Organisational Storage

No matter how organised or tidy we are, there are simply some objects in life that never seem to have a home. Here are Shannon's ideas for bringing some order to everyday items.

Keys need magnetic paint

To beat the morning panic when you're searching for your car keys, paint part of your wall near the front door with magnetic paint, and those keys magically stick to the wall. This is also good for your scissors, and bulldog clips with shopping lists or messages.

Magazines need baskets

Get tough and throw out those back issues of magazines that you're never going to read again. For those you want to keep get 2 or 3 attractive baskets to store them in. They'll look like a piece of furniture rather than a bin for rubbish, and the openness of a basket allows for easy handling and viewing.

Make-up needs tin cans

Girls accumulate make-up like nothing else, and before you know it there's no space left in bathroom cabinets for even a toothbrush. Put your make-up in tin cans. Group them in items that go together, lipsticks in one, mascaras and eye pencils in the other. Tins also look great with cutlery, coloured pencils, pens, buttons, cotton reels, and safety pins.

Bags need hooks

Like any well-dressed gal Shannon has a bag for every outfit and every occasion, and the dilemma of where to store them all. The solution is hooks, with a stylish wall mounted hook arrangement in the hallway or in your bedroom. Hooks are also great for hats, coats and scarves, and in the kitchen, use single hooks for ladles, pots and pans.

Letters need a pinboard

This is a pinboard with a difference, because it doesn't need pins. Shannon has covered a piece of board with some stylish fabric and then criss-crossed black ribbon checkerboard style across it. Simply tuck your letters (or bills, photos and phone messages) underneath the ribbon to hold them in place.

Loose change needs glass jars

Keep an eye out for attractive glass jars and use them for all that spare change that accumulates. Glass jars are perfect for storing just about anything, from nails and buttons to food such as biscuits, rice and flour.

Children's drawings need a string washing line

When there's no more room on the fridge for the kids' works of art, tack up a string washing line on the wall. Use industrial sized pegs to hang the paintings, to give it that extra dimension and make it look more stylish.

Things to consider

  • For funky storage of everyday items, use brightly painted cylinder bins or good quality white boxes. Stick a polaroid photo of the item within, to the end of the box, or use zip lock plastic bags with an enclosed sample of whatever's inside.
  • Store your precious items, such as photographs, in an easy-to-reach place in case you need to get to them urgently – in case of flood or fire.
  • Make sure you do a spring clean at least once a year and go through everything that you have stored long term. This can sometimes feel like Christmas, where you can discover items that you forgot you had, or that you thought you'd lost.
  • If you haven't used it, worn it, or looked at it for the last year, then you don't need it, or you won't use it again. Get rid of it!
  • Make the time to make the change. Sorting out and reducing your possessions can be a cleansing and uplifting experience. You will feel hugely satisfied and will no doubt find you have more time on your hands. Even a small change makes a big difference.

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