It’s just over one month until the official start of British Summer Time. So get your spring cleaning hat on and get ready to give your home a whole new lease of life… we’ve got some room by room tips to help break down your epic spring clean…

Kitchens

Make the most of wall space

Some people make the mistake of thinking that everything needs to be hidden away for your kitchen to look clutter-free. Often, this just leads to chaotic cupboards where you can’t find anything. Add hanging space on kitchen walls for saucepans and install a magnetic knife block. You’ll have less stuff to riffle through in your cupboards and your kitchen utensils will be better organised.

Invest in a stylish spice rack

Is your spice cupboard packed with ancient bottles? Not even sure what you’ve got in there, lurking at the back? You’re not alone. First, have a massive clear out – throw away anything out of date. Then invest in a stylish spice rack. Online retailers like Etsy have literally hundreds to choose from, including clever space savers that go on the kitchen work surface, and wall mounted racks.

Reorder your cupboards

Everyone’s favourite tidying expert Marie Kondo has some excellent advice for making your kitchen clutter free and practical. Simply reorder your cupboards so every day items are easier to reach than things you only use occasionally. For example: that giant punch bowl that’s always in the way? Put it in a high cupboard, or move it out of the kitchen altogether. Mugs, everyday glasses and plates; move them to lower shelves or drawers. Simple.

Ditch duplicate items

Got three wooden spoons for no reason? Too many knives but never enough forks? We feel you. Start by getting rid of duplicate stuff. Donate it to your local charity shop, or use the app Olio to get your unwanted items collected for free by people who can use them. Then, buy inexpensive matching items that will make your drawers feel more co-ordinated and less cluttered.

Living rooms

Create categories

One of the best ways to deal with clutter the rooms you spend the most time in, is to categorise. Make your categories based on things you like most, not things you have a lot of. For example, your categories could be: books, plants, photographs. Or: movies, gadgets, magazines. Put the things that fit into the categories together first. Next, look at what you’ve got left over. Are these miscellaneous items things you really need? If so, can they be stored in a cupboard, or in storage elsewhere in your home? Stuff that isn’t something you like, or something you need: toss it!

Add trunks, boxes and baskets

So you’ve sorted out the things you like and the things you need from the stuff that’s just annoying clutter, but now what? Add some storage to your living room easily with stackable trunks. These can be picked up for a few pounds from vintage shops and car boots sales. Or, if that’s not your style, add wicker baskets, or simply boxes that can slide under tables.

Donate old books, CDs and DVDs

Running low on shelf space? Got dozens of old DVDs that have been gathering dust since you signed up for Netflix? Don’t be afraid to donate stuff to your local charity shop – you’ll be amazed how much you don’t miss things when getting rid of them makes your home feel cleaner and more spacious.

Make personal items into a feature

Got nick nacks around the room that have sentimental value? Ornaments and photographs that remind you of a certain holiday, or a special time in your life? Group these together and make them into a particular focal point in the room. Dedicate a space on a shelf to items from your travels, or momentoes from your wedding day, or whatever it might be. Collecting items together like this will make that part of your toom look like a considered style choice, even if the types of items themselves are very different.

Bathrooms

Ditch old and expired products

Spice cupboards and bathroom cabinets: the dumping ground of every home. First thing’s first: clear out all the empty bottles, all the old expired products, all the crazy lipsticks and nail polishes that you impulse bought before realising they don’t suit you.

Tidy those towels

Whether you live alone, with a partner or family, or with housemates, keeping towels tidy is a great way to make your whole bathroom look more organised. If more than one person uses your bathroom, why not try designated baskets or hangers for each person’s towel. If you live alone but store spare/guest towels in your bathroom, be sure to fold them and stack them neatly in size order. Or, for smaller storage spaces, roll your towels and place them on shelves or in baskets.

Add some greenery

Adding a plant to a decluttered surface will help motivate you to keep it neat and tidy. Aloe vera grows well in bathrooms (and you can use the leaves as a great moisturiser and after sun). Other good bathroom plants include bamboo and Boston ferns.

Divide his and hers

Living with a partner? Feel like they’re the one who always messes up your nicely ordered bathroom? Why not create boxes for each of your stuff, labeled with your names. That way you’ll both have responsibility for keeping your own toiletries tidy and there won’t be any more arguments about who left that empty shampoo bottle in the shower (hopefully).

