After a home move, most of us want our belongings packed and tidied away quickly so we can relax and settle in to our new abode. But faced with an unfamiliar layout, finding a place for everything can be tricky, especially if you want to keep each room tidy and clutter-free. Follow these storage tips to make the most of your space and keep your new home clean and tidy.
Don’t let the word ‘bookshelf’ limit your imagination. Freestanding shelving units can be used to display all sorts of household items, including:
- Small ornaments, artwork or houseplants
- Framed photos
- Folded fabrics, linens and pillows
- Paired shoes
- Small boxes of jewellery, toys or gadgets
- Crockery and glassware
- Dry goods (anything in a sealed box, tin or jar)
If you don’t have the floor space for freestanding storage, wall-mounted shelving is another great option for storing smaller items such as ornaments, houseplants and photos.
Strategically-placed wall mounts can help keep related houseware together: why not keep your cookbooks on small shelves in the kitchen, or install a couple of units in the living room for DVDs and console games? The possibilities are endless.
Bespoke kitchen and bathroom wall mounts
Rails, hooks and other accessories can save plenty of space in your kitchen and bathroom. You probably already have loo roll holders and towel rails, but have you considered wall mounting your soap dispenser, toilet brush or toothbrush holder?
In the kitchen, wall mounts such as magnets, polls and hooks can help keep knives, large utensils, spices and other culinary essentials neat and tidy.
Door and wall hooks
Hangers and hooks can be used on the back of doors or in your hallway. Use these to keep bulky items such as hats, coats and bags out of drawers and cupboards yet easily accessible. You could also hang tie, belt or scarf racks from hooks on the back of your wardrobe doors for a neat display and easy access.
Baskets, chests and ottomans
These squat storage solutions are ideal for blankets, throws, cushions, towels and bedding. Baskets, chests and ottomans are easily tidied away against walls, under beds or at the bottom of wardrobes, and the more robust designs can double as extra seating or a handy stool.
Most kitchens have cutlery dividers in their drawers, but have you ever thought of doing the same across the house? Socks, undies, ties, belts, makeup, jewellery, stationery, and anything else you keep in drawers can be handily organised with plastic or wooden dividers or small boxes.