Wire Shelving Ideas
Whether due to a tiny closet, an overstuffed closet, or maybe no closet at all, a lot of people in apartments or smaller homes have been trying to find creative ways to organize their clothes.
And while bedroom dressers are a good solution, not everyone’s bedroom has enough space to keep adding dressers—so what’s a fashionable young person to do?
Have you tried looking on your walls?
Wall space is a great idea in a lot of situations where extra storage space is needed in smaller rooms, but people tend to overlook its potential for getting your vast collections of belts and sweaters organized. Here’s a few ways we’ve found to make wall storage work for your clothing collection, no matter what your taste in fashion:
Let’s start with one of the most common pieces of anyone’s wardrobe: shirts! Whether you’ve found yourself with a ton of graphic tees from all the concerts you’ve been to or you’re just amassing a collection of nice button-downs for use in the office, you’ve probably wound up with a lot of shirts you need to put somewhere. Luckily walls can be a great place for that. If you have any wall shelves or wire wall shelves already, these can be easily repurposed as shirt racks by putting some hangers on their brackets, or sliding in a thin bar (or wall rail) through the brackets. Any shirts that can be folded and put away can go right on top, while the bar holds onto dress shirts or anything that needs a hanger. For rooms lacking wall shelves, the craftier among you could try installing a few industrial-style pipes or railings to provide hanger space.
No matter how much space you do or don’t have already, shoes are never the best to organize. If you don’t have space for any more shoe racks in your closet, try putting some nails or lower-profile screws into your walls and hang storage bins or decorative baskets from them to hang onto the shoes you wear most often.
Sweaters and jackets
Heavier stuff like cold-weather clothes tend to take up the most space. A good way to keep them out of your hair until you need them is to repurpose some old wall-mounted bookshelves to keep folded sweaters and jackets until the weather cools down enough to need them again.
Bags and purses
Finding a place to keep a purse you’re not currently using is one the worst parts of owning a purse, but wall storage can help out. Find an empty wall shelf and line your purses across it (stuffed with tissue paper to help them keep their shape as needed), and once they’re all in place, make sure to use bookends to keep them in place.
Scarves, belts, ties, and other accessories
So we’re doing good on getting your bigger clothes taken care of, but what about the small stuff that’s easy to lose (and already hard to organize, even if you did have the closet space)? If you have room for a few more shelves, towel racks are the best way to get these smaller items hung. Drape them over the sides of the towel rack to keep them out of the way and easier to get to.
Have you used the wall space in your bedroom or dressing room to keep your clothes organized? Drop a comment and let us know what you did!
Bathrooms: a necessity for everyone, but also surprisingly hard to get organized.
Not all of us are lucky enough to have the sort of sprawling, two-bathtub bathrooms we see on TV, and as a result we have to make the most of the room we have. Closets are fine, under-sink or behind-the-mirror cabinets are always a plus, but there’s a lot of unused wall space that could be put to work to help better organize and arrange everything.
Case in point: that space right around your toilet!
Often considered “off-limits” for...understandable reasons, the area around your toilet can actually become a convenient storage area for a number of needed bathroom items, keeping them close at hand while avoiding clutter elsewhere in your bathroom. Here’s a couple tips we’ve found for helping make the most of that space and adding a little extra decor, flair, and convenience to even the most crowded bathroom:
Over the toilet shelves: One of the easiest (and most commonly seen) ways to help organize bathrooms is to use over toilet shelves. These storage units are specifically designed to fit in the small spaces over a toilet to provide extra storage of things you’ll find yourself needing in there, especially if you don’t want to have to go too far to get them. Find one that best matches the decor of your bathroom and plant it right on down.
Hanging wall shelves: If you don’t have the room for the over-the-toilet option, or if you want a bit more understated look, wall shelves are the way to go. Unless you plan on keeping a lot of stuff on them, you can use this as an opportunity to spruce up your bathroom with a more decorative shelf option like wood shelves or glass wall shelves to freshen the look up a bit while keeping things like toilet paper, air fresheners, or even reading material nearby.
Baskets: If you’re the crafty type, a bathroom storage option that’s been gaining more popularity lately is baskets, mounted directly to the wall. Something a little more decorative like wicker or ratan works great for this option; simply drill the appropriate holes and mount the baskets to the wall using either the right-sized wall screw or wall-mounted hooks to hang the baskets and make sure they can support the weight of whatever you put in there.
Recessed shelving: When your bathroom is particularly hard-pressed for shelving space (such as in circumstances where the toilet is too close to the wall) and you don’t mind doing some renovations, a lot of homeowners have been turning to recessed shelving to help increase their available space. By carving out a small, open, cabinet-like space right above the toilet and installing wall shelves, you can create an additional (but smaller) closet for toilets and other needed supplies.
Towel racks: Of course, a lot of people looking to get more bathroom storage often jump right to the point, and they turn to the space over their toilet to serve as a good place for towel racks. Whether pre-fabricated or homemade out of pipes and metal fixtures (a common sight for families with DIY tendencies and a love for the ‘industrial’ look), the space right above your toilet can be the perfect spot for a towel rack. This can help solve one of your bigger organizational concerns while freeing up floor space or wall space elsewhere.
