Store review > West Elm, Melbourne

When l visited New York City l fell in love with homewares store, West Elm. They are a part of the Pottery Barn/Pottery Barn Kids/Williams-Sonoma group and they have some gorgeous storage! So you can imagine how excited l was to hear it was opening in Chapel St, Melbourne! Here are some pics l took instore of my favourite storage pieces.

The service is very good at West Elm. Friendly and helpful staff who know their stuff! I love the storage pieces for the kitchen. Definitely pieces to have on show rather than tucked away in the cupboard.

1. Labelled Kitchen Storage Canisters, $24-49 2. White Enamel Canisters, $24-39 3. Wire Mesh Storage – Laundry Caddy, $34

They definitely know how to make me happy… with an instore cafe! Offering you sample snacks as you sit and relax. You will also find water filters on each counter if you are thirsty while you browse!

1. Cotton Laundry Bag – Cafe Stripe, On Sale – $$29.95 

1. Patchwork Dresser, $1799 2. Range of Baskets 3. Rustic Storage Coffee Table, $649-999

Here are some more products l love. Images via West Elm Australia Website.

1. Bamboo Laundry Hamper, Double, $69 2. Woven Felt Baskets, $34-69 3. Lacquer Office, $29-49 4. Lacquer Jewellery Box, $89 5. Wire Mesh Storage, $34-69 6. Lacquer Bath Hamper, $114 7. Izola Soap Dishes, $18.95 8. Brendan Ravenhill Dustbon, Small, $154

P.S. This blog is not a recommendation to go shopping and clutter your house with more stuff you don’t need! I always recommend decluttering first to work out exactly what storage you need.

P.P.S. Not all products may be available instore… may just be online. Check first!

Tanya Lea
Declutterhome, Professional Organiser

Image Source: Photographs by Tanya, Declutterhome. Bottom product shots via West Elm Australia website.

How to organise deep cupboards?

QUESTION >

“How do you organise cupboards that have deep shelves and are also high between each shelf vertically? How do you best use the space?” – Gabby

Great question Gabby! I have seen this problem a lot when helping clients. You will be pleased to know this is an easy fix… without going to the expense of a cupboard redesign! Here are some ideas to get you thinking…

HOW TO ORGANISE SHELVING WITH DEEP CUPBOARDS >

Make the most of a deep cupboard by purchasing storage that either pulls/slides out or is deep with handles for easy access. Another option is to store ‘double-ups’ of product or items you don’t use regularly at the back and store everyday items at the front. Again store items in storage containers with handles for easy access. Don’t forget to label the storage so you know what’s inside! Product links below…

1. Pantry Baskets, Lifespace Store & Organise
2. Linus Binz with Divider, Howards Storage World
3. Chrome 2 Tier Organiser, Howards Storage World 
4. Rubbermaid Slide N’ Stack Basket, Lifespace Store & Organise
5. Whitmor Slide Out Cabinet Organiser, Lifespace Store & Organiser
6. Sterilite Ultra Storage Basket, Bunnings Warehouse

OTHER STORES WITH SIMILAR PRODUCT >

Store 
The Storage Shop

HOW TO MAKE USE OF VERTICAL STORAGE SPACE >

There are a few ways of dealing with this problem and the outcome will depend on your current setup. If you have moveable melamine shelves with stud supports you could simply add in a few more shelves. Stores like Bunnings Warehouse sell sheets of melamine which they can cut to size for you (at a few dollars a cut). They also sell a variety of bracket/stud supports.

Option 2 would be to purchase some additional shelf organisers. There are quite a few options out there that would work. I also like stacking plastic storage containers and storing everyday items in the top container for easy access. Here are some ideas to get you thinking. Product links below…

1. Expanding shelf organiser, Howards Storage World
2. Shelf with grip base, Howards Storage World
3. Pantry Stacking Basket, Lifespace Store & Organise
4. Undershelf Basket Chrome, Lifespace & Organise
5. Whitmor Slide Out Shelf with Basket, Lifespace & Organise
6. Variera Shelf, Ikea

Hope these ideas help Gabby! Let me know how you go!

Tanya Lea
Declutterhome, Professional Organiser

Image Source: Images via above websites.

