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DIY Homes: How to create a clutter free home on a budget

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

Get your kitchen organised, with practical and functional storage

Creating a clutter free home needn’t cost a lot of money – there are plenty of ways you can minimise the amount of unnecessary items in your living space on a budget and here are just a few ways:

Make a fresh start

The best way to create a clutter free home is to – you’ve guessed it – remove the clutter. This is, of course, a free solution and you should start by being brutal and going through your worldly possessions, taking away anything you haven’t touched for over a year or that you know won’t be used again.

This is not only a great activity for clearing your head and feeling like you are making some big changes in your life but it will also free up lots of space.

If you can’t bear to part with certain items then look into outside storage solutions; you can find storage units located up and down the country from Edinburgh to Bournemouth, where you can lock your items away and pay a monthly fee for. Most storage suppliers offer discounts on the first month and the price varies depending on the amount of space required.

Have ample storage

Storage space is so important when minimising clutter and while it might be tempting to simply chuck any items you don’t have a home for in the first drawer you come across, there needs to be a system.

Drawer dividers are a great idea and help you keep everything separate (make your own on the cheap with this tutorial), in the kitchen.

It’s also worth adopting the matching container tactic in the cupboards – dispensing food like cereal into air tight containers that can be easily accessed and hold much more.

Use a ‘catch all’ bowl

Tidy up home clutter in a catch all bowl or basket.

Many of us might discover that by the end of the day our personal items are scattered around the house and we’re not entirely sure where all this clutter and mess came from.

Simply place a catch all bowl or basket in each room and before you go to bed try and find a home for each item in there – no more clutter and no more screaming about not being able to find your keys in the morning again.

Magnetic attraction

Magnetic strips are easy to stick on the wall and keep metal items neat, readily accessible but also out of the way. Consider using them to house your beauty tools or stick small magnets on to the bottom of make up pots and use it to house them too. Here’s a great tutorial on how to create a magnetic board for your make up items but you could also use it for your stationery if you draw or craft.

When it comes to creating a clutter free home it’s all about finding ways of staying on top of what we bring in the house. Some people have a rule where if they buy something new, something old has to go. This is a great way of always revamping either your wardrobe or your home décor and ensuring you are never reaching the limitations for your space.

Being clutter free costs very little, it’s simply about being careful with what you buy, finding a home for what you have and being a little savvy when it comes to storage. Good luck!

Images courtesy of Pixabay

(***This is a collaborative post***)


Map design fabric storage cubes

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Map themed home decor ideas

As you may have noticed, we’re rather partial to maps and map decor, so couldn’t help but notice these nifty storage cubes.

The  map design storage cubes are handmade in Devon and covered with padded fabric doors. Each box features a map design on it – you can choose from any one of the continents…

Map decor storage idea for your home

…or opt for all of them and create your own map of the world!

Great for little and big kids alike, and a more option than plain storage boxes, the storage cubes can be ordered online from Holly Blue.


Six ways to use contemporary open shelving units

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Fresh Design Blog features open shelving units

Open shelving – do you love it or loathe?

Open style shelving isn’t for everyone (it’s not ideal if you’re a clutter fiend, for example), but if you love the pared back, minimal look, there are some fantastic contemporary open shelf designs available. And there are some great ways in which you can use them in your home.

1. Go bold with colour and design to make a shelving statement, with the Zenith contemporary bookcase by Essencia Home – £360 from Go Modern

2. Adopt a woodland theme in your home, with the tree inspired branch bookcase in walnut – £199 from Dwell

3. Go retro, with the walnut Polygon open shelving unit by Luka Stepan – £299 from

4. Form a room partition, with a large Urbane Designs Hadlee asymmetric shelving unit - £342.39 from Wayfair

5. Get creative, with Sean Yoo and Casamania’s Opus Incertum shelf, which can have other matching sections added on top or by the side to make it bigger – £243 from Made In Design

6. Opt for relaxed laidback shelving, with the Escala ladder style shelf in white – £149 from Dwell

Dwell Coffer industrial style shoe storage cupboard review

Friday, October 31st, 2014

How do you store your shoes when you arrive home?

All too often shoes can end up in an unruly pile in a hallway, creating an unsightly look just inside the door. Or if you do have a shoe rack, they’re often an open style design, so all the shoes are still on sight, even if they’re on a rack.

At Fresh Design HQ, the extent of our hall shoe storage is this (thanks to an inherited shoe rack that the previous owners left behind):

Fresh design old unexciting shoe rack storage

Reasonably lined up, yes, but not that attractive a sight. And the nature of the shoe rack means that it takes up a fair bit of room in a small area that could be better used.

We’ve thought for a while that it would be nice not to have all the shoes on view all the time, especially as some aren’t in frequent use and are just stuck there hanging around on the rack. So when Dwell got in contact with details of their storage options, we were intrigued to try a more modern shoe storage system.

The Coffer shoe cupboard offers a more discrete way of storing shoes so that they’re out of sight, yet still easily accessible when you need them.

