As much as we'd like to, not all of us live in a 2000 square metre home with walk-in-wardrobes in every room. In reality our tiny built-in-robes are packed to the brim and shoes are stored in any spare nook or cranny. Spare storage is hard to come by, floor space is at a premium and there seems to be no way to clear the endless clutter.
But never fear, this is why Pinterest was created. As all you Pinning-obsessed (and if you're not on Pinterest, you absolutely need to be) will know, Pinterest is a hub of home improvement, DIY and organisation inspiration. We've had a look through and found 10 of the simplest and coolest ways you can organise your home and declutter your life.
And to make life even easier for you, we've found all the products you'll need to create your dream home on Etsy. The Etsy home decor hub is the ultimate one-stop-shop for inspired homewares. From reclaimed wood side tables to unique picture frames, Etsy has everything you need to make your place look like it's fresh from a Pinterest board.
Floating shelves are your friend
Floating shelves are the best - they take up zero floor space plus they add a certain style and charm to any room. Anyone who has a few too many knick-knacks cluttering their space and no where to put them should seriously consider a set of floating shelves.
Many people shy away from these thinking you might have to bolt them to your walls. You don't. Try a set Command sticky strips. You can get ones that take up to 7 kilos of weight (or more if you use multiple packs). It's the easiest, cleanest and best way to mount floating shelves.
Stack your furniture
If you live in a smaller apartment or are just generally short and space, then trying to add more storage can be a catch 22. Adding a new piece of furniture for you to put your things in can come at the cost of your much needed floor space. And as much as you want somewhere to put your books, no one wants to navigate a maze of furniture just to get to the other side of the room.
Instead, try stacking your furniture. Your floorspace is far more precious than wall space. Playing with height and having taller furniture is a great way to maximise storage space. Can't fit your tallboy and low console side-by-side? Put the tallboy on top of the console. Easy peasy. You can actually buy stackable and modular furniture designed with this idea in mind.
Just make sure that the bottom piece of furniture is sturdy enough to take the weight of the piece you put on top.
Store shoes on a ladder
Ladies, do you always run out of shoe storage? Try artfully storing them on a blanket ladder.
Traditional shoe racks can take up way too much floor space. Especially if you need to store 30 pairs of shoes and you're living in a small share apartment. Storing shoes on a ladder is a great idea because you're making use of plentiful vertical space rather than occupying precious horizontal space.
You can get a regular ladder to store heels or a ladder with flat rungs to store flats and wedges.
Use wire caddies
If you're short of drawers or shelf space, you can use a wire caddy instead. Look for one that is designed to sit up against a wall, you can usually find these in the bathroom and shower sections of online stores. Then all you have to do is hang it up with a Command hook.
This is a great way of creating that little bit of extra storage space in your bathroom or kitchen. You can even put them on the insides of cupboard doors if you'd rather keep them out of sight.
Console tables are a great multi-tasker
Console tables are a fantastic all-in-one piece. If you need a desk in your room, a console table is the way to go. Use it as a writing desk, an extra storage shelf, a living room showpiece, a bed-footer and more.
The open space underneath means more storage space for you. You can store bulky items underneath it, like suitcases, or you can stack baskets or small storage units underneath for extra drawer storage. Console tables can also be used a feature piece at the foot of your bed, and (if you get one that's big enough) you can actually sit it over your bed. Who said breakfast in bed has to be a messy affair.
Opt for multi-shelved side tables
If you're choosing a side table, whether it be for your bedroom or the living room, choose one with lots of shelves or compartments. While console tables are great, console side tables can be waste space.
The gap underneath a console side table isn't really big enough for you to store your bigger items, like suitcases. So it is a much better use of space to find a side table (or even a bar cart) with lots of different drawers or shelves for you to store your smaller items like books.
Store books as a showpiece
For all you bibliophiles out there, this trick is a lifesaver. If you've completely run out of space on your shelves for the endless number of books you own, try storing them as a showpiece. Pile them up as decoration or stack them as a make-shift side table. Not only does this solve your book storage problem, but it adds warmth and character to your home.
Just make sure to top the books with a candle holder, vase or knick-knack to make the stack look deliberate.
Buy cube baskets in bulk
Really, you can never have too many cubical baskets. You can stack them up in a corner, you can tuck them under your bed, you can use them as make-shift drawers in a storage unit and more. The storage uses are endless. Whatever your storage system is like, you will find a use for these.
If you can, try and find the cubical baskets that collapse. That way you can conveniently hide them away if aren't using them.
Hang your pictures
One of the most common storage and organisation mishaps is crowding a dresser or table top with photo frames. Why not hang them up instead? You most likely have a lot more free wall space than storage space, so free up that cluttered table top by moving all your pictures, photos and prints onto the wall.
Wall mounted pictures have a more polished and deliberate look. This simple change will make your home feel more stylish and it will clear up some of your clutter.
Raise your bed
If you've got an ensemble bed, a solid bedframe or a low bed, you're missing out on a whole lot of under-bed storage. Try using bed risers to lift your bed off the ground and give you that little extra storage room.
Now you have a place to store bulky items like suitcases. Or you can grab a whole bunch or cubical baskets and use it too store extra clothes, books and other knick-knacks.