Homes: Get or­gan­ised with our guide to a mess-free life

Keep calm and get or­gan­ised with our guide to a mess-free life

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1 PACK YOUR BAGS Hang onto those card­board tubes when you use up your pa­per tow­els or cling wrap, and use them to store ex­tra (re­us­able) plas­tic bags tidily in a drawer. Sim­i­larly, you can re­cy­cle wet wipe can­is­ters for the same pur­pose.

2 KITCHEN CALM Free up bench space by at­tach­ing a mag­netic strip be­neath over­head kitchen cab­i­nets to hold spice jars with metal­lic lids. Store fry­ing pans, bak­ing sheets, pot lids and cut­ting boards on their sides, us­ing a fil­ing rack or or­gan­iser.

3 OUT OF SIGHT Con­ceal files, tax re­ceipts and of­fice sup­plies like fold­ers in­side a stor­age chest.

4 PA­PER TRAIL Re­duce pa­per clut­ter by tak­ing pho­tos of menus or busi­ness fly­ers. Like­wise, down­load user man­u­als, credit card agree­ments and in­sur­ance poli­cies to a folder on your phone or com­puter.

5 ON RO­TA­TION In­vest in some Lazy Su­sans for in­stant ac­cess to your items in just a spin. They’re also handy in the bath­room or laun­dry.

LIMIT YOUR­SELF TO ONE SMALL ‘DUMP­ING TRAY’ OR ‘JUNK BOWL’

6 CEN­TRAL STA­TION

If space al­lows, set up a cart or sta­tion close to your din­ing ta­ble, much like they do in res­tau­rants and cafes. Cut­lery, place­mats, nap­kins, glasses and condi­ments can all be stored within a small cup­board or trol­ley on wheels to save you mak­ing mul­ti­ple trips to the kitchen ev­ery time you sit down to eat.

7 OR­GAN­ISED CHAOS

Limit your­self to one small ‘dump­ing tray’ or ‘junk bowl’ where you keep odds and ends that don’t have an ob­vi­ous place else­where. Think er­rant but­tons, re­ceipts, busi­ness cards, loose change, trol­ley to­kens and maybe a pen or two. Choose some­thing dec­o­ra­tive so that you’re more likely to keep the mess to a min­i­mum.

8 HANG­ING DIS­PLAY

Hang your kids’ paint­ings rather than clut­ter­ing up your fridge. Set up a sim­ple string-and-peg dis­play sys­tem on an empty wall or along a win­dow frame, and ro­tate them reg­u­larly. Old artworks can then be reused to wrap gifts.

9 BOOK NOOK

Not enough space for a book­shelf? Use pic­ture ledges as float­ing shelves to dis­play your books.

10 COLOUR CODE

Help lit­tle peo­ple find – and more im­por­tantly, put away! – their be­long­ings, by as­sign­ing each child a dif­fer­ent colour. Then you can buy them a stor­age tub, tooth­brush, towel and so on in that colour, or use coloured dots or thread to ‘la­bel’ their be­long­ings.

11 BRICK TRICKS

Save your bare feet from the ex­cru­ci­at­ing pain of step­ping on a Lego brick with clever stor­age so­lu­tions. Think a tool­box with pull-out draw­ers, stor­age tubs with colour­coded la­bels, com­part­men­talised craft or­gan­is­ers or a play mat and stor­age sack in one.

12 CUR­TAIN CALL

Buy a pack of shower cur­tain rings – they’re sur­pris­ingly use­ful! Loop onto a hanger or piece of dowel to hang belts, scarves, ties, hand­bags, hair elas­tics, base­ball caps, neck­laces and more!

13 DEEP POCK­ETS

Over-the-door shoe hang­ers can be re­pur­posed for kids’ be­long­ings such as soft toys, craft sup­plies, Bar­bies, ac­tion fig­ures, toy cars and more.

14 A GOOD SORT

Ice-cube trays and paint trays are the per­fect size for sort­ing smaller items such as ear­rings, rings and but­tons.

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