I return to my Home Office Organization series this week with a look at my wall storage. I’ve always been a fan of using shelves, floating or as part of a bookcase, for storage. Using a shelf to store items can save you from a crammed closet, stuffed to the brim drawers, and piles on the floor, particularly if you’re working with a smaller space. I personally like the aesthetic of wall storage. It’s no secret that I love all things contained and labeled and being able to actually see my pretty storage boxes makes me happy. There are so many attractive storage options available. You can even make your own beautiful bins by covering a shoebox with pretty wrapping paper. Some people like a more simple look, which can be easy and inexpensive to achieve with simple brown paper and gift boxes you might have lying around the house. The sky (or ceiling!) is the limit when it comes to wall storage!
I have three L-shaped floating shelves hovering above the main corner desk area in my office. I configured these using the Pottery Barn Holman Shelves (right image source). Not only are they simple and sturdy, but they match my Pottery Bedford Collection Office Furniture perfectly in the same Antique White Shade. I also like how the shelves have a lip to them. This narrows the bin options down dramatically, because it creates a fixed acceptable bin depth, but it also makes for a more secure situation. Bins can’t just slide off the shelves, they have to be slightly lifted off, which is safer especially when it comes to some of the heavier ones. There are many options for floating shelves on the market. I’ve seen some beautiful, more affordable options at Target, Walmart, and Ikea. You can also make your own shelves with some simple supplies from the hardware store.
If you’ve watched my OLJ videos for some time now you already know how much I love Reisenthel Storage Boxes. I have them in many sizes and colors throughout my home as a lightweight yet sturdy and functional yet attractive storage option. I have a total of sixteen small size Reisenthel Storage Boxes in the flora pattern along the longest side of my three floating shelves. They’re a perfect fit! I keep a variety of items in these boxes, which are all labeled on both the front and side for easy identification. The boxes on the bottom shelf contain the items I need to access most frequently, including Printer Toner and Paper, Camera and Computer Accessories, Empty Notebooks, and Stationary. I use the top two shelves to store items I don’t need to access quite as often because they require a ladder to reach them. I have a few empty bins here and there, because I tend to switch around the contents from time to time. I like having flexible organization systems.
On the short side of the L-shaped shelves I have a couple different kinds of decorative storage boxes. I recently purchased four Semikolon Document Boxes from The Container Store to house my extra office supplies on the lowest shelf. The bright and cheery colors coordinate nicely with my Reisenthel Storage Boxes. They are beautiful storage options I know I will use and love for years to come. Above that I have three Kassett Boxes from Ikea that are currently empty. I have used these boxes for many different purposes over the years and they’ve held up beautifully. I don’t expect them to stay empty for long, as I foresee finding a purpose for them once I finish up my craft closet organization. My extra large Mickey & Minnie Mouse have a cozy resting spot on the very top shelf to remind me of The Happiest Place On Earth and many wonderful shared memories of trips to Walt Disney World with my husband. I don’t see anything wrong in throwing a knickknack or momento into organized spaces so long as they don’t interfere with the functionality of those areas.
I go over my wall storage organization in much more detail in the video (shown below) if you’re interested in a closer look. Check back next week for another post and coordinating video in my Home Office Organization Series!
*I am not affiliated with any of the brands or stores mentioned in this blog post or video. All opinions are my own.*