Monday, October 15, 2012

DIY STORAGE~ HOW TO STORE YOUR STUFF


 Being organized saves you money, because if you can't find your stuff when you need it, you will go out and buy another one...

So, how do you store your stuff?

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Here are some tips on how to store your stuff:

1. Assess Your Space and stuff to be stored.
When organizing a room, I assess what is kept in the space. This means measuring everything. 

2. Build storage shelves to fit your stuff
This storage room had two storage shelves in it before, but the shelves weren't spaced correctly and stuff got piled up. 

The shelves didn't fit the stuff we needed to store and things got piled up


3. Store your stuff in containers with labels to make it look more organized

 I store almost everything in 18 gallon Sterilite (made in America) plastic tubs. Most of my stuff fits in these plastic containers. There are also clear containers if you would like to see what's in them. 



Here's what the storage room looks like now. The room is about 15 ft x 11 1/2 ft.
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Mr. DIY reused all of the materials from the old shelving units and bought some extra 2 x 4's to make a 3rd shelving unit.

Here's how he made the shelving:
These shelving units are simple to make. He just used two  8 ft long 2 x 4's and cut two more 2 x 4's  down to 24" for the ends. The total length of the unit is 8ft, so the long 2 x 4's have to be cut down a little because you are adding the short 2 x 4's to the end. 
He screwed them all together as you see in this photo. Screws are so much better to put shelving together because this allows you to take them apart if you have to rework them another time. It would have been much more difficult to take apart the old shelves to make the new ones had he used nails.
Mr. DIY used torx head, 3" self tapping deck screws.

Mr. DIY then screwed  1/2" thick OSB  to the 2 x 4 frame. He made 3 of these for each unit. 

Then he attached 2 x 4's on each corner to complete the unit. The shelves are spaced the height of the plastic storage boxes we have plus 1 1/2 to 2" extra space.
These shelves are super easy to make and are inexpensive, as far as shelving goes.


 He made this shelving unit a little shorter so that the plastic storage containers could be double stacked on the top shelf. I organized this shelving unit to hold my girls childhood toys, books and clothing they wanted to keep.  The clear boxes on the bottom right hold their artwork and school mementos.
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The shelving unit on other side of the room holds Christmas and seasonal decorations. The armoire holds hunting clothes and heavy winter coats. 
We found the Ikea Armoire on Craigslist.
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It's such a good feeling to get all of my storage organized and 
If you don't have a basement and are limited on space, store stuff under beds, high up in closets, space under sofas, your garage and attic .

Where  do you store your stuff and how do you keep it organized? Leave me a short comment (or a long one) - I read every one!

Pam 


If you love organizing, here's another great project we did in our oldest daughter's bedroom...

 We took a Craigslist Armoire and transformed it into lots of storage for our oldest daughter. 

You can see the details by clicking HERE
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Disclaimer: The above post is how we made our shelves.  We don't take any responsibility for any errors or results obtained from using this information. When using power tools, use safety equipment.

69 comments:

  1. He outdid himself again and so did you! This is my dream for our storage room in the basement!! One day....It must feel so good to go in there now and know where everything is.

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  2. This looks great Pam. If our house doesn't sell and we decide to stay here, I want to do this in our basement. It really needs organizing.

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  3. After Hurricane Issac I'm sort of doing this in my attic- after sorting through wet cardboard boxes. I would kill for a storage room though. This looks great and NEAT.

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  4. Oh wow, I would love to have a space like that. Fantastic. He did a super job with the shelving. Hugs, Marty

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  5. It's awesome! Nothing like going to find something, and being able to :) Perfect timing too, you'll be all organized for the holiday!

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  6. This is exactly what I need! I already have stuff in the plastic bins, I just need something to put the bins on! (I wish I had stock in Sterlite! I would be rich on what I alone have bought!)

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  7. Mr. Fantastic is living up to his name there. I use clear plastic bins with locking lids, under the beds (4), in a closet, and under a hutch I need to make a curtian to hide.

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  8. Saw this on Hometalk - GREAT job!!!!!

    gena

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  9. Pam, once again you two are wonderful. This storage solution is practical and makes great use of vertical space. Olive

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    1. Love it ..we live n under 1000sq ft but have a full basement.... Thinking this would be great for us with clear bins

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  10. I have about 50 of those plastic tubs all stacked up in the garage, sunroom, spare room, etc. I need some shelves like yours! Looks awesome!!

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  11. I wish my storage shed looked this good! Great job!

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  12. Ooh, my goodness--that transformation feels good just looking at the pictures. I LOVE how orderly that space is. Congrats and nicely done!

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  13. This post makes me want to tackle my basement storage area!

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  14. That is some serious organization Pam! I'm so impressed!
    Vanessa

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  15. UGH..Pam you put me to shame. THanks for sharing at my party. I have been actually organizing too these days.

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  16. I have a ton of those rubbermaid tubs stacked in my garage, but I am terrified of them collapsing! Death by Christmas ornaments!!! Anyway, thank you so much for this idea, I e-mailed it to my husband. You're blog is awesome, I'm adding it to my reading list :) Have a great weekend!

