Seek and hide: 6 storage solutions to keep you and your rooms cool and calm this summer

Seek and hide: 6 storage solutions to keep you and your rooms cool and calm this summer

If you’re feeling hot and bothered this summer, it may not just be the weather.

Look around your home – if it’s overflowing with clutter, and every corner and surface seems to be a magnet for bits and bobs that should be sorted but never are (the school holidays could make it a whole lot worse), this is probably contributing to those raised stress levels.

The good news is, to tackle this oh-so common scenario, you don’t have to turn yourself into a dedicated disciple of ‘Queen of Clutter’ Marie Kondo and rid yourself of every possession you’ve ever owned.

Instead, it’s time to play ‘seek and hide’. This new decor game simply involves hunting down all the ‘stuff’ you want but don’t need to stare at (or stress over) all the time, and then using clever storage solutions to hold, hide, or disguise it.

Check out six smart seek-and-hide solutions, so you can enjoy a cool, relaxing season…

1. Step into calm

(left) Amph Storage Bench – Black; Layne Hall Stand – Black and Mango Wood, Made.com (Made.com/PA)
(left) Amph Storage Bench – Black; Layne Hall Stand – Black and Mango Wood, Made.com (Made.com/PA)

As a hallway’s the first port of call when you get home, having to squeeze your way past a chaotic collection of coats and tripping over shoes and kit every day certainly won’t make you feel zen.

Slim down that coat rack: Keep out only what’s suitable for the season and store away heavy winter coats and jackets. Check out Lakeland’s brilliant clothes storage solutions including a Vacuum Clothes & Duvet Storage Tote Bag (87L Jumbo).

Keep shoes on a rack and label drawers on a storage chest (Polaroid pictures work well for younger children), so everyone knows exactly what goes where to encourage order rather than dumping.

2. Make a screen star

Black & White Trees Screen, visit Arthouse.com for stockists (Arthouse/PA)
Black & White Trees Screen, visit Arthouse.com for stockists (Arthouse/PA)

If you’ve ever felt panic at unexpected visitors suddenly arriving and seeing mess everywhere, a screen is the perfect fast cover-up solution.

These can be easily moved around to hide ‘clutter spots’, as they’re brilliant for masking a cluttered corner or untidy collection of clothes, and crucially can be folded away when not in use.

They can also work as flexible room dividers, allowing an open-plan space to be used for a multitude of purposes. Another bonus: They’re a great way to introduce texture, colour and pattern to a room and you can also use them for display, maybe as picture board for family photos.

3. Sit and store

Pot Pie Seat with Storage, Loaf (Loaf/PA)
Pot Pie Seat with Storage, Loaf (Loaf/PA)

Multi-tasking seats with hidden compartments can be just the solution to get clutter off the floor. They could be the perfect home for magazines, toys, or all that debris that seems to accumulate on the top of a coffee table. Simply lift the lid, sweep away and store! A coffee table which incorporates storage is another way of keeping its top clear and tidy.

Dress windows simply with blinds – less bulky than curtains – and choose a neutral shade or white to make a room feel more spacious and airy. Sweet Dreams Placid Roller Blind, from £21.96, English Blinds.

(L-R) Pearl Velvet Storage Stool (available from August ), Beautify; Mylia Storage Ottoman – Navy Blue, My Furniture; Vox Lori Coffee Table with Storage in Cashmere, Cuckooland (Beautify/My Furniture/Cuckooland/PA)
(L-R) Pearl Velvet Storage Stool (available from August ), Beautify; Mylia Storage Ottoman – Navy Blue, My Furniture; Vox Lori Coffee Table with Storage in Cashmere, Cuckooland (Beautify/My Furniture/Cuckooland/PA)

4. Sideboards of style

Hampton Sideboard, with three drawers and two sliding doors, Cox & Cox (Cox & Cox/PA)
Hampton Sideboard, with three drawers and two sliding doors, Cox & Cox (Cox & Cox/PA)

Designers are proving that while storage is necessary it certainly needn’t be dull, by creating pieces which are practical and also sleek and stylish. Sideboards can soak up a huge amount of possessions.

(L-R) Emiko Cabinet, The Taylor; Vita Wooden Storage Cabinet in Black & Acacia, Cuckooland; Layton media Unit with Storage – Natural Wood and Stone Effect, Cult Furniture (The Taylor/Cuckooland/Cult Furniture/PA)
(L-R) Emiko Cabinet, The Taylor; Vita Wooden Storage Cabinet in Black & Acacia, Cuckooland; Layton media Unit with Storage – Natural Wood and Stone Effect, Cult Furniture (The Taylor/Cuckooland/Cult Furniture/PA)

5. Sweet dreams storage

Brimnes Headboard with Storage Compartment – White – Standard Double, Ikea (Ikea/PA)
Brimnes Headboard with Storage Compartment – White – Standard Double, Ikea (Ikea/PA)

A calm, serene space for sleeping is essential, so that you relax and rest well. A headboard with storage is genius because it allows you to keep distracting clutter tucked out of sight, and can be a boon if you’re tight for space and haven’t got enough room for bedside tables.

Under-bed storage drawers can also be super-handy for stowing away bedding or out-of-season clothes that you don’t need to access for a while.

6. Magic makeover

White LED Armoire, Beautify (Beautify/PA)
White LED Armoire, Beautify (Beautify/PA)

Turn that rush to get ready into a pleasure by bringing order to make-up (sort it out first and discard anything more than a year old, which is probably past its use-by date) and jewellery.

- Press Association

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