I know, I know, I know. Skip to page 157 or thereabouts of The Magic Art of Tidying Up and it clearly says that fancy storage is the enemy. Fancy storage is the frenemy of those who cannot discard properly – it lulls you into a false sense of security. It pretends it is helping you but really it is enabling you to. STORE. MORE. JUNK.
If you follow the KonMari method (described in my post here) then she promises you that you will never need fancy storage. Fancy Storage is for the ill-disciplined and as Marie Kondo says “the secret to maintaining an uncluttered room is to pursue ultimately simplicity in storage so you can tell at a glance how much you have.” Oh well. Hey-ho. Fancy storage is out but that’s fine because what I’m suggesting isn’t fancy storage and I’m pretty sure she is okay with that…
Tip Number One
I bagged the idea of wire storage baskets from Laura Fantacci. It’s in Issue 41 of Wardrobe Icons and if you haven’t read it then I suggest you click on the link below now because it is full of brilliant tips. Here’s a screenshot of part of the issue below – it’s point 11 and you can read her full post here on Wardrobe Icons.
I took Laura’s advice and I now have one basket for clutches and small handbags, and another for washbags and toiletries bag. They live on the shelves at the top of my wardrobe and they really work a treat. Everything is visible so I am far likely to use them more instead of them being packed away in a box rarely to be opened. They are a good size (neither too large nor too small)and they look pretty too! Not on The High Street also sells some slightly smaller, copper versions.
Tip Number Two
Muji boxes for make-up storage. This, I feel, is a no-brainer. They’re (get ready for a long list of positives…) cheap, easy to clean, stackable (my favourite), versatile, classic in appearance and they come in a huge variety of different shapes and sizes. In my dresser I have a small drawer in which I keep the below. I have one for face, eyes, lips and nail polishes. I also have them in my bathroom cabinet drawer for all my lotions and potions.
Here’s a glimpse of the full selection:
Tip Number Three
In terms of storage what would I do without IKEA clothes hangers and plastic tubs? I dread to think!
Every time I went to Ikea (which must have been about 20 times last year) I picked up a packet or two of Uppis wooden clothes hangers. I really do love them. They help clothes keep their shape better and also make the clothes larger and more visible in my wardrobe.
As for the plastic Variera white high gloss tubs, they really are my guilty pleasure. So I picked up one or two (or a dozen) of these as well. Like the Muji tubs they mean I can see everything clearly, I have different boxes for different things; biscuit cutters, matches & candles, egg cups, sellotape and so on. You can also buy ones with lids so they are stackable and they come in a wealth of shapes and sizes (including some very large ones which are good for paint samples, vacuum attachments and other rather large things.
Tip Number 4
Clear, plastic shoe boxes. This was a tip from my cousin.
I have forgotten where these ones came from as I got them years ago but I have found similar ones here. They are very good because they protect your shoes whilst at the same time it being obvious what you have. I know some people prefer too keep them in their original boxes but I like them this way. I am sure I will change my mind on the day I own a pair of Jimmy Choos!
I hope that has given you a few helpful tips. If you have any, please do let me know.
Have a great weekend!
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