Dwell: 0845 675 9090/www.dwell.co.uk Ikea: www.ikea.com Muji: www.muji.co.uk Neville Johnson:0161 873 8333/www.nevillejohnson. co.uk
STORE: 0870 224 2660/www.aplacefor everything.co.uk
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 bookshop.co.uk. P&P is £2.75.