Shoe storage in book cases?

Shoe storage in book cases?

For those of us who think our shoes deserve to be noticed as well as our novels, these bookcases are just the answer! You may not think about bookcases for shoe storage, but the Billy Bookcase from IKEA is a modular and adjustable unit that can be configured in a number of ways. In addition, the doors hinge both vertically and horizontally across the shelves.

The slim line of the bookcase works well in small spaces and even hallways, and the shoes display beautifully behind glass doors. Why put them away? Start a new chapter in your shoe storage and check out these stacks!

Unhinging the Closet Doors

Unhinging the Closet Doors

What do you think of your closet doors? Nowadays we see closets with a wide variety of door options. There are reach-in closets with folding doors and accordion panels, sliding doors, pocket doors, French doors, barn doors, and single swing-out doors that take a lot of room space to open.

Because of the space that is lost to accommodate a door, it can sometimes make sense to have a closet or pantry that is doorless.

Does the thought of that make you cringe? Well, here are some scenarios in which losing the door makes sense.

  1. Your closet has mostly shelves or cubbies. In general, it is not attractive to display hanging items. For a doorless closet to be attractive, we want our items to fit into attractive containers and cubby spaces that will flatter the room’s décor.
  2. You have contents that display well without containers. For example, a pantry may have a collection of lovely vintage bowls and a stand mixer that look great all on their own-or-you may have a closet that stores vases and other home décor items that happen to look great
  3. Your closet doors encroach on a walk-thru area or other entryway. For example, a hallway closet that runs into the door space of the coat closet-or-a basement door that can’t be opened until the garage door is closed.
  4. You can decorate the closet back wall to compliment the main room it is in. This could include painting, hanging wall paper, or having a mirror-backed wall–just to name a few ideas. It may also mean using shelving that matches the woodwork in the parent room.
  5. You have internal closet walls that can be used better if the door didn’t cover this space when opened. For example, you may wish to have a closet wall full of hooks or a wall with a full-length mirror but the door makes this wall space difficult to reach when opened.
We are here to help you determine whether going doorless makes sense for you!

30-Minute Closet Cleanse

30-Minute Closet Cleanse

Our closets often become a dumping ground for household items. It’s just so easy to pull the door closed and forget the stash. A quick cleanse can restore order to this overstressed space. Here are some of the top 10 things that can be quickly eliminated from the pile to jump start your closet cleanse:

1. Empty product boxes

      . You know the ones…..they still have the Styrofoam inside for safe keeping. Meanwhile the product it once held will likely never make it back to the foam womb. And we have all been hijacked by the sleek, sturdy, and beautiful containers our Apple products are packaged in. Please, do yourself a favor. Release the boxes. Save your space.

2. Empty shoe boxes—that are literally empty! The resourceful side of our brain believes that we can use these again to hold “something.” If that something hasn’t made it in there–kick it to the recycle curb!

3. Grocery bags and eco-bags. Plastic bags can have a second life; they are used to clean up after pets, line our trash bins, or wrapping wet exercise gear. Finding a second use is fine….but it doesn’t mean we need to hoard more than a dozen or so at a time. Curb the volume on these…and save some space.

4. Paper that is past its prime. Bent printer paper, half-used notebooks and sticky notepads that no longer stick, wrapping paper and tissue that appears used. Consider condition and the impact it has on usefulness. Recycle what you can. You will accumulate more.

5. Old duffle bags and bookbags. We all have the duffle from that certain conference we attended or from the health fair giveaway. I think that people have a hard time parting with duffle bags because they “could be” useful. You might use a gym bag, you might travel and have use for a duffle. Pick your favorite, and let the rest be donated.

6. Briefcases and laptop bags. The same rule applies. The work-logo laptop bag that held our 14-pound work computer has likely ceased to be relevant or useful.

7. VHS tapes and other media that can no longer be viewed. Unless you have a true commitment to investing in restoration, these are doing you no good on a shelf.

8. Deteriorating photo albums. Your photos are not safe here! Pull out the photos, get rid of the rotting albums and magnetic pages.

9. Old board games. When is the last time you played Hungry Hippos as a family or located the game pieces that belong to an old favorite? Keep what is currently enjoyed and let the rest go.

10. Remove anything that might have a better home elsewhere such as sporting gear, dirty laundry, unseasonal shoes and outerwear.

Refresh, renew, enjoy.
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Diagnosing and Curing “Closet Fever”

I like the colder time of year for reviewing and improving our indoor spaces. Our closets hide what we often aren’t able to get to in warmer months. And they work double duty this time of year. Brimming with coats and hats and boots and gear leftover from Summer–It’s time to regroup.

Our room closets generally are built with only 2 functional elements: one rod to hang things and one shelf to store things. Yet we need our room closets to do more than these 2 things. We need convenient shoe storage that is not on the floor. We need to store certain cleaning items and have a place for the sweeper to go. We need to put away items for walking the dog. We need to have certain gear available as we walk out the door. And in some rooms, we may need toys and games and occasional items that are not in plain sight.

How do we manage these overworked and overstuffed spaces? The two best strategies include: 1) increasing the number of functional elements in your closet to better match your inventory and 2) allowing only 3 to 4 categories of things in each closet so that they aren’t stacked full of miscellaneous items.
The top five elements that will go the farthest in your general closet include:

  1. Hooks, Hooks, Hooks! Quite possibly the easiest way to use vertical space in your closet.
  2. Horizontal shelving in the low and high underutilized areas.
  3. Baskets for the horizontal shelves, with labels, to clearly identify items.
  4. Shoe Storage
  5. Redesign. Imagine how much more useful a short double hang rod may be rather than one that spans across the open space? What if the shelving was located in the immediate reach-in region of the closet? What if slide-out wire baskets were a better alternative to flat shelves? Just a few tweaks can make a huge difference.
And for honorable mention, don’t forget the utility of electrical outlets here. More and more of our home cleaning products and personal use devices need to be charged. This task is best done in the background.
So, hey, it’s cold out there. Why not examine your closets with a fresh eye in the warmth of the indoors? Or better yet, with help from a professional? We would be happy to help you think through the possibilities. Visit us for more ideas at: