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..
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.
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.
Before you head in-store to choose storage pieces, measure your shelves and drawers to make sure you buy the perfect size.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
“There are great storage options available to match every colour palette,” says Samantha. “It’s also nice to have pops of contrast as well.”
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.
Tip: Make it a door by installing fixed pin butt hinges and a magnetic cabinet catch.
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.
Maximise empty space in your shelves or cupboards with stacking inserts that provide an extra shelf.
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.
Boots are likely to get abandoned at the front or back door. Give them a place to live in a stylish rack.
Snap before and after pictures of your chaos-controlling efforts to maintain motivation – and to refresh your memory when mess reappears!
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
A 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.
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.
Tip: Try colour-coding your storage solutions – for example, keep one colour for active files you use regularly.
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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