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  1. Tips for Organizing with Open Shelving

    “Openness” has been an increasingly popular trend in home & apartment design lately, and that goes from the floor plan to the closet and all the way to the home shelving you use.

    Open shelving has been popping up in living spaces of all sizes thanks to its ease of installation and even greater ease of use—but is it right for your home?

    Above and beyond the decorative aspects of it, open wall shelves can actually do a lot to help keep the various rooms of your home better organized while providing a nice visual enhancement, even if you’re just using them to help keep your rooms cleaner.

    Check out a few ways that open shelving can help around your house:

     

    The Kitchen

    Open shelves, especially more durable ones like metal wall shelves, are always a good decision inside kitchens due to their ease of access—and let’s face it, you probably have a good amount of stuff in your kitchen that could use a more organized home. Depending on where they’re placed, open shelves are perfect for storing dry ingredients (spices, herbs, sugar, etc), serving trays or mixing bowls, or utensils (but try not to keep them too close to the oven to prevent heat issues!) right where you need them most without having to fight through the old junk drawer.

     

    Living Rooms

    In the living room, open shelves are a great way to reduce clutter while also giving you more opportunity to decorate a little bit. Unless you need them to support a ton of weight, more ‘decorative’ shelving options like glass wall shelves and wood wall shelves can match a variety of previously-existing living room decorations (so you never have to fret about it matching your mom’s couch that you were gifted). These can be a good spot for books you want to display (either old favorites or something you’ve been meaning to read), family photos or knicknacks you’re particularly fond of, or just some small succulents or cacti. A good tip is to remember what you’re stacking on them, though—areas prone to bad windstorms or earthquakes might not want to put your old porcelain that high off the ground.

     

    Dining Rooms

    Most dining rooms seem to be full of a ton of stuff you use all the time, and almost as much stuff that you don’t. While your everyday-use dishes, silverware, and the like are better off kept accessible at ground level, open shelving can be a great way to store things like stemware and those fancy plates you got on your wedding day that you’re saving for just the right time and place. Pair it with a wall mounted wine rack to help keep all your entertaining wine right at the dinner table where you need it.

     

    Bathrooms

    Bathrooms tend to be harder to organize than you’d expect—there’s already closets and cabinets, but those can fill up quickly and, well, there’s a lot of stuff we need to keep in bathrooms isn’t there? Open shelves can solve a lot of those problems. Try putting some up on the wall closest to your shower to help organize towels and keep them right at hand where you need them, or hang one up over the toilet (ideally high enough and far enough back to prevent bumping into it with your head) to keep paper towels, toilet paper, and any other needed bathroom supply where you can quickly get to it.

     

    We’ll be back soon with more open shelving organization tips, but in the meantime leave a comment below if you’ve recently put wall shelving up in your home and tell us what you think!

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  2. Lawn Care Product Storage

    For those among you with green thumbs, this is the perfect time of year to get out and do some yard work. Whether you’re replanting your prize rhododendrons, trying to figure out if you should start that herb garden, or simply looking to make the yard a little healthier, the time is right for getting your hands dirty with some outdoor chores.

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  3. Five Uses for Storage Benches

    Offering more storage than your average couch, while still working as a functional and viable piece of furniture, storage benches are an increasingly common sight in many homes for their versatility and style.

    The advantages are pretty obvious—additional sitting space while adding some extra shelves or storage room? Who doesn’t need that in a room or two at their house? 

    Most people get a new storage bench and assume it belongs somewhere in the entryway, and while that’s always a good call, there’s a few places you can keep a storage bench that you may not have thought of right away. If you’re trying to figure out if a storage bench is the right call for your home, look no further!

     

    Extra bedroom storage

    A storage bench placed at the foot of your bed can be an excellent way to both allow extra storage for things like shoes or out-of-season clothes and provide an extra seating area to make getting ready in the morning easier. Try to find one that coordinates with your bed (if it matches your dressers, even better) and watch how much faster your morning routine goes. If you’re thinking about going this route, you might be able to find specially-designed bedroom storage benches that meet your needs.

     

    Replacement coffee tables

    Instead of a standard coffee table, many living rooms are turning to storage benches to serve as their main table and hold things like coffee table books and other types of decor to help liven up the room a little bit. The storage capacity will let you keep things like magazines, TV remotes, and video game controllers safe at hand, and in a pinch you can use it as overflow seating if you have too many guests over one day.

     

    Dining room table seating

    Dining room furniture is a need that tends to vary depending on the home it’s used in, but one thing is always true: everyone needs a place to sit! A lot of modern homes are streamlining their dining room chairs with storage benches instead, to help cut down on the space taken up by chairs and provide a place to keep tablecloths, place settings, and the like.

     

    Porch seating

    So long as the fabric is kept safe from the rain, porches are a great place for storage benches. The increased seating will allow more of your guests to hang out on the porch when the weather allows, and you can use the storage options for picnic blankets, candles, and anything else you want to keep outside during the nicer months.

     

    Space division

    One of the biggest trends in homes and apartments right now is open floor plans, a style of design that removes many walls and doors to provide a more open flow between rooms and spaces. These areas still need occasional division for the sake of navigation and flow, however, and storage benches are an ideal solution for these issues. Lay some storage benches between rooms to create a natural ‘divider’ and help each room feel like its own entity without having to resort to walls and doors like everyone else.

     

    Have you used storage benches in your home? Leave a comment here!

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  4. Three Rooms In Your Home That Need Wall-Mounted Wire Shelving

    Never quite feels like there’s enough room in some rooms, right? You try to organize as best you can, but when it comes to floor space there’s only so many square feet to go around and it gets a little overwhelming sometimes. There’s an easy solution for this, however, and it’s one that goes overlooked by a surprising number of people: wall shelves!

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  5. Five Wire Shelving Accessories You Never Thought You Needed

    You don’t need us to describe how surprisingly useful wire shelving can be. Sturdy, reliable, versatile—you’ve heard the speech a million times before from plenty of home organization sources and happy customers. But what you might not be aware of is just how many wire shelf accessories are out there, or what good they can do your home organization plans.

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