Home Decor Storage Room Reveal – with tips and ideas to get organized
While I continue to tackle the other half of The EPIC Room Flip I am happy to report the Home Decor Storage portion of the flip is complete! If you’re visiting for the first time, we recently decided to flip our sons room with the room I use to house my home decor. This would have been done a lot sooner but we got set back waiting for the shelf brackets we ordered to arrive. After two incorrect orders of 3, not 30, which took everything I had not to rant about on facebook… we paid the extra expense and bought them here in town. Money well spent at that point as I was itching to move forward! The new space was laid out from the start to better hold my things, as opposed to being pieced together over time.
What was Austin’s room for many years was stripped bare so we could start with a clean slate. To get the maximum capacity, we decided to install shelves from floor to ceiling. Jim and I did this by installing a shelf track and bracket system. It was the most cost effective way to get a custom layout.
To do this, we located the studs and placed the shelf tracks accordingly for optimum strength and weight load. We customized the uppermost shelf to be shallower than the lower shelves. This would help everything be easier to access for me than if we had a deep tip-top shelf. Jim rounded the corners of the lower shelves for me since I love to run into things!
I’m always sporting a great looking bruise. I’ve got two beauties right now. Ouch.
The shelf brackets come in different lengths to support different depths of shelving. This makes it easy to customize them for your space and needs. You want to make sure to marry your shelf and bracket for a stable, safe shelf surface.
I left my shelves raw wood. I was running behind due to the shelf bracket snafu and everyday I spent not getting this room done, was one more day I was not getting Austin’s new room done. He is a champ, but was displaced during this part of the flip. I wanted to get him into his new room, even unfinished, as soon as possible.
The shelves being up meant I could start carrying everything from the old storage room, to the new one! I immediately started relocating things.
The shelves filled quickly as I spent a few days going through every single tote of decor. I deleted 6 large totes. I gave away items that I was no longer using to my sister in law, with the remainder going to the Habitat Thrift Store.
I started at the far wall storing Halloween and Fall and worked my way over with the other seasons decor. Shelves above. Totes below.
This wall is the largest and the hardest working.
You can see that items are almost touching the ceiling. I made every effort to store my things in a way that utilized every cubic foot of storage, not just the horizontal!
Specialty risers provided more “stackability”.
We’ll call that a Shannonism.
This under mount basket is just right for holding my decorator orbs. They are space hogs, roll around and are otherwise likely to get broken.
You can see another example of the versatility of these baskets here, in my linen closet.
Working my way down to the floor on this wall, I ended with clear totes.
Yes! I finally got my clear totes. No more twitching. lol
Just goes to show, you don’t have to do everything at once. I’ve majorly tackled my home decor two times previously over the last few years and I’m just now getting my clear totes. No more mismatched, can’t-see-in-thems for me.
While most of us have to budget and prioritize what we spend on, replacing the 12-15 totes I had previously for clear just was not important enough. When I saw these for $5.99 each I knew it was time! They are smaller too, which you would think would have me going backwards but they fit perfectly and are very manageable. The lids are attached too, they just split open and fold down the sides! Perfect.
Always look for a solution! My problem actually became the handiest spot to store a step stool.
The next thing I did was store shallow items on the wall between the shelves and window. This set of windows is fixed, so opening and closing them is not a problem. I also stacked wall art in matching color and styles on the floor here. Not too many, I can still get to everything, but it’s better then 50 deep. Much easier to leaf through and grab what I need.
Here I’ve gathered in groups most of my aqua decor, beachy/coastal goodies, rocks and shells plus a few floral bins of small picture frames. Keeping things together in groups is going to ensure the room stays neat and tidy.
This white wood shelf is so strong, I could jump up & down on it! It holds a ton and has served us well. It’s now in the center of the room. It’s not fancy. It serves a purpose. Some things are about function. Cute is great. Sometimes, you just need a “does the job” though. I am cool with that!
(I don’t have a high-quality wide angle lens, but here is a larger shot of the layout)
Between the by color/style grouped shelf and the big fatty… I left space to slide in large wall items like mirrors and pictures.
This is the self unit you saw in the background of the last photo, the one with the wreath totes on top. You can see I did the same thing with pictures and wall hanging here as well. Not too many so it doesn’t hinder getting to anything else, but easy to get too and see what you’ve got!
I try not to let any space go wasted. I’m sure you caught that! S hooks and nesting a few things together gave me a place to fit some hard to place iron pieces.
You can see on the far back wall, I left Austin’s old curtain rod up. The rod itself and the clip hangers proved handy. So they got the job. The candelier needs a new home before Spring proper and Summer arrive though since I will be opening this window for sure.
I utilized the lower wall under the window to lean frames, mirrors and clocks. They are low profile, so I can still get to the window, as well as see and flip through them to grab what I want without digging. This is huge. In the other room they were stacked so deep it was a major production to get to what I wanted and I honestly forgot about things too. Embarrassing but true.
The corner is a safe spot to hold the glass front cabinet doors I removed from the kitchen. You never now when I might want to re install them? Got keep em in tip top shape. You can see that cabinet makeover project by clicking here. (it has chalk and paint too. fun stuff) All the Christmas decor is now on this wall and the adjacent closet.
Not sprinkled all over the room waiting for a game of “I know it’s here somewhere $&#^@!”
I left the curtain off the closet to give you a good peek! We did away with the heavy wood doors. They are so hard to open and super noisy too.
Instead of putting built-in shelves in the closet. I elected to save this dresser for Austin. He doesn’t need it for his new room but it’s a quality piece of furniture, well made and solid Birch. I want to keep it for him in case he wants it when he moves out. It was in the closet or nothing. So here it is!
Hanging my linens is something I did a few years ago when I was tried of digging for them on the shelves where they were previously stored. Worked like a dream, so I carried it over to the new room as well. I can find what I want quick and they only have a slight crease where they were folded.
My secret stash. You can see what I do with them by clicking here.