Feeling overwhelmed with clutter? Solve your storage problems this summer with our expert tips and advice.
Storage expert Suzanne Baker from The Holding Company joined us for a webchat to answer all those niggling questions, from the best storage solutions for children's rooms to how to make the most of your hallway space. So, if you missed ou, don't worry, you can replay the action below.
Housetohome: Suzanne Baker from The Holding Company will be with us in a few minutes, so get those storage questions ready...
[Comment From MaryMary: ] can I have a suggestion of how to store instruction booklets we get with new appliances/gadgets etc?
Suzanne Baker: Hi Mary, I always get loads of instruction booklets and the best thing to do is to try and keep them all in one place in alphabetical order. I would suggest using a divided file box.
[Comment From SarahSarah: ] My teenage daughter’s bedroom is really small and she wants a double bed which will take up most of the room. Are there any cool beds out there with great storage built in?
Suzanne Baker: Hi Sarah, having 3 daughters I know that storage is a huge problem. There are many beds out on the market with storage built in but they are all quite costly. I would suggest getting underbed storage drawers with wheels and split lids. Which will give you plenty of extra storage space without the huge expense .
[Comment From Carol, Milton KeynesCarol, Milton Keynes: ] We want to turn our front room into a TV room/play room. Any ideas for toy storage that's vaguely stylish?
[Comment From SarahSarah: ] Good idea, thanks.
Suzanne Baker: Hi Carol, Turning your front room into a TV/Play room is a great idea.But this should not be an excuse for a mess. Using clear storage boxes to sort toys and dvd's out will enable you to keep things tidy and visable. Using a large trunk as a coffee table will not only look stylish but give you additional storage for toys etc
[Comment From MaryMary: ] does this box have an index as i can never find the one i need?
Suzanne Baker: Hi Mary . Here are the product codes you require CHE017 CHE006 BOX471 and clear storage boxes ABE006
[Comment From FiFi: ] We've got a nook beneath our stairs where we hang coats and that but there's extra space for something storagey - but what?
[Comment From MaryMary: ] That's fabulous Suzanne thank you for your help
[Comment From Carol, Milton KeynesCarol, Milton Keynes: ] good tips!
Suzanne Baker: Hi, I think the best product you should use are our stacking drawers. Which can form the exact shape of a staircase, using all redundant space. product code ABE002
[Comment From RoomenvyRoomenvy: ] Hey Suzanne, I have a large canvas wardrobe, but I’m running out of space for clothes, PLUS I don’t have space for a bigger one. Do you have any magic tricks on how to stash away out-of-season clothes as compactly as possible, WITHOUT those weird vacuum bags.
Suzanne Baker: Hi, Although you may think the vacuum bags are weird they are absolutely brilliant, and do exactly what they say. I would suggest that you use these in underbed storage boxes as well. Another option is to use our multi hangers these can save up to 10% of hanging space in your wardrobe. I hope that helps a bit
[Comment From Sharon, LondonSharon, London: ] Hi there, we've just put loads of floating shelves in our living room and discovered that we've only got books to fill up half of them! Any ideas as to what we should do with the rest of the space? It looks a bit bare at the mo.
[Comment From RoomenvyRoomenvy: ] Yes, you're not the first person to say that! I guess I'll just have to go for it and hide them out of sight. Great tip about the hangers though. Thanks
Suzanne Baker: Hi Sharon, I would suggest you use fibreboard boxes these are quite reasonable and come in various seasonal colours. You can also use different coloured hat boxes that willl look great and will give you extra storage when you need it. Lined baskets are another option that have so many uses.
[Comment From RosieRosie: ] HI Suzanne. We're just about to start decorating the nursery for our baby that's due later in the year. We want it to be cool and not too baby-ish - what storage do you suggest? This is our first so we have no idea what's required!!
Suzanne Baker: Hi Rosie, I would suggest the lined storage baskets, they have been a fantastic product for us over many years and can be used for so many different things. Other suggestions would be clear stacking drawers that can be used for clothes and toys. Good luck with the baby
[Comment From LottieLottie: ] I've got hundreds of books - any ideas top tips for storing them without them taking over a room?
Suzanne Baker: Hi Lottie, I would suggest underbed storage that will get them out of your way, and maybe some book boxes. All availavle from The Holding Company
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] hello, I need to buy a wardrobe, but they are all so expensive, and the Ikea ones look cheap - any ideas where I can get an affordable wardrobe which still looks good?
Suzanne Baker: Hi, I would suggest using our elfa wardrobe system, this is a simple wall mounted system that want break the bank and will store your clothes in any format that you want.
[Comment From HannahHannah: ] I don’t have a Sex and the City style walk-in wardrobe, but I want to store my shoes so they don’t get dusty. Any attractive shoe storage out there for a small space?
[Comment From RosieRosie: ] Thanks Suzanne.
Suzanne Baker: Hi Hannah, you have arrived at the perfect place for shoe storage and as a lover of shoes with 3 daughters shoes take over our home. I would suggest you use shoe cubby's or small shoe drawers.You can built them in towers and use any wasted space at the bottom of cupboards. I hope that this helps.
Comment From (Another) Carol(Another) Carol: ] Do people's home offices seriously ever look like they do in the magazines? My desk is a mess of papers and clutter. Any tips on sorting it?
Suzanne Baker: Hi Carol, The key to making this look uncluttered and recreating that photo shoot look is to make everything match. There are colour coordinated ranges available that will cover all your home office needs.
[Comment From LizLiz: ] Hi Suzanne, I am looking for ideas for CD storage (in the region of a thousand discs). Should also be able to seamlessly fit into a home office. Any suggestions please?
Housetohome: Suzanne has only got time for one or two more questions so pick wisely...
Suzanne Baker: Hi Liz, There are two different approaches to this, the first is to keep them all on display using a rack or wall mounted system, there are plenty out there. However to fit into your home office I would suggest you buy CD boxes with label holders so that you can index your collection alphabetically by artist or genre This will look very neat. We sell plenty of these use our offer code 1090 to get 10% discount
[Comment From LottieLottie: ] thanks Suzanne
[Comment From JaneJane: ] I'm looking for one of those spiral CD racks, I don't suppose you've seen one online have you? I can't find any on google and there don't appear to be any at The Holding Company? If not, do you have ideas for more of an stand-out CD storage idea. I want to make it a feature. (sorry, bit similar to the last question, but looking for a statement design)
Suzanne Baker: Hi Jane. I think Dwell may be able to help you
[Comment From RoomenvyRoomenvy: ] Oooh and also, do you know of a company that does those under-stair storage drawers?
Suzanne Baker: I think you should try The Holding Company's clear drawers they can in a variety of sizes and will look great for under stair storage. If not see if Lakeland can help.
Housetohome: Thanks so much for joining our lunchtime webchat, we hope to have Suzanne back soon for some more fab tips but in the meantime, check out The Holding Company for fantastic storage buys http://www.theholdingcompany.co.uk/.
Plus, if you’re looking for more storage tips and advice check out our top ways to solve your storage problems. http://www.housetohome.co.uk/articles/advice/Solve_your_storage_problems_398081.html
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