The Shelving Store Blog

  1. Four Reasons Why You Need A Nightstand

    Some of our readers may have a hard time imagining it, but yes, there are some people out there who for whatever reason simply decide not to have a nightstand in their bedroom.

    If you’re one of those people—great! We’re not here to judge, and we’re sure you have your reasons.

    But maybe you’re a little on the fence. Maybe you’re sick of looking at that naked area next to your bed. Maybe you just need somewhere to set your bottle of water at night. Whatever the reason, if you’ve been wrestling with the idea of getting some nightstands for your bedroom, we’ve got four reasons that just might tip the scales for you:

     

    Safe keeping for everyday items

    One of the best and perhaps most obvious uses for a nightstand is to serve as a ‘landing zone’ for things you need every day. Glasses? Check. Watches? Check. Phone? Check. (Especially if your nightstand is near an outlet so you can keep your phone charged, or if you use a phone charging station to keep your phone and laptop appropriately juiced up.) Nightstands provide a great place to keep daily essentials you take everywhere so you won’t lose them when you get home, nor will you (hopefully) forget them in the morning!

     

    Better unwinding at the end of the day

    We know what you’re thinking: “how the heck is a small table going to make it easier for me to go to bed at the end of the day”? You got us there, but it isn’t so much the nightstand itself as it is what the nightstand can hold. Everyone has their pre-bedtime rituals, be it reading, meditating, playing Nintendo Switch, and so on, and having a nightstand close nearby can help you keep all these sleeping supplies organized and right where you need them. Just be careful about using your phone too close to bedtime—that bright light isn’t good for you when it gets dark out!

     

    Emergency supplies

    We all remember our parents and teachers telling us about making an Emergency Preparedness Kit, and while that might be a little drastic in the bedroom, there’s still something to be said for keeping around some last-ditch supplies in the event that the power goes out or the weather takes a turn in the middle of the night. If you have a drawer in your nightstand, toss some candles, batteries, a portable phone charger, and maybe a flashlight in there to help see you through until the lights come back on.

     

    Personal/medical goods

    Many of us have woken up in the middle of the night sneezing and feeling terrible, right? When the idea of moving or even just getting out of bed seems too daunting to attempt, a good nightstand can hang onto things like tissues, medicine, cough drops, or even just something like hand lotion to keep you as comfortable as possible without having to even leave the bed.

     

    A glass of water

    Come on—everyone gets thirsty, right?

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  2. So You Don't Have A Closet: Now What?

    It happens more often than you might expect. You’ve moved into your new apartment or dream house, or maybe you’re off on an extended stay somewhere far away for school or work.

    You walk into your new (or temporary) living quarters and look around, only to make a horrifying discovery: you don’t have a closet!

    It’s okay! Now isn’t the time to panic. Instead, now is a great opportunity to look into some alternate clothing organization strategies and see just how you can get your bedroom organized without a closet. (Don’t be scared, we’re right here to help!)

     

    Get some storage furniture

    The first step is to review your surroundings and see what you have (other than a bed and nightstands) to work with. Take stock of any storage options you might have like shelves or clothing tacks, and then work from there—bedroom dressers are always a good call in places like this, so you might just have an excuse to pick up that vintage armoire you’d been eyeing.

     

    Look under the bed

    Speaking of beds, no bedroom is complete without one (it’s right there in the name!) and you can use this to your advantage. If your bed sits high enough to hold some plastic storage bins or other flat clothing storage boxes, use those to keep less-frequently worn things like dress clothes, seasonal outfits, and the like. (And if it doesn’t sit high enough, a lot of places sell bed risers for exactly this purpose.)

     

    Get some shelves

    By now you might not have a lot more floor space to devote to this plan, so the next step is to use wall shelving. Keep anything folded up there like shirts, pants, or even shoes (if there’s no room elsewhere for those), and in a pinch you can devote your shelf brackets to a space for hanging clothes like dresses and blazers. Speaking of…

     

    Look for hanging space

    You don’t have to be a diehard “do-it-yourself” type to make the most of this step—you just need a little imagination. A lot of wall shelves let you slide a bar in between the brackets or hang it off the bottom to simulate the closet racks you might have seen if, you know, you had a closet.

     

    Use the door

    Over the door storage is a perfect solution for situations like this. Hang something up over the back of your bedroom door for coats, hats, accessories, bags, or anything else that doesn’t fit on your other storage options.

     

    Have you ever had to deal with a room that didn’t have a closet? Leave a comment below and tell us what you did!

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  3. Five Decluttering Goals to Set This Summer

    It’s the old summertime paradox—you want to hang out, go on vacations and relax, but summer means you finally have the means, time, and ability to get things done around the house.

    I can finally get that living room clean...but how can I stay focused when I have a hot tub outside waiting for me?

