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Put your home in order with these clever space-saving ideas and stylish buys. 

25 steps to being a storage star

When every item has its place and your home storage is sorted, it’s easy to keep your home clutter-free and find what you need without a fuss. Here are our top 25 storage ideas to make the most of your space..

Bedroom

1. Clear the clutter

A clear-out before you tackle the storage will make the task much easier. Go through your home one cupboard at a time and decide what you really need or value; donate, discard or sell the rest. "You may have less stuff than you think," says stylist Samantha Pointon. 

2. Pack away seasonal items

Shorts and lightweight shirts won’t get much use in colder months and can be packed away for warmer weather. Space-saving vacuum bags are ideal for hiding unseasonal items in harder-to-reach spaces. “Clothes rails are great for storing pieces you reach for all the time,” says Samantha.

A couch, stand with shelves on it and a stand with a mirror and a hanging rail on it with clothes hanging from it

3. Plan the storage solutions

Before you head in-store to choose storage pieces, measure your shelves and drawers to make sure you buy the perfect size.

4. Keep like with like

Fold sturdier-fabric items like jeans or trousers into a neat pile or shelf insert. Softer garments like sports gear, T-shirts or leggings can be kept in a basket or tray with the rolled-edge up.

Wardrobe with a set of drawers in it and shelves with toys and baskets on them

5. Store small items in pull-out baskets

Socks are notorious for wandering all over the wardrobe, if not the whole house! Organise small items like these in soft baskets that are easy to pull out for instant access.

6. Use low-level hidden storage for toys

Tidying up toys is a daily task. Make it easy for little hands to help by using low-level storage that hides clutter. Underbed storage is a great solution for kids' bedrooms. 

Bunk beds in a bedroom with a pot plant and a rug on the floor

Hallway

7. Display treasures

Don’t be afraid to let your personality shine by displaying some special items. Choose a few objects you’re sentimental about – a beloved record, a treasure from your travels – and showcase them. You can always switch these around, seasonally or monthly for a style refresh.

8. Use tricky spaces

“Take advantage of the space under your stairs,” advises Samantha Pointon. “You’d be surprised how much you can fit under there when it’s all organised.”

Shelving units underneath stairs with baskets in it, fish bowl on it, plants in it and a record player on it

9. Opt for coloured storage solutions

“There are great storage options available to match every colour palette,” says Samantha. “It’s also nice to have pops of contrast as well.”

10. Add storage racks at the front entrance

Place a well-chosen rack inside the front door to hang bags, scarves and hats. Add a stylish tray for everyday items such as keys and sunglasses.

hat rack with shelves in it next to the front door

11. Create a handy shoe hanger

To make a unique and useful shoe rack like this one, get some MDF cut to size in-store. Paint it the colour of your choice and then attach hooks with button head screws.

Tip: Make it a door by installing fixed pin butt hinges and a magnetic cabinet catch.

Shelving unit underneath a staircase with converse runners hanging on it, record player and a hat on it

12. Store by size

A good rule for an organised home is to start with the smaller pieces in the centre shelves and then work out from there with bigger items. Bulky but light items, such as pillows and doonas, can be placed up high, while weightier objects should be on the lower shelves.

13. Think vertically

Maximise empty space in your shelves or cupboards with stacking inserts that provide an extra shelf.

14. Add greenery

Break up the highly functional pieces with bursts of beauty in the form of potted plants. This essential styling detail softens the look of practical zones, while also purifying the air.

A shoe rack with shoes and a pot plant on it next to a front door

15. Allocate storage for your boots

Boots are likely to get abandoned at the front or back door. Give them a place to live in a stylish rack.

16. Record progress

Snap before and after pictures of your chaos-controlling efforts to maintain motivation – and to refresh your memory when mess reappears!

Kitchen

17. Keep kitchen essentials on display and within reach

“Make food prep easier by keeping your most-used things, like spices, on display for easy access,” says Samantha Pointon. “Identical spice containers look best, especially if you can see the contents.”

A wooden spice rack with jars of spices in it on a kitchen bench next to a sink

18. Install drawer dividers and organisers

Kitchen drawers come in various sizes, so measure your space carefully before buying drawer inserts, which are must-haves for an ordered kitchen. Adjustable or trim-to-fit inserts are also great options.

19. Store containers and plates on an open shelf

Uniform canisters on an open kitchen shelf create a streamlined look and can work in any style of kitchen, from Scandi to farmhouse. “Open storage like this is great for stuff that you reach for all the time, like a stack of everyday plates,” says Samantha.

Home office

20. Stick to one theme

Create a calming workspace with well-chosen décor. When selecting your home office storage, opt for tubs with lids to hide clutter and update office furniture to stylish pieces that help your space look less work and more luxe.

A room with a shelving unit with baskets and pot plants on it and a desk with a lap top on it

21. Maximise dead space

Keep mess at bay in your home office by using all the space available. Nudge files right up to the wall, utilise a pinboard for daily reminders and keep office supplies in trays for easy moveability. Add corner shelves to help fill what was otherwise dead space above the bench. This is valuable real estate, so maximise its potential. This is especially helpful if you’re looking for small space storage solutions.

22. Look for handy pieces that do double duty

shoe rack can be reinvented as a storage bench that houses lidded and unlidded modular containers – in on-trend colours – to keep office paperwork out of sight, but still in reach.

23. Style with natural textures and greenery

Adding a touch of nature can bring vibrancy to your interior space. Think natural textures and some greenery. Botanical wallpaper or a framed print can also do the trick, making your organised home look as lovely as it is functional. 

A fish bowl, picture frame and wooden stationary box on a shelf

24. Attach uniform labels to tubs and containers

Labelling containers helps you – and anyone else – instantly find what you need and put it back in its correct place. Attaching uniform labels to mismatched containers helps create visual cohesion.

Tip: Try colour-coding your storage solutions  – for example, keep one colour for active files you use regularly.

25. Clean up the space at the end of the week

Setting aside regular times for home or personal admin helps chip away at what can be an overwhelming task. Finish your working week by decluttering your space so that you can begin a new week with a fresh and ordered start.

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