Need help with decluttering pre-Christmas? Then step this way

Many people talk about a spring clean, but I think Autumn is the perfect time to have a declutter. Think about it, you want the house to look spick and span before you start to think about Christmas, the tree, the decorations and all the other trimmings, especially as you may be entertaining more visitors than usual (and I’m not just talking about the one with the red suit.) Plus, with the expectation of new clothes, or all those toys to put away, you may well need to think about either having a huge sort out to make some extra space in your home.

Before you get on to the sorting, you first of all need to get rid of as much rubbish as you can. You may find you have a lot more stuff that needs removing so you might need to find a dumpster rental company near you to take it away, or, at the very least hire a skip.

If you are having a bit of a dilemma about where to put all that stuff, I have a few solutions that may just help you to sort and tidy.

1. Donate to a Charity

Anyone who read my #Charityshopchallenge post knows that I am a big fan of Charity shops, both for buying from, and for donating. With Salvation Army running their charity shop challenge, and many other notable causes asking for donations in the run up to Christmas, this is a great way to clear out some of the clutter, and do a good deed too.

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2. Small storage solutions

If your space is really at a premium, then you may need to look at making use of areas that can be better organised. Under bed storage is great for toys, and by organising them neatly, it may even create more space. Plastic tubs can also be stacked neatly for Lego, building bricks and Playmobil toys. The Plastic Box Shop has lots of these smaller storage solutions for you to match to your needs.

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3. Built in solutions

If you have a little more space, then Ikea may be your best port of call. Under stairs storage ideas, and built in wardrobes with different sorts of integrated storage are great if you have both space, and a little extra budget to play with. I love that you can add trays for jewellery, and cage drawers that are perfect for knitwear, to your wardrobes and units.  Argos also has some good ideas for under stairs storage units, including the one pictured below.

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4. Add a mezzanine.

This is a solution we have been looking into, as it works really well in Victorian houses with high ceilings. A mezzanine adds an extra layer of flooring within a room, whether it be a bedroom, attic or even a split layer living room. This is often a solution used in industrial spaces, with Warehouse Storage Solutions providing some great examples, but this is a fabulous architectural idea that can be pretty much applied to any space, and can look totally amazing too.

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How will you be decluttering and freeing up that precious space this year?

 

Stylish solutions for your home office

If you don’t have the right storage solutions, a home office can quickly become piled high with work and cluttered with mess. It’s well documented that working in an untidy space can have a negative impact on your creativity and hinder your ability to concentrate. Having a proper home for all your office essentials can make a big difference when it comes to creating a productive working environment and boosting your morale. To find out more about the options on offer, you can take a look at the products provided by companies like Lionshome which sells a range of beautiful and stylish desks and shelving units solutions that would suit a variety of office interiors.

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Meanwhile, to help inspire you to clear the clutter, here are some helpful ways to create a tidy and organised office:

Make use of all the available space

Shelving units are a simple and affordable way to free up valuable floor and desk space. There are plenty of shelving systems on offer for you to choose from, whether you want a single shelf or an entire floor unit, you won’t struggle to find a solution to suit your personal needs.

Floor shelving units work particularly well in larger rooms and are ideal for storing heavy, bulky items. Wall shelves are perfect for holding files, containers and trays to store smaller odds and ends, such as stationary.

Not only can shelves be used for files, books and various other items of office equipment, they also offer a great chance to show off your personal items and they can help ensure the room feels more homely. Some shelving units can even incorporate desk space if you are short on space.

 

cupboards and desk space

Under desk pedestals and cupboards are a great way to maximise your office space. These nifty storage units are available in a variety of sizes and fit seamlessly underneath your desk. To extend your work surface further, space-saving desks with built-in storage cupboards, shelves and end-units come in extremely useful for printers, books and files, and are particularly convenient in tight spaces.

Although filing cabinets have long been associated with commercial offices, they work equally well at home. These cabinets are specifically designed for organising work, and make life a lot easier when you’re searching for that all-important piece of paperwork. You can now buy stylish, slimline filing units that take up minimal floor space and include internal box-style drawers for further organising.

You may also want to think about trolleys, or mobile roll units, to ensure that you can easily move your storage as and when needed. If you want to discreetly conceal your clutter, it may be worth investing in ‘hidden units’ with doors too.

Bookcases

Bookcases are a simple and effective way to keep your workspace organised. Modular systems that have an adjustable height are particularly useful for home offices, as they can be easily and quickly rearranged to suit your changing storage requirements and to create bespoke solutions. Depending on your needs, bookcases can be positioned on the wall or along the floor, and you can even get special corner bookshelves to maximise your space.

To stop your office from feeling too clinical, combination furniture is ideal. Units with large open shelves and glass doors can be used to display ornaments and decorative items, while bottom cupboards can be used to house work items.

Final considerations

Remember that home offices don’t have to be bland and boring. Be creative with your storage solutions and try to strike a balance between making a designated area for work and a space that reflects your personal tastes.

The size of the room will also have an effect on the furniture you purchase. If you have limited space, avoid large, bulky floor units and aim for space-saving solutions like wall shelves and under-desk pedestals. For important work files, you may also want to think about lockable cupboards for secure storage.

Songmics Beauty Box Review And Competition

Songmics Inc is a top 50 seller on Amazon UK and are experts when it comes to organising your beauty products. They have created a stunning range of beauty boxes and cases that allow your to keep all your cosmetics and beauty products in one place, giving you easy access to all your products, stopping you searching around for that favourite nail polish or lippie.

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I was sent the Songmics make up storage cosmetic case in the croco pattern to review. This is a lovely large case with an aluminium frame and glossy purple alligator grained PU skin. The case has secure locks on the top, great if you are trying to avoid little ones getting to your make up (we’ve all been there.), and it has a sturdy handle, and a strap if you want to use the case in a portable capacity. (this would work well for a mobile beautician or hairdresser).

Once you open the case you find two rows of shelves on each side, and a large storage unit in the bottom that is ideal for larger bottles, brushes, even for storing a cosmetic bag, it is that large. You can create your own shelf sizes by adding plastic slats so you can make compartments that suit your needs, and these can be moved around if your needs change.

This is a really attractive looking beauty case that is also roomy, practical and strong. For less than £30 it is a great buy. With protective food pads on the bottom of the case, this is not going to be damaged when it is stored on the floor, and the adjustable and removable shoulder strap makes this portable and practical too.

Competition Time

You can win your own Songmics Make Up storage case like the one featured above by entering the competition below.

 

 

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