BEDROOM

  1. UNDERBED STORAGE: The ideal place to store your spare blankets and fluffy slippers! Under-bed storage is great for sliding in and out from under your bed; a space that is very often overlooked as something that can be utilized. Having a couple of large fitted boxes or drawers underneath will allow you to keep all your treasures safe and dust free while you’re not using them. This reclaimed wood drawer keeps to the theme of sustainability – interior design with a conscience!
  1. ORGANIZED WARDROBES: Who doesn’t dream of owning a wardrobe that's immaculate? Color coordinated and organized down to every bootie, having a clear and precise space in your wardrobe really will create the illusion of so much space – and keep your room tidy! Often you’ll find that when items have a special place, it’s hard to not put them back in it, thus eradicating the desire to chuck your jumpers over one shoulder onto the floor!

If you’re lucky enough to have a big freeing space in your bedroom, then opt for a built-in wardrobe with sliding mirrored doors (this double up will give you more wall/floor space if it means you don’t have to purchase a separate stand alone mirror). If your room is smaller, modify the wardrobe you have by building in extra shelves and slotting in baskets.

KITCHEN

  1. UTILIZE EXTRA CUPBOARD SPACE: One of life’s simplest yet most effective storage hacks, is adapting the space you have that generally goes unconsidered. Under the kitchen sink is where most people store their cleaning products, and with all the piping it can be a bit of a jungle in there and spray bottles get lost and lodged in strange places. Take some plastic tension rods and create hanging spaces for your bottles and cloths!

Similarly, use baskets and shelving on the inside of cupboard doors to store lightweight items such as foils, chopping boards and sponges.

  1. NO MATTER HOW SMALL THE SPACE, USE IT: Even if it’s an awkward corner or thin slice of a slot – you’ll be able to make use of it somehow. Consider those thinner items that you can get into smaller spaces; mops, brooms, brushes, spices, utensils etc. Spice racks are a brilliant way to separate your Rosemary from your Thyme while narrowing the slimmest of spaces!
  1. USE BOTH SIDES OF SHELVES: Put your pretties on top and hang your utensils from the bottom! Grab some nails, baskets, rails and hooks and design your own under-shelf storage!

BATHROOM

  1. ABOVE THE DOORS: A genius way of storing towels and toiletries is to create shelving above the door – and of course add hooks or racks onto the inside of the door too!
  1. SNEAK IN SHELVING: Add it in even in areas you wouldn’t have considered needing before! Put a little shelf above your toilet roll to keep sprays or scented candles, slot shelving in behind your toilet lid for ornaments, use multiple shelving next to your mirrors for your toiletries and beauty products etc. Not only will it clear your cupboards but you can create lovely displays on them too!
  1. MASON JARS: Mason JarsDIY hacks are multipurpose. The many uses and looks these easy to get pieces can bring to your home seem endless. One of my favorite uses of them is to store beauty products! Brushes, cotton wool, liners, q-tips and bottles etc. – take inspiration from this DIY trick of attaching the lovely jars onto a plaque of wood to create shelving units designed by you!

LIVING AREA

  1. USE UNEXPECTED SPACES: Using your stairwell to feature hidden shelving is a great and unpredictable way to gain extra display space. Ideal for housing your library of books, the small shelving you can fit behind and under your staircase will amaze guests! Take it a step further by adding in a couple of squishy seats and pillows to create a little reading nook for your leisure!
  1. TIDY SECRETS: To keep everything looking clean, tidy and organized, create secret cupboards and drawers to give the illusion that you live in a minimalist space – when really, all your belongings are safely tucked away behind hidden doors! This works especially well for your TV unit where it’ll help hide all your wires, remotes and DVDs.

Garages can be so messy if you let them go. The sheer amount of things in your home often means the garage is a dumping ground. In addition, add a lack of shelving and organised storage space and you can be in trouble. Here are some tips to get things organised.

  1. Make An Assessment, Analyze And Then Prioritize

One of the main problems you might run into when organizing your garage (or any other cluttered space) is that the space has no plan. People fail over and over again to visualize and analyze the space to determine how they would like it to function. When it comes to your garage, what are your priorities? To be able to park your car inside of it (one of your largest investments)? To store sporting equipment and seasonal items? To have a work space? Or perhaps all of these? It may be possible to get everything you want if you take the time to think about how you will be using the space and prioritize. Once you have figured out your priorities, it will be easier for you to organize and purge your space since you won’t have to spend time on what does or does not belong in the space.

  1. Clear The Space

Starting out with a clean slate is important. Find a few blankets or tarps to place all of your items on. Place them in an open area such as your lawn or driveway. Lay everything out. Wash down or sweep the walls and floors of your garage.

Note: This can be an excellent opportunity for staining your concrete floor and painting the walls. Your space with be given a clean, fresh, new look. Learn how to throw things out with this blog.

  1. Get Things Sorted By Placing Like Items Together

As you are pulling things from your garage, gather up all of your decorations together in one area, then your camping gear, lawn items, tools, sporting equipment and so forth. You can even get down to the very small things like screws and nails and sort them also. You can even get your kids to help. Sorting like items together might seem like a real “no-brainer,” however it actually is a very important part of the organizing process, not only to sort but also to get everything put into its permanent spot.

  1. Purge

During this stage of the process, be ruthless. Try to commit yourself to eliminating at least 50% of the items in your space. Making this kind of effort goes a long way even if you don’t end up getting rid of quite that much. Make four piles for your purging process: recycle, trash, donate, keep. As you are purging, put each item into its proper category. Toss anything you haven’t used for more than a year or that is broken. Return anything that doesn’t belong to you or goes someplace other than your garage. Eliminate duplicates. Keep in mind you are attempting to get your garage organized. How many rakes, bats, basketballs, brooms, screws or hammers do you actually need? If you are having difficulties throwing things out just keep keep asking yourself the following questions: Do I really need this? Have I used it over the past year? Do I use it now? Is it something I love? If you don’t, then place the item in the recycle, trash or donate pile. Donating things is great since you will be providing somebody else with the opportunity to appreciate and enjoy some of your belongings.

  1. Take Inventory Of Everything You Have And Get Your Space Mapped Out Into Zones

Once you have your stuff pared down, take inventory of everything you have so that you have a good idea of what kinds of organizational items you have and what you are going to need to buy. Don’t ever buy any organizational items prior to purging. This will save you a lot of frustration, money and time. Now get your space mapped out. Get out a piece of paper and draw it out or mark off outlines with tape of the various work zones or spaces inside your garage. You can get a spot marked off for your vehicle, sporting equipment, workbench, lawn care and gardening supplies, hazardous material and paint cabinet, heavy duty shelving and more.

Remember to use the overhead and vertical spaces that you have available to you. Your walls can be used for installing shelving or hanging items on. The ceiling can also be used for placing plywood boards across the rafters for storing seldom used and seasonal items. Good garage shelving can make things a lot easier for you.

Think about frequency of use and convenience as well. For example, most likely you would like to have a trashcan placed close to the driver’s door on your car so you can throw things away easily. Or put the recycling bins next to the door that leads into your house so that it’s easy throwing things in. Or you could park or hang your bikes close to the garage door to make it easy for your children to get on their bikes and go for a ride.