Have you ever found yourself on hands and knees, searching for an elusive pot lid at the back of the kitchen cupboard? Or stood at the laundry door, nervous that you might cause an avalanche by opening it? If so, it’s clear your kitchen or laundry is not working as efficiently as it could.
The solution doesn’t necessarily lie in more cupboard space, says professional organiser Wendy Hanes of Skeletons in the Closet. “Before you spend money on more storage, go through what you have and be honest about what you use. If you’re a family who barbecues a lot, do you need the dinner service for 20?”
There’s plenty of scope for making existing rooms ship-shape, starting with changing where things are stored and in what order. “Put the things you use most frequently at your fingertips,” says Hanes. Then turn to new products on the market for the extra help you need.
The latest wave of innovative storage products features hidden helpers such as pull-out laundry baskets as well as heavy-weight contenders such as a door-mounted pantry, with 80kg capacity in each door, and even electronic door-opening systems. All designed to make life easier.
And, if you are planning a new kitchen or laundry, products such as under-sink drawers, corner storage units, pull-out pantries and in-built ironing boards combine form and function. “These elements add a whole new function to the space,” says Andrew Vidor, owner and Director of kitchen company, Made. “They help make sense of chaos.”
“The first thing to do is get items off the floor,” says Hanes. “Keep things on the wall, it’s easier to keep things clean.” Mount hooks on the walls to hold the iron and vacuum accessories inside storage cupboards. Reclaiming the space can be as simple as tidying up. “We often have multiple packs of detergent and fabric softeners when we only need one,” says Hanes.