in Association with Jane Akers, Executive Editor of Ideal Home

Here at Ideal Home HQ we firmly believe in the philosophy ‘tidy house, tidy mind’. There’s nothing better than getting your home shipshape to make you feel more positive and in control of your life! So we’ve put together some great storage tips and tricks with a little help from Matalan’s lovely and very affordable range of accessories to help you give your home a refresh and start the New Year as you mean to go on.

 The Christmas decs are down and the house is looking a bit bare, but there’s no time for the January blues! Fill those empty spaces in the living room with these pretty fabric storage boxes, £12 each, in neutral shades of grey, cream and pink, that will slot into any scheme and are perfect for stashing bits and bobs such as glasses, keys, cards and tealights etc...

TIDY TIP Get super organised  and allocate each box for different items so things don’t get mixed up inside.


STYLE TIP Line the boxes up on open shelving or on top of a sideboard for a stylish display. Stick to three – this is the magic number when it comes to decorating as it looks more pleasing to the eye.

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Festivities are over and the guests have gone but now you’re stuck with a whole heap of laundry and cleaning to do! Don’t despair! It’s time to get your positive groove on, don your marigolds and start sorting – just think how much better you’ll feel once it’s done! We find that cleaning and washing is SO much more enjoyable when you’re using pretty tools which is why we LOVE this gorgeous collection of super stylish grey laundry and washing tins, from £6 and beautiful wooden brushes, from £3.

TIDY TIP Hang brushes and pans on nails on the wall in a cupboard for a tidy, floor-space saving idea.


STYLE TIP Decant washing powder and pegs etc into nice tins – you’ll be more inclined to use them and your utility space will be a pleasure to behold.

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Feeling sluggish after all that festive stodge? Don’t worry – you’re not alone! This month will see a large percentage of the population launch into resolutions of healthy eating, gym going and alcohol avoidance! If you plan to be one of them, you need to make sure you have the right kit. Think mugs and water bottles with positive affirmations and reminders on them and plenty of perfect-sized plastic food containers from £3, to help you prep for all those healthy meals you’re going to be eating!

TIDY TIP Keep your fridge super organised, clean and hygienic by storing fresh food in plastic containers that you can stack to keep their contents visible for easy access.


STYLE TIP Stick to the same style of storage boxes to keep your fridge looking streamlined. There’s nothing worse than a messy, overflowing fridge!

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