Clear the clutter, get savvy with storage and say hello to your new orderly life
Whether you’ve got a passion for shoes, more duvet covers than you know what to do with or a penchant for plates, we could all use a little help when it comes to clearing the clutter. We’ve come up with some savvy solutions that mean you don’t have to get rid of the things you love, simply find smarter ways of storing them.
1. Make the most of what you have
Who says kitchen storage has to be limited to built-in cupboards? Open shelving, freestanding furniture and wall-mounted storage will allow you to make a space work the way you want it to. Make the most of wall space by installing hooks or shelves and displaying attractive crockery or cookware – not only will it create an eye-catching feature but you’ll also have more cupboard space.
2. Box it, bag it, bin it
We’re not all lucky enough to have a utility room but there are certainly a few lessons to be learnt here. Decant cleaning products into attractive jars or tins and display on shelves – they look much prettier and will free up much-needed cupboard space. Go through your cleaning products – chances are there are some duplicates and some products you haven’t used in months. Not even sure what it’s for? Bin it!
3. Create a fabulous and totally free feature
If you’re a huge film lover, an avid reader or an amateur photographer, show off your collections. Choose one wall of your living room and create a real focal point by displaying your much-loved items. Group pieces together according to colour or height and transform everyday items into a personality-filled feature.
4. Make it pretty and practical
While your home office is a practical space, there’s no reason you can’t have fun with it too. In this industrial-style space, wall-mounted mesh baskets, metal trunks and mini-drawers have all been used as additional storage space. Keep your desk as clear as possible and use boxes, folders and drawers to stay organized – just make sure you label them first!
5. Think outside the box
Transform awkward spaces like alcoves into a practical storage solution that works for you. In this gorgeous bedroom, a built-in shelving unit creates the perfect place for bedding and soft furnishings – no more shoving things into the back of the airing cupboard never to be seen again!