One thing that I never seem to have enough of in my home is shelving. I am in constant need of more shelves to store and organize items from games to office supplies to gardening tools. I needed a super easy organization idea.
Two of the most challenging items in my house to keep tidy have been platters and dishes for entertaining and, randomly, doll clothes.
Ohhhhh, the doll clothes. This is what you get when you have two girls, my friends.
The problem with these two types of items is that they require easy accessibility. The problem with most shelving units is that the shelves are too high and therefore you have to stack things on top of one another to utilize the space efficiently.
As I was strolling through Target one week, (I’m sure looking for something completely unrelated to storage, but hey, its Target. I reserve the right to wander.), I came across the simple shoe shelf and realized that the height of the shelves was exactly what I needed. Even better, these suckers were stackable. And, better than that? At less than $12 a pop, they fit into my limited budget.
Here’s exactly how I utilized this Target revelation in my home.
Problem: A plethora of doll clothes strewn all over the room begging to be gobbled up by the vacuum or our slightly mischievous four-legged creature.
Solution: Create a corner of the bedroom designated for doll play and utilize the shelving (2 shelves, stacked), not only as a mini Doll “closet’ but also as a play surface on top!
To create separate homes for each outfit, I found the adorable fabric “bins” pictured below at the Container Store. They matched the decor of my daughter’s room and provided for very easy organization that she could manage on her own. I couldn’t find these exact cuties online currently, but here are some similar ones that’ll do the trick. Just remember, you only have about 5″ between shelves, so whatever container you use needs to be no more than 4 3/4″ in height.
Problem: I really enjoy entertaining and over the years I’ve accumulated an assortment of trays and platters that I love. It may sound ridiculous, but I have an actual attachment to these so-called “dishes” as they represent good memories of people gathered together in community.
However, over the years, they have also caused quite the storage conundrum in my house. I’ve stacked them 5 dishes tall and shoved them in bathroom counters, but they wind up getting chipped and under utilized. I’ve also built massive garage storage units to keep them safe, but they wind up dusty and “out of sight, out of mind.”
Solution: Clear the bottom half of a closet and stack shoe shelving approximately two wide and four tall. So, you need 8 of the shelving units to accomplish this set up. This creates 9 shelves that are just the right height for a platter or two each.
Now the platters are easily seen and easy to get to. They are safe from clanking and chipping and I don’t have to take out 5 platters to get to the one I need. All this shelving for under $100.
I’m sure there are PLENTY of other storage hacks that can be discovered with the very versatile shoe shelving. Have some more ideas for your Penelope sisters? Please share in the comments below!