Space exploration

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 16 January, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 16 January, 2011, 12:00am

You can never be too rich, too thin or have enough wardrobe space. OK, I made that last bit up but, unless your closet is of Carrie Bradshaw proportions, you would probably agree. It's not fun scrambling to locate that missing shoe or matching clutch when you're meant to be somewhere else.

Knowing that, Rakku (, the company that brought us the Shoe Wheel in 2006, has introduced the Iglu - another innovation aimed at making our lives easier. The Iglu (right) is a modular storage system for shoes, handbags, belts and scarves. The Iglu's expandable cases can accommodate any accessory and, being transparent, you can quickly find whatever you are looking for. The design features a snap-and-latch system to form the configuration that best fits your storage area, whether hanging from the wardrobe rod or a shelf or tucked behind the door. It can fit into nooks in a conventional or walk-in wardrobe and provides a dust-free environment for your stored items. The Iglu can contract to fit into a handbag and an optional base with wheels is available. One box containing a set of six cases costs US$52 and a smaller Iglu, designed for shoes only, sells for US$35.

Does organising your living space feel like an adventure? That's not a trick question. According to, it should. The site, devoted to space management, contains handy tips - neatly packing drawers to free up more space or using ceilings for 'hanging' storage. It recommends books and magazines on storage solutions and links to a library of how-to videos.

Apartment Therapy's Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces ( is brimming with ingenious tips and ideas, such as shifting the sense of scale through contrasting colours. Author Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, co-founder of the American interior-design website, says size constraints can unlock your design creativity and allow you to focus on what's essential. In this book, he promises to 'turn tiny into totally fabulous', demonstrated in 40 chic small spaces. Covering everything from entrances, living rooms, kitchens and dining rooms to bedrooms, home offices and children's rooms, the book promises 'to change your thinking forever'.

Starting afresh and cutting clutter - or at least storing it neatly and efficiently - might well be on your new year's resolution list. If not, given the creative options now available, perhaps it should be?