Make use of otherwise underutilised walls and keep all those hefty coats, umbrellas, bags and other paraphernalia in order by putting up some wall hooks. These stylish natural wood ones are from .
Coat racks are an easy and low-maintenance way to deal with clutter. In an apartment, where space is tight, a whimsical rack can make for a warm welcome at the entrance and also keep your hallway in order – while only taking up a corner, at most.
Try Koskela's ', which has a sturdy base and can cope with the heaviest load of coats, scarves and bags. There's also the Stoby' pole from Workshopped, which cutely resembles birds on a powerline, and the fairytale-forest-like 'Tree' racks from Fred International.
With little room to spare in apartments, it's crucial to make the most of your storage options. Don't underestimate the amount of room you'll need for stashing things away – but don't turn your home into one big built-in wardrobe or maze of boxes, either!
A good chest of drawers is a useful solution (especially for rental units), and Sixay's range not only has a beautiful understated look, the pull-out sections have a 'cabinet of wonders' charm. The many different slots would work for both a home office or craft/studio area.
Even a slim hallway can be efficiently used, thanks to a smart design like the unit by Thomas Walde.
By stacking items vertically, it means a big unwieldy item – like a bicycle – can be tucked away neatly. Another multifunctional item that makes the most of otherwise unused space is Knife & Saw's 'Bike' shelf, which allows the vehicle to be mounted to the wall; the rack itself also does double-duty as a handy storage display for books.
If you create your own storage system, you can adapt the units to suit your apartment. In her family home, stylist Emma Barnett constantly updates this collection of crates in her bedoom – changing and rearranging objects for visual impact. (Photography by Nik Epifanidis.)
You can get the same effect with reclaimed boxes or trays, tins, crates, vintage packaging that you've collected over time or found at thrift shops or markets – cluster and stack them as you like. Select a few to create scenes with objects or artworks, while others can be more functionally used to collect and store items.
For shop-bought options, try the modular , which allows you to personalise your shelving by configuring it in endless ways to suit your room's dimensions. Add or subtract extra shelves, then snap them into place with the clips provided.
Clutter can build up easily around the house, particularly in areas that are filled with lots of fiddly bits and pieces, like bathrooms, cupboards and work areas. Sometimes, simplicity is the key and all that’s required is a few small storage items to keep everything neat and ordered.
Soft canvas pots, like these, from Caslon & Co.'s colourful 'Waves' collection available at , can prove the perfect solution to keeping easily lost items like stationary all in the one place. Their malleability makes them particularly versatile, plus, they’re pretty enough to brighten up any dull shelf!
Large-scale storage usually isn't cheap, but one way to justify the pricetag is if you buy something so visually striking that it counts as art, too.
Often there isn't a lot of space to hang paintings or photographs in an apartment (especially if you live in a rental unit, where the works you wish to display far outweigh the few authorised nails available) – so go for the two-in-one joy of shelving that will get the job done, while also giving you a good-looking object to cast your eye over, too. One visually trippy example is the by Bjørn Jørund Blikstad.
Photography by Roger Sandvaer.
If your apartment doesn't have built-in storage, why not try some quirky ideas to brighten up the bedroom?
The 'Trip' range by comes in four colourful designs, which work as stand-alone furniture, or can be paired with other additional pieces.
We're all guilty of scattering our belongings somewhere "temporary" when we get home. But this habit often leads to permanent piles appearing everywhere.
Small trays are a useful way to keep clutter in check – especially in apartments, where that unruly build-up can make a compact space feel crowded very quickly. These 'Frostray' designs from Upon A Fold not only add a beautiful accent to functional corners, mantles or tabletops, they are useful collection points for keys, loose change and anything else you need to empty from your pockets.
Hooks are an affordable storage solution that can also add visual punchlines and flair to a space.
Decluttering is more enjoyable when done with cheery giant paperclips from The Land of The Nod, donuts from All Lovely Stuff, 'Bobbin' wall hooks from The Super Cool or Muuto's colourful 'Dots'.
Keeping a kitchen in order can be tricky – especially if you live in a tiny rental unit, and the built-in storage options are already basic. Decorative cake tins can give a functional (and often overcluttered space) a vibrant lift; they can also be stacked, allowing you to maximise what little room there is in the kitchen.
Not only are they a handy way to sort all your cooking paraphernalia, they're durable, so can be used to store items that need to be kept cool, in the dark or in an airtight space. Try the Orla Kiely collection from Lark or Citta Design's tins.