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Sep 2, 2021

12 Tips To Save Space

It seems like you never have enough space. And a lot of the advice out there isn’t practical for Kiwi homes. Let’s face it, most of us aren’t likely to go out and buy a Murphy bed to fold our sleeping quarters into the wall during the day!

We’ve scoured around and come up with some useful ideas to make the most of your space.Here are 12 practical space-saving tips that put your walls to work. 

1. Shelves and wall cabinets are an obvious way to use your wall space. But often overlooked is the space beneath the shelves! Try mounting magnetic knife racks on the underside of bottom shelf. Jar lids will stick to them, giving you storage in the space below your shelf! In the kitchen they could hold dry pantry items like beans and rice. Try it in the garage for holding nails and screws or storing craft items.

2. Hang attractive storage baskets on wall hooks. Get your baskets off the floor and onto the wall. A nice coat rack makes it easy.

3. Running out of space for your plants? Try some wall-mounted planters like these from fluxboutique.co.nz . 


4. Install a rail in the kitchen for pots, pans and lids. Say goodbye to rummaging in the cupboard and taking everything out to get to what you need and put that cupboard space to better use.


5. In a small kitchen, dish racks can take up a lot of space. You can get wall-mounted dish racks to free up your countertop.

6. Pegboards give you space to store many items, from the kitchen to the bathroom. A magnetic one can stick to the side of the fridge and provide a place to hang utensils or put small shelves for spices.

Spring is in the air… almost! It’s time to start planning your spring cleaning.

Here’s our favourite 10 tips to start your summer fresh.

1. Clean the windows, inside and out. Let the sunshine stream in without being blocked by dust, mold, pollen, or fingerprints so you can enjoy the views!

2. Tackle the medicine cabinet. Throw out the expired stuff. Take inventory of your first aid supplies and stock up anything you’re missing.

3. Same goes for your makeup and skin care. Toss out old items that are likely full of bacteria. Clean brushes and applicators. Make sure you’re stocked up on (unexpired) sunscreen for the family.

4. Clean your pillows and replace old ones. Old pillows can hold dust, dust mites and allergens. Don’t forget to put the covers of your pillows through the wash.

5. Sort the freezer. Get rid of freezer-burned items, unidentifiable leftovers, and stuff you will just never use up. Compost what you can, donate anything that is edible (or make a giant pot of freezer soup!), and toss the rest. Defrost your freezer and give it a good clean.

6. Wipe down the walls. Often you don’t see the dust and grime until you get up close. This will give you an opportunity to clear out the cobwebs and brighten up your living space.

7. Put away your winter items for storage. Anything you won’t likely need for the next six months. While you’re at it, go through your clothing – if you didn’t wear it this winter, what are the odds you’ll wear it next winter?

8. Clean the laundry room. Detergent gets spilled, dust bunnies abound, muddy clothes get tossed about. Haul everything out, give it a clean and put things back in an organised way. Vacuum out the lint collector in the clothes dryer. You’ll feel much happier about doing the laundry.

9. Get a carpet cleaner in. Whether you DIY or hire a professional, it is a good time to get the winter stains out of the carpet and start springtime with a fresh clean floor. Spot clean your furniture or ask the pros if they’ll do upholstery as well.

10. Clear out the pantry. Throw out expired spices and anything old that’s opened. Get some clear jars and organise the pantry so you can see everything that’s in there. You’re more likely to use up what you have.

If all this seems too daunting then just do one room at a time. It is amazing how much you will get done once you get started.

Of course there are hundreds more, but these are our favourite tips for springing into spring!

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