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Handy Storage Tips for Families
How does a little person take up so much space within a household? With an endless amount of toys, sterilisers, baby equipment and bottles, your house can soon start to resemble a small branch of Mothercare.
So how do you take back control and get your house looking stylish and homely, yet family friendly? It’s all about multi-functional spaces of course. A few small changes and you can easily create a dining room which can be used for family meals and entertaining guests, as well as a place to work and study, or a relaxing bedroom that can double up as a manic play area.
To help get you inspired, we’ve listed some ideas below to get you on your way:
Secret storage is the key to organised chaos, and what better place to store your belongings than inside your furniture, and we don’t mean stuffing everything down the sofa! Try coffee tables with lids to stash DVD’s, games consoles and books; Ottoman beds for storing all those extra baby clothes, mats and towels; and upholstered cubes full of bits and bobs, which also double up as seating.
Divide and conquer with a few simple tips. Use draw dividers to store nappies, talc, lotions and baby wipes and an over door pocket organiser to store toys. Invest in a homework caddy with sections for pens, pencils and rulers, which can be stored away and brought out each evening during homework time.
Function meets design so why not style your children’s books and toys on shelves in their bedrooms to create a stylish bit of wall art? Or find some nice wicker baskets, dump in any clutter and style on a nice cubed bookshelf.
Use space wisely and think outside of the box. If you’ve not got the room for both a blackboard and cupboard, use blackboard paint on the inside of the cupboard door – that way it can be easily tucked away when not in use. Or you can get a stick on black board which will attach to a wall. You can also hang wireframe magazine racks to the inside of cupboard doors to store paper and card.
Label, Label, Label! No storage system is complete without the odd label (or 50) so grab a label maker and go nuts. Separate toys into type and add to labelled baskets – you could even add images to encourage the kids to put their own toys away.
If in doubt, wheel it out. A basket on wheels is a beautiful thing and a play area can instantly become a clutter free living space. Simply chuck all of the toys into the basket and wheel it into a cupboard or another room that’s not in use.