I can’t stand mess. Not only does it clutter the house, but also the mind – I find getting rid of any clutter clears my brain and gives me a feeling of what I can only describe as ‘peace’. A good clear out and accepting I don’t really need all those little knick-knacks and excess clothes gives me a blank canvas and, if you sell those unwanted bits and pieces online, it can pave the way for a new, more frugal, lifestyle.
These days I’m living the lifestyle I wish I had been living before; I’m more content than I have ever been, but I have to admit to looking around my home from time to time and wanting to give it another clear-out and to make it more homely. These days you’ll find most of the mess downstairs is cat and dog toys, whilst upstairs is shampoo bottles and cosmetics, all of which add up to make me feel like my home looks untidy. Panic stations! So, I’ve been looking into all kinds of different storage solutions around the home and come up with some pretty tidy answers!
The bathroom is where we struggle in my place. With two adults living there, we’ve built up a lot of products and without storage, there’s not really a lot of places for them to go – they’re on the side of the bath, on the window sill, and tucked behind my pedestal sink base in an effort to hide the less desirable bathroom items like bleach and toilet cleaner. I don’t like mess, and I’m trying to live my life simply so you can imagine the pressure I’m feeling to keep it all tidy! So, I thought bathroom furniture could be the best solution.
I found an online Buyers Guide To Bathroom Furniture that has inspired me to consider installing some free-standing storage myself. These cute fitted units go way beyond the bog standard bathroom cabinet and fit under your sink and around your toilet to make use of all that wasted space. Best of all, they make the bathroom look tidy, modern and stylish. Everything we have out at the moment will fit in easily, and we’ll finally be organised and tidy! Wahoo!
Being in a house-share, all of my personal belongings are kept my bedroom. Books, magazines and DVDs have to be stacked up a little bit more than I like and there is a lot of ‘dead’ wall space, so putting up some shelves might be an option. I’m also considering investing in some of those sticky velcro pads that can be attached to the wall so I can hang up some photos without the need to use any nails, this then frees up space on my drawer unit and bedside table as I won’t need to use photo frames, meaning it can look a lot less cluttered.
I’ve seen some incredible solutions for storage under the stairs such as irons and ironing boards hung from a special heat proof plate, plus you can buy dining tables with little drawers built into them so you can keep your table essentials like cutlery, placemats and napkins close to hand. There’s also a picture going around on Facebook which shows how some people have managed to integrate pull-out drawers into each of the stairs’ steps. That’s something I definitely want in my future house when I’m rich!
Although having extra storage may come with the risk of retaining additional clutter, I like to think that if I go to the hassle of installing or buying storage solutions for things you really need, I’ll keep it organised.
I love some of the ideas I’ve found, and have found so many interior design inspiration pictures on Pinterest – why not have a think about how you can declutter, reorganise and rehome your household ‘stuff’ today?
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