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New Year Declutter

Many of us have been spending more time at home over the last year, and with Santa bunking down until December and a new year beginning, it’s a perfect chance to freshen up your surroundings. We all collect things over time and often wonder how to organise everything from our food to extra linen without creating clutter. By using just a few simple storage tips and tricks, you’ll be able to overhaul areas of your home to make things look neat and tidy and more importantly, be able to find things!

Cupboard Jenga

Glass jars and stackable storage boxes are great for organising your kitchen cabinets, making things easier to spot and utilising the full height of your cupboards. You can even create labels to stick on the front, so you know exactly what each box and jar contains, which is especially handy if you don’t use them every day. If you have ingredients with a best before date, you can also pop another label on the back with the day you opened it, so you know when to switch it out. No more relying on the ‘sniff test’ when it comes to whipping up something sweet or savoury.

Handy hideaways

For the living room and hallway, try decorative baskets to hide bits away or keep your throws together to help the room look more spacious. You could stick with traditional wicker baskets for a more neutral look or find something fun to add a pop to the space. Hooks and shoe benches for the hallway will also help to keep coats and shoes easy to grab on the way out and stop them getting piled in a cupboard or on the stairs (we all do it).

High and low

You will be surprised to know that there are plenty of nooks and crannies that aren’t being used for neat storage. Try using the basket trick but pop them above your wardrobe (filled with lighter items) or line your drawers with dividers to help keep clothing, makeup or toiletries organised. Don’t forget about that hidden space under the bed either, make the most of it with shallow plastic boxes (as deep as you can for your bed height) and cycle your summer and winter wardrobe, keep bed linen close to hand or kids’ toys tucked away.

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