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  17. Hi, can you tell me what screws ( sz) he used? I'm going to try to make this on my own;-)

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  18. Anonymous, my husband used torx head, 3" self tapping deck screws. Good luck with your shelves!

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  19. WHOA! Did your hubby and my hubby come up with this together? Our shelves look almost if not identical. Craziness. I love them as well. I don't know what people do without this awesome kind of storage.

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  20. Thank you for posting this ... it is an answer to prayer!!! I plan on buying a storage shed next year. In the meantime I have packed all my Christmas decorations, yarn, etc in these plastic tubs. I have them stacked 5 high in my guest bedroom. My problem is, because of the weight, the bottom boxes keep collapsing. I have not been able to find a shelf big enough to hold them anywhere at any price. THANK YOU FOR POSTING THIS SHELVING UNIT!!!

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  21. This is awesome! May I pin this?

    I have a storage area in my basement. I put everything in boxes and number the boxes. I have a separate inventory list that tells me what's in each box. That way I don't lose anything.

    However, my boxes aren't as pretty and matched as yours!

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  22. I was just trying to explain shelves like these to my husband yesterday! So happy to run into them today on pinterest! Thanks for the great step by step...hopefully I'll have a set very soon!

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  23. Are your shelves attached to the wall for support? or Are they free standing? I love the way your shelves look.

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  24. TazCRNA, I couldn't respond to you by email because you have "no reply blogger" checked on your settings. The shelves are not attached to the wall. Attaching them to the wall would be an excellent idea, especially if you live in an area prone to earthquakes.

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  25. The totes are a great investment - keeps things clean and in good condition - my husband just did something similar in a storage shed he made just for my 'stuff'. I love your plug for Made In USA products. :)

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  26. Can you tell me how far apart these shelves are spaced? I Love them!
    Thanks!

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  27. @ Anonymous, the space between the shelves is 18 1/2" apart on the left shelf and 17 1/2" apart on the right shelf.

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  28. This is just like my basement! So I love it :)
    I also use NACKit! pockets and cards to label the bins.
    My bins looks uniform, and I know what's inside without digging.

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  29. Love the shelving units!! Just what we need. Does it matter if the lumber is treated or dimensional? Why OSB vs plywood? Just asking of the experts. Thanks.

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  30. Danielle, I wouldn't use treated lumber for shelves. We used OSB because we took apart the shelves we had and that's what those shelves were made of. You could use plywood, as well.

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    1. Wht wouldn't you use treated lumber? I'd like to have something similar, but it would be in my garage.

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    2. the osb you used is ok but you'd be better of with plywood. OSB isn't the strongest and degrades overtime, especially in a basement where you have the possibility of moisture

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    3. @Rich, plywood is always better and stronger, but we were reusing the osb that we had. Our basement is a walkout basement or a lower level with windows on 3 sides and we keep the humidity at 50% and we don't have moisture problems. The floor is also painted with a thick floor paint, as well.

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  31. My husband made three of those shelves in our basement. Now to get bins on them like yours! Thanks!

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  32. Hi Pam! How tall are your ceilings 8ft? thanks!
    Michelle

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  33. Hi Pam,
    Do those measurements accommodate 8ft ceilings? thanks!
    Michelle

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  34. We only use treated lumber when it building codes call for it because treated lumber is treated with poison and gives off gases. We re-used the lumber that we had for this project.

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    1. Pressure treated lumber use to be treated with arsenic but it has not been for some time. It is treated with copper and Borate the same chemical you may use to wash your clothes. You should use pressure treated lumber anytime it is in contact with concrete, dirt or excessive moisture.

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  35. The ceiling in this storage room is 8 ft.

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  36. I agree that if you have an abundance of storage space but do not carefully utilize it, you might just end up creating more mess than a person with limited space would. It is crucial to always organize your stuff for easy retrieval in future. Not only will you be at ease when searching for something, but your living area will be neat and tidy too for your own peace of mind. I love the DIY storage tubs that have been created. Not only does it save money, as compared to buying ready made storage containers from stores, but the DIY tubs can also be customized to fit our own required dimensions. This is depending on the shelves you have and also the storage room size. This way, you can ensure that everything is in place and no items are left lying bare outside and not inside neatly in a tub.

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  37. storage rack are durable and holds the maximum weight .These racks are useful to store large warehouse products.Mostly its used in all industries .
    Storage Rack

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  38. I must inform you of a spelling error. It reads "fanatic", but I think it's supposed to be Mr. FANTASTIC! Yes..that's it, I'm sure of it. :) LOL

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  39. Great job! So much easier to access. Wish I had a space like that. Hmmm, perhaps I could do something like that in my attic. It would surely limit clutter. Just a thought on the construction: I think I would put in 1 or 2 support pieces in the center of the shelf frames so they wouldn't get 'saggy'.

