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Tips and tricks to make your home more organised and comfortable

Sometimes we can get a little too wrapped up in our interiors, prioritising style over substance, image over comfort.
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But, at it’s very core, a home needs to be both practical and cosy – a place where you can relax at ease without feeling ‘on ceremony’. And comfort doesn’t just mean snuggly chairs and blankets (although they go a long way towards it). It’s as much about sleek functionality and clever organisation – or, in other words, the things that make our day-to-day lives easier. Organised comfort is about making the most of the space you have, and ensuring you’re utilising it to its full potential. Some, for example, make do with a cramped bathroom, half-filled with a bath they haven’t actually used for over a decade (shower people will relate to this). Others fumble through overly cluttered kitchen cupboards and are forever missing the ingredients they need, which are shoved so far to the back they may as well be stored in a parallel universe. So, what can we do to make our homes work harder for us? How can we achieve streamlined comfort in our day to day lives without compromising on style? Read on if you want to find out.

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Take the plunge and get a new bathroom

This one’s top of the list because it’s miraculous how a well-designed bathroom can transform the functionality of your home. Clever use of storage space, for example, will have a positive impact on the rest of your house. You’ll be able to ditch those towel drawers on the landing and also store all your hair, makeup and grooming products in one place (if you’re anything like us, they’ll currently be taking up every spare inch of surface space in your bedroom). Plus, a well-positioned mirror and good lighting in the bathroom will provide you with a second space for getting ready, leaving your bedroom calm and clutter-free… heaven! From a practical point of view, it’s amazing what can be done with a bathroom, in even the smallest of spaces. Think about whether you really need your bath (occasionally hand-washing frocks in it doesn’t count) and consider installing a walk-in shower instead. Not only will it look great, it’ll free up tons of space. It’s also wise to assess the layout of your bathroom or get an interior designer or bathroom fitter to come and do so for you. There’s almost definitely a better way to position things to make the room feel bigger and make it easier to navigate.

Create a ‘leisure time’ priority list, and change your home to accommodate it

It’s time to be honest with yourself. What do you really enjoy doing the most at home? What’s the one thing that you spend the majority of your time on, or that you value above all other pastimes? It’s important to be realistic, otherwise you’ll end up with a home you like the idea of, but don’t actually get any use out of. For those who love nothing more than to kick back and chill in front of the TV, your living room has to be all about the seating. Consider investing in a quality riser recliner chair like this Hudson Fabric Lift and Rise Armchair, for comfort as you’ve never known it before. If you’re more of a book worm than a TV fan, make books a feature of your living space with tasteful bookshelves in abundance and, of course, plenty of illuminating lamplight. For those who spend most evenings relaxing with friends, you should make the absolute most of your entertainment space, instead of treating it as an afterthought. Consider transforming your kitchen into an open plan kitchen-diner if it isn’t already. Pay close attention to making the space feel as open and inviting as possible, and treat yourself to lots of lovely cookware, glasses and crockery to make those dinner parties extra special.

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Tackle your biggest clutter-related fears

Does your cupboard-under-the-stairs give you anxiety? And what about the attic? If you’re crying ‘don’t even go there!’ at the screen – there’s a good chance you’re suffering from declutter-aphobia (yes, we may have just made that up). But on a serious note, it’s time to face your fears. Living in a cluttered home is not only unpleasant, it’s psychologically very draining, imbuing us with a feeling of ‘the work is never done’. With that in mind, it’s time to get to it. Take a ruthless approach to clearing out your home, getting rid of anything you don’t love or need. And trust us, if there’s an item of clothes you haven’t touched for eight years but are somehow convinced you might need at some point – you won’t. Once it’s gone, you’ll forget you ever owned it. In fact, you’ll be relieved to see the back of it. The whole thing is very cathartic and once you get started it doesn’t seem that bad – honest.

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Now we’ve got the pep talk (and clutter) out of the way, it’s time to ensure you’re never left in the same position again. Clutter tends to happen when we don’t have adequate space or allocated areas for random things, which end up getting shoved under the bed or to the backs of drawers. If, however, you give your home a bit of a storage-treatment, you’ll be amazed at how easily the mess is kept at bay. Think storage racks for files and papers, separators for kitchen drawers (and clothes drawers and office drawers), and handy hooks – lots of them – for the coats, cardigans and jumpers that never seem to get put away. Purchase drawers-on-wheels for under the bed and get yourself some wall mounted baskets for hair dryers and straighteners. It really is a case of ‘every little helps’. With a few adjustments like these you’ll find yourself tidying up in a jiffy instead of heaving everything into a pile in the corner of the room on your way out and hoping it won’t be there when you get back.

It can be easy to ignore our home’s weak points, and many of us let the years tick by feeling mildly unsatisfied, putting up with the low level stress of multiple small annoyances. Some of us even move home, thinking that will provide the solution to our household blues. But in most cases, a lot can be sorted with a bit of clever thinking and an open mind. By thoroughly assessing what you want to get out of your living space and then being as proactive as possible, you’ll soon find yourself with a home that you not only love, but that loves you back.

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