A place for everything:
There’s no need for snow boots in summer or beach gear in winter so hide them, writes Jennifer Veerhuis
Super storage solutions
We all know about spring cleaning but perhaps we should be adding a seasonal storage session to our regular to-do list. Vault interiors director and principal stylist Justine Wilson (pictured) says seasonal storage is all about putting away additional items when the seasons change.
For example, when the warmer months arrive you would put away all the winter items and vice versa when it becomes cold.
“Things such as big jackets, boots, scarves,” Justine. “You are not going to need them for two or three months.
“Seasonal storage is about only having what is a necessity at the time.”
Justine says other items to pack away in summer are throws and cushions that homeowners tend to layer up with in winter.
“They’re fantastic to keep you warm but in summer you don’t need five throws on the sofa,” she says. “I find in winter people tend to go over the top with the home environment.”
Justine also likes swapping curtains when the seasons change, opting for thermal-backed curtains in winter and sheers in summer. Justine says vacuum bags are also a great asset when storing seasonal items.
“You can stack them neatly in your wardrobe or under your bed,” she says.
She is also a big believer in multifunctional furniture.
“You can get coffee tables with storage, which means you can keep those things that are not essential out of sight,” she says. “Having a bed that has drawers underneath is great.”
Justine also suggests making use of unused spaces such as the area under the stairs. She says wardrobes are great but they can end up full of clutter.
“Having plastic tubs that are labelled and stackable doubles your floor space in the robe,” she says. “Categorising things into boxes or baskets is a really good idea.”
She says it’s worth purchasing furniture that doubles as storage.
“Rather than having a console in your hallway with nothing underneath, get one with drawers and shelves so you can put magazines and keys in their own place.”
During winter it’s possible to end up with too many throws and cushions in your living area but Justine says layering can help. “A sofa can look amazing with throws and cushions, as long as you group them,” she says.