6 simple ways to get your storage in order

Make your storage smarter and easier to use with these simple ideas. At Annika’s house in Sweden, organised living results in a relaxing, restful space – and means being able to find things when she needs them!
Simple storage solutions for your home
A row of hooks for Annika’s aprons
Clear storage in Annika’s pottery studio
1. KEEP IT CLEAR Choose transparent storage for items you don’t mind having on show. In Annika’s pottery studio, she uses glass jars for her brushes and other tools. A row of hooks helps keep messy aprons looking tidy.
Maximise drawer space
Keep files tidy in a kitchen drawer
2. GET MORE FROM DRAWERS Design the inside of your drawers around what you need to store in them, with trays, boxes and dividers. Annika’s kitchen doubles as a home office, so one drawer is devoted to paperwork. It’s deep enough to hold box files, which Annika labels to make things easy to find.
Make the most of awkward spaces
3. MAKE A DESK TO SUIT YOUR SPACE. If you need a desk that takes up minimal space, try using a shelf instead. Annika’s daughter Johanna (20) doesn’t work at her desk every day, so it made sense to choose this hack to utilise the awkward area under the eaves in her room.
Use the space under shelves
4. DOUBLE YOUR SHELF SPACE Make your shelves work harder for you by using the space below them, too. Simply add hooks underneath for double the storage.
Keep everyday items easy to reach
Hooks make bathroom essentials easy to reach
5. ADD HANGING BATHROOM STORAGE Organised storage doesn’t mean everything has to be stashed away in cupboards. Annika uses hooks to hang everyday items of all shapes and sizes in the bathroom – that way, everything is easy to reach during the morning rush.
Keep your laundry space neat
6. MAKE ROOM FOR LAUNDRY Give your laundry room to breathe – swap cascading piles of clothes for easy-to-use storage and plenty of hanging space
A portrait of Annika
‘Being organised isn’t about having strict rules – it actually makes our home a more relaxing place to be, because we make better use of the space and can enjoy all the rooms without being surrounded by clutter,’ says Annika.
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Interior stylist: Johanna Flyckt Gashi
Photographer: Michael Sinclair