Maximize your storage space

Top to bottom, left to right and back to front.

To maximize the use of any given space, you need to consider the best way to fill that space.  Shelves and cupboards often become space “wastelands” filled with air surrounding whatever items are stored there.

Before you start filling up a space (or creating wasted space), take a moment to consider what items might help you best to fill the space efficiently.

Difficult to "reach back" without knocking everything over.
Difficult to “reach back” without knocking everything over.
Adding random box sizes will help, but boxes still leave space and become "dumping" stations of stuff.
Adding random box sizes will help, but boxes still leave space and become “dumping” stations of stuff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the example above only the paper storage area can be filled efficiently.  When you add containers that will fill the space – left to right, top to bottom, and back to front – your “Space Wasteland” disappears.  Accessing your items becomes simple. Labeling your containers ensures you’ll pull out the right items every time.

Make the best use of your space requires organization tools that fit the space.
Making the best use of your space requires organization tools that fit the space.
15 EZ2O bags AND we still have room for paper storage.
15 EZ2O bags AND we still have room for paper storage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We used a variety of our EZ2O – Easy to Organize – products to fill this cube.

In the cube:
Bag Name – What’s inside
Edna – Tim Holtz square (Distress) ink pads (1) and rolls of ribbon (4)
Teresa – Small bottles of ink and glitter glue
Deanna – Cricut cartridges, booklets and overlays
Debra – Colored Pencils and Pens
Shelly – Washi Tape, Baker’s Twine and Polymer Clay
XL Fab File – 12″ x 12″ Paper

On top of the cube:
Sue – Stampin’ Up Ink
Irene – Quick Quotes Ink and Close to My Heart Ink
Debra – Pens, including Zig, Stampin’ Up, Tim Holtz, and CTMH

Thanks for stopping by.
Please feel free to email me with questions you have about getting organized.
Happy Organizing,

Tiffany

6-14-2016 Addition to the original post.  6-15-2016 Second post with video added – watch now.

You can maximize your space almost anywhere by simply moving shelve heights.  You may need to drill a few extra holes at different heights for your shelf brackets, but its a pretty simple solution if you’ve already got shelving units.

Adjust shelf heights to make the most of your space.
Adjust shelf heights to make the most of your space.

7 Responses to Maximize your storage space

    • Thanks Sheryl –
      We’ve got some new shelves in the studio, and I was thinking, for people with just regular shelves, you could apply the same concept by just putting the shelves very close together. I’m going to try and get some pics up tomorrow. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.
      Tif

  1. It’s funny, but just this last weekend I was looking at my shelves and thinking about all the wasted space. I already have about 20 of the EZ2O bags and I’m hoping that with a few more purchases, I can rid my room of another piece of furniture. You are brilliant, Tiffany, and I love your energy and enthusiasm for organizing!

  2. Great post. Should help a lot of people. I use a lot of your bags and love them. Great advise about moving shelves.

  3. This is exactly what I am trying to accomplish. I have most of the EZ20 bags which I love. They are easy to stack on top of each other and because they are clear easy to see what you have and where it is at a glance. Just need to get a couple more of those large set of EZ20 bags to complete my idea and thing I will have more space to organize with. Thanks so much for sharing this. Now I know what my craft room will look like when done. Have all the before pictures and figure the I’m done ones will be shocking for me as well as others.

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