Good organisation is invisible. Mess stares you in the face. If things have a proper home they are more likely to be put away and found again in good condition. Review what you own. Don’t share your life a minute longer with anything unwanted (this means everything you no longer need, like or use). Remember your objective: to get the best out of your space and possessions. You'll feel liberated!
Photographer: Brigid ArnottStylist: John Mangila
1. Purge. The biggest single thing you can do to improve the look of your home is to get things out of it. Do you really need five dictionaries, five staplers and five calculators? Bin, bin, bin. Clutter slows you down. Once you have chucked as much as you can, sort the things you have left into categories. Image via .
2. Put things in their place. Store items where they are used based on frequency of use. Keep the sticky tape next to a pair of scissors and close to the wrapping paper. Store knives near the chopping board. Group similar items together. Make-up with make-up. Pens with pens. And put items that you may use once a year – such as sleeping bags or tents – in a storeroom or garage.
Photographer: Abbie Melle
3. Sort paperwork daily. Avoid volcanoes of unsorted paperwork. Sort things immediately, from bills to receipts, tradesmen’s quotes, and school newsletters. Assign each family member a folder or drawer. If you collect magazine clippings, rip out the pages you want to keep, put them in a three-ring binder with labelled sections and then recycle the magazine.
Photographer: Pernille Kaalund/iDecor ImagesStylist: Lotte Moliin
4. In your room. Make sure things stay in the rooms they are meant to be in. Car seats in the garage, toys in the children’s room, shoes in the bedroom.
Photographer: Lisbeth Grosmann
5. Find nifty solutions. Use flat boxes to keep and index your photos year by year. Don’t let any corner of the house be a repository for detritus.
Photographer: Lisa CohenStylist: Tess Newman-Morris
6. Where to go. and (pictured) are great places to shop for inspiration. But beware: “storage solutions” are no substitute for throwing out and being organised.