Smart ways to declutter the home for winter

A pile of neatly-folded jumpers beside a small box of accessories on a shelf | How to declutter your home for winter | Tesco Living

Prepare for guests, or just make space for hiding Christmas presents, with our clever storage ideas and decluttering tips for a more organised home.

Toy tidy up

With so many toys (and more coming for Christmas), it can be hard to keep a little one’s bedroom in order. Clear the clutter by donating toys the children have grown out of (which will also help you identify potential Christmas gift ideas).

To store all the remaining toys, simply fold an old bed sheet in half and tie it to the end of the bed frame or under a shelf.

Organise your winter wardrobe

With summery clothes going into hibernation, and chunky knits fighting for wardrobe space, now's the time to sift through last year's winter clothes.

Create three piles: one to donate, one to keep, and one to upcycle. Old jumpers can easily be transformed into cushion covers, or try your hand at DIY hand warmers using old socks, so nothing goes to waste.

Fold and organise knits into drawers, and make your wardrobe work harder with these space-saving hanger hacks, leaving just enough room to hide Christmas pressies.

Easy baking tray trick

Prep for stir up Sunday by organising baking trays in regular desk file organisers. You’ll be able to see every tray as soon as you open the cupboard, and putting them away afterwards will be much more satisfying.

Cookie cutter clean up

Are you poised to bake Santa-shaped biscuits and star-topped mince pies? Keep your cookie cutters in prime position with this clever storage hack.

Cookie cutters on kitchen roll dispenser | Cookie cutters storage hack | Tesco Living

Tidy up electrical items

Cable ties, sandwich bag ties or bulldog clips are a cheap and easy way to gather unsightly wires around the back of the telly. Use them to collect and hide other long wires too, like extension leads, floor lamps and stereos, to immediately banish clutter.

Hosting guests over Christmas? Keep hairdryers, straighteners and curling tongs in magazine racks and hide them at the bottom of your wardrobe to keep them out of sight, but easy to find.

Shoe stacker

With festive parties on the horizon, you'll want easy access to your fancy footwear but won't need them out every day. A wooden wine box will keep them safe from being squashed and scuffed; simply stash them under the bed or at the base of your wardrobe.

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Ice cube storage

For quick access to your jewellery to finish off a Christmas party outfit, store them in ice cube trays inside drawers. The small individual spaces are perfectly-sized for delicate pieces plus they’ll stop chains and hoops tangling, so you’ll be able to find your favourite necklace quickly on a busy morning.

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Jewellery split into sections | Ice cube tray | Storage solutions

Tupperware trick

Do you always seem to lose plastic storage containers or, at the very least, the lids? Save time by keeping all small plastic food storage in one big bin and keep it in the kitchen cupboard ready for stashing leftover food from dinner parties or festive get-togethers.

Simply pull out the bin, take what you need and slot it back in the cupboard. Don’t worry about keeping matched lids and tubs stored together, just embrace the chaos this Christmas!

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