Store Your Stuff
Whether we like it or not and whether it’s intentional or not we accumulate lots of stuff. Some of it we use regularly and some we forget, never use or see again. That’s why planning for your specific storage needs is so important. Planning for everyday used items, collectibles and things we only use every now and then will make a real difference to the flow and feel of your home. It can literally mean the difference between chaos and order, so here are my top tips to design and manage suitable storage solutions;
Good storage solutions are not cheap so it’s important to take your time and plan your storage needs. Do this by observing your needs and behaviours, for example how do you use your kitchen? Do you have a collection? How many pair of shoes do you own compared to how many you actually wear? Everyone is different so by observing your needs you can better plan for your storage.
Once you understand your habits and know what you have and how you use it, you can consider suitable storage solutions. And there are so many to choose from baskets, cupboards, hooks, shelves, endless options. An interior designer can assist in helping you decide what storage solutions suit you, your style and your home.
Since you have observed, planned, bought and installed the right storage option for you, it’s a good idea to use it as intended. No point buying something for a specific collection for example and dumping pieces of your collection in random places around the house. Would you put cutlery on a bookshelf? The old design adage form follows function is critical with storage.
At least once a year you need to clear out the various storage crevices in your home. If you haven’t used something in the last 12 months, donate, sell or throw it away. You will feel better and you will ensure the investment you’ve made in your storage solutions, especially if they are custom made will endure.
People are both habitual creatures but also ever changing, over time for various reasons for example, a new hobby, a new home or new additions to your family means your storage needs will change. Adapt to these changes with appropriate storage and you will maintain the positive clear flow of energy and movement in your home.
If the stuff in your house is driving you crazy, contact us to discuss your needs.