Organize Better: Storage Shelves for Every Last Whoozit, What’s-It and Doodad You Don’t Know What to Do With

Cluttered-up junk got your mood sunk? Grab a storage shelf and presto, change-o—you’re organized!

Storage shelves in garage.
Organize your space with free-standing storage shelves.Amazon

Maybe it’s your garage that could use a little organizational juice. Perhaps your makeup and skincare products have crept out of the cabinets and onto the sink (and toilet top and floor). Maybe you need some more space for books. Free-standing storage shelves add room wherever you’ve run out of it.

AmazonBasics 4-Shelf Shelving Storage Unit on 3'' Wheel Casters, Metal Organizer Wire Rack, Black (36L x 14W x 57.75H)
Four little tires mean you can roll this baby from room to room if you want to. This steel model comes in a standard chrome finish, but also a color-coated option for anyone who prefers something not so shiny.Amazon

Not everyone needs wheels on their shelving unit, but if you do, make sure to pick a model with wheel locks. That way, once you roll it from one place to another, it won’t end up rolling away.

HoneyCanDo SHF-01440 5-Tier Black Storage Shelves 800 lbs
Heavy-duty steel with a chrome finish can accommodate even the heaviest objects. The best part? No tools are required for assembly, perfect for the home-project-averse.Amazon

Adjustable-height shelves allow you to customize your unit however you need to. Maybe one shelf is for teeny-tiny ramekins, while another is for extra-tall candlesticks. You get the idea. The more versatility, the better!

Origami 4-Shelf Foldable Storage Shelves | for Garage Kitchen Bakers Closet, Metal Wire, Collapsible Organizer Rack, Holds up to 1000 pounds, Powder-Coated Steel, Heavy Duty | Pewter
Flatten this preassembled model in seconds when you no longer need it; when you do need it, it’ll support half a ton of weight and has caster wheels. Plus, it comes in multiple colors.Amazon

Consider where you’ll be using your shelves to help determine what material is best for you. For example, powder-coated steel will resist rust and corrosion, so if your new shelves are going to live in a mildewy garage, it’s a better bet than, say, copper.