Whether you’re a serious hoarder or an enthusiastic tidier, you still need storage in your life. However, this doesn’t have to involve stacks of ugly plastic boxes or spending loads of cash. High street stores and etailers are full of innovative storage solutions that tick all the style boxes too…
In the Frame
You might not want floor-to-ceiling bookshelves or cabinets, but do consider using any dead space on the walls. Arrange wooden cube shelves in groups to hold your best-loved books or those random souvenirs you’ve accumulated from years of holidays; this set of shelves from Argos has ample space to display favourite treasures. You could also use a box frame to make a feature out of those sentimental items you love but rarely get the chance to wear, like costume jewellery or designer accessories – try Hobbycraft‘s selection which are great value.
Alternatively, make an impression with a vintage printer’s letterpress tray mounted on the wall. Most trays have different sized compartments, so you can fill them at random with trinkets or leave certain sections empty for an overall pattern. Expect to pay around £35-£50 on Etsy and eBay, or around £80 at Liberty.
Multi-pocket accessory organisers are available in most homeware departments, to fit neatly on the back of a door or in the wardrobe. These organisers make a good hiding place for jewellery or cosmetics – no more hunting for your favourite nail polish. Over-the-door organisers designed for shoes also fit larger toiletries, so adding one of these to your bathroom is a no-brainer.
Stock up on non-slip scarf hangers (we love these ones from Lakeland) and put them inside your wardrobe – preferably screwed onto back of the doors to maximise space. As well as scarves, put belts, necklaces and bracelets here for easy access and outfit inspiration when you’re getting dressed.
Create even more room to manoeuvre by placing up to six shirts and jumpers on a multi-blouse hanger, and use vacuum bags to store winter clothes in summer and vice versa. Tidy smaller items like socks and tights into fabric storage bags or stylish waste paper baskets. Next has a set of three geometric storage baskets for £18, whilst this felt waste paper bin and felt boxes from John Lewis are suitably chic and understated.
Buy some collapsible canvas boxes to store clutter at short notice – useful if you have unexpected guests or a sudden inspection from your landlord. Try the children’s section of H&M Home for small patterned boxes, or IKEA for larger plain ones. They take up hardly any room when they’re not in use.
Look out for old wooden crates at vintage fairs or car boot sales; they’re perfect for keeping boots or bags tucked out of sight. If you work from home, track down second-hand filing cabinets to tidy all your documents in retro style (cabinets can be easily spray-painted to match your decor), or treat yourself to a brand new drawer unit on wheels from IKEA.