Home Storage Solutions Part 1
Last week we looked at tips for decluttering the home – a January must for everyone. Now let’s look at what we can do to tidy up the things we couldn’t bear to throw away and we’ll start with the clutter most commonly found in the kitchen, living room and dining room
Kitchens are arguably one of the easier rooms in which to keep clutter under control, with so many kitchen storage solutions being offered by kitchen designers these days. Units can be fitted with any number of shelves, carousel devices, pull-out sections and drawers that can be extra deep and fitted with built-in compartments moulded to hold all manner of utensils.
However, worktops can become dumping grounds for all kinds of clutter, so extend your kitchen storage to include decorative bowls and small wicker baskets, as well as letter holders and even wall storage, such as metal containers on racks and key cabinets. Consider shelving too or these items in order to keep worktop space free. Set a couple of drawers aside too, for non-kitchen items such as DVDs if you have television in the kitchen.
Living Room Storage
So much goes on in this room that it is an easy target for clutter — so provide plenty of living room storage. DVDs, games for consoles, magazines, the plethora of remote controls, toys and books — they can all quickly build up.
Take a look around and work out where you most often find yourself clearing clutter and then put storage in place in these areas. There are now so many remotes for all our home entertainment systems that it is vital to provide somewhere to keep them together if you are to avoid having to search within the workings of your sofa to find them. There are plenty of boxes, trays and tidies designed specifically for remote controls, so invest in one — they can be picked up for under £10.
Television stands and living room storage units with space for storing your DVDs are a great idea – plus those that close up to conceal the TV mean it will not become the focus of the room – as are chests that double up as coffee tables. Building in a window seat with storage is also a good way to ensure there is a place for everything. A newspaper and magazine basket is also essential.
Dining Room Storage
Dining rooms are often reserved for special occasions that, in reality, rarely happen. For this reason they often become rooms in which schoolwork gets done, paperwork stacks up and coats form a pile in a corner. Therefore it is essential to work out what goes on in there and what storage solutions are required.
This is the ideal place for a dresser, sideboard or display cabinet in which to store special dishes, cutlery and glasses. If the dining room doubles as a home office, a computer bureau is a great idea, opening out to provide a workstation, and closing up again to provide storage space when not in use. Provide shelving too as somewhere for school books, and place magazine files on them for school work and document storage.
Come back next week for decluttering and storage tips for the Bedroom, Bathroom and Hallway.
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