Space invaders

House bursting at the seams? Climbing over clutter?

It’s time to rid your home of excess ‘stuff’ and introduce some order into your life. Working room by room, separate belongings into four piles: keep, charity, recycle and bin. Then work through your ‘keep’ pile again following the same principles. If you haven’t used something in the past year, or do not get pleasure from its beauty, it’s time to say goodbye. Now you can organise what’s left with some clever storage solutions that make the most of every inch of space. From files to furniture, there’s a place for everything with these smart sort-out tips.

Entertaining

Images for this feature have been taken from Storage Solutions by Margaret Sabo Wills (Bonnier Books). Available for £6·99 from www.tesco.com/books

Welcoming…

Entertaining

The details

  • 1

    Dual-purpose furniture is the answer when it comes to extra storage. This bench not only serves as a spot to sit and pull your boots on, it houses them neatly underneath, too!

  • 2

    Sometimes it’s the simplest solutions that work best. Here basic hooks have been used to hang a selection of hats in a formation that doubles as an eye-catching display.

  • 3

    Letters, loose change, sets of keys and other paraphernalia are a fact of hallway life. Get creative and recycle plant pots, trugs or old toast racks to keep these items in order.

  • 4

    Hallways are magnets for clutter, as people come and go, so rather than a simple table, choose a multipurpose unit with drawers or baskets instead. This will keep things to hand yet out of sight. For maximum organisation, theme each basket or drawer, and be rigorous in sticking to it.

Entertaining

Storage bench with wicker baskets, £60, 207-0169

buy here

Entertaining…

Entertaining

The details

  • 1

    Line up frequently used (or attractive) bottles of oils on an open shelf. Hang utensils from a rail to keep them within easy reach without cluttering up work surfaces.

  • 2

    Glass-fronted wall cabinets will keep your kitchen feeling open and spacious. Use them for storing coordinated crockery in neat stacks.

  • 3

    If you have space, an island unit will solve numerous storage dilemmas. Not only does it provide extra work surface for chopping, there is also plenty of storage space underneath for kitchenware. No space for an island? A simple freestanding kitchen trolley will do the job on a smaller scale and can be wheeled into your desired location.

Entertaining

Pine trolley with tile top, £40, 205-3675

buy here

Products available online at www.tesco.com/direct

Next page: Living & Working
For our top 10 storage solutions click here

Share this article:

More...