Bedrooms

Try the wardrobe clearance trick

Want to have a clear out of your old clothes, but not sure where to start? Here’s a great technique to help you decide what to ditch. Over the next few months, make a habit of hanging clothes you have recently worn back into the cupboard with the hanger facing the other way. Do this every time you put back a jacket, or when you tidy away something you have recently worn and laundered. After a while, you’ll start to see which items of clothing you genuinely wear, and which ones just sit there gathering dust. After a length of time that you decide, take out everything that hasn’t been worn, and head down to the charity shop. Ta-da, decluttered cupboard.

Add under bed storage

A brilliant storage solution for smaller bedrooms is under bed storage. This can be as simple as inexpensive plastic boxes to house your shoes, or as fancy as a bespoke made bed with built in storage (like this one from Made). By adding under bed storage in your guest room, you can get rid of items that you want to keep hold of, but only use occasionally.

Organise jewelry using bowls

Shallow bowls and plates are an attractive way to keep your jewelry neat. You can buy trinket dishes from homewares shops and boutiques, like this one from Anthropologie or this one, available on Trouva. Or, if you’re a fan of upcycling and shabby chic, you can pick up vintage crystal plates at flea markets for a few pounds.

Create fun storage for kids

Getting kids to tidy up their bedrooms can feel like an impossible task. But there are lots of fun and creative storage solutions that make tidying up seem less boring. One idea is to turn a toy kitchen into a storage area (and combine tidying up with playtime). Stylish homewares company Stackers make these great kid’s laundry baskets too.. sharks like to eat socks, right?

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Kid’s rooms are a great opportunity to add some fun quirky style to your home. Here are some of our favourite home decor ideas for bedrooms for boys and girls…

Breton stripes

(Pottery Barn Kids)

Add some French chic to your child’s room with Breton stripes. These ones with snappy crocs are from Pottery Barn Kids. You could even create a Provencal theme and match curtains and rugs.

Massive maps

(Murwall via Etsy)

Stylish and educational, add a statement wall with map wall paper. You can get map wallpapers with all kinds of themes, we love the little animals featured on this design.

Quirky lighting

(Neon Home via Etsy)

Bespoke neon lighting has really made a come back in interiors. This simple but colourful rainbow design will really brighten up a child’s room.

Pretty pastels

(Murals Wallpaper)

Pastels are pretty and soothing – great for creating a relaxing environment that leads to drama-free bedtimes. If you don’t feel like going all out with pastel walls, add a touch of understated colour with bedding or cushions instead.

Tree-mendous bookcases

(WoodarByLyubaschenko via Etsy)

Help keep mess and clutter at bay with a themed book case, such as this tree design from Etsy online marketplace.

Make a climbing wall

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Future mountain climbers will love these climbing rocks. Available in white or black, you can buy them in sets of 8 so you control how to place them and high they can climb.

Camping adventures

(Amazon)

Make every day and adventure with a mini -indoor teepee. A perfect hide out for young explorers.

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House plants not only make your house feel more like a home, they also help to clean up your air. Plants filter harmful chemicals from the air (such as formaldehyde and benzene which are commonly used in household cleaners) and  they also oxygenate your air. Here are our top tips for making plants into a feature in your home. Make space in your life for a bit more greenery!

Create a green room divider

Fill a backless shelving unit with plants and create an indoor living wall. This can also be a great way to divide up your living space, creating a dedicated dining area or reading nook within an open plan living room. Add candles too and you’ll have a stylish focal point for daytime and evening.

Add hanging planters

Hanging planters aren’t just for town high streets and outside of pubs! Add low maintenance succulents, or training plants like Senico Pearl or the very suitably named String of Beads plant to easily add a touch of green to any room. You can buy loads of different hanging planters online (in all kinds of shaped and sizes). This one pictured is from Not On The High Street. You can hang them from curtain rails or exposed beams, or you can buy stylish minimalist frames that can be attached to the wall.

A sprinkling of succulents

If you’re a serial plant killer, these are the plants for you. Extremely hardy and low maintenance, succulents (like cacti) can live on the moisture in the air. They benefit from a sprinkling of water now and then, but you can forget about them for a long time before they start to turn brown. You can buy them as tiny cuttings (only a few centimeters across) and they grow fairly slowly, so they’re great for smaller spaces like a bookcase or desk. They also cope better than other plants in less well lit spots.

