I don’t know about you but I definitely feel like I am fighting a never ending battle against clutter. I always feel inspired to tackle the issue around this time of year. Let’s face it, there’s not a lot else to do in January and all the money has been spent over Christmas so it’s a great opportunity to spend some time at home clearing out ready for the year ahead. (Yes, I am aware of how sad that sounds!!)
It’s overwhelming how much stuff we have and I am constantly trying to reduce the amount of it that we hold on to. It’s hard to stay on top of it and there’s no doubt it’s an ongoing and relentless effort but I have found there are certain things which have really helped us to keep things under control so I thought I would share some of them with you.
This little hook in our hallway is where I hang my bag when I come into the house. Previously, it used to hang around on the kitchen worktop or the hall table but this one little thing has put an end to all that trauma (oh yes!)
This tower is from (you guessed it) IKEA and it is home to all our shoes! This one was the Expedit but the range has now been replaced by the Kallax which is very similar. Ideally, it would be in the hall but we have all got used to carrying our shoes into the den and popping them into our designated bin. (I get two because I’m both an adult and a girl and my need is greater!) This one item has made such a difference to the entry way to our home. Previously, we have tried many ways of containing our shoe clutter but none has been as successful as this and I think that’s largely due to the capacity of it. Each one of these bins contains up to 10 pairs of my shoes and boots (so, more of the children’s and less of the hubby’s).
These storage bags are the perfect way to keep piles of ironing contained! I use them to store out-of-season clothes as well as those waiting for my ironing attention but they could be used as toy storage or for spare towels or bed-linen.
Baskets with lids are a home-maker’s best friend. These ones that live underneath our coffee table are so useful for keeping our magazines and catalogues contained. I like to make sure there’s always some space in them so that I can gather up anything that’s lying around and shove it all in there in an ’emergency tidy up’ situation. These were bought from Amazon but I have seen them in numerous other outlets.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this magazine rack really pulls its weight when it comes to clutter busting. It is one of my most useful purchases ever. I try really hard to deal with paperwork as it comes through the door. I recycle anything we don’t need and quickly pop anything we do need in here within the relevant person’s file. I only deal with the files around once a month and they are not usually over-full in that time. The rack is from IKEA. We’ve just bought another one to organise our daughter’s school books – one pocket for each day of the week.
I know it sounds ridiculous but these stacking baskets have created lots of extra worktop space in our kitchen. They have a small footprint but stack up to hold lots of fruit. Previously, we had a large fruit bowl which, after grocery-shopping day was usually spilling its contents across the worktop. Now, all of our fruit sits happily in here. I bought them on Amazon.
Does anyone out there have any items that really help them keep the clutter at bay in their homes? I would love to hear about them in the comments. You can also get in touch via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.