Have you ever felt that moment of panic when someone is about to drop by for a visit, and you know your house looks like a tornado has been through? You’re not alone! Style Curator shares with us her tips and tricks below...
I’ve come to learn that there are a few secrets to keeping a more orderly home though – clever storage solutions and small habit changes – and today I’m sharing my top tricks to take control of mess using some of the latest pieces available at The Reject Shop.
Clever storage solutions
It’s impossible to keep a tidy home when items clutter every surface or you don’t have a rightful ‘home’ for objects. Finding enough storage in your home is a challenge most of us face but there are a few hidden pockets you may be able to take advantage of or some inexpensive storage items that can maximise the space you have.
Vacuum space bags
Without a doubt, one of my favourite storage space savers are vacuum space bags – they can reduce the size of clothing and blankets by three, while also protecting your garments until you need them. In minutes you can pack away bulky items that you don’t need for the next season and store them safely in your garage or high in a cupboard without fear of moths or mildew attacking.
Under bed storage
A space I hadn’t taken proper advantage of until recently is under-bed storage. Even low beds can offer valuable storage space for items you need infrequently. I love this under-bed storage box from The Reject Shop with handy removable dividers that makes it easy to store anything from clothing to documents. Think of any books or papers you haven’t used in over a year that are clogging up your office, or sentimental items you don’t need easy access to, as these are ideal to store under the bed.
Most of us are probably pushing the limits of what our garages can store but there may be a better system to maximise this space. Clear containers make it easy to identify what’s in your garage (also a great idea to label these) and because they can be stacked, they allow you to store more. If you make the switch from traditional boxes to clear storage boxes, take the opportunity to also sort through what you’re storing as you may find there’s a lot you no longer need, or could sell or donate.
A storage solution that offers style and functionality is a cube bookshelf. Traditionally these have been quite expensive but there are currently two sizes available at The Reject Shop starting from $18. You can’t beat that!
Cube bookshelves look great in any room of the home and can offer more than four times the storage space you have. You can style the pockets with décor and books, or even use stylish baskets in the pockets to easily hide mess or smaller items. And as an added bonus, there is plenty of room on top to store items too.
I’ve used the smaller cube bookshelf in my son’s nursery to help keep on top of his toys and books that would usually end up in a big, ugly pile.
Tidy home habits
Creating a more organised home isn’t just about better storage solutions though – there are small changes we can make that really add up. I’ve recently adopted a few of these and have noticed my house become tidier while my stress levels have also reduced.
Create a weekly planner
Whether you live alone or are running a household with busy children, it’s a great idea to create a weekly planner where you can set out your agenda for the week. From scheduling appointments, to jotting down important dates, and even allocating chores to everyone living in your home, a white board in a high traffic area of the home works a treat. You can use coloured pens and magnets to colour code it for family members. Plus, if you keep it on display, nobody can conveniently forget it’s their turn to put the bins out!
It can be a struggle to find a whiteboard large enough or one that’s stylish enough to have out on display, which is why I love this trick of using a photo frame instead. This large A2 oak frame is just $15 from The Reject Shop and I created a simple planner to place inside. The plastic front is as easy to clean as a whiteboard and I can change the look of it easily by simply printing different designs to place inside the frame.
Use the basket system
There is nothing more frustrating than packing up the same room over and over again each day, and if you have kids in your home, you’ll know this feeling well! There is a simple solution to keep those floors clutter free and your rooms looking tidy all day long. Try keeping a stylish basket or hamper in each room, and throughout the day, pop anything on the floor or that doesn’t belong in that room into the basket. Before bedtime, you can grab the basket and put everything in its right place. The best part is that the kids can help with this – you can even give them each a basket each and make it a race to empty the basket first!
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