When was the last time you took a look around a room and said to yourself “I wish I just had a little extra space in here”?
Was it within the last few days (or, if you’re reading this at home, the last few hours)? It’s a common issue that many households face, but there’s frequently an easy solution that gets overlooked: over-the-door storage!
From racks to hanging baskets to entire shelves, the backside of doors is a great solution to a number of storage issues that smaller rooms can experience. Below, we’ve collected a few of our favorite uses for over-the-door storage, where they can be used, and how it can make your storage problems easier than ever:
Extra pantry space: Pantries have a history of getting cluttered, especially if none of your ingredients are old enough to throw out and you just know you’re going to need them soon enough. Instead of finally having to purge all those spices, get some over-the-door baskets for some of your bigger items like boxes of pasta and canned goods to free up space and make everything that much easier to reach.
Towel storage: By installing either a towel bar, a shelf, or a wire basket on the inside of one of your bathroom doors (either the door leading into it or the door leading to your towel closet, if you have one) you can greatly expand the space you have for clean towels and prevent any awkward situations on your way out of the bath next time.
Accessories—scarves, hats, etc: With a little imagination, the back of your closet door can become an excellent place for accessories like hats, gloves, and scarves. Take some coat hooks or rails of some kind (long handles, curtain rods, etc) and mount them inside the door of the closet to provide easy, hanging access for things that don’t quite work on either shelves or hangers.
Extra shelves: Whatever the room, whatever you use it for, a lot of spaces could benefit from some extra wall shelves to hold things, but sometimes the walls themselves just don’t have the space. Instead, mount these to the inside of a nearby door (the door to the room, the door on the closet, etc) to provide that much extra storage room.
Magnetize it: For the particularly crafty out there, we’ve seen many good examples of people using magnets to hold things like kitchen supplies. Take a thin sheet of metal with some trng magnets and mount them to the inside of a door—it quickly becomes a great way to hold pots and pans, makeup tools, and much more.
Has your house benefitted from over the door shelving? Let us know in the comments!
“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:
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.
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.
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 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!
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!
Remodeling the bathroom. If the idea makes you bury your face in your hands (and it’s pretty understandable if it does), then you know how much work it can be.
It’s a chance to redecorate, to finally clean out the towel closet, and perhaps best of all it’s a chance to install some new storage and make your bathroom work better than ever!
If you’re heading towards a bathroom remodel in the near future, or just figuring out how to finally gain more space, we’ve got a few ideas to keep in mind for extra storage while remodeling your bathroom:
Figure out who uses it, and how
It might sound a little obvious at first, but in houses with multiple bathrooms or residents, answering this question could indicate the direction of the rest of the project. Do you have a main bath that the whole family uses? Do you have a small powder room in the house that doesn’t do as much as a full bath? Is it a guest bathroom that only gets cleaned up when the kids come over? This can help you prioritize your work and figure out what needs to be done next.
Prioritize unused space
When adding new storage space to a bathroom, the easiest place to start is to see where there’s empty space that’s still accessible, and work from there. It’s always going to be easier to add to empty space than it is to renovate current space, so use your imagination. Space around the toilet? Put up an over the toilet rack. Space on the walls, or inside the shower? Use some rust-proof wire wall shelving to hang onto needed shower items. Make the most of the space you have remaining before getting into bigger projects and you’ll find the whole thing going more smoothly.
Thy name is vanity!
A lot of bathrooms leave the sink, mirror, and medicine cabinet to do all the heavy lifting when it comes to organizing goods without appreciating the design of a bathroom vanity. Space permitting, slide one of these in adjacent to the shower to allow yourself some extra space for cosmetics and personal products, while freeing up valuable space elsewhere.
Clean out under the sink
For starters, if you’re renovating the sink cabinets at all (new doors, new finish, etc) you’re going to want to start by pulling everything out from under it. And you may find that the more you pull out from under the sink, the less you need to put back. Toss out what you don’t need, get some plastic storage boxes to hang onto everything else, and if you’re going really crazy with the sink renovations, try to bring in some shelves or drawers under there to help.
Sort out your drawers
Speaking of drawers, your bathroom drawers are probably a worse magnet for clutter than your kitchen drawers, and that’s saying something! Get some small stainless-steel containers and drawer separators to keep your drawers tidied up, and if you’re already remodeling you may want to consider bigger drawers while you’re there…
Rework the back of your doors
Finally, the doors in many bathrooms are a valuable and underutilized source of vertical space. Whether you’re replacing them or redecorating, this is a great time to put up some shelves or coat hooks to hang onto towels, bathrobes, or anything else you got in there.
Did you recently survive a bathroom remodeling and have extra tips for us? Drop a comment below!
Cleaning the bathroom feels like a strangely endless process, doesn’t it?
It’s clean one minute, then you turn back around and it’s suddenly littered with half-used shampoo bottles and those little boxes your soap comes in all over again. There has to be a better way, right?
And there totally is if you use your imagination! Cleaning your bathroom doesn’t have to be an afternoon-long multi-step process that gets repeated every few weeks if you take the time to plan ahead. (The tech industry calls this “future-proofing,” but we’re only here to clean your bathroom, not take the headphone jack out of your iPod.)
Next time you clean your bathroom, follow these few extra steps to keep it that way:
Prevent mildew in the shower
If there’s one thing mildew loves, it’s a wet shower. And if there’s one thing everyone loves, it’s the idea of not having to clean up any more mildew. At the end of every shower, leave a squeegee nearby and start a house rule asking that the last person to use it squeegee the whole thing down to prevent water from accumulating in the tub. In really foggy bathrooms, consider spraying some RainX (the stuff you use on windshields) around the walls and maybe kicking on a fan or leaving the door open.
Stick with liquid soap
Hand soap is a necessity for cleanliness and sanitation when using the bathroom, but bar soap leaves potential for a bigger mess due to soap scum and other crud on your nice porcelain sink. Unless you absolutely have to keep bar soap due to medical reasons, try to switch to liquid soap—it’s cheaper in the long run thanks to refills, and it’ll drastically reduce the time you have to spend on cleaning the sink.
Declutter your shower supplies
Part of cleaning the bathroom inevitably involves moving the same five bottles of shampoo around until they’re finally out of the way, but what if you did something to keep them out of the way...for good? Throw up a shower caddy with enough space for everyone’s personal shower needs and make sure everyone can get to their own shampoo and soap without any hassle. It’ll save everyone a step in the morning, and cut down on your chores next time.
Empty out that cabinet
Bathroom cabinets and closets are one of the biggest sources of clutter in a bathroom thanks to the amount of stuff we all let ourselves accumulate. Purge everything you know you can live without (half-filled conditioner bottles, unused cleaning supplies, etc) and then move the rest onto bathroom shelves to free up space and provide accessibility.
Keep cleaning supplies right where you need them
Finally, cleaning the bathroom can be made so much easier if you do short cleaning jobs more frequently, and a good way to get started is to keep cleaning supplies close at hand to handle messes as they develop. Always have some wipes and disinfectant spray under the sink, and keep a Swiffer or some small dryer sheets around to do quick sweeping jobs as the need arises. It’ll save you a ton of time and energy in the long run.
Got any other tips for keeping a bathroom clean? Drop a comment below!