I share my life with a New-Zealander who loves leaving his clothes anywhere on the floor (and that includes our bedroom AND the bathroom!), a gorgeous child who loves having as many colourful toys to clash with my love for white interiors as possible, a dog and a bunny so like most family homes, our home can/will look messy very quickly.
Granted, we are very lucky to have a spacious family home which looks quite minimalist since the house renovations but it doesn’t happen magically. I actually regularly go through our things on a weekly and monthly basis to keep clutter at bay and our home tidy and while I’m all for honest posts and real-life stories, this is obviously not what I post on my Instagram because I never found it inspiring to live in a mess or to look at a messy room.
It actually stresses out the hell out of me :-) and I think I share enough personal stuff on the blog or Instagram without adding to your misery, the dreadful vision of our family mess but hey…we do have it too!
- I have accepted a longtime ago that I can not win against the constant invasion of pink, plastic toys which turn up in our home without me buying them. If I wanted to be rude, I would say WTF!!? I never buy this crap and yet our home is full of it…sigh
- I have never ever given up on the idea of having an uncluttered room and I will spend a fair amount of energy trying to work out solutions that will encourage Steve and Mila to be a bit more tidier.
So here are three solutions that I think are visually inspiring and won’t break the bank as you can find similar storage boxes from John Lewis (I like this grey felt storage box) and Ikea. The White Company has also various storage cubes for the kids bedroom and pretty magazine holders for your home office or lounge.
Affordable storage solutions #1:
If your home has a white, Scandinavian, monochrome feel, white storage boxes like the ones on the first picture, are perfect. Habitat has some great-looking white storage boxes (in sale!) and if you can face going to Ikea too, they have plenty of storage boxes in various sizes.
Affordable storage solutions #2:
I love the idea of using masking tapes to label the boxes. I bought about 8 white boxes for Mila’s room a few years back and one weekend, we labelled them together and she sorted out and put away all her little things. She wrote what was on each box herself: “small, cuddly toys”, “Barbie”, “School things” (like pens, rubbers, glue), “doudous”, “legos”, etc…
The good thing is that as Mila did all the work herself, she felt responsible for her toys and it became a lot easier for her afterwards to know where to store her things.
Affordable storage solutions #3:
My favourite solution for my home office is this example using black storage boxes with brown labels and a lovely mood board.
Habitat has a nice selection of black storage boxes online and again, Ikea too.