Populate corners with greenery

This large Peace Lily really looks at home in the corner of this room. It can be tempting to position storage furniture in corners, such as bookcases and drawers, but reshuffling a room so that furniture is more central can make a room appear more spacious and well proportioned. You can also even out the levels in your room with a plant. For example, if all your furniture looks a bit low, add in a tall palm. If you already have items high up like tall lamps or shelves, a short plant can make the room look more balanced.

Make a mini oasis

Terrariums are a great way to add plants to your home in a flexible way. Terrariums are a bit like tiny self-contained gardens. And because they’re completely enclosed in a glass container, you can easily move them around from room to room. You can buy ready-made terrariums from good quality florists or from boutiques. Or, you can get creative and make your own. Companies like The Botanical Boys run regular terrarium-making workshops in East London.

Make a statement

Make one plant a real focal point in a room. In this studio/living space, the greenery has been allowed to creep in, making for a stylish mix of man made and natural. You could achieve the same effect with a large hanging plant, or a mature palm.

Grow your own greens

The kitchen is a great place to start when greening up your house. Living herbs can be bought in most large supermarkets and don’t take up a lot of space. Add a small herb planter to your kitchen and have fresh herbs to hand whenever you cook.

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Guest rooms are often the neglected room in the house. After all, your guest room is probably a room you hardly ever go into. But creating a comfy guest room will make your visitors feel more relaxed and will make your home feel bigger – you can use the room when you don’t have guests as an extra living space or study and by adding a bit of style create a room that you actually want to spend time in. Here are a few ideas for ways to transform your guest bedroom…

Paint it white

You can’t go wrong with white. White walls, ceilings and floors make a room look elegant and put-together and you’re guaranteed that whatever furniture and soft furnishings you choose, they won’t clash.

Add low maintenance plants

Nothing makes a guest room look more neglected than dead plants. But it’s easy to forget about them. Go for very low maintenance plants like succulents or cacti. You can forget to water these hardy little guys for weeks and they’ll stay green.

Upcycle an old suitcase

What better upcycling inspiration for a guest room than a suitcase? Upcycle an old suitcase (you can pick these up at car boots sales or antiques markets for a few pounds) or just stack three on top of each another to make a low side table or handy storage at the foot of the bed.

Theme your decor

Continue the travel theme with some decorations all about journeys and travelling. This will give your guest room a chic hotel-like feel and mark it out as a dedicated room for visitors.

Install a hanging rail

Quick and easy clothing storage like an exposed or hanging rail are ideal for a guest room. If your guests are only coming for a flying visit, they probably won’t want to unpack into a cupboard or chest of drawers, but giving them a handy place to hang their coat and hat (and pajamas!) is a nice touch.

Don’t forget the mirror

Mirrors are a great way to make a room lighter and brighter. Adding one to your guest room will also double up as a practical choice – no more queue for the bathroom as your guests can now do their hair and makeup back in their own room!

Get smart with storage

Cute hanging baskets like this are perfect for guest rooms. You can use them to store towels or even miniature toiletries for an elegant, thoughtful touch.

Add hidden space savers

Is your guest room also a messy storage room? Liberate your guests from your clutter by hiding it in secret storage spaces like these cleverly designed under-bed drawers.

Show them you care

Flowers are a great way to make your guests feel welcomed. You don’t need to go all out with a huge bouquet; a single stem in a small vase adds less-is-more glamour. And if that seems like too much hassle, you can get extremely lifelike silk flowers online.

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We all know the feeling. You go to bed feeling tired and then lie awake for hours wondering why you can’t sleep. But what you might not realise is that the way your bedroom is designed can have a big impact on the quality of your sleep. Here are some top tips for ensuring your bedroom is a relaxing and calming place to be…

It’s all about the mattress

An obvious but important one: the quality of your mattress will have a big impact on your sleep. Very high quality mattresses used to cost a small fortune, but that’s all changed. Start up companies like Eve have started selling memory foam mattresses for under £300. Casper also sell hybrid mattresses designed specifically to prevent overheating, for under £350.

Soothing scents

Many essential oils are well known for their calming and relaxing qualities. Add fresh lavender to your dresser or bedside table, or try a scented candle with ylang-ylang, chamomile or rose to help you chill out at the end of the day (just make sure to blow it out before you fall asleep!)

