Seven simple ways to organise your stuff at home - and keep it that way
These tips apply especially to Hong Kong with its micro-sized homes, but however big or small your dwelling is, having rules for tidiness will help
Whether your home is vast or small, it will look and feel better neat and tidy. Bring out your inner Marie Kondo and start putting your wares in order.
1. PUT YOUR WALLS TO WORK WITH A PEGBOARD
Pegboards are the ultimate organising tool because they can be used to display just about anything, and save space. They can also be styled in super cute ways and personalised with plants and pictures.
2.GET CRAFTY WITH CRATES
This simple storage solution saves time, money and space. Get friendly with your local wine merchant and you might head home with crates that can be stacked to your desired height and secured with bulldog clips. This type of storage system is right on trend with its irregular form.
3.TIDY UP WITH TRAYS
These are not just good looking; they actually work to organise clutter in your hallway or living room. Remember: everything looks better on a tray.
4. CODE WITH COLOUR
This is self-explanatory but be warned: arranging by colour is addictive. Soon you’ll be itching to colour code your wardrobe; you may even start rearranging friends’ bookshelves.
5. CONCEAL THOSE CABLES
Use a piece of plain foam or paint a piece of plywood to give the illusion of a wireless wall.
6. RACK YOUR SHOES
A shoe rack from Ikea (below, right) sits within a compact bench from Hong Kong-based Reddie, which can be used as a seat or side table in your entrance or hallway. Its generous width keeps shoes from sight sideways but allows easy access front on.
7. KEEP IT HIDDEN
The Ikea Besta storage system is a custom-made solution that can be used in any room. Mount them on the wall from floor to ceiling, stack them to create a sideboard effect or put them at the end of your bed to hide your linen or socks, and use them as a bed chest. Opt for the soft closing/push-open hinge doors in high gloss white to achieve a luxe look for less. You can also add a different top, like Ashley, of Sugar & Cloth, who made a floating credenza from two BESTA cabinets.