Tips for Storage Rooms

There are a number of questions to ask yourself before you purchase shelving for your storage room.

enclosed storage unit

stow your items behind doors

1. Do you like things displayed on open shelves or stowed behind closed doors?  This will help you determine if you want a cupboard or shelving.

2. Next measure the space.  You need to get storage that uses all the area and not buy storage that leaves some of the area unusable because one storage unit is too large and another storage unit can’t fit into the remaining space.

3. Next ask yourself, will you open a lid to put things into a container, will you reclose the top of a box?  If the answer is no then cut the flaps off the box or purchase containers without lids.  You want to make it as easy as possible to get the items into the correct box.

open crate

Crates are great if you won’t put a lid on a container

4. Lastly ask yourself, if your bins are stacked will you unstack them to put something in the bottom container?  Will you restack the containers on the storage unit?  If your answer is no then buy large containers that fill the vertical space between the shelves so you can maximize your storage.  It is usually good to have two or three containers on each shelf. Now you have your storage units and bins.

  • Store items you use frequently at eye level.
  • Store heavy items on the bottom shelf
  • Store items close to where you use them
  • Store infrequently used items up high or in less accessible areas.

Trying to store hockey bags?  Try placing two shelving units that are 4 or 5 shelves high, with 24” or 36” deep shelves, one in front of the other and securely attach them together.   This will hold one bag per shelf with room to leave it open to air out and place some items on the shelf beside the bag to dry.

With the right shelves and bins it is easy to sort your items into categories, place them in a labeled container and locate them in your storage room.  Remember to keep only what you need and love.

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Julie Stobbe is a Trained Professional Organizer who brings happiness to homes and organization to offices, in person and virtually. She enjoys working with her clients to provide customized organizing solutions to suit their individual needs and situation. She reduces clutter, streamlines processes and manages time to help her clients be more effective in reaching their goals. Contact her at

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  1. Those open shelving units are great if you may need to move them, because they’re much lighter than the other type and can easily be taken apart and reassembled if necessary. On the other hand, they don’t offer as much protection if it’s a damp or dusty area.

  2. I like what you said about measuring the space. I wouldn’t want to purchase a unit that is a lot bigger than I need. There are lots of ways to organize it to make things fit into a smaller space. These are great tips. Thanks for sharing.

    • It is important to buy the shelving unit that works best for you and is not too big. When it is too big the unit may become another area to gather clutter. Make sure to buy a shelf that is a little bigger than your current needs so if you find more items to store you will have some flexibility for storing everything.

  3. Open shelves are a great place for sports equipment storage in the garage or basement. Because of their open design you have easy access at all angles to take items off the shelves!

    • I agree open shelves for sports equipment do make it easy to access equipment. Open shelves also have more ventilation allowing sport equipment to dry thoroughly.

  4. I take storage very seriously because it helps me deal with my anxiety issues. If everything is clean and organized, I’m better able to deal with life. Thanks for sharing these tips for storage rooms. I like your idea to use crates in a storage room so that you more easily access its contents.

    • Being organized helps to reduce the feelings of stress, overwhelm and anxiety. It is great that you have figured out the best ways to stay organized and feel great. Thanks for sharing about how being organized is helping you.

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