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    1. I built similar shelves with OSB. OSB is a form of plywood and is very rigid. This shelf design has the OSB supported on all 4 edges and should not allow sag. My longest span is about 7 feet with over 100 pounds of stuff in plastic totes and no sag. Keep in mind that OSB is used for sub floor with floor joist being placed 24" on center in some instances. OSB is designed to support furniture and 100's of pounds of people if you happen to have a house party. :-)

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  40. Hello, I hope you get this comment. I love these, I am a single mother trying to figure out how to keep things sorted and accessible. I hate having to move one box to get to the next then things get knocked over dug through and misplaced. I did a bit of house removations with my grandparents on their rental properties so I have the basic knowledge on this and once I have everything will do fine. I was just wondering if you could tell me What size pieces of osb do I need to get and how many. Also how many and what lengths total of 2 X 4's. I just don't know what they come in and want to make sure I have enough but not too much scrap. Thank You soo much.

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  41. @ Simba1133, you have no reply blogger checked, so I couldn't reply by email. We made our shelves from pieces we already had,but I found a great post that lists exactly what you need. You can find it here: http://www.whitehouseblackshutters.com/how-to-make-a-basement-storage-shelf/ . Just copy and past it in your browser. hope that helps.

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  42. I noticed that the shelving on the left of the closet and the right are done a bit differently for the ends, could you explain that a little for the reasoning behind? The one on the right where there is an end piece I beleive to secure the shelves to the legs seem to be stronger, was that the idea?

    Thanks for sharing this btw... I am picking up the lumber today to get started :)

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  44. @ Mert Karakilic, The reason the shelves are a bit different is that we were using parts of the previous shelving and decided to make the one on the left longer to maximize the length on the wall.

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  45. Thanks for the idea! We couldn't be happier with the result. The added support from the OSB really strengthens the shelving up nicely. You made our day!

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  46. How much weight can each shelf hold?

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  47. Hey Joy, You had "no reply blogger" checked so I couldn't email you back and I hope you see this comment. We're not sure how much weight each shelf can hold, but if you are going to put really heavy things on your shelf and are concerned, you could always add 2 more supports in the center.

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  49. So about how much $$ did this project cost? I am completely out of my element here but badly need shelves like this in my garage... thinking I just might attempt this project!!

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  50. @My Hope, you have "no reply blogger" checked, so I couldn't respond to you through email. I didn't say how much this project cost because we reworked some shelving we already had, but my husband just made another shelf for another space a couple of weeks ago and his supplies came to about $85. He already had the screws, so the total should be a little less than $100 for an 8ft shelving unit.

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  51. Hi! My husband is not quite the handy man, HOWEVER, he & a buddy mad 3 of these shelves for me last weekend and they turned out awesome. The plans and instructions were spot on! Thank you, so much, for sharing your ideas & tips! Really cool of you! Btw... For all materials for 3 shelves, the cost was right at $230. (We are in Houston)
    Nicole

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  52. Great project! My husband & buddy made 3 last weekend & they turned out great! Perfect plans & instructions! Thanks for sharing your ideas & tips! For all materials, the cost for a set of 3 was $230. (We're in Houston)
    Thanks again for sharing!!! :)

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    1. So sorry Melissa for deleting your comment. I was on my tablet and when I pressed publish, it moved and I accidentally pressed delete!

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  54. Hey Melissa, the posts are 6 ft, but we made another shelving unit where we left them 8ft and added another shelf. You can make them any length you want.

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  55. Made two of these for my basement. Instructions were easy to follow and the project was quick. It took about 1-1/2 hours a piece to make these, from start to finish. My basement is now beautifully organized thanks to these shelves. Thanks for the instructions! Cost in WI was about $70 each, buying from the local lumber store rather than a big box store.

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  56. Of the hundreds of plans online .. i choose yours, however I am going to try to make mine with 7/16" OSB and 2x3's. I am hoping it is just as sturdy.

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  57. Oh wow girl, you just got a dedicated subscriber with this post and tutorial on how to build shelving for the plastic totes! I've been wanting to make some like this for my wicker studio, but didn't know how to go about it myself. Thanks so much! The Wicker Woman-Cathryn Peters
    http://www.WickerWoman.com/blog

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  58. Wow...!! really a nice post and loved to see it...!!!

    Thanks for sharing bro...!!!
    Nice ideas to use in the basement remodeling tasks...!!!!

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  59. Hi! I love this project! If we bought plywood that is 2'x2', do you think the shelves would still be just as sturdy? We don't have a pickup truck and I don't know if 2'x8' plywood will fit in our Honda CRV. Lol! Thank you!

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  60. Thanks for sharing wonderful idea to store your stuff. Your post is very useful for me because my stuff is scattered everywhere in my house. I like your idea for keeping my stuff on shelving. Shelving makes my home more attractive.

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  61. Thanks for sharing we are almost finished making the shelving for out basement according to the plans you provided :)

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  62. LOVE it! Can you please explain how you attached the 2x4s to each completed shelf (to create the stand)? I'm thinking that might be a little difficult. We are tackling this project tonight! thanks! :)

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