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
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.
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.