Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Make Some Space and Give Yourself a Break

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Make Some Space and Give Yourself a Break

Article excerpt

We all need a little space. How many of us have said: "I haven't got the space", "I'll have to find a space", "Get out of my space!"

It's something that becomes a major issue in our living spaces and it's something which often gets out of control. We get ourselves to the stage where we don't know where to start, but there are a number of small changes you can make to give yourself that much-deserved space.

Some ideas mean a trip to the shops or few hours rooting around junk shops and car boot sales, others involve a piece of 2x4 and a hammer and nails but I admit others might need a dedicated DIY enthusiast or a trained joiner. But all of them are easily executed and will make such a difference to your cluttered life.

Firstly, could your home benefit from a delft rack? A delft rack is a shelf at picture-rail level all around the room. But don't worry if your home is a contemporary haven, delft racks don't have to be "traditional" in design. A plain, thick, squared-off shelf can look great and make a real style statement. Delfts are perfect for displaying collections of ceramics, CDs or books and in the kitchen can give you extra cupboard space instantly. Store items like peppercorns, dried pulses, dried fruit or nuts in attractive glass jars and display on the delft rack to leave more space in your cupboards.

This could be teamed with a peg rail. They are superbly versatile in the bedroom, bathroom or hallway. Put up on an unused bit of wall or run right the way around the room. This year's must-follow style guru Cath Kidston uses hers to hang up pretty floral peg bags or covered coat hangers but they are also useful for coats, clothes, tea towels and drawstring bags.

For those with truly stylish clothes - that special party dress, a favourite embroidered top or flimsy night dress why not put them on display. There's no point in mothballing your glamorous dress or hiding it in a suitcase or wardrobe - hang it up on a peg rail and be reminded of that special occasion every day. …

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