Top Storage Ideas for a Clutter Free Home

Top Storage Ideas for a Clutter Free Home

There’s one thing that is guaranteed to detract from the look of a home, or a room. You can have it tastefully decorated, tastefully lit, and furnished with the best around… But if the room is cluttered then the effects of your good taste are hidden, spoiled and lost. Never has the expression “less is more” been more appropriately used than in the home room setting.
No matter how much you love knick-knacks, ceramics, amusing objet d’art and the like, if you overdo it, you’ll break the “more is less” rule. If you are a collector and want to have your collections on display, put a side one room for them… don’t have them littered throughout your home, I suggest.
It’s not just that you and your friends may find the net effect of a cluttered room visually unappealing, it can also be a major distraction. This applies whatever you’re doing- cooking in the kitchen, relaxing watching television in the sitting room, trying to work in the bedroom/study. Having too much around you can pull your focus away from whatever your activity is. But what can you do?
The first thing is to get rid of what you don’t need. So many people get attached to things that they don’t really like and it becomes a wrench to let go. Why not recycle them via the local charity shop? It’s also a problem if you have children. Their toys games, clothes and the like tend to creep from their bedrooms to the other areas of the house.
One way to contain rather than remove items of clutter is to have efficient storage systems; in other words those that make the most of the available space in a room. Sliding doors take up far less room that conventional wardrobe doors and should always be your door of choice for wardrobes and built-in wardrobes. Another tip is to have floor to ceiling storage. Whether it’s clothes books, games & toys, the higher you go, the more space you have. Of course you may need to have a small folding set of steps or a stool to reach those items at the top.
If you have clear flat surfaces such as on the top of a chest of drawers, why not use attractive storage boxes (which can be made of cloth, cardboard, wood or plastic) which can house and hide items and give symmetry to the room which is pleasing and unfussy.
If you do have doors, then festoon the inside of them with hooks so that they can accommodate handbags, shopping bags, wrapping paper, and rough clothes that you don’t mind creasing.
Finally, use a Divan rather than a normal bed- you can store sheets and blankets in the drawers. Also look at the modern pieces of storage furniture that can fit under your open stairs. These can look tasteful and elegant. If you have a coffee table, consider replacing it with a more solid one with drawers or shelves underneath.
Take a look in magazines (either specific interior decorating or furniture magazines/brochures or the Sunday “glossies”) and you’re bound to see some good ideas for storage that will help you in your de-cluttering quest!