With the winter now well underway and showing no signs of slowing down, we inevitably end up accumulating more stuff: bigger clothes to keep us warm, heaps of party food and most importantly, gifts for others. And whilst not all of this will necessarily be kept in the bedroom, it simply cannot be denied that during the colder months of the winter period, we collect and store more. Maybe it has something to do with our primal gathering and hibernating tendencies, maybe it’s more to do with our modern, materialistic tendencies – either way, there’s a reason they call the following year’s clear-out a spring clean!
So how do you deal with your newfound belongings? In this article, we’ll give you some tips on how to stay clutter-free by getting the most out of your bedroom storage this winter.
Use your integrated storage wisely
More storage doesn’t always mean installing more units, cabinets or having more physical space being taken up. Look around your room, what’s already in place that has unused storage? And we’re not talking about unused drawers or empty space left under the bed, we’re sure you’ve thought about that already. We’re talking about where storage could be integrated with your existing units.
A great example is if you have a bedroom door – who doesn’t? – which you can hang your accessories and odds and ends off the back of. Another space-saver is internal wardrobe and cupboard storage, so look for ways you can add in separators and compartmentalisers, such as drawer units, soft-fabric clothes boxes and shelving. You’d be surprised how much of what you already own hasn’t yet been tapped into fully, there’s loads of potential and just because your wardrobe or cupboards look full, it doesn’t mean they are!
Don’t let unnecessary doors get in the way
Now we know what you’re thinking, ‘I’m not going to take my bedroom doors off the hinges!’ Fear not, we’re not asking you to sacrifice your privacy for that last bit of storage space. In fact, we’re not talking about your bedroom door at all.
We’re talking about wardrobe doors.
If you have a wardrobe, which we most likely presume you do, you’ll be aware that it is perhaps the largest piece of bedroom furniture in your room. With this large size, comes large doors. Large wardrobe doors that open outwards ultimately take up space in your bedroom when opened. While this may not seem like such a big deal, when space is at a premium, every little counts.
Our solution? Try made to measure sliding wardrobe doors, often found on built-in wardrobes, which slide open horizontally. These sliding doors allow you to open and close your largest piece of furniture without taking up half of your room – a tip that will leave you feeling less cluttered and much tidier in an instant.
Have a good old fashioned clean out if all else fails
If all else fails, the easy answer is to have a ‘pre-spring clean’ clear out. And why not? Just because it’s called a spring clean doesn’t necessarily matter that it isn’t spring. And although it may seem like an enormous task at first (who isn’t too busy these days?), we can guarantee that once started, it can be well worth the effort. After all, it’s nearly time to sit back, pour a cup of mulled wine or Baileys, and enjoy the festive period!