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How to use storage to create a calming space

A clutter-free interior? It’s the ultimate way to keep you, and your home, feeling zen. But with all those cupboards, boxes and shelves to choose from, it’s hard to know where to start – and the room can end up looking busier than it did before. The key to organising with ease? Measure up with our Storagesizer and read on. Tidy mind, incoming.

@annaandtam

@stylingahome

1. Hallway

The hallway sets the tone for the rest of your home – so those muddy boots have got to go. If you want to totally hide your shoes, go for an enclosed unit like Anderson or Mino. A bench with added storage welcomes any guests (shoes off, please), and a freestanding coat rack or hooks means everyone’s outerwear is accounted for. Choose muted tones, natural wood and sleek metal – there’s a reason those Nordic homes are so serene.

2. Living room & office

You can’t settle into movie night if you’re stressing over all that clutter. All your tech stuff? That can go under the TV. Any books, magazines and objets will work best on a bookcase or sideboard (we love Pavia, for rattan-based reasons). Those throws, cushions and toys are out of sight – and mind – in a stacked set of trunks or boxes. And if your living room’s doubling as a home office, a desk with ample storage is the key to keeping things in order. Still struggling to make space? Watch this handy how-to video.

3. Dining room

That mismatched dinnerware isn't exactly a feast for the eyes. Luckily, no one will see what lurks behind Bromley’s dreamy grey wood. Neutral colours = at-home harmony (click here to see what we mean). Wide, wooden sideboards like Asger will do the job, too. And for plates, mugs and bowls that are worth showing off, go for a cabinet that doubles up as a display case. Liana's got a natural look, while Ralph brings a cheerful splash of colour. Can’t decide? Rankin’s tempered glass is a compromise between being discreet and showing off your serveware.

4. Bathroom

Clever storage is the secret to a bliss-filled bathroom. Penn will house your soaps, lotions and potions in one place. It’s perfect in smaller rooms because you’re storing up, rather than out. Plus that natural oak maximises the soft, airy vibes you’re going for. Another top tip? Mirrors that multitask. Plants, perfumes and makeup will look right at home on Chene’s shelf, while Fibar and Vali’s hooks are perfect for towels and robes. Time to run that bath.

5. Bedroom

Losing sleep over that pile of laundry and those spare linens? Say hello to Hadid. Need somewhere to relocate that floordrobe? A Custom MADE wardrobe lets you hang how you like – whether you need more space for shoes, or somewhere to stack your T-shirts. Those soft-close sliding doors are pretty zen, too. As for bedtime necessities? A compact bedside table will sort you out. Bonus points for anything rattan, styled with a few calming candles and a sprig of pampas grass or two. You’ll be sound asleep in no time.

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@baggaleyhome

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