My to-do list for September
THE THINGS IÕLL BE PLANNING, DOING AND SHOPPING FOR THIS MONTH
Storage of all kinds is currently an obsession, so this issue’s storageideas supplement couldn’t have come at a more opportune time. MAKING SPACE FOR MA AND PA
The parents Richmond have moved in (we’re having a stab at multigenerational living and could probably make a fortune if we put up cameras and turned it into some kind of Big Brother-style social experiment). Fitting the contents of two three-bed houses into one three-bed house (eventually to be four, loft conversion pending…) is going to be my life’s great achievement, especially when we have very different attitudes to clutter (they’re ok with it; I hate it.
Or, at least, I like an outward appearance of calm, even if there’s a stuff-alanche every time I open a cupboard door). ATTACKING THE HOARD We’re still in the throes of Phase 1: Ruthless Decluttering. Pa is whittling down his shed-stuffing stock of broken tools and random bits of wood. Ma is casting a critical eye over her three-wardrobestrong collection of Per Una. Thanks to Facebook, I’ve managed to find a good home for all my university books – just one post and they were quickly snapped up by a local college. With a little help from Streetlife.com, whatever we can’t sell on Gumtree we’re giving away to local people – and getting to meet our neighbours in the process! SORTING OUT STORAGE I’m introducing my parents to the joys of modern storage solutions and it’s blowing their minds. I don’t know how anyone can live without vacuum bags for out-of-season clothes. Or under-bed boxes (I’ve got the ones with wheels and hinged lids from Store) for stuffing shoes in. Or the Skubb series from Ikea, or the plastic stacking baskets from Clas Ohlson for using every inch of drawer space. After that, the Lakeland multi-trouser hanger for freeing up wardrobe space, and hooks and towel bars screwed onto the inside of every cupboard door, has all essentials covered. BROWSING FOR ARMCHAIRS Once Project Hoard is over, we’ll be able to turn our attention to the real elephant in the room: the comfortable – but ugly – armchairs Ma and Pa have brought with them. Yup, they’re like the dad’s chair in Frasier, but worse. Most days, they’re in their dressing gowns and settled into those chairs watching Homes Under the Hammer by 4pm. Something tells me this is one battle I just won’t win! Vanessa VANESSA RICHMOND, Editor
SMART STORAGE SOLUTIONS
CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE Skubb storage boxes, £10 for three, Ikea