How Do You Store Your Stuff?

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Having all the space you need doesn't do you any good unless it's organized and you can find your stuff easily. Being organized saves you money, because if you can't find your stuff when you need it, you will go out and buy another one of the items that you need, but can't find...
So, how do you store your stuff?
My husband made simple and inexpensive 2 x 4 shelving to hold all of our storage containers. They are quick and easy to make in an afternoon. We made 3 units in one day to hold all our stuff. One whole shelf holds our kids mementos. You can see more here: http://diydesignfanatic.blogspot.com/2012/10/diy-storage-how-to-store-your-stuff.html
A storage area in your basement in garage doesn't have to be expensive or complicated.
A storage area in your basement in garage doesn't have to be expensive or complicated.
This is what your storage room could look like with easy to make and inexpensive shelves.
This is what your storage room could look like with easy to make and inexpensive shelves.
Each shelf is 8 feet long and 2 feet wide to minimize cutting of materials.  They are easy to assemble from 2 x 4's and 1/2" osb. The big box stores can cut the osb down for you at little or no charge.
Each shelf is 8 feet long and 2 feet wide to minimize cutting of materials. They are easy to assemble from 2 x 4's and 1/2" osb. The big box stores can cut the osb down for you at little or no charge.
This is how the shelving unit looks  when completed..
This is how the shelving unit looks when completed..
We spaced the shelves to fit our storage containers in order to maximize our limited storage space.
We spaced the shelves to fit our storage containers in order to maximize our limited storage space.
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6 questions
  • Claire S
    on Apr 5, 2016

    On the ends, it looks like you have pieces that lap over the uprights. Did you add outer pieces over the shelf frames?

    • Diy Design Fanatic
      on Mar 22, 2017

      The photo where they overlap, the piece is a 1 x 4. The shelves are a little different because we used material from another shelf. The end pieces just give the shelf a little more rigidity.

  • Michael J Ormsby
    on Sep 28, 2016

    Are there any plans, parts list, bill of materials? Michael

  • Lori Baldwin
    on Aug 28, 2017

    Any idea of how much weight the shelves hold? (tubs full of clothes, books, toyys, etc. All would equal a lot of ###

    • Diy Design Fanatic
      on Sep 9, 2017

      Oh, I have no idea, but they are very sturdy!
    • Deborah
      on May 31, 2018

      You could always give extra support to the bottom shelf with additional 2 x 4 legs under that area. You generally would not store really heavy items up high.

    • Angi
      on Jun 5, 2018

      I haven't made this yet I am getting ready to but as a child we had them in our basement and they held a lot of stuff. Heavy and light. I think the wood is sturdier then other shelving.

  • Kliff
    on Nov 14, 2017

    What size totes are these?
  • Connor Iwanicki
    on Dec 13, 2018

    Can you give me an itemized list of supplies that you used?

  • Brandon
    on Jan 3, 2019

    How many inches are between each shelf?

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  • TAMMY SPALSBURY
    on Dec 28, 2017

    I Love this Idea. The Only thing I would Change is to make it so the totes could be bigger. Otherwise ( Awesome ) Great Job.
    • Diy Design Fanatic
      on Jan 4, 2018

      If you get larger toters for larger items, make your shelves deeper to accomodate them. Some of my totes are really heavy!

  • AndreainNM
    on Nov 23, 2018

    Need this in my life! Thank you-making this weekend!!!

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