Christel Bongco, IKEA Tampines
1. Look everywhere – there is always a place for an additional hook or other solutions. A good way to create easy access to accessories is to create separate compartments within a drawer for each set of items.
2. Furniture with built-in storage provide a well-hidden space for clutter. Storage where you least expect include areas like under the bed and in bed frames.
3. There are several ways to sort clothes: by person (if the closet is shared), by storage type (folded and hung), by type or material.
1. Use the F.A.S.T. sorting method: Forward, gift or donate things not used within the past six months; Action it immediately if you can complete the job within two minutes; Store or file for reference; Trash it when it’s broken or doesn’t fit.
2. Use the maximum vertical space (for example, store shoes on a spring tension rod), keep similar items in boxes and put them close to where they will be used.
3. Slot folded clothes vertically and use cascading hangers. Give away one item when you buy something.
1. Take the habit of not putting back in your cabinets the items you are sure you no longer want. Have a ‘permanent’ box dedicated to these items, and when the box is full, get rid of it.
2. Keep what you use and love – the rest has to go. Same goes for items we keep for sentimental reasons. We don’t honour these items if we keep them in a box.
3. Stackable containers and drawers are good for shoes or jewellery. Multi-tiered racks or shelves are great in the kitchen cabinets for cups, mugs or cans.
1. Be prepared to invest a bit more money and time to build your dream wardrobe. Initial planning is very important to ensure the wardrobe is built for your current and future requirements. Bring your floor plan when shopping for a wardrobe.
2. Look for wardrobe features such as modularity, variety of internal accessories available for different storage, and capability to build from the floor to ceiling – this maximises storage space as the hard-to-reach shelves or cabinets can be used for out-of-season clothes. We recommend Poliform wardrobe systems.
1. Being systematic helps. Allocate a single and permanent place for certain pieces and never leave your clothes lying on the floor or on different tables.
2. Arrange your clothes by colour or use. This arrangement allows you to mix and match with ease while walking down the ‘rack’ within a wardrobe space.