Friday, April 27, 2012

The Organization Begins

Nothing exciting here, but I was finally able to get my makeshift organization center together.


I had originally planned on placing the shelving unit into the nook sideways so that I could fit two of them into this space. I ran into two issues with that though. The first was that these units aren’t made to be used sideways. The horizontal shelves are sturdy, but the vertical partitions aren’t weight bearing at all. The second issue was that the cardboard bins that I ordered didn’t fit into the slots this way. So, here’s the shelving unit as it was designed to be used with 15 trays in it and another 5 trays on top. You can’t see in this picture, but the little nook is 2 inches two short of having the second unit stacked on top of this one.

100_7911  I actually don’t plan to have the trays sticking out of the slots like you would with a filing cabinet. I just did that with these pictures to shows a couple of the trays in action. Right now, I’ve just moved some of the stacks on my desk to the trays, but in the future I’ll probably use them more for sorting purposes. Each storage unit has 15 slots which means I could devote a whole tray to each MLB team if I wanted to. That would make trading a whole lot easier than it is for me right now.


Here’s a closer view of the few of the trays. There are a bunch of Celtics to be sorted and put away next to bunch of Piazza cards that need to be put away and the final drawer in the picture has Non-Sports/Wrestling cards that need to go away.

The second storage unit will probably have to go in front of the wall to the left of the one pictured here. I’ve been toying with the idea of stacking the two units in that spot, but then I’m in the position of once again coming up with a good idea for the little nook area. We’ll see how things go once I start using this area regularly.


Napkin Doon said...

Never seen one of those units before. Nice job!

Offy said...

Oh look, my blog appears to be broken on the comments page. Thanks Google.

This is a ClosetMaid stackable 15 cube organizer. They sell them at Target for $35. The cardboard bins are available from a ton of places online. Some are cheap and the shipping will get you. Others sell them locally for even more than the places that would have to ship to you. It cost around $100 for the two storage units and the cardboard trays, but I'm really happy with the result.

Thanks for checking it out.

Fuji said...

Very cool. Have fun sorting!

Community Gum said...

That's a cool little system you've set up. I'm basically waiting until I move before I overhaul my storage solutions now.

Laura said...

I love that shelving you got going on in your space! It reminds me of equally effective I saw a while back. I think I just might get something similar.

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