Make the most of every inch of space in your home with these expert storage ideas from award-winning Wimbledon builder Kisiel Group…
Don’t you just love your home when you can walk in through your front door and feel relaxed and energised. Or do you come home to a place that feels cluttered, draining and uninspiring? We all tend to accumulate things as we go through life – some more so than others – so free yourself of clutter, create a harmonious space and love the house you live in.
Often when you think of clearing the clutter, you think of ‘Feng Shui’ which is the art of placement. You can choose to delve more deeply into this Chinese art – which is associated with good health – to learn more about this ancient science. But, if you take the basic principle of organising your home, you are allowing energy to flow creating an embracing and more inspiring space.
Local award-winning builder Kisiel Group has vast experience in renovating and refurbishing properties for their clients. Here they give you some ideas for organising your possessions, letting each have a place and creating a happy and healthy home that is just right for you and your family.
1. Your Hallway
Clutter is anything that does not belong in a space and how easy it is for clutter to accumulate in the hallway. It can become a dumping ground for coats, shoes, boots, umbrellas, keys, bags and more!
Create a welcome to family and visitors as they enter your home. Do not have things behind the door so that it cannot open fully and have a well-lit bright area that encourages you to want to explore the house further.
2. Living Space
Your living space is where you relax and spend time with family and friends. So comfy sofas and space to move around the room are essential. Create a feeling of spaciousness by not having too many magazines, mementos, and paintings clogging up the table, chairs and walls.
If you have collected a lot of personal items, one trick can be to rotate them so that you have a painting or ornament in the room and after a few months swap it with something that you have been keeping stored away in a cupboard.
For some, that may not work as they may want to have, for example, their collection of books available for quick reference and proudly on display. In these circumstances, have some bespoke shelving that enables the collection to be shown in an orderly manner. So rather than being tucked away in a dark corner the area is well lit and welcoming, enticing you to explore the variety of books.
The kitchen is the heart of a home, especially with open plan living combining the kitchen with the dining and living areas. But how easy it is to let all the work surfaces get cluttered with cooking equipment, recipe books, storage jars and the accumulation of papers and children’s homework – and so the list goes on!
Rebalance your workstations in the kitchen by having plenty of storage. A large floor to ceiling bespoke cupboard allows quick access to items when you need them, but they are stored away when not in use.
Of course, if you are a collector of fine wines, you can always consider installing a special unit which makes a spectacular and practical place to store and serve drinks to your guests.
A bedroom – a room with a bed where you sleep – needs to be a tranquil place allowing your body the restorative sleep which allows your brain and body systems to repair and heal. So, create a calm place with all your clothes and personal possessions stored away in bespoke fitted wardrobes.
Plan what you need to store and create a well-lit space that enables you to see at a glance when you need an item of clothing and to match accessories to suit your outfit.
Again, storage is a key element. If you create unobtrusive storage, then all the necessary items that you need in your bathroom – towels, bathmats, hand soap, lotions, candles and all the rest – can be hidden away behind a cupboard door. If you use a few items frequently, select an elegant stand to have them within easy reach.
6. Elegant Storage Options
After all, William Morris is well quoted as saying: ‘Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.’ But who says that it cannot be both? A beautiful piece of antique furniture can be used to store away your personal items whilst looking elegant in the corner of your room – so both useful and beautiful!
Another quote of William Morris is perhaps less well known: ‘The true secret of happiness lies in the taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.’ Kisiel Group can help you to look at the detail of the new home that you are planning, so that you can create the right place for you and walk in through your front door and truly feel relaxed and energised whenever you spend time in the home that you love.
Contributor: Kisiel Group | The Award-Winning Design & Build Practice
Kisiel Group is a multi-award-winning building contractor in London that offers design and build services, home renovations, refurbishments and consultancy. For advice and guidance on your next home-build project, ring +44 (0)20 3984 7410 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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