Guest blog at hardtofind.com.au

Check out my latest guest blog at hardtofind – My 5 top clutter-busting tips! You’ll also find some gorgeous organising product ideas to help get your home sorted. Simply click on this link to view… hardtofind.com.au

Do you follow Declutterhome on Facebook? If not, you would have missed my news! I’ve recently had a baby girl, so l have been busy and total sleep deprived! I hope to get back to blogging regularly in a couple of months. Until then, happy organising and don’t forget to sign up to Declutterhome on Facebook, for some extra tips! Click here to get started… https://www.facebook.com/Declutterhome

FREE Declutterhome August Checklist

How have you been going with your checklists so far? Do you feel like you are ticking some boxes? Use these cold Winter weekends to get some jobs done and dusted! This month l have scheduled in some bigger declutter jobs for the weekends. Sort out some of these cluttered areas during August and start September with a Spring in your step!

How to download your Declutterhome August Checklist…
Simply click on the link below to save and print your own checklist. Stick it on your fridge as a reminder! Declutterhome Checklist August 2013

Having trouble downloading the August Declutterhome Checklist? Email me and l can email it to you directly: tanya@declutterhome.com.au

How many jobs can you tick off this month? Let me know how you go!
Happy organising,

Tanya Lea
Declutterhome, Professional Organiser

FREE Declutterhome July Checklist

The FREE Declutterhome July Checklist is ready for you to download. But before we get into July let’s reflect on the month that has just past. How did you go throughout June? Do you feel like you are chipping away at the clutter, staying organised and feeling good? Or are you feeling frustrated and overwhelmed?

Like anything in life staying organised takes effort. I always compare it to daily exercise and staying at a healthy weight… we know we need to do it but we often don’t because it’s hard and takes effort. This month l suggest you keep to a tight schedule and you tick off those tasks. Don’t think about how hard it is… think about the longer term benefits, e.g. staying organised gives you more time to enjoy the things that are important to you.

DOWNLOAD your FREE Declutterhome July Checklist - Simply click on the link below to save and print your own checklist. Stick it on your fridge as a reminder!
Declutterhome Checklist July 2013

Having trouble downloading the July Declutterhome Checklist? Email me and l can email it to you directly: tanya@declutterhome.com.au

How many jobs can you tick off this month? Let me know how you go!
Happy organising,

Tanya Lea
Declutterhome, Professional Organiser

FREE Declutterhome June Checklist

Winter has arrived and the year seems to be flying by! It’s time again to reassess your schedule… What’s working? What’s not? Assess and reorganise and make time to get sorted daily. Keeping organised and on top of things doesn’t have to take all your time… just a little time each day will do it.

If you need a little encouragement to keep on track the Declutterhome Checklist is perfect for you! The monthly checklist will be available at the start of each month for you to download for FREE. Giving you a little extra support and guidance.

DOWNLOAD your FREE Declutterhome June Checklist - Simply click on the link below to save and print your own checklist. Stick it on your fridge as a reminder!
Declutterhome Checklist June 2013

Having trouble downloading the June Declutterhome Checklist? Email me and l can email it to you directly: tanya@declutterhome.com.au

How many jobs can you tick off this month? Let me know how you go!
Happy organising,

Tanya Lea
Declutterhome, Professional Organiser

kitchen organising ideas + giveaway!

WALL STORAGE - USE WALLS TO CREATE EXTRA STORAGE

STORAGE CONTAINERS - KEEP ‘LIKE’ ITEMS TOGETHER & ORGANISED

UNDER SINK ORGANISERS - KEEP ITEMS ACCESSIBLE & ORGANISED

SINK ORGANISERS - KEEP ESSENTIAL ITEMS IN THEIR PLACE

KITCHEN ORGANISERS - LISTS & LABELS ARE ESSENTIAL

PANTRY ORGANISERS - MAKE THE MOST OF PANTRY STORAGE

Hope these product ideas have inspired you to get your kitchen organised. Remember to declutter your kitchen first before going shopping for new organising product. That way you will know exactly what you need, rather than cluttering your cupboards with more stuff! Don’t forget to enter the Cakesnake Giveaway below!

Enter the giveaway for your chance to WIN a Cakesnake, kitchen tray organiser, valued at $39.95. Thank you to Cakesnake for this kind donation. Here’s how to enter:

  • Step 1: Answer this question in 25 words or less… “What area of your kitchen desperately needs organising?
  • Step 2: Email your answer to tanya@declutterhome.com.au and include your full name, mailing address and contact phone number.
  • Step 3: Email your entry by Wednesday the 15th of May at 6pm AEST. The winner will be announced on Facebook on Thursday the 16th of May.

Good luck!

Tanya Lea
Declutterhome, Professional Organiser

Graphic Design: Tanya Lea, Declutterhome. Product images via Cakesnake.

FREE Declutterhome Checklist each month!

