Storage solutions that could transform your kitchen

Aside from making sure your kitchen looks the part, it’s important to ensure it includes enough storage space. For some savvy tips and tricks that could help transform your entire cooking area, keep reading.

Full height cabinets

While many traditional style kitchens have separated lower and wall mounted cupboards, this might not be the best option for you, especially if you’re keen to include as much storage space as possible. Instead, you could go for full height cabinets. These cupboards normally extend from the floor all the way up to the ceiling, offering you lots of extra room to store just about anything, from your pots and pans to plates and bowls.

To make sure these cupboards offer you the storage you need, you can often choose how they are assembled. For example, kitchen specialist website offers a selection of different arrangements, including full height cupboards with a space for an integrated appliance, such as a microwave, as well as designs featuring long shelved cupboards on top with smaller drawer sections in the lower half.

Kitchen islands

If you’ve got the spare square footage, you could go for a kitchen island. Aside from giving you an additional surface area to prepare and eat meals, this design feature offers you extra storage. A typical island features a combination of drawers and cupboards. However, kitchen islands are available in a variety of different shapes, sizes and styles, so it’s possible to find designs with inbuilt wine racks, baskets and pull-out trays too.

Shelving, racking and hanging hooks

If you have any wall space going spare, why not utilise it? There are a number of simple yet effective ways you can create a convenient place to keep things you use on a regular basis. For example, you could put up shelving to proudly display your best crockery, or you could attach racking to the wall for a quirky way to store your spices. You could even attach hooks to hang up your tea towels and apron.

Pull-out pantry cupboards

Pull-out pantry cupboards are a useful storage solution, especially if you have an awkwardly shaped nook or cranny in your kitchen that’s going to waste. Unlike a regular cabinet with hinged doors, this style of cupboard can be pulled outwards by a handle, meaning that you don’t have to worry about factoring in extra space when it’s opened. Pull-out pantry cupboards are usually fitted with internal shelving or racking, providing you with the perfect place to organise all of your cooking essentials.

Regardless of whether your kitchen is large and spacious or a little on the smaller side, there are a variety of ways you can up your storage game.


House Envy

Do you ever look at other people’s homes and wish that yours could look like that? Maybe their house is just more organised and spick and span than yours or perhaps they have something in their house that you wish you could have in yours but you can’t for whatever reason (space won’t allow, it just isn’t practical etc). House envy is real and we all suffer from it.

I live in quite a small house – the bedrooms are decently sized but the kitchen is absolutely tiny – I’d love a dishwasher and an American style fridge freezer like my friends have but all I can fit in my kitchen is a tiny washing machine alongside the usual kitchen appliances. Our cupboards are on the wall which doesn’t leave room for a massive fridge freezer.

The same goes for our living room. I’m quite happy with our sofa, with our TV and I like the open plan layout that leads to what we call the dining room. However, there is a massive crack in the wall where they have boarded up an old fireplace and not done it too well. It is very unsightly and I’d much prefer a wall mountable fireplace in the living room to make it look a bit better – so many of my friends have them and I think they look great.

I’m happy with the size of our bedrooms but we are all so disorganised – I’m so envious of my friends who manage to keep their bedrooms completely tidy all of the time. I swear it is impossible when you have kids! I try my hardest to keep on top of it but it seems almost impossible. In fact, I am due a big declutter this weekend to get it done once and for all.

Do you suffer from house envy? What would you like in your house that you don’t have? What would you like your house to look like?


Declutter & Donate Your Preloved Clothes Today!

When it comes to decluttering our wardrobes, it can be so tempting to throw our old clothes out and revamp them entirely. But what if I told you that you can declutter and raise some money for charity at the same time?

With Steve and I currently trying to lose weight and having lost almost three and a half stone between us so far, we are going through our clothes and getting rid of the ones that no longer fit – we need smaller sizes so are getting rid of all the bigger stuff. We normally donate to our local charity shops but it can be quite difficult to get the clothes to the closest charity shop as we live in a village and have to go outside of the village to take them.

However, there are ways of donating your clothes to charity which don’t require you having to go out of your way to get them to a charity shop. iCollectClothes are based in the UK and have a great business model. They attract small charity organisations – those ones that may struggle to raise funds when up against the bigger name charities. They spread the word about them and help to raise valuable donations towards their cause. It is a great way to donate your clothes – decluttering them and helping charities benefit from them too.

So how does it work? The person donating the clothes chooses which charity they want the funds to go to and fill in all their important details. The company arrange the request and collect the clothes and then sell the collection of clothes to raise funds for the donors chosen charity. It is quick, it is easy and stress free for all those involved. You have a less cluttered wardrobe and the charity gets some much needed funds.

I believe this to be such a great idea. It helps you to raise money for causes you feel passionately about. There are currently a few small charities that are available for you to raise funds for. There’s Do Not Delay if cancer charities are close to your heart, the Remus Horse Sanctuary if you prefer to raise funds for animals and even the Colostomy Association if you want to raise funds and awareness for people living with a stoma.

If you are looking for a great way to donate your preloved clothes so that others can get some use out of them and money can be raised for charities you feel passionate about, then I would certainly recommend checking out iCollectClothes. With a passion for supporting the smaller charities in society, they are helping you to raise funds where they are needed post – and what could be better than that?

I’m definitely going to be sorting out a few more bags for iCollectClothes and our chosen charity as we continue to declutter through our bedroom and get rid of all the clothes that no longer fit us. After all, if we are not using them it would be better that someone else got some use out of them, right?


How To Have The Perfect Movie Night In

We all love a good movie night in but how can we make it the perfect movie night in? Here is how we settle down for a night in at my house.

Choose The Perfect Film

When it comes to a movie night, you’ve got to get the film right. Something that is of interest to everyone and which is age appropriate for all those who are settling down to watch. We love to watch good old family films if Jack is sitting down to watch too.

Get Snuggled Up

We love to curl up under a blanket with the lights out and really get cosy, really immerse ourselves in the film and forget about the outside world. Plus blankets are great to hide under if you’re watching a scary film too!

Grab Some Snacks

What is a film night without some decent snacks? Whether you’re a popcorn fan or sweets, chocolate or crisps are more your bag, make sure you have those snacks to hand.