HIDE THE CLUTTER AND TRANSFORM YOUR HOME WITH CLEVER STORAGE SOLUTIONS
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