We're constantly resolving to be better at organising ourselves - and that extends to storage solutions at home. If you're the same, here are some tips that might help. Between well planned in-built solutions to designer boxes, with a little imagination you’ll get the storage you want and love.
Old wine crates have an attractive yet dishevelled air about them, something akin to an old French cottage. In this instance used on their side they create a wide and deep shelf unit, perfect for housing everyday items of all shapes and sizes. Here, the boxes are loosely papered at the back, but alternatively you could lightly sand loose wood (avoid sanding the print) and oil to smarten them up.
All homes would benefit from a work space, even if you don’t work from home. Sorting bills, writing letters and general paperwork can all be cared for in a personal office. For those with only a small space, this ingenious, yet well organised work station takes the stress out of clutter. IKEA Dublin and Belfast www.ikea.ie do great work stations for small spaces or alternatively adapt a cupboard, as seen here, to suit your needs. Pick up accessories for your space at Storage Solutions, Dublin 6W, Tel: 01 491 0400. For an eclectic mix or head to minimalist Japanese store Muji for a more streamlined storage look.
The utility room is an important space in kitchen these days as we struggle to store vacuums, mops, ironing boards and the various other bric-a-brac that can overwhelm our home. Make the cleaning process that little bit easier with a calming environment of well stored items. Wicker baskets are readily available year round in stores like InStore (Dublin, Limerick, Waterford, Sligo and Galway, Tel: 1890 252508), Dunnes Stores (nationwide, Tel: 01 611 1600.) and TK Maxx (nationwide, Tel: 01 475 7080), just make sure to bring your measurements when shopping so your baskets fit your shelves. Look out for other designs that will make your utility easier to work with. Wall units for hanging ironing boards are a handy design, as are plastic bag dispensers and wall hung, collapsible drying units.
In-built storage is a must for small spaces and those with a lot to store! This simple shelving unit has been painted the same colour as the walls to give the impression of a larger room and has been left open to display an attractive collection of books. The Elfa range from Howards Storage World (The Park, Unit 215, Retail Phase 2, Carrickmines, Dublin. Tel: 01 294 8003) is an adaptable shelving solution designed to suit any room in the house. For your bedroom, an in built wardrobe is a must for those who struggle to manage their clothes. Scandinavian company Skon (Earls Court Industrial Estate, Churchtown, Dublin 14, Tel: 1800 303 404) will design and fit your custom wardrobe to suit your needs.