chargers, shoes, and magazines that have made their way in there. Is your home office getting a little out of control? Try purging some of your paperwork, clean off your desk a little, and set up some home office organization to keep it from getting messy again. Whatever room you spend most of your day in, focus on that first to prevent stress from affecting you later.
Provide a good sleeping area
Above and beyond the room (or rooms) you tackled in the previous step, decluttering is also crucial for getting a good night’s sleep - and getting a good night’s sleep is a big help in reducing anxiety overall. When your brain is surrounded by clutter it can start to interpret that hodgepodge as a task that needs completing, and that can keep you up at night with feelings of anxiety or being unaccomplished. Make sure your bedroom is free of as much visual stimulus and clutter as it can be; keep things in the closet or your bedroom dressers to avoid feeling like work needed to be done. Remember, “out of sight, out of mind” is a perfectly fine strategy when it comes to decluttering for stress reduction.
Think about why you hang onto clutter
A lot of decluttering can be accomplished pretty easily by analyzing why your home was so cluttered in the first place. Why do you have all this stuff anyway? Have you just not gotten around to getting rid of it or do you have some bigger emotional connection? Are all those ingredients in your kitchen there because you’re planning on some grandiose meal with them, or do you just not want to throw out a half-full spice container? Are you keeping that jacket around because you want to wear it again after working out? These things can really start to pile up after a while, and you need to start being honest with yourself about why it’s there in the first place - after that you can start letting go of things much more easily.
Finish any of your unfinished projects
A big cause of clutter, and an increased cause of stress above and beyond what you’re encountering already, can be the sight of an unfinished project around the house. Try to make time to finish these projects, or at least reduce your visual reminders of them - finish that painting, complete your bedroom redecorating, send out those thank-you cards from your anniversary party, so on and so forth. Committing to a task that’s been hanging over your head for a while can be a huge, immediate, and long-term reducer of stress in your life.
If it’s broken - toss it
Finally, a common source of clutter and the related stress/guilt that it brings is that junk drawer full of broken stuff you mean to fix one day. Phones you haven’t used in two years, headphones with one ear not working, scissors that aren’t quite as sharp as they used to be, etc. Much like the previous step, the knowledge of these unfinished projects hanging over your head can cause a lot of stress when you’re reminded of it, and in a lot of cases it’s going to be a lot easier and more productive to simply throw them out and replace them instead of trying to fix it.
Hopefully after these tips you’ll be in a much better place when it comes to stress at home - and you’ll love how much tidier your house is!
No matter how advanced technology gets, sometimes it still feels like you have a ton of paper to deal with, doesn’t it?
Bills, catalogues, invoices from that visit to the doctor’s office you never paid for, magazines you keep getting even though you don’t remember renewing your subscription, owner’s manuals to the washing machine, notes from school...the list goes on.
Sure, most of this stuff winds up going straight in the trash where it belongs, but there’s a lot of it that you need to hang onto for later, and it can all start to pile up after a while if you’re not careful.
If you’ve got a few mountains of paperwork to scale and are looking for advice on how to get rid of it all, read on.
Pull It All Together:
This might sound a little intimidating at first, but the best way to get started on the process is to go through every room you leave paper trails in and compile it all. Check the entryway, any room adjacent to the entryway (living room, dining room, etc), the home office, and even the bathroom (especially if you’re the bathroom-reading sort) to find any paperwork that might have been left behind. This will help with the next few steps, and will also give you an idea of where these letters and magazines tend to end up so you can try and prevent this mess from piling up later.
Ask Yourself If You Need It:
Next comes the great purge. If the paperwork you found has been just sitting there taking up space, the odds are great you don’t actually need it. Instead of tackling this all at once, let’s break this down into a few different categories of commonly-found paper clutter:
Magazines: Unless you really need it for a recipe, or it has some help for a video game your kids are currently playing, you probably don’t need to keep magazines around for more than a month or two after they arrive in the mail, and if you do keep them, try to get a magazine rack to hang onto them. If you’re the crafty type, you can turn these into collage art of some kind, but otherwise - out it goes!
Warranty cards and owner’s manuals: Some products still come with physical warranty cards and actual owner’s manuals, but these have a tendency to stick around long after you’ve gotten rid of that particular fridge or TV or whatever. Manuals for things you still own could be kept closer to the item itself - on some wire shelving in the laundry room next to the soap for washing machines, out in the garage for power tools or car parts, cable boxes and video game systems can go in the drawers in your TV stands, etc - and warranty cards can be mailed back in if they’re still relevant, or tossed out if they’re not.
Bills: Have they been paid? Are they coming up? Is this for a phone you haven’t owned since 2015? Did Mastercard not get the previous tenants’ change of address? Unless you absolutely need it to remind you, most paper bills can be tossed out once they’re not relevant anymore, as nearly every bill can be accessed online these days.
Greeting cards: These can likely be kept somewhere safe (we’ll get to that in a second) but they also don’t need to be taking up a ton of space on your mantel like they have before. Set these aside for now and find a place for them later.
Business cards: Yes, some people still have business cards, and unless you have absolutely nowhere else to store or access the contact information on them (via your phonebook, Facebook, other kinds of books) these can all be tossed out. Don’t feel guilty - whoever made them expects them to get thrown away eventually.
Tax papers: Now we’re starting to get to the important stuff. A lot of tax experts recommend hanging onto your W2s and returns for up to four years, which means you’ll want them somewhere safe. If you don’t have a safe or anything in your house, consider getting a locking drawer for your desk to keep them safe from prying eyes or accidents.
Medical paperwork: Similarly, if someone in the house has undergone a medical procedure of any seriousness, it’s a good idea to retain the records in the event you need to go in for follow up. Keep these in a similarly safe place as the tax papers for at least five years just in case.
Stop The Mess Where It Starts
Finally, after everything has been sorted out, take steps to make sure it doesn’t get nearly as bad next time. Get some mail organizers to sort things out as they go and help you keep a better eye on what you can throw out, make some space in your home office to hang onto the big long-term stuff, and a few fridge magnets and/or whiteboard planners never hurt anyone if you’re the kind that needs to see something to remember it’s there.
Got any other tips for organizing paper waste? Leave a comment below!