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Sorted! 7 clever storage ideas for being more organised at home

03 September 2018

Determined to combat the clutter? Need to restore order in a messy cabinet? Want to streamline daily routines? These ideas and storage heroes might just be the answer to your organising resolutions.

Books and box inserts in a large cubed storage unit.
A bamboo box insert in a cubed storage unit.

Use closed storage to your advantage Too much clutter in the living room can make it hard for us to relax. So, on an open bookshelf, try mixing in shelf inserts and boxes to hide away small or messy things that you need but don’t want to see.

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Get creative with storage for small spaces Shrinking homes with little dedicated storage mean we need to keep adapting our storage solutions. Every nook is an opportunity! Here, wall-mounted shelving, a trolley on wheels and different-sized baskets make the most of an awkward space.

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Use your doors to store We feel most at ease with guests in our kitchen when it’s tidy. Rails and hooks are a great way to boost storage and organisation – try thinking beyond your wall space and put your doors to work too.

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Textiles, plants and ornaments on a shelving unit.

Embrace open storage Many of us would benefit from homes that are clutter-free but filled with things we love. Resist the temptation to hide everything in boxes – organised open storage can make it easier to find what we love and use often.

IVAR storage system

A shelf with boxes on top and hooks underneath.

Streamline your hallway It takes most of us well over an hour to leave the home after waking up. A handy hallway shelf (here the brackets have been painted white and hooks have been added underneath) might just make getting out the door a bit easier. Coat, bag, scarf? Check.

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Combat cabinet clutter Storage boxes with handles are perfect for organising a cleaning cabinet. Not only will you tackle a problem area, you may also boost your wellbeing – the act of cleaning and tidying can promote a feeling of mental presence.

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Hang your outfits Did you know that 58% of Shanghainese pick out clothes for the following morning the evening before? An open hanging rail may be just the thing you need to make your morning dressing routine run more smoothly.

All the findings are from the IKEA Life at Home Report, available to read online. Find even more great ways to store and organise your things online and in-store.