Wire Shelving Ideas
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!
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.
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!
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!