Archive for the ‘Storage Tips’ Category


Tips for Storing & Protecting your Winter Woolies

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Spring is almost upon us and now’s the time to sort out and pack away your winter wardrobe and duvet in anticipation of that scorching British summer the BBC weather guys are always promising. Here’s our 2-minute ‘quick guide’ on how:


It’s always worth sending your heavy winter overcoats to the dry cleaners before you store them away for the summer months. Moths are mostly attracted to natural fibres like wool and cotton but they also enjoy a good munch on organic stains so make sure any food spills or stains on coats and winter clothes made from synthetic fibres are thoroughly cleaned-off before storing.


The quickest, simplest and possibly cheapest way to store and protect your winter woollies, suits and overcoats is to protect them in a simple garment cover. STORE’s cotton suit covers are ideal as they allow the clothes to breathe and are also great value, starting at only £3.

For that bit of extra protection a lidded plastic storage box such as our robust crystal clear sweater storage box makes for an ideal container to pop on the top shelf of a wardrobe for seasonal storage. Alternatively, if space is at a premium STORE’s range of vacuum bags are a great alternative and ideal space saver.

And if you’re looking for something suitable to store-away the winter duvet, look no further than our award winning giant under bed storage box or at just £7 our under bed storage chest.


Cedar wood offers a really effective and environmentally friendly solution to help protect your winter woollies from moths and bugs.  Whilst the aromatic sent of cedar is pleasant to people and pets, months and bugs hate it! Our pack of six Cedar Rings offer another really cost effective solution to protect your winter clothes in the wardrobe and simply slip over a coat hanger or can be popped inside a storage box.

For more neat ideas to securely store your winter wardrobe and bulky winter duvets and blankets and save a bit of precious space at the same time, visit our STORE’s or shop online at


Nightmare before Christmas? – How to organise the family home for guests

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

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The festive season is almost upon us, indeed a quick jaunt around your local high street and you’d probably be forgiven for thinking it was Christmas Day next week. I’m afraid us retailers are always good and early at getting organised for Christmas but are you ready for the family and perhaps also a few unexpected guests descending on your space during the Christmas holidays?

Here’s our 5 minute guide to getting your home neat and organised for Christmas:

Deck the Halls…

…with shoe racks and overdoor hooks.

cost effective shoe storage at just £12

There’s nothing worse than tripping over piles of shoes to get to the front door. Invest in  an inexpensive extendable shoe rack to temporarily store guests shoes and when they’ve finally gone (let’s hope it’s before the New Year!) you can pop it under the stairs or in the bottom of your wardrobe…no-one can have too much shoe storage.

Likewise a cost effective over the door hook is an ideal place to store guest’s coats and scarves if your hallway coat hook is already bulging with the family’s winter coats. It looks neater than hanging a huge pile of coats over the banister or even worse the sofa and can be removed in the New Year when your pad is returned to an oasis of calm and organisation.

Clear the Clutter when Company Calls

Picture the scene, it’s Boxing Day afternoon, several dozen of the kids new toys are carpeting the lounge floor, there’s extended Christmas TV guides and weighty Sunday newspapers all over the sofa and probably a box of chocolates that you want to keep to yourself and not offer to the unexpected guest who’s about to ring the door bell!

Lidded storage cubes make for a great clutter swallower when company calls and are great to use as temporary storage for toys, magazines etc.  Keep one close to hand for extra storage and whilst we don’t advocate the ‘out of sight, out of mind’ mentality, if you’re after an instant clutter clearer then our faux leather or pandan storage cubes are ideal. Better still they make for attractive side-tables to rest all those additional glasses of wine, cups of tea and turkey sandwiches you’re about to make.

Guest’s Glad Rags

Your guests are going to need somewhere to hang their clothes in the spare room and if like many guest bedrooms we’ve seen, you’ve crammed the place to the gunnels with your own clothes then we think we have the answer. Forget garment rails and canvas wardrobes, you can even forget our fabulous elfa wardrobe internals, unless you’ve got the room they’ll just clutter the place-up even more. Instead opt for an over the door (no screws required) valet rail. Capable of holding a couple of suits, party dresses and other clothes from the weekend suitcase, this simple temporary solution is going to give you what you want (extra wardrobe storage space) without the hassle.

Great for guest bedrooms, our over door valet rail in a brushed silver finish is just £20

Bathroom Bliss

At only £10 this corner shelf makes for a great bathroom storage solution

If you’ve invited company for the festive season, chances are your bathroom is going end-up covered in lotions, potions, travel wash-bags and get really cluttered. The age old solution to a cluttered bathroom is to simply pile all the shampoos on the side of the bath but this tends to look messy and is not ideal when you’ve got guests.

Instead opt for a simple clutter-clearer like our Mesa Bath Organiser. Granted, it’s not the prettiest storage solution in our range but it will help keep your bathroom looking a wee bit tidier. Better still, this clever bathroom caddy is simply affixed with suckers so is quickly removed when life is returned to normal after 1st January.

