Make space for everything
When everything has a place, it really is easier to find things and put them away! ‘Start with the base – a mix of open shelves, closed drawers, boxes, files and jars that feel right for all the different kinds of things you need to organise,’ says Paula. ‘Then personalise them. For me, that means good-looking labels so everyone can get involved, and keeping it all white – I find white calming and it helps with the sense of order.’
Make the most of your space: store high and low
Turn overlooked spaces into storage for out-of-season items and things you rarely use. ‘I downsized when I moved to this apartment. Less space makes you think why not have shelves over doorways or up by the ceiling, or boxes under the bed? If you add wheels to the boxes and keep a step stool handy, everything stays easily accessible,’ says Paula.
‘You have to find your own rhythm and go with it. For me, when things are clean and ordered I get energised, feel happier and want to put flowers out!’
Paula, trend forecaster, The Netherlands
‘I like encouraging the children’s independence. Our home is arranged to make it easy for them to help themselves, with lots of open storage so it’s easy to see what’s where’
Make design work for you
Try seeing instruction manuals as the starting point. ‘Have fun with the things you bring home!’ says Paula. ‘Yes, follow the instructions but don’t be afraid to cut bits off or use bathroom things in the bedroom and bedroom things in the kitchen. Storage systems like STOLMEN are my best friend – you can pick and mix bits to fit your life.’ The new ELVARLI range is a great alternative for beautiful mix and match storage ideas.
‘I’m trying to create a home that makes us all feel good. Where there’s room to enjoy the small but important things’
Photography: Daniel Farmer
Styling: Åsa Dyberg