House to Home column: Revamp your cupboard of doom

Interiors-obsessed blogger Becky Pink shows us the best way to declutter our chaotic storage spaces, through the use of organisation, shelving and more…

Do you have any plans to revamp any rooms in your house this year?

My next project will probably be the cupboard under the stairs (AKA The Cupboard of Doom). It leads off our kitchen, so we use it as a pantry/junk store.

It fits quite a lot in it, but it is a real jumble and I find it hard to find what I need. Every so often I attempt to organise it, but it’s never long before it descends into chaos again.

The main problem is the lack of proper organisation and shelving. I have the over the door rack, and that works well, but the narrow, and very wobbly shelves that the previous owners of the house put up have got to go.

Every time I put something on them, I hold my breath and wait for them to collapse. I know it’s only a matter of time.

Naturally, my first port of call is IKEA, as they excel at storage solutions that don’t cost the earth.

There are loads of different shapes and sizes available in this system, so I think it would work quite well, as we have the sloped ceiling to deal with. I prefer the natural wood of this alternative, also from IKEA, as I think it will continue the wood tones of our kitchen nicely.

I think we need a mix of open and boxed off storage, to keep it looking as tidy, yet accessible as possible.

I’d love to have a dedicated shelf for my food processor, and for the coffee machine, as they either clutter up the worktops, or get buried at the back of the cupboard.

We could even pop the toaster in there, as we have power.

Is it sad that I am getting really excited about this?!

Becky Pink is a freelance copywriter and journalist who blogs about her family, life and home at You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @pinkscharming.

This column was published in the January 2018 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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