You look around your house one day and realise that things are starting to clutter up in different corners. But you are not ready to recycle or give away those things for practical or sentimental reasons.

However, you may not have a choice, especially if you don’t have much space left at home.

According to the Ikea Life at Home 2018 report, 27% of people globally think that society puts pressure on them to live minimally and 49% of people say the main cause of their domestic arguments is due to different ways they perceive “clutter”.

To help you keep things organised and free up your living space, Ikea offers four tips on maximising your storage space.

The Pax storage system allows you to completely create your own tailor-made wardrobe with the Pax planners.

Go vertical

Vertical storage is key when it comes to small space living. With a small footprint, you can store stuff all the way up to the ceiling using bookcases, wardrobes and storage units. Ikea’s Pax storage system lets you adjust it to suit your needs or completely create your very own tailor-made wardrobe with the Pax planners, a 3D planning tool.
Shoes left on open shelves or on the floor can look very messy and collect dust. If you have many pairs of footwear, the Trones and Skubb ranges offer a neat storage solution and keep shoes out of the way and off the floor.

Store those spare comforters or bulky luggage neatly with the Malm Ottoman bed.

Let’s sleep on it

Do you ever feel that the area under your bed is a huge wasted space? If yes, then the Malm Ottoman bed is perfect for you. Keep those spare comforters, bedsheets and pillows neatly folded and tucked under there, ready to be whipped out and used when you need them. The storage space is also perfect for those bulky travel bags.

Give life back to dead spaces with the Platsa modular storage system.

Making use of dead space

Often, there is a spot in your house that can be utilised for extra storage. That’s when the Platsa modular storage system comes in handy. Designed to make dead space functional again, the Platsa features customisable units that can be combined or pulled apart to make sure you fill that space, and you get to pick the internal storage, handles and legs to match it.

The Skadis pegboard helps you keep things organised without compromising on aesthetics.

Keeping it all organised

Keeping your floors clear of household items is great, but you won’t want to chuck them haphazardly in the store room as well. Keeping things neat and tidy in there helps you find things quickly and protect them from damage. Enter the Skadis pegboard, which helps you keep things organised and look great.

For items that you use every day, combine the Pax wardrobe and Komplement wardrobe systems to keep things like your clothes, socks, ties and bags in their places. You can also get creative and design your own wardrobe by choosing either sliding or hinged doors, the colours, and even what shelves and door handles you want. (Ikea provides a 10-year guarantee for the Pax/Komplement wardrobes and interior organisers.)