At the Unclutter Your Universe house we have two storage cupboards which are in the hallway, which the bedrooms, bathroom and laundry enter from. The smaller cupboard is narrow with a high shelf that reaches to the ceiling inside the door cavity.
The upright vacuum cleaner and accessories are placed on the floor. The ironing board, hangs from two hooks on the inside wall. On the other inside wall are several more hooks that house day packs and power cables. On the shelf above are some bags of wrapping supplies, torches and multi plug boards. The second cupboard is the size of a double wardrobe, that houses the hot water cylinder and three levels of deep long shelves. Having the hot water cylinder in there makes it the perfect spot to store the bed and bathroom linens, which are housed on the second and third shelves. The top shelf is for airing clothes that have come off the line and are not quiet dry. The space on the floor, houses a plastic crate of picnic and camping crockery and utensils. There is also a space at the top of the hot water cylinder for keeping our current shower towels warm and at the base there is a spot for drying wet shoes.
If your wardrobe is jam packed full of items that you can’t bear to part with. It is likely that your linen cupboard is the same, and packed to the brim with items that are no longer used. We only need two complete sets of sheets and duvet covers per bed which are rotated from being on the bed or laundered and ready for use. To cater for seasonal changes, it is only necessary to keep one electric blanket, winter weight blanket or duvet inner and a light weight throw for each bed. Depending on how often you like to change up the accessories in the room, will dictate how many display pillow cases you need. I suggest that the bed linen for the guest bedroom is stored on the top shelf of the wardrobe in that room. This allows you to free up space in your linen cupboard and stops that linen being mixed up with the other bedrooms linen. There is no need to keep an endless supply of beach towels. I suggest you only keep one for each family member and a few spares for guests. The size of your bathroom linen collection, will depend on the number of bathrooms you have and how often you change your towels. The Teen Techie and I both have problem facial skin and change our face clothes daily to prevent regular flare ups. So, there is a need to have a large supply of face clothes that will last until washing day.
If you are lucky enough to have an extra storage cupboard in your home. Treasure this space and don’t overload it with unnecessary stuff, that is jammed in and will never see the light of day again. What you store in this space will depend, greatly on the amount of storage you have elsewhere in your home and the amount of stuff that you have. If you don’t have a home office, this is an ideal place to keep a concertina file box of important documents. Such as insurance policies, birth certificates and passports, that can be accessed quickly when needed. With the invention of online access to our bank and utilities accounts there is no need to keep personal and household monthly invoices and statements. It is far easier to have accounts delivered via the internet and stored, until payment is made and then deleted. It’s also the perfect place to keep those bits and bobs that you use regularly, but don’t belong in another area of your home.
It’s time to cast a critical eye over your storage cupboards and take a photograph of these space. This will help you see the space as it really is and not what you think it looks like. Then, take some time to ask yourself the following questions, which hopefully will give you a great starting point to work from.
- Does your bed & bathroom linen match your interior décor style?
- How many sets of quality linen do you have for each bed?
- Is each set of bed linen stored together in one of the sets pillow slips or specialty linen bag and grouped together with all of the other sets for each bed?
- Is your seasonal bed linen rotated from front to back depending on the season?
- Is your guest room bed linen stored in the guest bedroom wardrobe?
- How many beach/pool towels do you have?
- Do you have enough quality bathroom linen for each bathroom, taking into consideration the number of people & how often you wash these items?
- If your personal documentation is kept in one of these cupboards, is it streamlined & up to date?
- Does the cupboard layout make the most of the space and provide easy access storage for the items that need to be stored in there?
- If there are no internal lights in the cupboard, does the hallway lighting provide enough light to ensure that there is good visibility inside the cupboard?
TIME FOR ACTION:
Now, it’s time to get stuck in and give these spaces some tender loving care, turning them into well organised spaces that provide easy access to your possessions.
- One cupboard at a time, remove everything.
- Clean & dry the cupboard.
- Sort through everything that was emptied out of the cupboards. Only keeping the items that you need and are in good condition.
- If you are struggling to find storage solutions or layout ideas, spend some time looking through interiors magazines or browsing Pinterest
- Now it’s time to address any alarm bells that were set off, when answering the above questions. Remember that it’s not just about throwing money at the project. It’s about thinking outside the square. Seeing what can be re-purposed from the things you already have.
- Once you have done all that you can with what you already have, it’s time to compile a wish list of things you would love to acquire when the time and budget allows.
- Take a photo of your well organised storage spaces and compare the before and after pics.
- Celebrate your achievements.
- Share the before and after photos on the Unclutter Your Universe Facebook and Instagram pages, and add your comments in the section below.
Next week it’s all about the garage or apartment basement storage locker. If there is anything about these spaces or another unclutter question that you would like me to discuss. Drop me a line at [email protected]