Storage ideas to declutter and organise the home
Clever storage ideas can help you to make the most of the space in your home. We have storage ideas and storage hacks that can help you to turn even the smallest space into a practical storage solution. Our space-saving ideas will help you to create additional storage space all over your house.
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Our top storage ideas, hacks & tips
Wall mount shelving
Wall-mounted shelving provides great storage for books, knick-knacks and lots of other things. High up, open shelving provides storage whilst giving the illusion of space. By lifting your shelving off the ground you maximise your usable floor space.
You can turn previously unused space into handy storage. Why not try putting a shelf above wall-mounted kitchen cabinets to make a great space for cook books? Or maybe a shelf above a doorway in a living room as an extra space for DVDs or photo frames.
Go for freestanding shelving
Freestanding shelving units and freestanding bookcases are a great way to tidy up clutter. Place them wherever you have space. If you have recesses in a room, freestanding shelving is a clever way to use that space. Shelving units work really well in an industrial-inspired design. Because they don't have side panels, it can make things looks more open and spacious. Freestanding shelving units look especially good in kitchens.
Bookcases are a very practical storage solution but you can personalise your unit to make it tie in with the style of your room. Line the inside, rear panel with wallpaper or sticky back plastic in a design that either contrasts or complements your existing décor. Why not go for a simple design to accentuate what you have on the shelf? We particularly love this on-trend, whitewashed, brick-effect wallpaper (pictured).
Our bookcases come in lots of different sizes to suit your space. Don't forget that bookcases aren’t just for books. Use them to display DVDs, photo frames, ornaments and any other items that need a home.
Be clever with shelving
Why not try something a bit different with your shelving? Where space is at a minimum, you can find clever ways to make shelves into something practical and innovative.
You can turn shelving into a furniture substitute. For example, if you don’t have space for a dressing table, try making a dressing area with a floating shelf. This is a lot narrower than a standard dressing table and makes use of wall space. Fix the shelf at sitting height, hang a mirror over the top, add a few hooks and low level shelves for extra storage and you will have a great, space-saving dressing area.
Photo frames and pictures can take up lots of space on top of dressers and chests of drawers. A wall-mounted picture shelf is a handy way to have your photos on display whilst freeing up valuable surface space.Shop picture & storage shelves
Wall-mount kitchen and bathroom accessories
Mounting storage accessories on the wall is a great way to save space in your kitchen or bathroom. Why not try a magnetic knife holder for storing kitchen utensils? This will help to free up space in crowded kitchen drawers. With bathrooms being one of the smallest areas in the house, space is always at a premium in this room. Opt for wall-mounted bathroom accessories, (pictured), instead of freestanding ones to save precious bathroom floor space.
For more ideas and advice on how to optimise space in these busy rooms, check out our articles on making the most of space in your kitchen or bathroom.
Hang it up
Hooks and hangers can be used in lots of different ways to help you maximise your storage space. Hooks behind doors or on the back of doors are a handy way to get dressing gowns and coats out of the way. Go for multiple hooks so no-one fights over hanging space.
Hooks are perfect for bag or hat storage. Put hooks at different levels on a wall and hang your things on them. This storage hack is ideal for hallways, it gets stuff up off the floor and, if planned out carefully, can look really stylish.
For a really quick, easy hanging solution, explore our range of Command hooks. These adhesive hooks and hangers stick straight to the wall and can be removed without damaging the surface. These versatile hooks can go pretty much anywhere you can think of in the house - why not try Command hooks in the inside of your kitchen cupboards for hanging utensils.
Declutter with baskets, chests & ottomans
Baskets, chests and ottomans make brilliant ad hock storage. Use them to tidy away blankets, throws and cushions in your living room, or in bedrooms as additional storage space for towels and bedding. Ottomans fit well at the end of a bed or under a window sill. Some of the more robust ottomans, like this Malmo ottoman can double as storage and extra seating. Simply pop a cushion on top and accommodate an extra guest with ease.
Chests are fantastic for quickly decluttering a room. We particularly love this folding seagrass chest, (pictured), which can be put up quickly when you need to tidy away toys or clutter, and then collapsed and hidden out of the way if you don’t need it. These matching seagrass baskets make great additional storage in any room.
Make the most of the space under the bed
If you have space under your bed, you can turn it into a handy, discreet storage area. We have plastic boxes like this Vintage white 42 litre storage box (pictured), that you can slide under the bed and use as extra storage space – great for shoes and trainers.
Our range of vacuum compact storage bags are an ingenious was to store seasonal clothes, spare bedding and out-grown children’s clothes. You can pack lots of items into these clever storage bags and when you suck the air out, it compacts right down. Pop the bags under the bed, out of the way, ready for when you next need them.
Keep it fresh
Why not try adding scented laundry sheets into the bags so that when you unpack it, your items smell fresh and clean?
Keep kid's bedrooms tidy
If you have kids at home, you know how much mess they can make. Getting them to tidy up can be a bit of a challenge, but you can make it as easy as possible with our fun range of children’s storage solutions.
You can personalise our range of Konnect storage cubes with brightly coloured Konnect accessories including cupboard doors, drawers and dividers. Pick your little one’s favourite colour and create helpful storage for all their toys, games, books and clothes.
We have a range of plastic boxes with smiley faces on them (pictured). These are available in four bright colours and are a fun way to store toys and games. They might even be exciting enough to encourage your children to tidy up their stuff - but we can’t promise anything!
Organise the home office or workspace
Most home office spaces are fairly small, or maybe even part of another room. Keeping your home work space tidy and organised will help you make the most of this space as well as improve productivity.
Our range of office storage includes desktop letter trays, desk and pen organisers, and storage cube boxes. We also have magazine file holders which you can place on your desk or mount to the wall with a bracket to keep your desk space free.
Tidy clothes & shoes
Wardrobes are a great way to hide all sorts of items that you can’t find homes for. It’s very tempting to open the door, squeeze something in, and then shut the door. By tidying and organising your wardrobe, you will create lots of extra space. Make sure you have enough hangers for all your hanging items. Replace broken hangers to stop your favourite shirt falling to the bottom of the wardrobe and getting lost.
Clothes organisers are brilliant for making everything easy to find and help you to make the most of shelves in a wardrobe. If you want extra shelves in your wardrobe, this hanging clothes storage is a good alternative. It is ideal for shoes, jumpers and trousers.