Autumn is wrapping up and it’s time to get your home, office and life organised for the Winter months. We are nearly half way through the year, so a perfect time to reflect on your progress so far.

If you need a little encouragement to keep on track the Declutterhome Checklist is perfect for you! The monthly checklist will be available at the start of each month for you to download for FREE. Giving you a little extra support and guidance.

DOWNLOAD your FREE Declutterhome May Checklist - Simply click on the link below to save and print your own checklist. Stick it on your fridge as a reminder!
Declutterhome Checklist May 2013 

Having trouble downloading the May Declutterhome Checklist? Email me and l can email it to you directly: tanya@declutterhome.com.au

How many jobs can you tick off this month? Let me know how you go!
Happy organising,

Tanya Lea
Declutterhome, Professional Organiser

guest blog + giveaway now closed!

Latest Guest Blog in enVoy!

Do you need some storage ideas for your home or office? Well, go no further! Check out my blog in the latest edition of enVoy. enVoy is bought to you by one of my favourite stores for storage, Voyager Interiors.

I share with you my Top 10 Voyager Storage Solutions plus some simple declutter tips. Don’t forget to enter Voyager’s Giveaway, simply click here for all the entry details. Calligaris storage valued at $355 is up for grabs!

Happy organising!

Tanya Lea
Declutterhome, Professional Organiser

Graphic Design: Tanya Lea, Declutterhome. Product images via Voyager Interiors.

Kids’ Stuff Sorted + Giveaway Now Closed!

Easter Holidays are nearly here and it’s the perfect time to declutter! If you are at home for the holidays and have some time, tackle something that has been bothering you! See below for some before & after inspiration!

Thanks to Brikbag you have the chance to WIN 1 of 2 Brikbag toy storage playmats. Perfect for storing kids’ lego, blocks, toys, etc. See below for all the entry details.


Decluttering kids’ toys is a great job to tackle over the Easter holidays. It can seem very overwhelming at times! But no need to worry l have outlined all the steps you need to getting those toys in order… stress-free!


HOW TO DECLUTTER THE KIDS’ TOYS…

  • Sort: Start by sorting toys, one area at a time. I always like to start with anything on surfaces, e.g. floor, table top, etc. Sort items into categories, e.g. Lego together, animals together, etc. Don’t declutter yet! Just sort.
  • Remove: Once you have sorted the whole room remove any items that should be stored elsewhere, e.g. clothes to laundry, etc.
  • Declutter: Now it’s time to declutter toys that are no longer used. Separate into 3 piles… toys for: charity, to sell, to give to family or friends.
  • Separate: If your kids have lots of toys, l suggest setting up a ‘toy rotation’ system. By ‘toy rotation’ l simply mean storing 50% of toys and rotating them every couple of months. This will keep the kids interested and the room will be easier to keep organised! You will need a couple of storage tubs for this. Store 50% of toys and label tubs with the date.
  • Store: Store, out of reach, toys that need parental supervision… craft, etc.
  • Keepsake: Store any toys that you would like to keep for memorabilia. Store in a separate storage tub and label.
  • Clean: Now it’s time to clean the space… wipe down all surfaces.
  • Organise: Put away all remaining toys, keeping ‘like’ items together, e.g. soft toys together, dinosaurs together, etc. I suggest separating into separate storage tubs and labelling. You can then teach kids to put away their own toys. Finish up with a good vacuum.
  • Tips: 1. It’s not always possible but l suggest decluttering kids’ toys while the kids are out of the house! It will make it so much easier. 2. Take regular breaks if you are becoming overwhelmed. Decluttering takes times and can be quite emotional. 3. If you are finding it hard to make decisions, ask yourself… Is this item still useful? Do they still need it? Do they love it? Hopefully this will answer your question!

Happy organising! Don’t forget to enter the Brikbag Giveaway below!

Enter the giveaway for your chance to WIN 1 of 2 Brikbag toy storage playmats! Valued at $39.95 each. Thank you to Brikbag for this kind donation. Here’s how to enter:

  • Step 1: Fill in the blanks… “I deserve to WIN the Brikbag because _______________ .” (answer in 25 words or less)
  • Step 2: Email your answer to tanya@declutterhome.com.au and include your full name, mailing address and contact phone number.
  • Step 3: Email your entry by Wednesday the 3rd of April at 6pm. The winner will be announced on Facebook on Friday the 5th of April.

Good luck!

Tanya Lea
Declutterhome, Professional Organiser

Graphic Design: Tanya Lea, Declutterhome. Photography by Tanya Lea. Product images via Brikbag.

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