Fresh Design blog review of Dwell modern shoe storage cupboard

The unit is made of steel and has an industrial style feel to it. In fact, on first impressions, it’s reminiscent of a narrow filing cabinet. The one we tried has four compartments (a smaller version with three is available too) and it arrived fully assembled, so no DIY was involved to put it together (phew).

Unlike a filing cabinet, rather than being drawers that pull out, the compartments pull down, allowing shoes to be lined up inside. There’s a bar to keep them in place, so when you push the drawer back up, they stay in place inside in a vertical position. Pull it back down to open it up and, voila, your shoes are ready to take out and put on.

Fresh design review of Dwell storage rack

Unfortunately you can’t open one compartment at a time – they’re on a mechanism that opens all of them at once. Due to this, the unit needs to be screwed to a wall in order to ensure it remains stable when all of the compartments are filled with shoes and opened.

The product doesn’t come with screws supplied (the type of screw you’ll need depends on the type of wall you’re attaching it to), although there are two holes on the back of the item that can be used to screw it to a wall.

In the interests of thorough research and testing (ahem…) we can confirm that if you don’t screw it to a wall, and open it whilst it’s full of shoes, it will topple over. Not a pleasant experience, so we’d advise the use of screws as essential if you want a fully functioning and safe piece of furniture.

As far as tidying up an area of clutter and providing a neat and compact way of storing shoes, it ticks all the boxes. The unit design is narrow and sleek, so doesn’t take up too much room. In a hallway where space is often at a premium, this is definitely a good thing. Compared to the sight of the old rack, we much prefer the streamlined, minimal and tidy view of the Coffer shoe cupboard.

The guidelines suggest the unit can store eight pairs of shoes – two per compartment. It’s not a lot, but if you’ve got lots of little people (or people with little feet!), then you can squeeze in more.

The unit looks good in a hallway, but if you need to place it in another room in your home, then the white colour is unoffensive and it may just look like you’ve got a filing cabinet in a room.

However, if the white look isn’t for you, never fear. As it’s made of metal, we imagine it would be very easy to customise if you wished.

For example, through painting the drawers on the inside or out, adding labels or numbers to determine which shoes go where, or by using small wall decals to create a patterned look. These industrial style storage units might give you some ideas:

Fresh design industrial style storage cabinets

(Multi-coloured unit previously sold by Pedlars, but now out of stock; five drawer metal cabinet from Bodie and Fou and numbered metal industrial style storage unit previously available from Rockett St George, but no longer in stock).

The three drawer small Coffer shoe cupboard is currently in stock at Dwell and available for £119; other modern shoe storage options are available too.

(Disclosure: Dwell supplied the product to review, but all views and opinions are our own).


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Contemporary and practical home storage from Wovenhill

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Fresh Design Blog reviews Wovenhill willow storage baskets

Where does clutter come from? As often as we tidy up, it seems to re-accumulate, so we’re always on the lookout for stylish and practical home storage options that could help us combat clutter.

Pair of willow storage baskets from Wovenhill

This set of two large storage baskets are from Wovenhill. The baskets are made of willow and they’re strong and sturdy. In fact, they were a lot sturdier than expected and had bags of space inside. Measuring 35.5cm (W) 35.5cm (D) and 32.5cm (H) each of the baskets provides plenty of room to store a variety of items inside, without things billowing out over the sides.

The handles allow the baskets to be easily moved around (assuming they’re not too heavy with contents inside, of course!) and the woven effect of the willow on the sides of the baskets is a pleasing design.

The baskets fulfil a lot of storage needs across a home and have a heaps of potential.

Stylish storage for children's rooms

For example, they’re a brilliant size and shape to use for tidying up items and getting a child’s room organised. As you can see, just one basket can hold a lot of children’s books, and you could use the other one to store toys in.

They’re a great size for storing magazines and newspapers in too, and are stylish enough to look at home in a contemporary living room. Or you could put them to good use for storing craft materials in, or use them in a spare room to keep a stash of towels and bedding  in ready for any guests that stay overnight.

The pair of willow storage baskets is available to buy from Wovenhill for £32, which seems good value for money given their strong construction and design. As well as the natural shade, they’re also available in grey or white.

If you prefer to hide your clutter as much as possible, then they also stock a range of home storage solutions with lids, that will keep the contents out of sight. These includes lidded boxes, hampers, drawers and trunks made from a variety of woven materials, including rattan and wicker.

(Disclaimer: Wovenhill supplied the baskets for review, but all views and opinions are our own).

Cat or dog? Animal shaped shelves from Urban Outfitters

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Home ideas for dog loversWire cat design shelf

Are you a cat lover or dog lover? Or perhaps you can’t get enough of both?

Either way, Urban Outfitters have some nifty animal shaped shelves to liven up your home.

The blue dog and the red cat design shelves are made from sturdy metal and are aimed at being hung on a wall. The little shelves are perfect for all those bits and pieces that you never know where to put.

Or perhaps you could hang the dog shelf in your hallway, with your dog’s lead on, ready to go walkies.

The shelves are both exclusively available online from Urban Outfitters.

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