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Organizing Wire Shelves – Your How To Guide

02/03/2021

The white builder grade wire shelf, whoever thought these were a good idea? We can chat about that another day.  Today we’re going to talk about organizing these wire shelves and how you can maximize the space without having to purchase a new closet. *affiliate links used which means we may receive a commission. Read […]

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The white builder grade wire shelf, whoever thought these were a good idea? We can chat about that another day.  Today we’re going to talk about organizing these wire shelves and how you can maximize the space without having to purchase a new closet.

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Measure The Space

The first step with any organizing project is measuring the space.  Knowing the dimensions is critical because there is nothing that will deflate your energy when the bins don’t fit.  These are the three you need:

  • Width
  • Depth
  • Height 

Write them down.  A personal favorite to use when gathering dimensions is post-it notes.  It’s easy to transport or display a post it note when working on a project.  They fit nicely in a wallet or stick well to a cabinet when planning out a project.

Search For Products

Once you know your dimensions, then it’s time to shop for some bins.  Places like The Container Store, Target, and Amazon all have bin options.  There are a handful of ways to organize wire shelves, to help guide you, here are a few things to consider:

  1. What is my budget?  Knowing how much you want to spend will eliminate the options available making it easier to make decisions.
  2. How do you want the space to look?  The appearance of how its organized matters, you’ll more likely to keep it that way when you love what you are looking at.
  3. To conceal or not conceal?  This all comes down to the space you are organizing and your preference.  For example, clear bins allow you to see everything that’s in there, eliminating guesswork.  On the flip side, when it’s concealed you don’t have to see what’s in there.  A great example of this is hiding seasonal clothing or a donate bin.
  4. Is it possible to stack bins? Stacking creates more space, allowing one to maximize every inch.

When searching for products, make sure the bins have a FLAT bottom, this will ensure they sit sturdy on the shelves.  Symmetry matters when selecting bins, our brains love it, choose bins that match.

Organizing The Wire Shelves

The last step to getting wire shelves organized is execute the plan.  Empty out the space completely, then place the bins in the desired location.  Once the system is set in place, it’s time to start putting everything back together.  Keep like with like and label where possible to ensure things get put back in place.

These utility bins and turntables work great for wire closets, the bins also stack creating more space if needed.

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container store favorites

These stackable shirt and sweater bins keep everything neat and tidy.

Bins provide structure and prevent things from getting sloppy.  These pink bins with bin clip labels make managing kids clothes easier.

Pantries that have wire shelves typically don’t have enough space to have stackable bins.  These clear bins work great for individually wrapped items.

Pantry Organizaton

Use an expandable shelf organizer to easily access canned goods and keep them neatly displayed.

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