{The Design Nest} A more organised home

Tips and tricks for a more organised home.

Having the right storage without a doubt makes life easier and your home more enjoyable. But, doing it incorrectly can have the opposite effect, which sort of defeats the purpose.

Does this sound familiar? Overstuffed baskets that require a circus strong man to get off the shelf, kitchen drawers filled with utensils you haven’t touched since 2003, or the dreaded “man draw”. Here are some tips and tricks for a more organised home.

Think outside the box

Think about it, do you have any unused space in your home? Maybe a pokey corner, space under the bed, or even ceiling space? All of these things can be your friend and depending on your budget you can find solutions at iKea or via your favourite interior designer.

This fantastic floating shelf from the London home of Paul Benson and Paul West shows a variety of memorabilia on display but could easily be converted to be a smart bookshelf or a space to sit wicker baskets for holding anything from paperwork to cleaning products.Pinterest_home tour_paula benson and Paul west

Bigger is Better

Never underestimate the amount of space you need and when in doubt, bigger is better. A generously sized library wall, like this, is perfect for any sized space and can hold a large amount of books and other objects all in one location, reducing the potential for clutter in other areas.Pinterest

 

Deep Drawers

Now this is something I recommend to my clients 90% of the time. Moving away from the typical 600mm deep kitchen joinery and opting for 700mm instead, can make the world of difference in your kitchens functionality, with little impact on the overall flow of the space.

Yes, it’s a touch more expensive, but so worth it, your pots and pans will fit, your large plates can sit end to end without poking out, they can maybe even hide that cheeky bottle of wine.Gorgeous-and-Luxury-Kitchen-Design-and-Projects-16

It’s also easier to see the contents, making it more likely that you’ll keep things organised, including, should I even say it? The Tupperware draw, shock horror.

Don’t mismatch

With the advantage of cost effective and easily accessible homewares, it can be easy to get taken in by this seasons latest hot new thing. My advice, if you’re not prepared to do the lot, don’t bother. Yes, plain wicker might seem a bit unexciting, but it helps create order.

 

Expert Tip: Unfortunately common sense isn’t so common anymore, so before you decide to tackle any home organising (professional or not), remember to measure your space!

Christine Ghrayche, owner of One x One Interiors and lover of all things design, is a passionate interior designer, mother of 2, coffee addict, wine lover, and has called Orange home for

{Organise your Nest} 14 ways to wrangle kids clothes

Organising little people clothing is an ongoing battle. There can be lost shoes, hidden pyjamas and the I-don’t-know-why-you-bothered-ironing-those-beautiful-dresses-because-they-will-just-end-up-in-a-crumpled-mess-in-the-corner-of-the-doll-house moments.

Often children’s spaces are tight, shared and over cluttered. You add to that the fact that kiddies grow like sprouts and all of a sudden you have an abundance of clothes that need wrangling much like the bambinis that wear them.

That is of course, unless you take control and instigate some brilliant storage solutions!

 1. Display open-plan style on a stick

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We spend bucket-loads of casholi on beautiful children’s wear and it is a downright shame to have it hidden in a dark wardrobe, only seeing the light of day when it is physically being worn by your babooshka. So, why not take inspiration from Ifral Ahell and display your most precious pieces as works of art in your child’s bedroom.

2. Stand to attention

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During the cooler months, having those big, bulky items available for instant access is likely to decrease the arguments between kids that just want to escape outside and mamabears who actually want them to be warm. We love the Krokig Clothes Stand ($29.99) from Ikea. The stand’s benefits are twofold, firstly it will keep the clothes off the floor and secondly it is the perfect size for little mites to learn to hang up their own clothing.

3. Wrangle the princesses and dress-ups

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If you are a super duper DIY loving person then you could consider re-purposing an old piece of furniture to display your children’s clothing. Rouge Engineer offers a free do-it-yourself plan for a dress-up centre that any little princess would adore. Imagine keeping all those fiddly costume bits and pieces in one place!

4. Hanging out for the days of the week

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Howard’s Storage World offers a brilliant 7 Days a Week Organiser ($39.95) that showcases how great kids storage can be. Available in a couple of different colours the organiser also comes with labels that allow you to identify the items inside each pocket. You could even be motivated enough to spend your weekend sorting out outfits for the whole week. Easy!

5. Crisp, stylish organisation

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If clean, modern, lines are more your flair than take inspiration from 12 Oaks Blog who show that DIY really can result in the most beautiful of wardrobe spaces. We particularly love the use of the canvas and wicker baskets to help keep the mess under control.

6. Lock it up

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If you want to add instant hipster spunk to your youngster’s space then look absolutely no further than the fantastic Grey Locker ($990) from Incy Interiors. Offering three shelves it would be the perfect place to keep shoes, school bags or winter woolies.

7. Labelling up

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A fantastic way to encourage your little birdies to assist in keeping their rooms tidy is to invest in some gorgeous decals. These ones are available on Etsy from Wallapolooza ($24.26) and allow you to arrange your children’s clothing in an easily identifiable way. On top of all that, you look like a superstar parent because your kiddies are learning to read at the same time!

8. Spot the design

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If you are able to beautifully display your child’s clothing than logic suggests that you are more likely to know what is there and what hasn’t be worn for a while. This closet by Strawberry Swing and Things takes gold spots to a whole new level. A hip and fashionable display that makes choosing today’s outfit just that little bit easier.

9. Nature is where it’s at

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The Happy Home Blog showcases how simple items can look the absolute best in your babe’s room. Utilising a branch found in your yard you can display your delicious clothing all within arms reach.

10. Stop. It’s timber time.

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Agnes and You is an Australian company that offers these fantastic Clothes Rack ($140). Guaranteeing to smarten up any children’s space, we especially love the organic feel of the timber stand.

11. Bin there, done that

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Apartment Therapy show that organisation comes in many forms, including the use of many, many containers. We love the idea that you could use bins to suit your own needs, perhaps shoes and socks in one, arts and crafts in another. The options are limitless.

12. Cube love

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If you are lucky enough to have a big space for storage than you should look no further than the generous Cameron 6 Cubby and 3 Drawer Base Set ($2,279) from Pottery Barn Kids. This could store a multitude of items and with the clever use of baskets allows an organised space for even the messiest of kiddies.

13. Go out on a limb

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We are salivating over this vibrant Tree Hanger ($59.90) from Hip Kids. The perfect addition to any front door it makes the perfect dumping ground for those every day essentials such as hats and jackets.

14. Hanging with the clouds

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These whimsical Down to the Woods Wire Cloud Coat Hangers ($12.95 each) available from LimeTree Kids are the most perfect addition to any newly organised wardrobe space. Adding a touch of magic that light up anyone’s storage dreams.

Happy storage Nesters x