Wire Shelving Ideas

  1. Let's Play Dress Up: How to Make Wire Shelves Look Even Better

    Whether you’re redecorating a room, repainting walls, or moving everything around, we know how it feels to suddenly have something in your room that just doesn’t quite match.

    And as helpful as wire shelving can be, sometimes it just doesn’t match the look you’re going for—similar to how the TV stand your mother gave you when you moved just isn’t quite working in the living room anymore.

    But wait! Before you decide to relegate your wire shelves down to the basement and go through the cost and trouble of replacing them, there’s actually a lot you can do to make them match your current decorative mood without breaking the bank or leaving you stuck with a more-decorative but less-helpful shelving solution. Before you go moving those wire shelves around, try these steps first:


    Throw me a line: One of the easiest and most helpful ways to change up the look of your wire shelving is to add wire shelf liners across each shelf. This can have a twofold effect on your shelves: by adding a splash of color you can change up the look of your shelving without the cost and trouble of replacement, and the solid lining will make your shelf even more usable by providing a solid surface to keep smaller items/anything that needs more stability (salt shakers, picture frames, etc) close at hand and right on display.


    Get rustic: A common renovation trend these days is to try and go for a more rustic ‘natural’ look in homes and apartments, and that usually means one thing: a lot of wood. With a little creativity, even your wire shelves can get in on this new look while still providing the sort of shelving and stability you need. Use wooden shelf liners or butcher block tops atop your shelves to give them a more natural vibe (so long as you don’t still need them in the kitchen, of course), and if you’re really the crafty type you can cut thin plywood strips to glue along the front of your shelves to help them match their new liners and blend in better with your new surroundings!


    Play paintball: Not literally, of course, but after a big wall repaint, a few cans of spray paint can go a long way towards dressing up wire shelves. Grab some spray paint that works on plastic or metal (in certain cases, chrome wire shelves or epoxy-coated shelves may require specific paints) and spray paint the shelves to match their current surroundings, or paint them a complementary color to help them pop even more.


    Add bins: If you’re not up to customizing the shelves themselves, a good way to change up the look of your shelves is to use storage bins. By varying up the color of your bins and using them to store all the smaller items your shelves usually hold, you can streamline the clutter and add color to your shelves that might have looked more disorganized beforehand.


    Got any other tips for making your wire shelves match your home decor better? Leave a comment below!

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  2. Five Tips for Faster Decluttering

    Everyone seems to be all about “decluttering” these days.

    There’s articles about how it can reduce stress, make your life easier, and so on and so forth. But what a lot of people don’t tell you is that decluttering can be a pretty big time investment! Depending on how much decluttering you feel like you need to do, it’s something you can find yourself sinking a ton of time into if you’re not careful.

    It doesn’t have to be like that, though! There’s ways to speed up any decluttering project, no matter how big or small, and once the process doesn’t seem so intimidating you just might do it more often:


    Set deadlines for yourself

    A good way to get motivated enough for smaller, more frequent decluttering projects is to set deadlines or timeframes for yourself. In order to avoid the usual trap of ‘spending four hours cleaning on your day off,’ set shorter, easier-to-attain goals. Do the kids get up at 7:30 for school? Set aside an hour in the morning before they get up, or an hour after you drop them off. Do you want to have one room decluttered every Thursday? Is it easier to drive donations to the thrift store on Saturdays? Look at your schedule, set a deadline, and stick to it—the work will get done faster than you expect.


    Start with the obvious stuff

    A common factor in bogged down decluttering projects is trying to take on too much at once, or losing focus on your work. A good way to start and see immediate results is to go room-by-room and get rid of really obvious clutter that you don’t need anymore. No hard decisions, nothing you have to think twice about, just anything that’s taking up space and can be tossed out without any real repercussion: phone chargers for devices you don’t own, outdated magazines, etc. You’ll notice immediate progress without a ton of invested time or effort, and it will streamline everything else you have to do.


    Focus more on donating, not selling

    A lot of people take decluttering as a good opportunity to try and make some cash off stuff they don’t use; surely someone will cough up money for those DVDs you haven’t watched in forever or that ancient iPod with your favorite songs from 2006 on it, right? But keeping these items around while you wait to sell them can add to the clutter and make you feel like you’re not getting things done as fast as you wanted to. In most cases, particularly if you’re the type that needs to see immediate progress, you may be better dropping off a few boxes at Goodwill instead of wasting your time on Craigslist.


    Keep extra storage around for overflow

    It’s the old adage of needing to make a mess to clean a mess, but when it’s time to declutter, the lack of storage can really slow the process down. Whenever you start your next big decluttering/organization product, try to keep enough extra storage around like wire shelves, basement shelves, or storage bins for overflow or anything you truly need to keep around. Having these items properly organized will prevent this problem from happening again, and might be how the issue got started in the first place.


    Learn to ask the hard questions

    We can tell you that a lot of hangups in the decluttering process stem from indecisions over what to do with the items you find while cleaning, and you might have to ask yourself some hard questions. If something is broken, out it goes. If you’re only holding onto something for sentimental reasons, consider if those reasons are worth this thing taking up room in your house. If you own something else that serves a similar purpose, you don’t need it. Get into this habit early on —and stick with it—and you’ll find the process going much faster once you can make the tough calls.


    Got any other tips to speed up the decluttering process? Drop a line below!

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  3. Three Rooms That Need Rust Proof Shelving

    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:

    Laundry Room

    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.

    Pantries/Food Storage

    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.

    The Garage

    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!

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  4. Cleaning Up The Paper Trail: Organizing Paper Documents

    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!

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  5. Unfinished Attic Storage & Organization Ideas

    We’ve all got one room in the house we can’t quite get under control, and for those of us with an attic, it winds up being that one more often than not. It makes sense - you’re not up there too much, it’s probably being used for storage, and it’s probably either really cold or really hot depending on how your house is heated and insulated.

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