Nice and tidy

image
Print Friendly

Why wait until spring for a clear-out? Decluttering with some clever storage solutions could bring calm and harmony into your home, says Gabrielle Fagan

It’s not unusual at this time of year to feel as though your possessions are winning the space war and you’re being squeezed out.

But of all the aspirational (if unrealistic) goals we set ourselves, decluttering and getting your house organised is, arguably, the most achievable.

“Nothing acts more like a tonic for the hung-over soul than a jolly good tidy,” says Barbara Genda, founder and principal designer at Barbara Genda Bespoke Furniture.

“Ample research suggests that clutter and mess causes us untold stress. Stuffed cupboards, dishevelled drawers, haphazardly strewn and displaced possessions without a designated ‘living’ space all culminates into a loud, unrelenting visual ‘noise’ that can make us feel boxed-in, overwhelmed and even anxious.”

Luckily, there are a multitude of solutions for organising mess – particularly if you’re a natural hoarder – from stackable boxes to sophisticated storage systems.

“Pack all of that mess away and immediately you’ll discern the positive effects. You’ll have a calmer environment in which you can relax, be productive and at the very least, think straight,” she says.

So on your marks, get set, store!

UNDER-STAIRS SORT-OUT

“Under the stairs is the definitive dumping ground for assorted, unused odds and ends,” says Genda. “Often, you can’t seem to open the door without a golf bag spilling heavy clubs onto your feet, or a sea of shoes tumbling out.”

TOP TIP: As a short-term solution, put hooks inside the cupboard door for hanging up bags and get transparent boxes for larger items, so they stay dust free and you can view contents without having to rummage.

BOOK LOVERS

“Books can look beautiful when displayed properly so avoid stacking them two deep, or leaving them in piles everywhere,” says Marianne Shillingford, creative director and head of the design service at Dulux.

“You can work on the principle that if you haven’t looked at individual titles in a couple of years, you’re probably unlikely to read them again, and some could be consigned to a charity shop.

“Order books so you can find them easily – alphabetically, by genre or those you’ve recently read. Look for different ways to display them; shelves over and around doorways look particularly effective.”

TOP TIP: Paint an old bookcase, or look on eBay, Freecycle or local charity shops for second hand ones and do a make over. Fashionable, low mid-century sideboards work well too.

Dulux Made By Me paint collection is designed specifically for furniture and small projects and there are online tutorials at www.dulux.co.uk

PLAY FOR SPACE

“The ‘sock monster’ is a myth. Instead, it should be renamed the ‘DVD and CD monster’,” says Genda. “These seem to replicate themselves, spill out of drawers and crowd shelves. Think about multimedia systems that include handy storage – perfect for concealing or displaying your library of DVDs.”

TOP TIP: Ensure you bring lots of white and neutral colours into your cabinetry and furniture, to enhance the illusion of space.

DESIGN FOR DRESSERS

“A bed is the functional heart of a bedroom and also harbours the most overlooked source of hidden storage,” says Simon Glanville at Store. “A tucked-away under-the-bed storage system keeps a lot of clutter neatly out of sight.

“Of course, wardrobe space is vital. Try to edit clothing by using the reverse hanger technique. Turn all hangers the wrong way round and then when you wear something and put it back replace the hanger the right way, which at the end of a few months will give you a guide to the pieces you wear regularly and others which could be stored or given away.”

TOP TIP: Paint shoe boxes, use PlastiKote Twist & Spray Colour spray paint, £8.79 for 400ml can, available from DIY and craft stores, and label with photos of contents.

The following two tabs change content below.
Hello ... I am the Creative Director and Website Editor for Silversurfers and manage all the social media too. I hope you find the features and articles we have shared with you of interest and relevance. Please feel free to comment below and share your thoughts with us ... I hope you enjoy Silversurfers and all that we offer ...

Latest posts by Silversurfers Editor (see all)

Not a member?

Join the silversurfers community today! It's free, easy to do, and is packed full of features and amazing offers!

Join the community!
Click here if you have forgotten your password

Community Terms & Conditions

Content standards

These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.

You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.

Contributions must:

be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.

Contributions must not:

contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.

Nurturing a safe environment

Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.

We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!

More Homes

Branded furniture – is it worth paying extra for? Mallory
The simple answer is: yes. Clich é s are clich é s for a reason, because they’re true...
Connecting with your heating rad
Many of you will have experienced using Bluetooth technology for pairing devices, perhaps to...
Change the ambience of your home with Plumbs made-to-measure Curtains Estella
New curtains are one of the easiest ways to can change the look and feel of any room, and this...
Renew your home ready for autumn Linea-Loose-covers
Some simple style tips for seasonal entertaining Create a cosier living room for autumn: As...
Regain control over your electric heating with Dimplex Quantum QM100 Quantum Time Line 3 Room Shot (edit)
If you have old, outdated, storage heaters then now is a great time to think about a replacement...
Protect your Furniture with Aqua Clean Technology Kentash
The living room is often the place we spend most of our time. It’s where we entertain family...
How to keep your home warm without adjusting the thermostat Hand Turning Dial On Thermostat
Staying warm without spending the earth on your gas and electricity is a delicate balancing act in...
A fire that fools the eye - The magical illusion of Opti-myst electric fires from Dimplex Dimplex-Opti-myst-Grand-Noir-Stove
There’s nothing quite like the effect of a real fire. It creates a wonderful feeling of comfort...
End of summer jobs for around the home Man Clearing Leaves From Guttering Of House
The last bank holiday weekend of the year signals the end of summer - with the last few weeks of...
Your LAST EVER CHANCE to buy Iconic Inspired Furniture in the UK ws_silversurfer4
A new Europe wide law is about to come into force in the UK extending the copyright protection...
How to put your home on Airbnb Holding house keys on house shaped keychain in front of a new ho
Turn your home into an occasional money-spinner by taking advantage of the excellent opportunities...
Furniture that cares for your loved ones SilverSurfersPicture
The Comfort Factory’s new three-piece suites and matching bean bags for children and beds for...