The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Stellar - - Contents - Neale Whi­taker is edi­tor-at-large of Vogue Living.

Neale Whi­taker shows clut­ter the door with clever stor­age so­lu­tions.

It could be a cross­word clue. Which type of rage is per­fectly ac­cept­able – de­sir­able even – among in­te­rior de­sign­ers (Shaynna Blaze in par­tic­u­lar), ren­o­va­tors and home buy­ers? An­swer: STO-RAGE. Real es­tate pun­dits will tell you kitchens and bath­rooms sell houses but stor­age is right up there.

In in­te­rior design, as in life, there are some in­dis­putable truths. One is that you can never have enough stor­age, and an­other is that how­ever much you have, you will al­ways fill it. Am­ple stor­age was one of the many boxes our new apart­ment ticked. Nine months on (and with all our boxes fi­nally un­packed), we could hap­pily dou­ble it. “That’s more space than I’ll ever need,” said one wide-eyed – and naïve – home­owner as she sur­veyed pala­tial new walk-in wardrobes on a forth­com­ing episode of Love It Or List It Australia. Trust me, it’s not. Whether it’s a fam­ily of two or many mul­ti­ples of two, ex­tra stor­age has been high on all of the show’s home­own­ers’ wish lists and my chal­lenge has been to squeeze it in wher­ever I can.

The Block con­tes­tants should all be sea­soned stor­age cre­ators. With­out giv­ing too much away, the new se­ries will re­veal some clever stor­age in en­trance halls, roof cav­i­ties and guest bed­rooms. And the rookie mis­takes that con­tinue to at­tract the judges’ ire? They in­clude in­suf­fi­cient face-level bath­room stor­age and full-hang wardrobes, and bed­side cab­i­nets that fail to pro­vide room for our night-time de­tri­tus (to quote Dar­ren Palmer).

But I re­ally owe this col­umn’s in­spi­ra­tion to a re­cent post by ar­chi­tec­turaldigest. com that listed some clever stor­age so­lu­tions we of­ten over­look. While “airspace” might not suit ev­ery­one (af­fix­ing hang­ing stor­age from the ceil­ing), and stor­ing stuff be­hind the sofa – even if it’s use­ful – is akin to clut­ter in my book, I can see the wis­dom in a con­sole placed be­hind a cen­trally po­si­tioned sofa (great for books and mag­a­zines) and util­is­ing the oft-ne­glected space be­tween the top of kitchen cab­i­nets and ceil­ing. There’s ge­nius too in build­ing shelves into a deep win­dow re­cess. I’ve al­ways been a fan of an ot­toman at the foot of the bed and mar­shalling space be­neath bath­room van­i­ties for laun­dry and towel baskets.

Some months ago, I wrote about our cur­rent ob­ses­sion with de-clut­ter­ing. What I for­got to men­tion in that col­umn was the par­al­lel sat­is­fac­tion that comes from find­ing clever stor­age for all the stuff Marie Kondo doesn’t need to know about.

ROOM TO MOVE (clock­wise from left) You can cus­tomise stor­age by com­bin­ing and paint­ing two IKEA book­shelves; utilise dead space with shelv­ing above your bed; max­imise kitchen stor­age with a wall of

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