Avoid screens

Many sleep experts believe that the blue light from our phone and computer screens has a serious impact on our sleep. Not only making it harder for us to fall asleep, but even leading to worse quality sleep long after we’ve put our phone down or shut off our laptop. Place a few interesting books on your bedside table and read these instead of checking Instagram. Not only will you sleep better, but an attractive book well placed can add style to your room.

Dial down your lighting

Lowering the lighting in your bedroom tells your brain that the day is over and it’s time to sleep. If you’re following the tip above and want to read a book in bed, opt for a lamp with a lower wattage bulb, or a warm filament bulb. Or you could invest in some Wi-Fi bulbs that you can dim and even shut off from an app on your phone, so you don’t have to get out of bed to switch off the lights.

Cosy canopy

If you’ve got the space for it, a canopy over your bed helps to section off where you sleep from the rest of the room. Sleep experts think that by making your bed a dedicated sleeping place (as opposed to a place for checking emails, watching films etc) your brain will associate it with sleep and this alone will make you fall asleep quicker and sleep more deeply.

Calming colours

The way you decorate any room can have a big influence on your mood. In your bedroom, avoid harsh, loud colours and instead go for darker or cooler tones like greens and blues, or neutrals like white or grey. Creating a coherent look with prints and ornaments that compliment the style of the room, can also help to make the room soothing.

 

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There are some great home decor trends on their way this year, from sleek minimalism to plush and opulent interiors. Read on to discover our forecast of the hottest upcoming interiors trends…

Velvet furnishings

They started to edge their way in during 2018 but never really caught on in a big way. But many interior designers are predicting that 2019 will be the year velvet furnishings really boom.

Function over form

Functional furniture is everywhere at the moment because simple, understated designs are so versatile. Simple side tables like this one will suit almost any room and are ideal for showing off your favourite books, photographs or ornaments.

Brass fixtures

Brass fixtures like these really draw the eye in any bathroom or kitchen. They work well in contemporary and period properties and can be styled in a simple, industrial, way or for a polished and sleek look.

Industrial style

Think big lighting, simple furniture, exposed concrete and beams. Industrial style will still be going strong through 2019.

1970’s chic

The 1970’s are well and truly making a come back. Expect cosy furs, complimentary clashing colours and some very retro prints on cushions and wallpapers.

Eclectic patterning

Sometimes less is more, but sometimes, well, more is more. Big bold prints and shabby chic furniture and tableware will be hot this year – so keep your eyes peeled at those flea markets and vintage fairs!

Burnt yellow

Last year we told you all about “milennial pink”. This year’s hottest colour will be burnt yellow. This warm autumnal shade works so well as a accent in an otherwise minimalist room – create a bright wall or invest in a piece of statement furniture.

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It’s December and that can only mean one thing: it’s officially ok to start getting Christmassy! We’ve scoured the internet for some of the coolest, quirkiest and most stylish Christmas decorations out there, so your home can really have the wow factor this Christmas.

Orb lights


(Amazon.com)

Fairy lights are so last year. Step it up a notch with these warm-glowing bubbly orb lights. They make us think of fizzing glasses of Champagne on Christmas day. Gorgeous.

Think pink


(Amazon.com)

You might remember a few months ago when we told you all about the new trend for Millenial Pink. Well, just because it’s Christmas doesn’t mean you have to shun pink. And in our opinion, pink and glitter are a great combo.

Pom poms


(Etsy.com)

These colourful pom pom decorations will bring a homemade kitch to you tree.

Go wild


(Paperchase.com)

Go a bit different this Christmas and add some quirky animal decorations to your tree. Paperchase have a weird and wonderful selection including sharks, sloths, birds and dinosaurs.

Get glitzy


(thewhitecompany.com)

We love this extra glitzy snowball bauble from The White Company, dipped in champagne coloured glitter for all the glitz you could want.

Disco inspiration


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Cover your tree in these disco-ball inspired little baubles for a funky Christmas, at only £1 each you can go crazy.

Fairytale of New York


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We absolutely love these little Christmas snow globes by Etsy maker Louisa Taylor. Each one celebrates a different city, you can choose from New York, London or Paris, or collect them all.

Santa’s little helpers


(etsy.com)

How cute are these canine Christmas decorations? Made from wood and finished with an adorable ribbon collar and bell, they come in different designs inspired by various dog breeds.

Still got Christmas shopping to do? Don’t panic! Just check out our round up of some of East London’s best independent boutiques.