#TuesdayTips - de-clutter your home for January

Posted 29 December 2015 by Helen Christie

New Year is a great time to have a clear-out, so the WhatHouse? team have put together some tips to help give your home that minimalist makeover...

When it comes to New Year resolutions, most lists are full of lifestyle improvements. Drinks are put down, gym clothes are rescued from behind wardrobes and many aspire to be more organised. 

There’s nothing nicer than coming home to a tidy, clutter-free home, but that’s often easier said than done. We’ve come up with some great ways to help you reduce clutter and give your home that spacious, minimal feel.

Cook up some extra kitchen storage

​If there’s one room in the house that needs smart storage, it’s the kitchen. From pots and pans, to crockery, cutlery and food, your kitchen is home to hundreds of different items. If you’re on a budget, old desk tidies or jars are a great way to keep odds and ends in one place. You could hang a shoe organiser inside a tall cupboard door too and stop cleaning products from hogging the space under your sink. If you have the luxury of redesigning your layout, consider custom cabinets that slide out over your worktop to store pasta, rice and flour. Add some fold-away stools under a worktop and create a pop-out breakfast bar. If it’s possible, you could even add a clever cut-out into your worktop, so you can effortlessly sweep peelings straight into the bin below.

Wardrobe refresh

What with January sales and Christmas gifts, your wardrobe can quickly become a little overcrowded. If you haven’t worn something in the last year, it might be time to give it a new home! Consider donating some clothes to a charity shop, that jumper that has been buried at the back of your drawer for months might become someone else’s favourite piece of clothing.

Tie up the loose ends

From laptops and iPads, to mobile phone chargers and broadband hubs, our living spaces are crammed with gadgets and technology, which inevitably lends itself to mountains of cables. Wires look messy and can quickly become tangled, so why not tame the electrics under the TV with a few cable ties. A simple wire basket attached under your worktops or desks is also a neat way to keep adaptors and sockets off the floor and keep your rooms cable free.

Get creative with clutter

Who says you can’t get creative when it comes to storage? While you can buy ready-made boxes and containers to keep odds and ends out of sight, try boxing off the narrow area behind your doorframes with a tall piece of wood or an old draining rack, to create space for wrapping paper, ironing boards or vacuum attachments. Once you start thinking, there’s no end to the ways you can create your own storage. 

Send big stuff packing

If you’ve de-cluttered and re-organised every room and you’re still not living in a minimalist paradise, have a think about sending the things you don’t use to a storage company like Safestore. A self storage unit is ideal for clearing out rooms or storing larger items like furniture that take up valuable space. And once that sideboard is out of the picture, you might find that you don’t need it after all.


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