The latest Netflix series sensation Marie Kondois hitting Australian homes by storm with her storage, packing and folding skills, like no-one has seen before.
Lifestyle expert Kelly Donougher, from 13Interiors, says the decluttering master creates an amazing transformation, restoring calm and order to families all over the world, while “sparking joy”.
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“Not many of us can afford the luxury of having the famous Marie Kondo whirl through our own homes,” Ms Donougher says, but she also offers up four sure-fire hacks to “bring the “Marie Kondo” factor into your home with functional, budget-savvy and space-saving ideas”.
Here’s Kelly Donougher’s four tips on How to Marie Kondo your home on a budget:
That famous kitchen drawer. Yes, we all have one that is bursting at the seams with all those things that just don’t seem to have a real home.
Many budget conscious homeware brands have great solutions for storage boxes of the perfect dimensions for drawer storage.
The bamboo products available, not only look great but section out and divide all your clutter into separate boxes creating a clean clutter free drawer with easy to find daily items.
Like your car keys!
Who’s guilty of the dump and run shoe collection at the front door?
It’s convenient yes, but not so great as you open the front door to a messy pile of shoes. My tip is to store these in baskets or boxes with lids, under a console unit or bench seat.
This is the perfect way to hide those mounting runners, flip flops and kid’s shoes that pile up daily.
The trick is to find a basket with a lid that suits the home aesthetic.
When you find the perfect item, you then have a solution which keeps the shoes in a convenient location, hidden from sight but easily accessible for you each day.
Here’s some of my top finds for baskets with a lid.
Top buys: K-mart storage boxes, two for $12 — perfect for near the front door.
Freedom large lidded box reduced to $36
White Target basket with lid — $20
The garage is another place that often becomes the dumping ground for beach bags, more shoes, sports and camping equipment plus those bits and pieces that you often use when you’re on a family holiday or day out.
Having a handy easy to see storage system is the key here.
Cube units are a huge win as a functional space-saving solution. We often see cubes used throughout the home in kid’s rooms, entertainment units and even wardrobe storage.
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Why not incorporate these into the garage? The cubes can be used with and without baskets but are a great way to store and sort sports toys, beach toys, shoes and even garden care products.
All easily separated, accessible and budget friendly.
Here’s my top budget friendly and easy to assemble storage cube units.
Ikea Kallax shelving unit for $109
Target 6 cube storage unit for $29
K-mart 8 cube unit for $35
Not all of us have the luxury of a built-in laundry hamper in our wardrobe — whether it’s a walk-in or built-in.
But we all have hanging space.
A functional space saving fix is to have a laundry hamper that can hang from the rail and leave valuable space below free.
This can easily be carried to the laundry and then hung back up in the wardrobe for easy access.
Cost saving and functional!