THREE TO MAKE, BUY OR CUS­TOMISE

Get all over your un­tidy shoe piles and jum­bles of stuff by in­tro­duc­ing some stor­age cun­ning. There are plenty of op­tions to buy or you can fash­ion some your­self

The Simple Things - - NEST -

1 Make

The Shak­ers knew a thing or two about an orderly home: peg rails skirt­ing around rooms were used to keep ev­ery­thing from tea tow­els to chairs off the floor. Chan­nel a lit­tle of their cre­ativ­ity and make your own peg rail, fix on a wall or on the in­side of a wardrobe door, and hang scarves, jew­ellery, bags and sun­dries on it. Buy screw-in hard­wood Shaker pegs (these are from Ebay, £9 for 10) and fix to a piece of 4x2 tim­ber at mea­sured in­ter­vals. Paint your choice of colour and you’re all set.

2 Buy

Shoe racks have their lim­i­ta­tions – never be­ing able to ac­com­mo­date enough shoes be­ing their main short­com­ing – but there’s no deny­ing their use­ful­ness. Try to avoid the temp­ta­tion to go cheap, though, and buy one that will last – a sturdy and de­pend­able piece of fur­ni­ture that will con­tinue to do its job for years. This one by House at John Lewis, £80, has two tiers and a bench top to perch on while you tie your laces, and will take around eight pairs of shoes; john­lewis.com.

3 Cus­tomise

That old sta­ple of stor­age so­lu­tions – the trusty fruit crate. You could hang around veg mar­kets and look out for cheap used ones or buy a brand new one es­pe­cially made for such a use and not very ex­pen­sive. Use singly to pile pants or socks in, or screw into units of four or more to cre­ate cubby holes for jumpers and T-shirts. Paint and dec­o­rate ac­cord­ing to whim. Used crates from vin­tageap­ple­crates.com start at £13.25 each, or buy these new ones, £5.75, at king-of-crates.com.

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