Sharing space with your spouse isn’t always easy. Good organization is key to keeping you both sane and helping your home run smoothly. Here’s an easy way to organize your shelves. The best part? It will only cost you $24.99.
I’ve been on a mission lately to organize my master bedroom closet. I was sick and tired of my shelves looking like this.
I’d seen a lot of neat ideas on Pinterest for dividing your shelves into smaller compartments that house neatly folded stacks of shirts and sweaters, but most of the products I found on the market for subdividing shelves (like these from The Container Store or these from amazon.com) were constructed for use with solid, wooden shelves, not the wire shelving commonly found in closets. Another limiting factor was the price. At anywhere from $6.99 to $24.48 for a set of two dividers, costs had the potential to add up pretty quickly if I wanted enough dividers for all my shelves.
Target sells the Closetmaid 6-cube wire organizer in white for $24.99. If you don’t like that color or brand, you can find a wide variety of options by searching “wire storage cubes” on amazon.com.
Here’s what you’ll find inside the box.
It’s meant to be assembled like this.
Instead of creating cubes, use the wire grid squares and plastic connectors to create a series of u-shapes. You’re just creating bottoms and sides; you don’t need backs or tops for the purposes of dividing your shelves. That means you’ll get a lot of mileage out of one 6-cube set.
Depending on how many wire grids you link together, it might get a little unstable. I was able to move a set of four into the closet with little trouble; I added the fifth and last compartment after I’d gotten it into position on the shelf. If you’re worried about stability or maneuvering your creation through the door, it’s not difficult to do your “construction” in the closet.
If your shelves round a corner like mine do, then yes, you will cage in an unusable square in the corner. However, it’s only about a square foot of unusable space. Throw something there that you don’t use very often. We pile up old Halloween costumes there.
It’s amazing how much more organized $25.00 of wire shelving can make your closet. Believe it or not, that’s the exact same amount of clothing in the before and after photos; it’s just much better organized.
If you enjoyed this post, check out last month’s 4 Ways to Improve Your Master Closet.
What clever ideas have you come up with to organize your home without blowing the bank?
Mary Beth Foster is a full-time high school English teacher who lives in Mint Hill, NC, with her husband of two years and their two cats. She tackles craft projects, home renovations, and culinary adventures in her free time. Read more about her creative endeavors on her blog: http://fosterhouseblog.blogspot.com/.