If you leave through the pages of any design magazine, you will see a few things that anger the average person. Even Instagram can conjure up the same frustration, as you scroll through images of lifestyle bloggers. They all have a few things in common. They have beautifully lit rooms and… nothing. It’s all sparse. It’s modern, it’s simplistic, the lines of the furniture are left to stand out.

You tell yourself that surely when you open one of those drawers, there is a mess waiting beneath. No one is that neat. You have to say it, because if you glance around your home, you’ll likely see an array of stuff. Just stuff. It’s everywhere, taking up every surface. You’ve forgotten what the top of your drawers look like; maybe it’s plain wood, an enameled surface or a lost Picasso- who knows? You’ve not seen it in so long.


The words “storage solutions” can, therefore, become appealing. It seems you’re on a constant quest for more storage, but the items themselves are not exactly what you’d want. Heavy plastic boxes seem to feature too often in storage solutions. It’s especially baffling when they are see through. Now you can still see your junk, but through other junk. How is this a good idea, again?

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Luckily, there are alternatives. There are even storage solutions that look good, that you might choose to have in your home because they are beautiful. It’s all about making the most of the space and hidden compartments, while still maintaining a little bit of style. These items can suit any budget, from four-figure price tags to something you pick up at a Home Furniture Sale. You can buy them new or second-hand, antique even if it’s your preference. Whichever option you choose, you can’t go far wrong with one of those.


Perfect For: Anything that doesn’t have a home

Everyone has a collection of things that don’t really belong anywhere. They’re not used often, but you still need to keep them handy. Ottomans don’t offer much in the way of organisation, but they do provide a nice large area that can keep such items from view.

Ottomans also double-up as footstools, giving them a double usage that makes them all the more practical.


Perfect For: Lots of compartments

If you don’t like the idea of rummaging through an ottoman, then a sideboard will generally have lots of smaller separate sections. Traditionally used to store drinks and dining items, they can be put to use for whatever you need some extra space for.


Perfect For: Anything you want them to be

“But,” you’re thinking, “I don’t need more room for books. I need more room for stuff.”

Okay, we’ll call bookcases another name: stuffcases. You don’t have to store books on them; you can use them for whatever you like. Store individual items as display pieces, or use smaller, nicer patterned storage boxes for many items. Done right, they can be a real feature, and can easily be matched to fit in with the rest of your decor.

If you’re willing to utilise items for uses they may not have been designed for, then you can solve all of your storage needs without hideous plastic. Store makeup in your sideboard or kids toys in an ottoman. So long as it’s out of the way, your job is done.

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