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Organised timber shelving rack, with kids boots and shoes and hanging bag and umbrella off hooks. Separate hat stand with hats and small four tier rack with basket organisers.
Take your storage to a whole new level with these tips for tackling the seven messiest spaces in your home.

 

Organisation simplified

The secret to a tidy home is as simple as storage. But while more storage is better, it’s equally about how you store your stuff. Do an audit to check you’re making the most of every inch in cupboards and drawers, master your organisation so everything is readily at hand, and balance open shelves so they work hard but are still easy on the eye. Tweaking your storage – and adding a few clever solutions – can take your home from chaos to calm.

1. A neat entry

Slimline storage can help to tame clutter without dominating the hallway. Mix hooks or a coat rack with shoe shelves, and baskets for grab-and-go items like keys, wallets or even a ball for the dog.

2. Perfectly planned pantry

Shelves can be a great place to store your kitchen essentials, as it keeps your benchtops clear and everything close to hand,” says interior designer Annie Bowen (anniebowendesign.com). Tidy up with containers in a range of sizes in the same style, labelled with stickers or a marker. File packets and loose produce in clear bins so you can see everything at a glance.

Organised timber kitchen rack, with stacked containers and jars of food and open shelves of vegetables.

3. Second drawer sorted

The secret to sorting lots of different things is storage to suit, and this is where drawer inserts are invaluable. When each item has a place of its own, it’s easier to keep everything tidy. Clear lidless containers, arranged snugly so they can’t slide around, work well. Every kitchen has at least one drawer that’s a magnet for clutter – to tame the mess, divide and conquer, storing like with like.

Organised drawer containing dividing clear drawers of glad wrap, paper towel, baking paper, recipe books and general accessories.

4. Under-sink solutions

Clutter under the sink is an invitation to mould and insects. Use washable containers to hold cloths, sponges and cleaning products. Fit child-safety locks on doors to keep dangerous chemicals away from kids or, where possible, pop them on a high shelf or cupboard, well out of reach.

Close up of a vanity cabinet with doors opened showing organised cleaning products and sponges in basket organisers.

5. Bathroom bliss

Introduce order to bathroom cabinets or drawers by using small, lidded containers. Group like items together, or allocate one container to each family member for their everyday essentials. Drawers with a cut-out around the plumbing make the most of every bit of space – and unlike cabinets, items are less likely to be lost in the back.

Opened vanity drawer organised by dividers housing bathroom lotions, toilet paper and towel. 

6. Garment goals

Beyond hangers, keeping clothes neatly ordered, uncreased and easy to find is a challenge. Bring order to your wardrobe by rolling instead of stacking smaller items and corralling them in baskets. Use drawer dividers to roll and store ties, belts, scarves, and even socks and smalls, then slide the divider onto a shelf.

Organised bedroom timber clothing rack, with fabric organisers housing folded clothing, accessories and hanging bags on hooks with shoes on bottom rack.

7. Shelfie success

Bookshelves can be a great way to inject personality into your decor. Group books by colour and size, and balance packed shelves with clear spaces, baskets and vignettes of curated pieces. “Try to group things in odd numbers and various heights,” suggests Annie.

Clever cube shelving with woven inserts, including upright books and ornaments decorated on top of the unit with a bowl of fruit and a round mirror on dark blue backdrop. 

More tips for a clutter-free home

Kids can quickly turn a sparkling bathroom upside down. Avoid the constant mess with our guide on how to organise and declutter your bathing zone.

 

Photo Credit: James Moffatt

 

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