New year, new tidy home - thanks to these simple storage solutions

PUBLISHED: 08:37 27 December 2019

It's time for a fresh start on the decluttering front. Picture: PA Photo/iStock

It's time for a fresh start on the decluttering front. Picture: PA Photo/iStock

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Yearning for a good clear-out? Sam Wylie-Harris has stylish storage sorted.

1. White Woven Lacy Storage Basket, Melody Maison. Picture: PA Photo/Handout1. White Woven Lacy Storage Basket, Melody Maison. Picture: PA Photo/Handout

As much as we love to hold on to those joyous holiday moments, one of the best bits about the post-festive season is packing away all those things we spent hours putting up.

So let's call time on clutter, clear the decks, and get sorted for the new year ahead. These stylish solutions will help...

2. Gold Shadow Box, decos from a selection, Next. Picture: PA Photo/Handout2. Gold Shadow Box, decos from a selection, Next. Picture: PA Photo/Handout

1. White Woven Lacy Storage Basket, £19.95, Melody Maison

If you're not sure where to start and need a little bit of motivation, these pretty storage baskets sing springtime and a romantic escape. Especially if you style them with a lacy cotton kaftan and a glossy travel mag. After all, new years are all about our hopes and dreams.

3. Argos Home Loft Living Storage Unit, Loft Living set of 2 Metal Surround Shelves, sofa from a selection, Argos. Picture: PA Photo/Handout3. Argos Home Loft Living Storage Unit, Loft Living set of 2 Metal Surround Shelves, sofa from a selection, Argos. Picture: PA Photo/Handout

2. Gold Shadow Box, £38; Gold Crane Sculpture, £12 (other decos from a selection), Next

Definitely on our gold list, this three-dimensional wall shelving will suit any room, and the three surfaces are generous enough to accommodate various shaped knick-knacks. You can add height with a vase of flowers, or elegant bird sculpture as shown here.

4. Loft Mila Ottoman Box, Marks and Spencer. Picture: PA Photo/Handout4. Loft Mila Ottoman Box, Marks and Spencer. Picture: PA Photo/Handout

3. Argos Home Loft Living 2 x 5 Storage Unit, £150, Loft Living Set of 2 Metal Surround Shelves, £25 (sofa from a selection), Argos

Five shelves, five ways to style them. Functional and versatile, this storage and display unit can be shaped to suit your space and used as a building block if you want to add more squares from the range. As well as having the option to hide bits and bobs you don't want to be displayed, the unit can be teamed with a matching set of hanging wall shelves - for a contemporary take, a string of succulents makes a fresh centrepiece.

5. Cook House Glass Holder Shelf, Nest. Picture: PA Photo/Handout5. Cook House Glass Holder Shelf, Nest. Picture: PA Photo/Handout

4. Loft Mila Ottoman Box, £199, Marks & Spencer

Did someone say blanket box? We think this ottoman looks so swish, it wouldn't look out of place in the living room, with its smart, woven linen look and oak effect legs. Genius for holding bulky items that can't be folded away.

6. Wilko Multi Purpose Storage Stand, pots and pans from a selection, Wilko. Picture: PA Photo/Handout6. Wilko Multi Purpose Storage Stand, pots and pans from a selection, Wilko. Picture: PA Photo/Handout

5. Cook House Glass Holder Shelf - Natural Oak, £65, Nest

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Skip the expense of a cocktail trolley, when you can save on precious floor space and mount your favourite spirits and stemware (takes up to six glasses) on this drinks shelf instead.

7. Wade Retro One Door Cabinet, Cult Furniture. Picture: PA Photo/Handout7. Wade Retro One Door Cabinet, Cult Furniture. Picture: PA Photo/Handout

6. Wilko Multi Purpose Storage Stand, £3, Wilko

After all that festive entertaining, chances are it will be a relief to pack away those pots and pans and reap the rewards of a microwave. This simple stand is just the trick.

8. Set of 2 Curved Velour Storage Boxes, Next. Picture: PA Photo/Handout8. Set of 2 Curved Velour Storage Boxes, Next. Picture: PA Photo/Handout

7. Wade Retro One Door Cabinet - Natural Rattan - Black, £99, Cult Furniture

A little cupboard love goes a long way, especially if you can stretch to two of these dinky units, which can double up as a side unit either side of the bed. Place table lamps on top and beauty kit underneath.

9. Avery Wall Mounted Coat Rack with Mirror, Cult Furniture. Picture: PA Photo/Handout9. Avery Wall Mounted Coat Rack with Mirror, Cult Furniture. Picture: PA Photo/Handout

8. Set of 2 Curved Velour Storage Boxes, £38, Next

Top of the colour charts, Classic Blue is Pantone's colour of the year for 2020. You can channel this "universal favourite" shade and put the lid on clutter with these chic-looking storage boxes.

10. Selection of Cotton Large Storage Bags, The White Company. Picture: PA Photo/Handout10. Selection of Cotton Large Storage Bags, The White Company. Picture: PA Photo/Handout

9. Avery Wall Mounted Coat Rack With Mirror - Brass, £79, Cult Furniture

The stylist's answer to a cramped coat cupboard, we can't think of a better way to glam up a hallway than with this statement coat rack. With sturdy hooks, generous sized rack for hats or handbags, plus a mirror for last-minute touch-ups, it can be dressed with confidence.

11. Set of 3 Metal Storage Trunks, Habitat. Picture: PA Photo/Handout11. Set of 3 Metal Storage Trunks, Habitat. Picture: PA Photo/Handout

10. Cotton Large Storage Bag and Under Bed Storage Bag, £20 each; Cotton Storage Bag - Set of 2, £26, The White Company

If you're lucky enough to live a cashmere lifestyle, then you know how important it is to care for precious wools. And if you prefer to zip blankets and linen sets tidily away under the bed, these storage bags are a sure-fire solution to keeping everything moth free.

11. Trunk Set of 3 Pink/Grey/Blue Coloured Metal Storage Trunks, £88 (was £110), Habitat

With a timeless vintage look, is it any wonder storage trunks never go out of fashion? We love this pastel-hued metal trio, with their smart brass locks and clean lines.


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