mydilgoesmmm asked:Hello!! Firstly, let me just take a moment to say, I love your blog! Secondly, I need some storage creativity from you. Basically, I have a top shelf on my wardrobe which is ram-packed with scarves/hijabs. Its just thrown in and its a complete mess. I need your help on how I can make this more organised, etc. The shelf is 73(l)x29(w)x56(d). Please help and make me organised again lol.
Great question! And let me just say that there are a lot more options out there than I thought there would be! So many in fact that I will have to do this post in three parts. I know, whodda thought?
Since you mention that your scarves are on shelf I’ll share the few non-hanging options I found in this post.
My initial answer to storage solutions for anything on an open shelf is baskets. This way, even if you still throw them in the basket, each basket is a smaller pile to dig through. You could go a step further and label them like Jen of Organized & Clean Design did, but you could label colours and/or fabrics.
This clever bit of thrifty storage was made with only loo paper tubes and a drawer. You easily do the same with a large, low profile basket. The one pictured above is the brain child of Instructables user alialexander.
Alternatively you could wrap your scarves around paper towel tubes and secure with rubber bands like they do over at Real Simple.
I love the thought of using drawer dividers, but I haven’t actually employed one yet. I know, what kind of Storage Geek could I be without one but it is true. The walls of the honey comb organizer are not very tall, and I know this wouldn’t work for shawls and bulky scarves but it is an option for the thinner silkier ones. You can get one through Amazon here for $12.99.
Hope that helps! Be sure to check back for parts two (DIY hanging) and three (DIY and pre-made hanging). And as always, I encourage you to share with us your solutions! Cheers, Melissa.
I am so, so ashamed to admit it, but that photo is my storage closet. Remember when I said that my storage strategy was to balance things precariously on top of other things? Well, I don’t even bother with that physics formality in the storage closet. It’s wild, and dangerous, and I’m not sure what is or isn’t in there anymore. It’s the Chernobyl of my apartment, so it’s probably for the best that I can’t open the closet door more than a few feet.
But you know whose dwelling I’ll bet is like Stockholm, all cute and tidy and coordinated and organized? Storage Geek M. Her guest post was so good that I broke it up in two parts (here is the first), lest the thick layer of knowledge she is about to spread on y’all become overwhelming. M.?
Q: What are your storage pet peeves?
A: I had to think about this for a bit but I came up with two. The first is dust! I detest it. It is hard to show off a pretty collection when you live in a dusty house. So for me, whenever I am considering a storage option I always think of the dust factor. Takes some of the fun out it for sure.
The second is what I have termed “Flat Surface Annihilators.” We all know one, and most of us are guilty of it ourselves — dropping things on the nearest flat surface, like the chair by the door that no one can sit on because it has your mail and purse on it. The top of the fridge is another drop zone that drives me crazy.
The best $20 you can spend on storage, where to find (among other things) free filing cabinets and her very favorite storage methods — after the jump!!!!
Still on the edge of your seat from my first post over at Adulting about basic storage principles? It is riveting stuff I know. Wait no more because now you can read about my pet peeves and how to get the most bang for your buck. Enjoy!
Thanks for having me Kelly!
imakesht asked: Do you know of any ways to store/hide wires both inside a house and out? It’s making my place look cluttered and disorganized.
Photo Credit: Adam Pash
Cables got you down? Wires tripping you up? Go wireless. Just kidding. Unfortunately, wireless doesn’t work for power cords. Boo-urns! But I did some searching and found a lot of options. Unfortunately, most are not cheap and/or little effort required.
The other thing was without clarification on where your wires were located I just kind of collected a general assortment of cable corralling solutions. So lets start with the cheapest and easiest first.
This computer cord tamer from Instructables user trainwiththom is fashioned from wire hanger and hangs off the back of your flat screen monitor. Super easy and super cheap. Bonus. But unfortunately not a help to thos of us with lap tops (Or giant pre-flat screen monitors).
Photo Credit: Adam Pash
The first step in hiding your cords and cables is to corral them together. At your computer area (If you have a desk) you can use an under desk basket like this one from Ikea to keep them flowing together tangle free and in the same direction (toward your surge protector and/or cable outlets). Use a few cable ties to keep them neat. You could also cable tie them to your desk legs if you have legs on your desk.
This is my new favourite. Created by Karl Zahn for the 2006 MUJI International Design Competition it is not in production yet but could easily be DIYed for little to no money I think. The effort is there though with the cutting, painting and installing but I think it would be totally worth it. Some 1/4” thick plywood, paint and double sided tape and your sitting on a lovely little fence.
That pretty much takes care of the minimal effort alternatives. After that you can install WireTracks CM which “WireTracks CM WireTracks CM kits turn regular crown molding into removable wiring channels that you can use to hide low voltage or electrical cables (check your local codes). They can be used for simple jobs such as getting wiring from the front of a home theater to the back. Or, they can be installed throughout a building to give building owners the ability to run wiring between any two points that are linked by connected walls. And because crown molding is installed above doorframes, it is easy to get uninterrupted coverage of an entire floor.” I am not going to lie, I think this is brilliant. I couldn’t find a price but I see it being worth it if you have a serious amount of wires and cables to conceal.
UT Wire cord protector and concealer. This looks to be a great option for renters as it does not require permanent installation and you can also take it with you when you move. From the website “Our unique flexible material makes installation simple to do. Easy to lie flat and ready to tape on the floor in seconds. Three individual separate compartments for extra storage and easy identification of cords. Remove cords from the 2 top loading compartments for any future adjustment needed. Adjust the length of this cord cover to desire length using a pair of scissors.
Photo credit HomeImprovementsdepot.com
Finally, you could also hide them in your walls using various wall plates at various locations in your house. If you feel up to this sort of project (Because you own or have really nice landlords) here is a great link about Doing It Yourself.
Regarding outdoor wires, I am sorry, short of burying them in PVC pipe I haven’t any ideas.
A few goodies I have posted over the last little while include:
From Crinkled Cupcakes
Wireless peripherals are not the be all end all solution although I sure wish they were and not everything can be wireless (Right?) so I hope these suggestions helped in some way.
Thanks for asking such a great question! Cheers,M.