    Don’t worry, we hear and understand your struggles. What we recommend, instead of getting stressed to the point you just abandon all projects, is to break things down into manageable chunks and tackle them one bit at a time.

    With that in mind, we’ve got five easy decluttering projects you can tackle over the summer that will help make your home less cluttered, keep you feeling productive, and leave plenty of time for lounging around and barbecuing.

     

    Discard seasonal clothes

    Now you probably already spent enough time putting your seasonal wardrobe away from the spring and winter, but this is the perfect time to weed out anything you’re not going to wear this summer that you didn’t wear last summer, either. Sift through your closets and bedroom dressers to find anything you’re no longer interested in wearing and donate or sell it.

     

    Get under the bed

    It’s an old cliché, and you’ve probably had this fight with your own kids recently, but cleaning under your bed is an easy summertime chore that can help you get more organized. Scoot everything out from under there (like shoes and wallets you forgot about), and donate whatever it is you forgot about long enough to not want to wear again.

     

    Make that living room ready for company

    If you’re the entertaining sort, now is a great excuse to purge some things from the living room and get it ready to have company over for cookouts or movie night. Set up a TV stand to act as a focal point for the room and keep all your cable boxes and game systems together, toss out all your old magazines and clear off your coffee tables. And if you’ve been thinking about getting rid of that old couch - now’s the time!

     

    Sort out your cosmetics

    Makeup, hair products, deodorants and fragrances—everyone has their personal care products they save for the off-season, but they can start to pile up after a while. A lot of personal care products have an expiration date (lipstick lasts about a year, for example) and if anything has been hanging around longer than that, especially if it’s a last season kind of look, it’s pretty safe to toss out.

     

    Free up some pantry space

    Finally, if you’re in the midst of barbecue-and-picnic season, you might have noticed a lot of buildup in your pantry. When you have time between meals, purge everything from your pantry or cabinet and sort it out: has anything expired? Is there something in there you know you’re not going to cook anytime soon? Have you decided you don’t actually like whole-grain pasta after all? Toss out everything that’s no longer needed, keep everything you’re actually going to cook with, and try to set up a pantry organizer so it doesn’t get that bad next time.

    There, doesn’t that feel good, actually getting things done over the summer without taking an entire day? Go ahead and hit the pool, you’ve earned it.

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  4. Paper Clutter, Desk Organizers, & You

    Remember sometime back in the late 90s when people were first figuring out how the Internet worked—everyone talked about how one day we won’t have paperwork or junk mail anymore, and it will all be digital.  

    I don’t know about you, but I don’t think we’ll be seeing those days for a while.

    Even well into the new millennium we’re all still awash in doctor’s bills, house paperwork, and loan contracts we need to keep around for whatever reason, and it can all start to pile up after a while. But...you can’t just get rid of it, right? So where’s it supposed to go?

    We’re glad you asked. From the desk to the entryway to that part of the kitchen table (admit it, we all do it) you’re bound to find yourself with a lot of paper clutter around the house—worse yet, some of which you might need to keep.

    Since every home will have different paper clutter needs, instead of listing different organization strategies, let’s take a look at a few different organization tools and see what they can do to help your home mail clutter:

     

    Desk organizers: We’ll start with the big one first. Desk organizers are, at first glance, an awesome way to organize a home office. And they are! Anyone who has any kind of at-home work to do, from freelance jobs to homework, could stand to benefit from a desk organizer or two on their desk. But they can actually serve a lot of useful purposes elsewhere in the home—leave one in the entryway to help sort mail, use them on coffee tables to organize magazines, and so on.

     

    In and out boxes: Whatever you choose to use, from old shoeboxes to plastic storage bins, setting up two boxes to process incoming and outgoing stuff like bills, doctor’s appointments, house paperwork, and the like. It’s not an ideal long-term solution but it’s good for reminding yourself what still needs to be attended to.

     

    Filing cabinets: It’s an old standby, but filing cabinets can serve a number of needs around the house. Even if you’re not a home office kind of person, you can use file cabinets to store important long-term documents like home deeds, birth certificates, prescription information, and more in a way that will keep them safe while making sure they’re easier to get to. (As a bonus, many of them come with locks for an extra layer of safety.)

     

    Magazine racks: True to their name, magazine racks are great for those of us that still read magazines (or with kids that still read comic books) to keep their living rooms free of mess, but there’s a few other uses you can squeeze out of them too. Try placing them in the bathroom to hang onto reading material (again, we all do it, it’s okay), use them in the pantry to hang onto cookbooks and old issues of Bon Appetit, or mount them into the wall to create a mounted corner side table.

     

    A shredder: Trust us—there’s plenty of documents around the house you don’t need that still have enough personal information on them to make it worth your time to invest in a shredder and make confetti out of it all.

     

    Have you come up with ways to reduce paper clutter in your house? Leave a comment below and tell us all about it!

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  5. Uses for Mini Fridge Stands Around the Home

    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!

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