Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Ali’s Organized Open Shelving


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Next week we will be rolling out 2010’s Organization Blog Fest! Hooray! I’ve never organized one of these things before and I am really disorganized, so keep your fingers crossed for me! It’s been a lot of fun to correspond with those in the blogosphere who are much more organized than I am!

In addition to inviting some of our favorite bloggers from around the web, I’ve also asked everyone here at Design Public to share their favorite Organizational Tips/Products/Gadgets/Whatever Keeps Their Acts Together with you. As a teaser to our event next week, here is a post from Ali, our superwoman of many tasks, who is officially known as our Vendor Liason. She’s been so busy that unfortunately, we haven’t seen her on the blog a lot lately, but I’m glad to say she’s got a post for us today!



I might be cheating a little with my organization tip since my photo is of our dinnerware and normally dinnerware automatically looks organized because it stacks in neat little piles, but I have a point…I think…

Nearly every item in my space is on display because we have very little closed storage. When we moved in to our loft we noticed the open shelving above the sink and made a pact (complete with the act of spitting in our hands and a solid handshake): “We are only going to buy white dishware and get rid of anything that isn’t completely white.” I’m not a big fan of matchy matchy anything but when it comes to items in white I’ll take as much as I can get. The end result has been one of my favorite portions of our space. Even though our shelving may not be completely “organized” it looks clean and neat simply because it isn’t super cluttered. We do have a few items in hues we particularly enjoy just to add a splash of color, which I love. Actually, now that I think about it, we’ve applied our “Plain, Clean, and Simple!” pact to our sheets and towels as well which makes the organization of our closets clean looking without really trying and it has drastically kept our clutter buying to a minimum.


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Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the Editorial Director here on Hatch, you can find me talking design over at Houzz. Make me happy — leave a comment!

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  1. michelle b says:

    February 17th, 2010 at 10:33 am (#)

    Hi Ali,

    i just stumbled upon something you had written on and realized you are in Atlanta (coffee table bit, which i loved, ps). I am fairly new to Atlanta and am in process of buying a house which leads to furnishing and decorating (the prize after all the work 😉 Anyways, wondering if you could spare a minute to give me the 411 on some of the best vintage/antique atlanta has to offer. I am not rich or interested in dropping wads of cash on “pieces” but i still want interesting finds 🙂 i like a mix of vintage modern and traditional and am adept at reupholstering/refinishing so not so gently used is also ok with me. Sorry, very long post…any information you might have would be super hyper appreciated !

    michelle b

  2. liza says:

    February 18th, 2010 at 9:40 am (#)

    Fantastic! What a great idea!

  3. billy says:

    February 23rd, 2010 at 11:04 am (#)

    Looks nice, but I hope you own a total of zero cats.

  4. nj progressive says:

    March 1st, 2010 at 8:27 am (#)

    We’ve had some terrific rolling carts as open storage in our kitchen (well, kitchens; we moved several times before buying out house in 1993; we still can’t afford to remodel the kitchen, so the carts are still with us). It’s great to be able to just reach for things.

    But open storage in a kitchen with lots of cooking is problematic, and when we do remodel the kitchen, we want everything in closed storage. Airborne grease, from sauteing and from sprays like Pam or Misto, gets on surfaces throughout the kitchen. I have to scrub down those rolling carts every two or three months, and I have to scrub down everything that’s on those rolling carts: food processors, our liquor cabinet in a large basket that sits on one shelf, the oversized covered Dansk casserole, the coffee grinders, the thermos and thermal cups, even the little tin with my wonderful leaf-shaped cookie cutters.

    The convenience of open storage is the easy access. But the downside is having to clean everything, often.

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