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Dwell: 0845 675 9090/ Ikea: Muji: Neville John­son:0161 873 8333/www.neville­john­son.

STORE: 0870 224 2660/www.aplace­for ev­ery­

Con­sider new ar­eas that could be utilised for stor­age, whether it’s an un­der­stairs cup­board or a land­ing, or sim­ply a corner that could ac­com­mo­date shelves.

Pri­ori­tise by giv­ing each “clut­ter trou­ble spot” in the home a stress rat­ing (the ex­tent to which it ir­ri­tates you) so the worst area is tack­led first.

Avoid ex­pen­sive mis­takes by mea­sur­ing your room and fur­ni­ture, so you can as­sess how much space any new stor­age will need be­fore you splash out on new buys.

The hall­way is a mag­net for clut­ter, but is the very space that it’s es­sen­tial to keep clear, as trip­ping over clothes and shoes won’t aid your well­be­ing and gives a first im­pres­sion of chaos to vis­i­tors.

“If you’re strug­gling for floor space, small, wall-mounted shelves and racks are a great way to keep items such as keys and post ac­ces­si­ble and tidy,” says Simon Glanville, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of STORE, which of­fers small through to large stor­age so­lu­tions.

Liv­ing room stor­age should com­bine good looks with prac­ti­cal­ity and wall units, with shelves, work won­ders.

“Some peo­ple shy away from open shelv­ing, feel­ing that they don’t want the pres­sure of keep­ing it tidy,” says Wil­son.

“But if open shelves are or­dered and there’s a planned space for ev­ery­thing, they of­fer a won­der­fully ca­sual, see-at-aglance way to live.”

Wil­son ad­vises in­cor­po­rat­ing both hid­den and dis­play stor­age ar­eas into your shelv­ing to cater for all pos­ses­sions and hide un­sightly items from view.

Most of us are Ikea fans, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent Min­tel sur­vey, which re­vealed a tenth of all fur­ni­ture bought in the UK comes from its stores. The Billy book­case is its best­seller, and a group of those, which start from £19 each, could fill an av­er­age wall for un­der £100. Muji’s Pulp­Board shelv­ing looks great de­spite its util­ity name. It’s £19 for two shelves, and a stor­age box is £7.95.

Make ev­ery inch of your home count – iden­tify un­der-used ar­eas in your home, and kit them out with stor­age.

“Make the most of bay win­dows, al­coves and ar­eas un­der the stairs by cre­at­ing ad­di­tional stor­age un­der win­dow seats and cre­at­ing a home of­fice in an un­der-stairs space,” says Simon Meyrick, de­signer for Neville John­son, be­spoke fit­ted fur­ni­ture com­pany.

Clut­ter’s a space-invader, but take the up­per hand and use those dead ar­eas in the mid­dle of large rooms for a cup­board or a room di­vider unit.

The lat­ter are a boon for zon­ing an open-plan area and mak­ing a style state­ment. It’s also a neat way to cre­ate smaller, more in­ti­mate places that can be moved at a whim.

Clut­ter in the bed­rooms isn’t con­ducive to peace­ful nights, but of­ten it’s dif­fi­cult to find ex­tra space by the time you’ve ac­com­mo­dated a bed and a wardrobe.

“It’s all about max­imis­ing the space you al­ready have,” says Glanville.

“Shoe draw­ers work bril­liantly in­side or out­side wardrobes, and can be stacked up to boost stor­age space. The spa­ces un­der­neath your bed can be quickly trans­formed into a func­tional stor­age area, with large, flat boxes and draw­ers.”

Ev­ery­day clut­ter – from cof­fee cups and mag­a­zines to toys – is in­evitable, so you need to make it easy to sweep it out of sight.

Cof­fee ta­bles in­cor­po­rat­ing stor­age are a good choice, while side ta­bles with draw­ers and play­ful-look­ing toy boxes are a savvy in­vest­ment for any fam­ily home.

Ca­sual Liv­ing by Ju­dith Wil­son, with pho­tog­ra­phy by Polly Wreford, is pub­lished by Ry­land Peters & Small, priced £19.99. To or­der a copy from the York­shire Post Book­shop, call free on 0800 0153232 or go on­line at www.york­shire­post book­ P&P is £2.75.

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