A really big concern for most of our clients is better storage. Having spent more time at home this past year, we all want to achieve a clutter-free lifestyle and the question of how to store and organise our belongings has become so important to the way we live. So, how can you create great storage solutions and add a bit of wow factor for yourself and guests coming into your home? Here’s the top 5 issues we hear about the most and tips on how to tackle them.
- ‘Where can I put all these cleaning products?’
- ‘Shoes are always in the way, is there a way of putting them away nicely?’
- ‘How can I add storage to my living room and put the remotes away nicely without interfering with the room’s design?’
- ‘I always need more storage space for my children’s toys and belongings’
- ‘Where can I store blankets for extras in the living room
- Places to put extra decorative items around the house
Storing Cleaning Products
Admittedly, the cupboard under the sink isn’t the most glamorous place to start but if it feels like you have the wardrobe in Narnia under your sink and you’re facing the age-old problem of finding supplies after you’ve already replaced them, here’s a very simple way to store them: An adjustable rail positioned at the front of the cupboard means they are much easier to find, genius! You can buy these here and if you want to really get that cupboard uber organised, try a bar on the back of the cupboard door for cleaning cloths and tea towels here.
We are huge advocates of shoes for every occasion but they do tend to congregate in messy piles by the front door or at the bottom of your wardrobe!
We’re here to help and let you know of the simple, and easy ways to organise them. Here are a few items we suggest do the trick:
We love a multifunctional piece of furniture, so combining shoe storage with a bench would be a perfect solution if you don’t have built-in cupboards. Check out this totally customisable solution by Tylko and SKUBB Shoe Boxes from IKEA in wardrobes works a treat.
Coffee tables are a way to create eye-catching statements and with some careful organisation it can become the focal point for the room. Here are some tips to satisfy whatever type of storage you need.
If you’re short on hidden storage spaces in your room, think about using a trunk or storage footstool for a coffee table. If you have a table with space underneath, you could use it to slide a low stool underneath it for some extra seating or baskets for extra storage.
Using boxes on the coffee table to store those ugly remotes and to stop the age old question of “where’s the remote gone?” Showcase a pretty box you have found on your travels or in an antiques shop. If you want to add some new additions, this orange box by Jonathan Adler or Remote Box from Forwood Design would certainly make a statement.
Extra Storage space for children’s belongings and home extras
Do you sometimes feel as though your child’s toys are taking over the house? We think making playful storage solutions are the perfect way to integrate your own personal style into playrooms or bedrooms. Try wicker baskets or wooden crates in the very popular Ikea Kalax shelves or the NORDLI Chest Drawers or TROFAST Storage Combos, there is some great inspiration to be found on our Pinterest.
Lacking space? Try looking for ‘hidden’ storage, such as the back of a door, under the bed, or on any available wall space available with wall shelves or hooks.
We have a true love for baskets in our designs! You can hide pretty much anything you don’t want to see on a daily basis, and placing a nice throw on top means you can keep the mess underneath out of sight.
Taking advantage of the available wall space for extra decorative pieces using wall shelves
For those of you who want to add a focal point, open wall shelving can be a great way to add extra storage and show off your treasures. We love them in hallways that are tight on space as it will create a wow factor and is also handy storage for your keys and post. They are also a great addition to home offices, giving you additional storage for books without sacrificing floor space.
If you’d like more assistance with decorating and using your space in the most efficient way, now is the time! Book a free consultation call with us here.
Until next time,