Space in­vaders – it’s time to fight back against the creep­ing clut­ter

Nifty stor­age so­lu­tions can trans­form a home and pro­vide space with­out the ex­pense of mov­ing. Gabrielle Fa­gan finds the best space savers around

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY -

FEEL that your pos­ses­sions are tak­ing you over and the walls are clos­ing in?

You’re suf­fer­ing from “clut­ter creep” – a com­mon phe­nom­e­non in the au­tumn, as pos­ses­sions (wanted or un­wanted) spread like a fun­gus through­out your home.

They may have been tem­po­rar­ily tamed by a spring clean, but if you took your eye off the ball in the sum­mer they’ll have si­dled on to sur­faces, jammed up draw­ers and crowded cor­ners.

Don’t panic – there’s help at hand in the shape of at­trac­tive stor­age so­lu­tions, which mop up the mess and en­hance your home, says Ju­dith Wil­son, author of Ca­sual Liv­ing.

“Filled with the clut­ter of ev­ery­day liv­ing and con­stantly in use, the closet and shelves are the un­sung he­roes of our homes,” she says. “If we ar­range these use­ful pieces of fur­ni­ture sen­si­bly, stor­age can also be beau­ti­ful and imag­i­na­tive.”

Vet­er­ans of clut­ter culls will know that fac­ing up to giv­ing some pos­ses­sions their march­ing or­ders is well worth it, as there’s lit­tle point sim­ply try­ing to pack ev­ery­thing into al­ready over­flow­ing cupboards or con­tain­ers.

“Hav­ing suf­fi­cient cupboards and shelves isn’t enough,” Wil­son says firmly.

If you need an in­cen­tive – re­mem­ber Christ­mas is on the hori­zon which means an in­flux of new pos­ses­sions and prob­a­bly vis­i­tors to be ac­com­mo­dated.

Imag­ine you’re a vis­i­tor to your home – and walk around and try to see things ob­jec­tively.

Pin­point prob­lem ar­eas in each room and de­cide what items you can get rid of and where stor­age needs de-clut­ter­ing.

NATION’S FAVOURITE SPACE SAVER: Billy book cases, from £19 each, Manljus ta­ble lamp, £29.99, Ek­torp Tull­sta arm­chair, £99, Ed­land dress­ing ta­ble, stained, £139, all from Ikea.

BE­LOW:

SIT­TING PRETTY: House a seat and shelves in a bay win­dow by us­ing be­spoke so­lu­tions, from £3,000, from Neville John­son.

Square Dis­play cof­fee ta­ble with glass top and drawer be­neath, £529, Dwell.

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