Store Smart

1. All sorted! Tired of figuring out where to keep those building blocks, doll's clothes, hair clips, and a million other things your child owns? No, you need not clutter up her room with additional cupboards and cabinets. Instead, use some smart "tools" such as baskets and boxes - get bright, attractive ones which will look good on open shelves in her room. Tables with in-built drawers work well for bulkier things - soft toys, winter clothes and so on. Take a cue from this homemaker and cheer up the room with artwork - a single row on top of the shelf looks smart, and is a good way to showcase your child's creative streak.

2. DIY Corner: Give dedicated space to your hobbies rather than cluttering up cupboards and drawers with "raw materials" - art paper, watercolours, glue, and so on. Even if you have one wall to spare, it's enough to make this unique creative corner. Just place a table and chair next to the wall, and get a simple "framework shelf" installed. This has space to hold jars of sequins, beads, glitter and things you may need, along with rods to hold art paper (there is another stand for these next to the table). Put up a board in the middle to tack up your creations and instruction sheets for your next endeavour

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