added by Laura Gaskill to The Organized Home: Shelves, Cupboards and Closets
Aim to leave about 20 percent "breathing room" on each shelf. If that sounds unattainable, just open up as much free space as you can. It often takes several rounds of decluttering before you feel like you've gotten rid of everything you can. Why 20 percent? Notice in photos of homes you admire how much storage is actually filled, and I think you will find there is usually a significant amount of breathing room left between items.Style note: Throw in a sculpture or decorative sign to liven up an otherwise practical storage space.
Such good advice!