6 brilliant organizing ideas!

posted on March 12, 2013 by  |  posted under Cleaning, Organization, Organizing  |  28 Comments

Organizing with Inexpensive Wire Shelves & Dividers

Are you feeling a little cramped for space? How would you like to literally double the amount of space you have in your cupboards? Here are some ideas using inexpensive wire shelves that will help you do just that. These shelves can be purchased at most department stores and I’ve noticed that the dollar store in my area has even started selling them.

Add a Shelf

They can be used in cupboards as an extra shelf for dishes or even in your pantry for your cans and other non-perishables.

Another neat trick is to use them in deep bookshelves to create two rows of books and still be able to see what you have in behind that first row. If you find they are too tall you can always cut them down to fit.

Add a Drawer

In one of my bathrooms I don’t have any drawers, so adding these pull out wire shelves increases my bathroom space greatly. I’ve added some dollar store baskets to the shelves to further help me keep items sorted and organized.

Go Vertical

I also really love these wire dividers that work wonderfully to organize cake pans, pie plates and cookie sheets. Rather than having everything all stacked up on one another, storing them vertically like this makes it super easy to grab what you need.

Avoid Piles

Similarly I also use one of these dividers in my office to separate my notebooks and other papers. This is a terrific way to avoid piling which usually only leads to buried papers that are hard to find. No more piles!

Do you think any of these ideas would work for some of your trouble clutter spots?

Laura is a wife and mother to three great kids, lives in Alberta, Canada and is an addict of all things organizing. You can find her blogging regularly at I’m an Organizing Junkie, and her organizing book, Clutter Rehab: 101 Organizing Tips & Tricks to Become an Organization Junkie and Love It!, will hit bookstore shelves in December 2010.

Thanks Laura!  I LOVE organizing tips!  We are so lucky to have your organized brain on HowDoesShe today!

I love Laura’s blog, you MUST check our her site – you will be organized in no time!

Here are three of her top posts:

Letting go of stuff

Simple steps to less clutter

Clothes purging, how to let go

I am in the middle of a move and this post is SAVING me!

Thanks again, Laura!


    1. September 17th, 2010 at 6:32 am
      Cindy J says:
      I have one of these little wire shelves and have had it in numerous places over the yrs. At one time it helped me organize spices, books and it now currently resides under the bathroom sink.
      .-= Cindy J´s last blog ..Premature Maybe =-.
    2. September 17th, 2010 at 6:37 am
      Alison says:
      I need to get some shelves for my office. Stack it deep! Thanks for the tips Laura. I'm off to check out your blog!
    3. September 17th, 2010 at 7:12 am
      Betty Bake says:
      well done - storage is always an issue for most homes - well thats what i think :) thanks for sharing and HAPPY FRIDAY :)

      Betty Bake Blog
      .-= Betty Bake´s last blog ..The French Party =-.
    4. September 17th, 2010 at 8:38 am
      Jenn @ThisMommyLoves says:
      Great tips! I just added a shelf in my kitchen cabinet as well. Now I'll have to try the cabinets in my bathroom.
    5. September 17th, 2010 at 9:20 am
      Lynn from For Love or Funny says:
      My closet would be a mess without my wire shelves!
      .-= Lynn from For Love or Funny´s last blog ..My husband is a scientist I’m not =-.
    6. September 17th, 2010 at 10:00 am
      Laura says:
      Hi everyone! I'm so excited to be here, it's quite the honor. Thanks for the warm welcome :)