Art: Worse comes to worse, you can always hang your favorite painting or a treasured old movie poster up there.
You hear the term “mini fridge stand” or “mini fridge cart” and it probably sounds pretty obvious what it’s supposed to do—hold up a mini fridge, right?
And you’re not wrong, but there’s actually a lot more these things can do above and beyond holding onto a mini fridge in some cluttered dorm room. If you’ve got a mini fridge stand in your house that you need to repurpose into something else, here’s a few tips we’ve found:
Makeshift TV stand: Got a smaller room (or a smaller TV)? Mini fridge stands are a good place to keep smaller flatscreens if they’re not the focal point of the room, or they can work as a good mobile TV stand for situations where the TV needs to be relocated, like for video gaming.
Bedroom mini bar: Many people have their favorite before-bed cocktail. If you’ve got a few favorite mixers, a mini fridge cart (either with or without the fridge, depending) can scoot into your room to keep your preferred drinks close at hand. It’s like a hotel mini-bar, except without the exorbitant prices. (Just try to keep the drinking responsible, eh?)
Breakfast nook: If your kitchen space allows it, a mini fridge stand (and the fridge it comes with, of course) can be easily converted into a lace to keep specific meal ingredients, like breakfast. Eggs and milk go in the fridge, cereals and omelette ingredients go in the nook itself, and if your stand has a pull-out drawer you can use it for holding utensils and cutting boards. That said…
Kitchen stand: If your mini fridge resides elsewhere in the kitchen, away from its larger sibling, the space around it can be an excellent place to keep extra utensils, cookware, and the like. Keep cutting boards, long spatulas, and even unused dishes under the fridge to free up room elsewhere—and if you pair it with a kitchen cart you’ll have even more working room.
Poolside/outdoor refreshments: Got an outdoor outlet? If you do a lot of entertaining during the warmer months, a mini fridge cart can be a great way to safely keep a mini fridge off the ground outdoors while still providing easy access to your favorite drinks when you’ve got company on the patio or out in the backyard by the fire.
Out in the garage: Whether you’ve totally turned yours into a “man cave” or just want somewhere to keep refreshments handy while you tinker on your dream car, mini fridge carts (especially more durable ones made out of chrome wire) are a good call to withstand the conditions of the garage while still helping you relax while you’re out there.
Have you used a mini fridge stand in your home? Let us know in the comments!
Basements, am I right?
Unless you’ve got a finished basement that you use for entertaining company (or if one of your kids lives down there—and trust me, kids love basements), the odds are pretty good that your basement has become a haven for everything that doesn’t quite have a home somewhere else.
Tools, knicknacks, holiday decorations, coats you wear once a year...starting to sound familiar? It’s a common story, told by basements the world over, but it isn’t as immense and unfixable as you might believe.
Given enough patience and time, any basement can be whipped back into shape if you take the right steps and understand exactly why (and when) you should be doing it. Take a look at our checklist and see if it applies to your current basement predicament:
- Figure out what projects to prioritize: The basement can be messy, but it might not be worth stressing over if you have other, bigger jobs to be worrying about. Particularly in situations where your basement may be holding onto the detritus of other cleaning projects, make sure your basement reorganization won’t get in the way of anything else you’re trying to get done around the house.
- Assess the current mess: One of the most important steps of cleaning a basement is understanding what’s being kept down there and what you need to do about it. Is most of the clutter things that really can’t go anywhere else, like holiday decorations? Are things like unused furniture, clothes nobody has worn in years, and dusty VHS tapes the culprit of the clutter? This is going to affect how you handle the rest of the cleaning project going forward.
- Judgment day: Now comes either the hardest part or the easiest part, depending on your attitude toward decluttering. Take everything down there and sort it into “keep” or “discard” piles. The discard pile should be everything you’re okay with donating or throwing out—unless it’s something with actual value, try to avoid selling anything as this can cause your decluttering to slow down significantly and you may not wind up getting rid of anything. As for the keep pile, this should be anything you plan on using in the near future or anything you can’t get rid of just yet. Try to stick with whatever you decide for either item to keep the project flowing.
- Sort everything you keep: From there, you’ll want to break down the “keep” pile even further to help with the organizing. Divide everything up by whatever system works best for you (types of item, frequency of usage, size, etc) and decide on the way that works best for you to keep it all organized.
- Assess your storage options: A lot of basement clutter, no matter what you’re keeping down there, can stem from not really having a home for everything. Take a look to see where everything in your “keep” pile is going to go, and add more storage options as needed—wall hooks, wire shelving, wall shelving, and so on.
- Don’t store anything in a dangerous area: Finally, once you’ve decided where everything is going to go, make sure it’s avoiding the typical ‘basement problems’. Pick areas that aren’t prone to leakage, flooding, or drafts to keep your stuff safe and usable for the next time you venture down into the basement to find something.
Hopefully these tips should keep your basement cleaner, safer, and easier to get around through the rest of the year.
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!