Kitchen Nightmares

Too many cooks, too much booze and not enough worktop space. A common question asked by STORE customers is just how they can regain more kitchen work surface and clear the clutter. It’s an even bigger problem at Christmas with generous portions of extra food and bottles of plonk all over the place.

Simple storage solutions work best in the kitchen and the key is to think vertically.  Try stacking shelves inside cupboards to free-up additional space for extra tined food or plate storage.  You’re also going to be generating a lot more recycling with all those sweetie wrappers and gift wrapping paper, so go for a set of stacking recycle bins with a small footprint rather than a huge metal recycling bin.

It may sound bizarre but our range of bathroom storage caddies are ideal to stick to kitchen tiles for storing spices, salt and pepper etc. and keep the work surfaces clutter free

Finally, why not invest in a small additional wine rack to pop in a porch, garage or under the stairs for all those extra bottles that’ll be sunk over the festive period.

Oh, and it’s around 15-20 minutes per pound for cooking the turkey or around 45-50 minutes per kilo in modern money.

Have an organised Christmas!


How to organise the morning routine

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

We’re forever getting asked by our STORE customers how they can better motivate a disorganised partner to get out of the house quicker in the morning. The answer is a combination of good storage and good routine. If you’re forever losing your car keys or mobile phone when dashing out of the house in the morning then invest in a simple tray  to pop by the bedside, on a hallway window sill or on the kitchen table.  Train yourself that that’s the place the keys, mobile phone etc. should always be stored immediately after you walk through the front door at night and finding them the next morning may just be that little bit easier.

But how do you organise someone who just simply has no idea about timekeeping in the mornings? Whilst searching for our neat new range of travel accessories this summer we stumbled across another neat organisational solution that may just be the answer.

Apparently the average UK householder  spends 8.5 minutes in the shower each morning and simply by organising your time a little better with the help of our new Shower Coach you could save over 31.5 litres of water each week and a lot of gas or electricity used to heat your water. Better still it’s a great way to organise your morning routine, saving precious time to get to the bus stop for the 8.05am and make sure your utility bill’s a little smaller each quarter.

our 5 Minute Shower Coach just may be the answer for a disorganised family member who likes to hog the bathroom


Storage Tips for DeCluttering your Loft

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

I spend Sunday afternoon (not enjoying the sunshine) in our loft, which I have to confess is full of boxes and bags of clutter we’ve not used in years…My old guitar (yes I once had aspirations of becoming an Indie Pop god),  a map of a gold mine in Venezuela I worked in as a geologist 15 years ago (it’s a long story), and several bags of old clothes and children’s toys.

Like most lofts, ours had rapidly become a catch-all storage dump for those things we meant to get rid of over the years but just didn’t or felt we couldn’t.

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful” said William Morris and with this famous mantra in mind I set to work on a mission to reduce the number of storage boxes up there and generally tidy-up.

The first thing to do when tiding a loft is to take a good long look at what you’ve got stored up there and think about the last time you used it. If there’s bin-bags full of out of season clothes that haven’t been worn in the last year or two it’s time to go to the charity shop. Likewise, if like us you’ve half a dozen storage boxes full of children’s clothes waiting for little Johnny to grow-up it’s probably time to have a purge. Swallow your pride and declutter by getting rid of those hand-me-downs that are obviously not going to be de rigueur when Johnny hits his teenage years and never worn.

elfa's freestanding shelving really has helped with storage in this loft

Ok, so there may be one or two garments you just can’t bear to get rid of,  everyone’s allowed one or two memorable garments (like my tartan trousers that I’ll never fit back into…were they really ever fashionable!?!) but do set yourself a limit.

Our loft was like many is full of plastic and cardboard storage boxes full of all sorts of clutter, some of which were simply taken straight up there when we moved into the house a few years ago and worse still…have never been touched since!

The secret to dealing with storage boxes full of clutter in the loft is to sort then purge in bite sized chunks.  Sifting through boxes full of memories is going to take some time so bring a few boxes out of the loft at a time and work through them slowly.  Set yourself a target such as, one box a night over a week whilst you’re watching your favourite soap opera or perhaps whilst the kids are at school. Once again, ask yourself if you will really use or need each item again, if not then pass to a charity shop or recycle so that someone else can get some use out of whatever it is.  If there’s sentimental value, how about creating a ‘family memories’ storage box as you de-clutter but be ruthless and stick to one memory box and include only the most important items that will really mean something to the next generation.


3 Simple Rules for Better Storage

Friday, November 27th, 2009

When you’re trying to declutter and reorganise your space, these three simple words are worth storing at the back of your mind:

Visibility – Choose storage boxes and containers that are transparent so that you can easily see what’s inside when you come back to retrieve whatever you’ve stored.

Accessibility – Storing the various different possessions you use daily in easily accessible places and spaces will help save valuable time and may just save your sanity too!

