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5 Cabinetry Ideas to Tackle Clutter

Clutter can make your home feel smaller and messy, and can add to the mental load of home chores. If you're building or renovating, it's important to consider including cabinetry that will help you take control of clutter. You need to consider exactly where everything will go in the new space - and allow extra space for new or different needs in the future. Below are 5 cabinetry ideas to help you tackle clutter:

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1 | Create a home admin area

Everyone has that drawer or bench space (or multiple drawers/benches) where they dump the mail, to-do lists, grocery lists, etc. To help you feel more organised, you may want to create a spot specifically for it. We recommend including multiple sections within the drawer or cupboard so you can sort the mail or papers in there. If you have space, you may want to add a pin board or white board for notes. We also often like to combine this 'life admin' area with a charging station for charging all your devices out of sight. This allows you to keep all your chargers plugged in without the cables creating clutter around your kitchen.

2 | Add a 'mud room' to your entry

A mud room is usually located near your main entrance or at a secondary entrance, like the garage or laundry door. It's a place to store things you usually take off as you walk into the home like shoes, coats, and handbags. They are incredibly practical as you always know where everything is, and it's all right there as you're rushing out the door.

3 |  Pet Station

If you have pets, it can be helpful to incorporate their needs into the design, so that you don't have bowls, beds and/or litter boxes cluttering your spaces. For example, consider creating a nook within your kitchen or laundry cabinetry for your pet's food bowls. You can also add a small pull out bin near it to easily access and store your pet's food. If you want to take it a step further, you can make the nook large enough to also fit their bed so they have a cosy place to sleep out of the way. You can also create a space for the cat's litter within your laundry joinery. Make sure you include a hole for the cat to access the space, and a door for you to remove/clean the litter box.

4 | The study nook

If you find yourself cluttering up your kitchen island or dining bench with your laptop and side projects, then having a dedicated study desk might be the answer. If you don't have space for a dedicated home office, a study nook with doors over the top can be added to any corner of the home or within the kitchen joinery. We love adding pocket doors to the study nook, to make the space as functional as possible when in use.

5 | Understairs Storage

If you have a double story home, you can create a lot of storage space by utilising the room under the stairs. Depending on where it is located, you may only have room for a small door, but if you have the ability to gain full access to this space, take it! You can have a standard door into the room and then add shelves and hooks inside to suit your needs - or you can open up the whole space and add custom cabinetry instead. This could be just cupboards and drawers, or you could even have your mud room, study nook, or pet station in there!

I hope these ideas have been helpful! If you want to find out more about how we can help you with your project, get in contact with us below:

Have a wonderful week!

Nina xx

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