Tidy, Tidy, Tidy

January is one of those months, when the weather is usually awful and we don’t have any money, so staying indoors is a much easier option.  Its the perfect time to sort out all the post Christmas clutter and tidy it away freeing the rest of the year up to hopefully, spend more time out and about.  

I’m not the kind of person who is happy to have stuff lying around all over the house, it has always irritated me and probably goes back to my days in the army and my mother, whose motto was “a place for everything and everything in its place”.

I recently selected this gorgeous Hydra storage chest from the Wayfair website which fits in perfectly with my home style and is versatile enough to be used in any room in the house.  I tried it out first in this space at the bottom of the stairs.  Desperate for additional storage for my growing collection of vintage soup and vegetable tureens, it’s the perfect cupboard to house them.  

My only concern with it situated in the doorway, was it might get knocked by my darling sons as they dash around the house.   So maybe a re-think.  After the recent renovation of the kitchen/ dining room there is nowhere suitable in there for it to sit without it looking out of place with all the other storage. I tried it in my bedroom where it looked wonderful under the window and was perfect for housing my spare cushions and seasonal bedding and throws.  But decided in the end that the hallway was the perfect place for it.

Its stylish look fits in perfectly with the hall stand and our up cycled coat hooks (made from a bed head, incase you were wondering ).   The entrance to our home looks lovely (most of the time) except for when everybody decides to remove their shoes and leave them where they took them off !  With five of us in the house, sometimes it hard to even see the floor.  So the hydra is the perfect stylish solution to the problem. 

Enough room on top for all the school bags and space underneath for more shoes !

OK so  I have shown the inside with just a couple of pairs of shoes just to make the photo look pretty. But there is ample room to pile the shoes in and easily takes care of our shoe storage dilemma.  We are planning to re-tile the floor this year, which will really do justice to this lovely piece of furniture.

Always on the lookout for stylish ways to store household items, I also chose this beautiful Tescoma storage container to use as a salt box.  it fits in the space perfectly and works really well with the other storage items on my work top.

in collaboration with Wayfair



  1. Pamela | Life With Munchers
    January 25, 2016 / 8:51 am

    I love this cabinet! You could probably fit a shoe rack in there. That salt dish is super cute….Oh how I long for my kitchen to be complete x

    • karen jones
      January 25, 2016 / 6:46 pm

      great idea about the shoe rack Pamela, thank you x

  2. Molly and the Princess
    January 25, 2016 / 12:21 pm

    A very handy cabinet. I do like it at the bottom of the stairs best, but that is probably because of the angle you have taken the photograph from and yes, blocking door entry space is not ideal. Love the kitchen container too – fab buys from Wayfair.

  3. Becky Goddard-Hill
    January 25, 2016 / 1:30 pm

    I love that cabinet so handy..shes are such a problem aren't they I find them and lego everywhere!!!

  4. Old Fashioned Susie
    January 25, 2016 / 1:36 pm

    Oh that really works in your hallway for the shoes!! You could even put a couple of blankets on top so the kids can sit on it to put their shoes on??!

  5. blog
    January 25, 2016 / 2:12 pm

    We have something similar by our front door and it's a godsend. Anything where you can close the doors and hide away "stuff" is great in my book!

    • karen jones
      January 25, 2016 / 6:39 pm

      Totally agree with you on that one. Shove it in and close the door i say xx

  6. Arianna
    January 25, 2016 / 2:33 pm

    That cabinet is ever so handy – works so well! A xhttp://www.ariannasdaily.com

    • karen jones
      January 25, 2016 / 6:26 pm

      It is Arianna. I can see it being moved around the house a lot xx

  7. Kimberly Duran
    January 25, 2016 / 2:48 pm

    Oh I do love a good storage solution and it looks fab in that spot! I so wish we had room for furniture but our hallway is SO narrow, I'm just going to have to live vicariously through yours 😉 xx

    • karen jones
      January 25, 2016 / 6:21 pm

      I just can't stand clutter Kimberely. just shove it in a cupboard I say. as long as I can't see it xx

  8. Midlife Singlemum
    January 25, 2016 / 2:58 pm

    A surface for the school bags near the front door is a must imo. We don't have one and the school bags are all over the place – every place in fact except in the bedrooms of those they belong to.

    • karen jones
      January 25, 2016 / 6:20 pm

      Ha, yes I feel your pain lovely xx

  9. Emily
    January 25, 2016 / 9:30 pm

    I have quite a few things packed away in January so I can keep organized. I agree that a nice small table or a little cabinet near the door is necessarily.

  10. geraldine
    January 25, 2016 / 11:22 pm

    Not quite sure the first comment went through, so here it is again. Love that wallpaper in your hallway, so bright and beautiful, and what a great idea for storing shoes. x

  11. Claire Toplis
    January 26, 2016 / 11:01 am

    OOO I am loving this . I have been spared on to tidying and it is indeed an epic job !

  12. Stephanie Moore
    January 26, 2016 / 1:39 pm

    Such a cute storage item, I cannot believe you have to have so much shoe storage when you have kids. Why do they need so many shoes that they are just going to grow out of quickly! I like both places you have placed it, I think they both work well.

  13. Tiff Grant-Riley
    January 27, 2016 / 11:44 am

    Yes, I liked the angle you shot the cupboard at in the hallway but blocking the doorway isn't ideal. Great storage idea for shoes though and I love the design of the cupboard. We have a stack of two old crates in our porch at the moment for shoes just to keep them out of the way (I agree with your mum there too!)

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