Melissa Penfold's top 20 tips for an organised home
Good organisation is invisible. Muddle stares you in the face. If things have a proper home they are more likely to be put away and be found again in good condition. The trick to getting organised is to do a big edit of all your possessions and chuck out everything that compromises your taste. Breaking up is hard to do. Be strong. Find nifty storage solutions and don’t let any corner of your house become a repository for detritus. Words and image editing by stylist .
1. Create space in the kitchen for the things you need. Store items where they are used, based on frequency of use. Store scrubbers and soap near sinks. Image via .
2. Group similar items together. Knives with knives, pots with pots. Image via .
3. Open shelves are a quick-fix, cheaper than built-ins and sometimes preferable because they don’t shrink a room. Use them for china, chopping boards, glassware, anything you want to store. Plus if you see it, you’ll use it; and if you don’t, chuck it out. Image via .
4. If your china is worth having, it’s worth displaying well. Plain white china always works. Image of ceramic collection.
5. Everything unmatched in drawers should be chucked. So should anything old, useless or badly designed. Keep the best, discard the rest. Your drawers should make your heart sing with piles of pristine plates, gleaming glassware, shiny saucepans, and so on. Image via .
6. Don’t let a stretch of benchtop deteriorate into a chaos of bills, paperwork, all covered with toast crumbs. Keep it clean. Maintain everything. Minimise disorder. Image via .
7. To live well, update with fresh, crisp, new-season linen, towels, throws, soaps and bubbles. Image via .
8. Natural canvas linen sacks are great. Get on top of your mess, and get on top of your life with H&M Home’s latest designs. Image via .
9. Rattan or wire, modern or rustic, open baskets are a quick-fix storage solution for keeping your belongings in full view. Image of oversize seagrass baskets, via West Elm.
10. Geometric shapes and linear forms give storage units a luxe edge. Image of Brakig shelves via .
11. Create a home office in the best corner of the house with Ikea’s new Knotten standing desk, with shelves and drawers for your bits and pieces. Image via .
12. Opt for storage solutions like the Rimforsa kitchen island bench that can be moved or modified as needed, making it a versatile storage choice. Image via .
13. Keep only kitchen utensils that are as beautiful as the day you brought them. Don’t hold on to burnt chopping boards, bent knives, or souvenir spoons. If it’s badly designed, worn or damaged, throw it out. Image of Sebastian Cox kitchen, via .
14. Take inspiration from Danish brand, Vipp and create a kitchen that’s as glamorous as the appliances and accessories you store in it. Image via .
15. Aim to cut the content of all your drawers by more than half. Clear out what you can and display the rest on the bench or keep them bristling in a container on the counter. Image via .
16. Gadget drawers are where most people keep 50 bits and pieces they never use. Who needs three can openers? Or those weird teaballs? If its light, worn or damaged, throw it out. And hang the rest from hooks. Image via .
17. You can open freestanding shelves for everything. They’re also great for filling awkward spaces and using for books in the sitting room, towels in the laundry, lotions in the bathroom, paperwork in the office, crockery in the kitchen. Luckily, there are plenty of good options around.
18. Wire baskets always work, whatever your look. Raid chainstores and junk stores for versions of all kinds.
19. Keep things in their place. Keep the sticky tape close to the scissors, rulers and wrapping paper. Image via Tine K Home.
20. The latest look coffee tables provide chic alternatives to traditional storage solutions with hidden compartments for remote controls, magazines, glasses, and so on. Image of Industrial storage coffee table, via .