Flexibility – Invest in storage solutions that are flexible like our modular elfa shelving system. As your needs and requirements change over time, flexible storage will work with you and may just save you a bit of money too as they’ll last into the future.


Wicker and Seagrass Storage for that Colonial Look Lounge

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

We can’t get enough of our wicker, seagrass, and pandan storage boxes and we’ve just created a really nice area in the Saltney store showing what you can do in your lounge if you’re after that Colonial style look. This is what I’d recommend:

-A mix of closed and open wicker storage will hide what’s awkward and highlight what’s beautiful. We’ve used wicker log baskets and segrass magazine racks as well as some lidden pandan boxes for DVD and CD storage in our in-store display.

-Keep children’s toys in a big beautiful wicker or wood storage trunk in the living room. It can serve as a coffee table too. Our large Colonial style wicker chest works a treat!

-Use an oversized wicker or seagrass basket to store magazines and newspapers from the floor and coffee table. Have a clear-out once a week to keep the pile in check. We’ve taken one of our traditional wicker log baskets and used it as an oversized magazine basket in our store display.

-If you’re looking for effective, functional and good-looking storage for your living room, invest in a set of giant rattan boxes or cubes (leather if you prefer a more modern look). They’re perfect for storing away clutter and make great occasional tables too.


Top Storage Tip for Organising Children’s Bedrooms

Monday, October 12th, 2009

We’ve a great range of coloured and fun storage boxes here at STORE including our famous pink, purple and blue transparent plastic toy storage boxes which are a real winner with Cheshire’s little girls and boys as well as our range of new furry animal shaped toy storage boxes.

Our new glossy card toy storage boxes with chalkboard fronts on them come complete with chalk and a board rubber and also offer a fun way to encourage the kids to clear-up after themselves.
Using coloured, fun shaped or unusual storage boxes such as our chalk board toy storage boxes to assist keeping your little darlings organised may though just save your sanity as well as a bit of storage space!

When purchasing storage boxes for kids toys etc., assign each child a different coloured or shaped storage box for their clutter to keep their belongings in and encourage them to be responsible for tidying-up after themselves. You never know, if decluttering and organising  by coloured storage boxes works for your kids, it may even just help get you organised too!


Storage S.P.A.C.E

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

I found this acronym in an old book on storage and organisation.

It’s cheesy but good to remember the next time you’re trying to declutter your S.P.A.C.E…

1. S ort out  – Have a good tidy up and decide what you want to keep
2. P urge  -Be ruthless! Throw everything away that you don’t want.
3. A ssign a home  – Give everything a suitable home
4. C ontainerise  – Put things in boxes, on shelves and in an organised manner
5. E njoy  – Sit back, relax and enjoy your new ordered space and mind!

...S.P.A.C.E The Final Frontier


Hall Storage Ideas

Monday, September 7th, 2009

A good way to organise your hallway is to sort your hall storage according to your lifestyle and family. There’s no point storing all your shoes neatly stacked in lovely clear shoe storage boxes if what you really need is a family sized shoe rack in the hall.

Hallway storage is mostly short-term – a place for things you use, and indeed lose, every day. The key to maintaining order is making it easy and automatic to be organised at the start and end of the day.

Our cubby organiser has space for coats, post and the keys etc

For the optimum amount of family co-operation (!), place storage at every level: hooks to hang hats and jackets, a table or say wicker storage basket for post and keys, a basket or stand for umbrellas, a side table with storage for a briefcase or rucksacks below etc. And when it comes to smaller items, little storage containers – bowls, jars or pots designed to hold pens and pencils, post and keys – go a long way towards taming the chaos.


Some Ideas for Better Bedroom Storage

Monday, August 17th, 2009

make the most of storage space under the bed

Your bedroom should be the one place in the home you can go to rest and unwind – a haven away from the chaos and stress that life has to throw at us. However, a cluttered bedroom leads to a cluttered mind so here’s a few more handy storage hints hints of how to make the most of your bedroom:

Invest in storage boxes and containers to make sure everything has its place. There’s nothing that makes a small bedroom feel cramped more than having too much stuff. A cluttered bedroom = a smaller room.

Get rid of anything that you consider to be outdated, faded, broken, un-wearable or unusable. If you don’t want it – bin or recycle it straight away. You’ll be freeing up your precious space….and your mind!

For items you use daily such as hair straighteners, jewellery, make-up etc. it’s really not a problem to have them on display or readily available for frequent use BUT for other items – like out of season clothes – invest in suitable storage boxes or vacuum storage bags and pop them out of the way (on a top shelf or under the bed) until they’re needed.

Make the most of those spaces under the bed. Even if it’s just a few inches of space, it still offers good storage potential. It’s an ideal place to store unused clothing and extra bedding. There are plenty of long, flat plastic, card and even leather under bed storage boxes on the market to keep everything organised, clean and tidy. Our hardwearing fibreboard Underbed Boxes at just £21 for a set of two are a must for any stylish de-clutterer.

Watch this space for more bedroom storage ideas!