The lucite tray keeps things light, and corrals both the key bowl and whatever candle I keep on rotation in this spot. The little gold bowl (a Crate and Barrel find) also holds our laundry card, which I would inevitably lose if it wasn’t in this spot.
Open shelving seems to be all the rave nowadays, doesn’t it? I mean, I get it…the minimal look is in. And while there are so many ways to DIY your own open shelving, there is one thing you should keep in mind: everything is all out in the open, for everyone to see. I love my DIY shelving unit because it’s pretty, but the main reason we created it is because we needed all the storage we could get in our little one bedroom apartment. So, today I want to share a few easy fixes that I’ve found to work perfectly to conceal all of the unsightly (but necessary) items that you may have!
First of all, you should know that Nick and I are book hoarders. Seriously. When Nick and I got married and merged book collections, it was overwhelming. So even though we scaled our collection way down (I mean, waaaaaaay down…we sold hundreds of books at a yard sale, and donated the rest. It hurt my heart a little bit) before we moved, we still have those favorites that we reach for time and time again.
Since we still have quite a few, the main reason for building this book shelf was (wait for it)…for book storage!
I sporadically stacked the books over the entire wall unit, and even turned the spines around to add a little texture. Since I don’t use all of them on a daily basis, I’d prefer to keep the look less cluttered by adding the neutral texture of the book faces.
Now, on to other storage. Since this shelf is on the same wall as our front door, we leave our keys in a little bowl on the second to lowest shelf, which is right within arms reach of the door.
We also needed to find a place that was near the door (convenient) in which to store Max’s leash and poo bags. Yes, poo bags. One of the many readjustments we’ve made going from a backyard to a city street, let me tell you. I found this basket with a lid for $3 at Goodwill, and thought that it would function perfectly for this very thing. Plus, I love how it looks on the shelf!
We also store these handy dandy grocery bag handles, which save my fingers from losing circulation when walking home with heavy bags from the grocery store, in the basket as well.
But the most clever idea I’ve had with storage and this shelf, however, involves conquering something that almost everyone has a problem hiding: router boxes and cords.
See that lovely basket on the floor below the shelf?
I found it at HomeGoods (aka, basket mecca), and it works perfectly for this little storage idea!
Our cable/ internet wire runs down our building’s hallway and through the wall, around the front door, and down to the baseboard. There is an outlet conveniently located just above where the cable meets, as well. So we took this into account when determining the height of the first shelf, and mounted the board just above the outlet.
I cut a slit in the back of the basket. threaded the cords through, and plugged everything in. I actually used a surge protector to plug into the wall and threaded that through the basket, then plugged the router and cable box into that inside the basket.
The key is to use a surge protector, use a basket that’s tall and wide, and leave the top open. You don’t want anything overheating in there! I was paranoid about this at first, so I checked everyday. It has worked fine, and you can’t see anything unless you’re standing directly above the basket!
So, there you have it. My simple little tips for making the most out of your open shelving storage. And remember: it doesn’t have to be ugly to be functional!