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Discover space you never knew you had with these smart solutions and clever storage concepts
Before you begin
Yes, we know youve heard it before, but its worth saying again you really do need to knuckle down and do these few things before you start planning your storage strategy.
Clear your clutter. Get rid of anything you havent used or worn in a year, things that might come in handy one day, old paperwork, impulse buys and unwanted gifts, duplicate books and CDs, and all those things you never got round to mending.
Recycle unwanted items, donate them to charity, or make some cash from your trash by putting them on eBay. Shred personal documents and make sure any unused paint, oil or pesticides are disposed of sensibly. Contact your local council to find out how.
Tackle one room at a time so the job doesnt become too overwhelming. Take the opportunity to purge your possessions when you move or redecorate, and the job will feel a little less daunting.
Prioritise your storage. Things that you use on a day-to-day basis should be easily accessible, whereas things used less often can be stashed in harder-to-reach places. Store things in the room where you will be most likely to use them.
Think fitted. Bespoke cupboards or shelves can make the most of redundant nooks and niches and are more space-efficient than freestanding systems. Many ready-made storage systems can also be tailored to meet your exact requirements. However, free-standing furniture is more flexible it can be added to, and you can take it with you if you move.