Drawers stuffed to bursting? Magazines teetering in dangerous piles? There's barely a home in the country that has adequate space for our possessions, as the self-storage depots now in every industrial park prove. And while we could all probably do with a good clear-out, clever space-saving products can also help to make order out of chaos.
Suzanne Baker from storage retailer The Holding Company reveals some of the nooks and crannies that could be working harder: "Many wardrobes have wasted areas – use clear shoe storage that tap in to that empty space. Make the most of wasted underbed space when you are trying to sort things out, and if you have redundant spaces at the bottom of the bed, use a large chest to store out-of-season clothing and bedding." The Holding Company and other specialists sell ingenious products, many that you might not have thought of, like multi-tier hangers for the wardrobe: check back with them regularly for the latest ideas.
As a rule, lifting things off the floor and onto walls and doors will help de-clutter. A wall-mounted magazine rack, or hooks on the back of a door, is a good start. Buy dual-purpose furniture – a coffee table with hidden storage, for example – and allocate a place for everything, such as a rack for your keys and phone near the front door. And if you can't hide everything away, then make sure your on-show storage is as beautiful as it can be – even recycling bins come in chic designer finishes these days...
Dublet wardrobe rod, £22, www.aplaceforeverything.co.uk
Ektorp Bromma Footstool £119, www.ikea.com/gb/en/
Undershelf storage basket, £12, www.allupandon.co.uk
Enamel recycling bin, £235, www.roseandgrey.co.uk
Cubby wall-mounted organiser, £35, www.heals.co.uk
Birdseye door hooks, £29.99, www.stylishlife.co.uk
Canvas magazine board, £15, www.theholdingcompany.co.uk
Recycled retro spot wall tidy, £4.95, www.dotcomgiftshop.com
Menu wine rack, £29.95, www.modetwentyone.co.uk
Stacking shoe drawers, £28 for a pack of five, www.aplaceforeverything.co.uk