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Let’s discuss: IKEA’s Interior Designers (Part 2 of 2)

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It’s important to plan out the storage you have at home. Why? Keeping your living space clutter-free could mean coming home to a more relaxed atmosphere, after a hard day at work. Here’s what you need to take note of, according to Ikea Damansara’s interior designer, Aileen Abdul Malik. 

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Unload

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Create a space for immediate unloading: car keys, mail, bag, and shoes. Don’t forget to place activated charcoal pouches inside closed shoe cabinets!  

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Ways to organise your living rooms with hidden storage: They help to create a sense of orderliness, perfect for when you have guests over.

Modular cabinets, on the other hand, give you creative freedom in storing your items. Keep smaller accessories in footstools that come with hidden storage compartments. Some of these footstools do not take up much space. They can be kept in small empty spaces after use.

Additional tips from Aileen: Use drawers to store DVDs and boxes for receipts and bills. These boxes can be placed into cabinets. 

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Flaunt what you have with open shelving. Open-concept storage compartments bring a light and airy ambience. 

Don’t have a guest room? Opt for a sofa bed. Your living room can be converted into a sleeping area for your guests. 

 

Create a sense of calmness

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A cluttered living space is a no-no. Walls and individual shelf panels are your best friends when space is a luxury. Fix these shelf panels along and on top of the wall to create a practical open shelf in which to store items. Place these items into labeled boxes and organize them based on how frequently they’re used.

Bedrooms and wardrobes 

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Underbed storage is a must as bedlinens and mattress protectors do take up a lot of space in your wardrobe.

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photo IKEA. 

At IKEA, you can personalise your wardrobe with flexible interior fittings. There are plenty of fittings for you to choose from, some of which enable you to maximise the storage space of your drawers. 

 

Home study

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Personalise your home study with this wall storage system. It allows you to adjust the height of the shelving panels. You can even multi-task by sending a quick e-mail while standing under a battery-operated automatic LED interior as you refer to the corkboard for important appointments. 

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After work, you can store essential stationery and chargers in wire baskets. There’s still plenty of space to furnish your storage system with a lower shelf, for your laptop bags and even a waste bin underneath. 

More tips: If you don’t have much space in your study area, you’ll want to keep things off the floor. Use wall hooks to hang your folding chairs and bags. Bathroom shower rods and curtains are certainly useful when you want to keep this area hidden from view. 

 

Bathrooms

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Create a small ‘spa’ in your bathroom with an open-concept trolley and a drawer fitted with see-through organisers. Besides laundry bags, it’s important that you furnish your bathroom with wall-mounted cabinets in order to store a supply of towels, toilet paper rolls, toothpaste, and other cleaning agents; don’t leave them out in the open.  

Kitchens

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photo IKEA. 

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An organised kitchen could mean more space for food prep. Use inserts to organise your kitchen drawers and cabinets. This way, you can store and organise spice bottles, kitchen utensils, and textiles in a drawer. Don’t forget to look out for customised or specially designed bins for your cabinet to separate organic from the non-organic waste!