    7. September 17th, 2010 at 10:49 am
      Jacque Charwood says:
      Oooh!! I never thought of that!! What a FANTASTIC idea! My kiddos normally eat off of the plastic plates with the divided sections in them, and they take up a lot of room in our cupboard, even being stacked nice and neatly (In alternating colors at that! LOL)I think that adding a wire shelf would cut down on the amount of space that is being taken up by the additional dishes!
      .-= Jacque Charwood´s last blog ..A-Quiltin We Will Go! =-.
    8. September 17th, 2010 at 11:06 am
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    9. September 17th, 2010 at 11:17 am
      Erica says:
      Wow this is just what I needed today. I informed my husband I need another book shelf because the 6 (Yeah I know) were already full. this tip will save me $180 today. So to say thanks is a small price, but Thank you, thank you, thank you.
    10. September 17th, 2010 at 8:27 pm
      Callipygian says:
      Yes, I need the wire shelves for my pantry! It's a narrow and very deep cupboard, which makes it difficult to see anything in the back.
    11. September 17th, 2010 at 9:58 pm
      Mary says:
      I went to your site because I love the ideas you shared on here and every time I go to the link it goes blank after a few seconds. I thought you might like to know.
      I will definitely be checking back later. :)
    12. September 17th, 2010 at 9:59 pm
      Mary says:
      Sorry, that was for Laura at Organizing Junkie.
      .-= Mary´s last blog ..Thursday 13 =-.
    13. September 17th, 2010 at 11:18 pm
      stacy says:
      I love the vertical organizing idea...I have a serious pile problem and this might just solve it. Thanks for the tip!
    14. September 18th, 2010 at 5:12 am
      Amy K says:
      I LOVE organizational "tools", and can't wait to get my hands on this book.
      Thanks for a great guest post...heading over to check out Laura's blog!
    15. September 18th, 2010 at 7:38 pm
      Ramblings of a Woman says:
      I have been using these in my kitchen shelves forever. I like the idea of using them to un-pile stacks of stuff. I am a bad piler so I may give that a shot also!
      Great ideas!
      .-= Ramblings of a Woman´s last blog ..More- or Less =-.
    16. September 18th, 2010 at 7:48 pm
      Lish says:
      Some great ideas! I agree, piles are a bad thing...
      .-= Lish´s last blog ..black halloween spider with orange contrast =-.
    17. September 19th, 2010 at 12:42 am
      Nicci says:
      I need those wire pull out shelves in my bathroom. Where did you get these from. Fantastic ideas.
    18. September 20th, 2010 at 9:08 am
      JoAnne says:
      I'm with Nicci: where did you find the pull-out clad wire shelves you show in the bathroom cabinet? These could solve my bathroom cabinet storage problem. Thank you.
    19. September 20th, 2010 at 1:23 pm
      Cindy says:
      I love those wire shelves. I was inspired by an article in Martha Stewart Living to add those to my cabinets. They totally double the space!

      .-= Cindy´s last blog ..ApplesGood FoodGreat FriendsFabulous Birthday =-.
    20. September 21st, 2010 at 2:05 pm
      Tabitha Kokoska says:
      Thanks for sharing. I love wire dividers. I use them for pot lids and cookie sheets - one of the best gadgets I've found for the kitchen for the money. And, of course...I LOVE them in closets!
    21. September 23rd, 2010 at 8:45 am
      Sajida says:
      I also please need to know where to get the pull out shelves for the bathroom. No drawers in my upstairs bathroom ( why i dont know) Im in Canada so if you know of a place here in the west that would be great!!
    22. October 26th, 2010 at 4:55 pm
      Nic says:
      I love the vertical idea of storing... this will be one on my list - thank you
    23. October 26th, 2010 at 7:10 pm
      Stan Horst says:
      We use wire shelves a lot of different places. For some applications, like books, we found that the wires did not offer enough support. We had some scrap pieces of formica that we cut and laid on top, but even cardboard would work well.
      .-= Stan Horst´s last blog ..Prepac Fremont Small Twin Cubbie Bench in Espresso =-.
    24. November 6th, 2010 at 9:49 pm
      Heather says:
      I love these shelving units. I used them in my trailer for years, and now I am using them in my house as well. You can literally double the space in your cupboards with them. I have a huge amount of coffee mugs, and it is so nice to keep them orderly without stacking them so they fall and break.
    25. February 5th, 2014 at 10:50 pm
      Shawnna K says:
      Great ideas! I use wire racks frequently in my house since we have very deep, tall cabinets.
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