Clever ways to declutter

Clever ways to declutter

Yearning for a good tidy-up? Sam Wylie-Harris has stylish storage sorted.

As much as we love to hold on to those joyous holiday moments, one of the pleasures of the post-festive season is packing away all those things we spent hours putting up.

Having created an Instaworthy winter wonderland ahead of Christmas, as soon as the last mince pie been scoffed and that tired bottle of plonk laid to rest, we can’t wait to press the refresh button, edit out the old and fashion in the new.

So let’s call time on clutter, clear the decks, and get sorted for the new year ahead.

Check out our stylish solutions…

SHELF LIFE

Gold shadow box, and gold crane sculpture, Next.
Gold shadow box, and gold crane sculpture, Next.

Definitely on our gold list, the three-dimensional wall shelving from Next Home, the gold shadow box, will suit any room, and the three surfaces are generous enough to accommodate various shaped knickknacks.

You can add height with a vase of flowers, or elegant bird sculpture as shown here.

SPACE AGE

Argos Home Loft Living storage unit, set of two metal-surround shelves, and sofa from a selection at Argos.
Argos Home Loft Living storage unit, set of two metal-surround shelves, and sofa from a selection at Argos.

Five shelves, five ways to style them.

Functional and versatile, the storage and display unit from Argos Home Loft Living can be shaped to suit your space and used as a building block if you want to add more squares from the range.

As well as offering the option to hide bits and bobs you don’t want to be displayed, the unit can be teamed with a matching set of hanging wall shelves.

For a contemporary take, a string of succulents makes a fresh centrepiece.

BOXING CLEVER

Did someone say blanket box?

We think the Marks & Spencer Loft Mila Ottoman Box is so swish, it wouldn’t look out of place in the living room, with its smart, woven linen look and oak effect legs.

It’s absolutely genius for holding bulky items that can’t be folded away.

TROLLEY SAVVY

Cook House glass holder shelf
Cook House glass holder shelf

Skip the expense of a cocktail trolley: You can save on precious floor space and mount your favourite spirits and stemware (takes up to six glasses) on the Cook House glass holder shelf from Nest.

PACKING UP

Wilko multi-purpose storage stand
Wilko multi-purpose storage stand

After all that festive entertaining, chances are it will be an enormous relief to pack away all those pots and pans and reap the rewards of a microwave.

Take a look at this simple but very effective multi-purpose storage stand from Wilko for accessible storage.

CHART TOPPER

Set of two curved velour storage boxes, Next
Set of two curved velour storage boxes, Next

Top of the colour charts, Classic Blue is Pantone’s colour of the year for 2020.

Look no further if you are keen to channel this “universal favourite” shade and put the lid on clutter into the bargain with the chic set of two velour storage boxes from Next.

MAKE A STATEMENT

Avery coat rack
Avery coat rack

The stylist’s answer to a cramped coat cupboard, we can’t think of a better way to glam up a hallway than with this statement coat rack from Avery.

With sturdy hooks, generous sized rack for hats or handbags, plus a mirror for last-minute touch-ups, the Avery wall-mounted coat rack can be dressed with confidence.

IN THE BAG

If you’re lucky enough to have a cashmere lifestyle, then you know how important it is to care for precious wools.

Zip blankets and linen away under the bed with the cotton storage bag and under-bed storage bag from The White Company — a sure-fire way of keeping everything moth-free.

TIMELESS TRUNKS

Coloured metal storage trunks, Habitat
Coloured metal storage trunks, Habitat

With a classic vintage look, is it any wonder storage trunks never go out of vogue?

We love the pastel hued metal trio from Habitat with smart brass locks.

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