Storage Shelving

by Hettie Woehler
(last updated July 20, 2015)

Shelving as a means of storing items comes a long way from ancient times when our ancestors built mud shelving into their caves or mud homes. We have come a long way from mud shelving to the most sophisticated shelving used today. Here are some simple ideas that you can use to help create a little extra storage space which will also allow you to create a more neat and clean home.

  • Kitchen/laundry. Use decorative racks and hooks conveniently placed for cooking utensils. Deep, large drawers offer storage for pots and pans. Shelves with or without doors can store laundry and household cleaning necessities. Built-in pantry cupboards with shelves at the inside of the doors for spices, and other small containers opens up to larger, deeper shelves for canned foods and other groceries so they are within reach.
  • Living room. The living room is where families spend most of their time. A wooden (open or closed) bookshelf is ideal to display inviting books on any topic suitable for babies, children, and parents' interests and hobbies. Sturdy, colorful plastic Shelves complimenting the wooden book shelf, is ideal for DVD's, play stations and whatever interests the family, and that are accessible and easy to clean.
  • Bathrooms. Keep the bath tub and window sill free from bottles, brushes and what not's. Glass shelves, stainless steel wire shelves and cheerful towel holders will brighten up, and lighten up, any bathroom. The toilet will benefit from some small shelves for small, interesting (or funny) books to read relaxed and in private. Be creative and decorate the toilet rolls, necessary containers and what not, with recycled painted or decorated holders.
  • Porches. Interesting built and shaped shelves for pot plants, peg board with rods, hooks, or brackets are ideal for out-door entertaining. Keep durable plates, bowls, cups and glasses neatly stored in a closed cupboard to save on using your breakable dinnerware outside where it may easily be broken.
  • The swimming pool. Plastic shelves for glasses, snacks and whatever you enjoy at the pool, should be at hand preventing glasses and cool drink bottles to be taken into the water endangering the kids, or even grownups, swimming and playing in the pool.

In conclusion, shelving has become part and parcel of our daily lives. If you run out of shelving ideas, these may just be able to help trigger a new idea or thought of where you need shelving.

Author Bio

Hettie Woehler

Hettie lives in Mokopane, South Africa. She writes articles for a country-wide monthly newspaper, The Vessel. She self-published a devotional book in 1993 and writes a regular column, Hettie's Chatterbox, for the S.A. Neuromuscular Foundation. ...


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