Five-step process to getting organised

• Group things into categories, e.g. by type, by activity or by function.

• Remove unused items. This reduces the space needed and makes it easier to find things.

• Store things close to where they are used.

• Count and measure to figure out how much and what kind of storage is needed.

• Choose a storage solution that makes the most out of the available space.

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Revamp your wardrobe

There are several ways to sort clothes and make it easier to find things:

• By person: If the wardrobe or closet is shared, then it is easier to find clothes when they are separated.

• By storage type: Separate clothes to be hung or folded. This will help determine how much storage and what type of storage is needed. Hanging space can be used more efficiently by sorting according to length. Dresses and coats can be hung on one end, and shirts and jackets on the other. This leaves room below to store shorter clothes.

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• By type: Segregate clothes based on type — trousers, skirts, blouses etc. and occasion, whether they’re for work, leisure, sports, or old clothes for house cleaning and redecorating.

• You can also categorise them based on colour, material and season.

• Drawers: Keeping accessories such as scarves, belts, tights and hosiery in individual compartments in drawers makes them easy to find.

• Garment bags: Store formal or seasonal wear that’s rarely used in garment bags to protect them from dust and light.

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Buy furniture wisely

Choose storage with closed doors for keeping the dust out and putting things out of sight. It imparts a sense of calm and tidiness. Open storage — mantelpieces and shelves — offers a great overview of what is inside and enables quick and easy access. It can also be used to showcase valuables and collectibles, especially shelves with glass doors.

Kitchen fixes

Store odd-shaped utensils and lids in the kitchen through smart selection of cabinets, shelves and interior fittings.

• Roll-front cabinets are handy for storing kitchen appliances where they are easy to reach without heavy lifting.

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• Almost everything is easier to see, reach and store in a well-organised drawer. Drawers make use of the full depth and height of a cabinet, and interior fittings for drawers keep stored items in position.

• Lid rack: A rack for lids keeps the cabinet organised.

• Carousels inside corner cabinets provide efficient use of hard-to-reach spaces.

And if you’re sentimentally attached to stuff and have difficulty getting rid of it, decluttering expert Salam Shaban says to ask yourself this simple question: ‘Is this something you would like to pass on to your kids in the future?’ This will allow you to really evaluate how close to your heart an item is.