How to Maximize Storage and Reduce Clutter with a Bookcase
When it comes to space in a home you can never seem to have enough. Maybe it’s just me but the more space I have the more I want to fill it with stuff. Not specific stuff either; no – I just want stuff. I’m never quite at home when the house is empty. On the other side of this though is the consequences of having stuff. Eventually the stuff turns to clutter if you’re not careful. This post is all about how to maximize storage and reduce clutter – specifically using 1 item: a Bookcase.
Long gone are the days of using a bookcase solely for storing and displaying books. There are a number of ways a bookcase can help you maximize your storage space and reduce clutter. We’ll look at a few of these on a room by room basis.
Usually the most visited room in the house is also the room with the most stuff. At least that’s the case in my house. We have DVD’s, Video Games, Toys, Blankets and random odds & ends everywhere. A Bookshelf in the living room allows you to organize movies and games as well as display your little knick-knacks.
I love having a bookshelf in the living room to store the kids toys. Baskets are a great accompaniment to bookshelves as it keeps clutter hidden.
There are a few ways to use a bookshelf to maximize storage in your kitchen.
You can use the bookshelf (or a set of bookshelves) as a pantry if your home doesn’t currently have one. This is perfect if your cabinet space is limited or otherwise occupied.
You can also use the bookshelf for organizing and displaying your fine china, cook books and small kitchen appliances. Finally, a bookshelf can act as a makeshift bar when you have friends over.
Bedrooms, whether it’s an adult bedroom or a kids bedroom, can really benefit from a bookcase or 2. For an adult bedroom a bookshelf can be used to store and organize extra linens or clothing. It can also be used to store books, knick-knacks, movies, jewelry and/or make-up. I’m a fan of using a bookshelf to hold my purses, scarves and shoes.
For a kids bedroom a bookshelf can be used to store books. It can also be used to store and display toys, collectibles, and/or clothes. You can paint and decorate the bookshelves to match the decor of your kids room. A bookshelf in a child’s room is a great staring point for teaching them to be organized. When their toys have a specific home they’re more likely to clean up on a regular basis.
Bathrooms are a great place for bookshelf storage if you’re lacking in other storage options. You can use the bookshelf to hold toiletries, towels and washcloths as well as any decor you may have.
As you can see, bookcases have numerous uses and are a great way to maximize your storage space. When it comes to choosing a bookcase I have one brand I always trust and that’s Way Basics. Growing up we always had Way Basics book cases and to this day it is the brand I prefer. They are incredibly easy to put together and they last for years.
We received the Tribeca 3 Shelf Bookcase and Shelving in Espresso from Way Basics for the purpose of this post. It took my son and I 10 minutes to get it put together. There are no tools required! The directions were incredibly simple to follow and consisted mostly of pictures.
Way Basics uses 99% recycled material to make their zBoards (which are basically the building blocks for their products.) These zBoards are very earth friendly as they are:
- Sustainably made from recycled paper
- 100% recyclable
- 62% lighter than particle board
- No added impact on landfills
The thought of using recycled paper to build a bookshelf may be a little off putting. Heck, it still surprises me. But it works – the boards are extremely light but also extremely durable. You can easily pick up an empty bookshelf and move it to another room or stack them in groups. We keep ours loaded with stuff and have seen no signs of buckling or swaying!
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Like I said before, Way Basics is a brand I know, love and trust. Because of that I’m able to recommend their products with 110% certainty you’ll love them as much as we do! I mean seriously, what’s not to love?!