With Christmas fast approaching, we have become very, very, busy here at Monarch Bedrooms.

Everyone wants to get their homes organised, tidied up and their new bedrooms fitted in readiness for the festivities, it’s the same every year. With this in mind, and if more storage is something you place high up on your list as you write your letter to Santa, then here’s a fun little check list you can tick off to help you sort out your storage issues.


7 Things You

Need To Throw



Can quickly accumulate into quite a stash, clogging up drawers and cupboards, so go on clear them out, get rid of them and buy yourself a new one. A good idea is to buy four magazines, and after that, each time you get a new one, throw one of the others away – the one in, one out rule.

How many of us have bank statements sitting in files that hark back to the last century, never mind decade. Do you really need them? The same goes for utility bills, credit card statements and receipts, like that one for the Playstation 1 you bought for your son when he was five, and he graduated from University four years ago. Get shredding you don’t need them.

It’s hard to part with that LBD that you wore to the Christmas party in 1994, we understand that. But since then face it, you’ve gone up two dress sizes (yes, we know the diet is starting on January 1st) and besides, those killer heels that went so well with it, were savagely chewed up when the new puppy arrived last year. Be ruthless, donate clothes that you know you’ll never wear again, or no longer fit you to charity, give them to friends or sell on an online auction site and make yourself some money to spend on something frivolous.

Obviously there are books that are special to you, we don’t mean those, and we don’t mean books that you love to read over and over again. We mean the books that you picked up once, and put down after half an hour because you just couldn’t quite get into it, and you know you’ll never bother with again. So if your bookshelves are groaning, clear them out and donate them to charity, sell online or give to a book loving friend.

Makeup, once opened deteriorates more quickly than you might think, so it’s always a good idea to regularly go through your makeup bag, dressing table drawer, bathroom cabinet or handbag, wherever you might keep it, and check the shelf life on these items. As a general rule nail polish will last 1-2 years, lipstick is 2 years, but only 1 year for a gloss. Mascara has a shelf life from being opened of only 2 – 3 months.

Costume jewellery, being relatively cheap to buy, can accumulate fast, and before long we can have a matted ball of beads, necklaces, bangles and bracelets in the drawer with bits broken off or that have stones missing, and quite frankly are you ever really going to get round to detangling it all? Of course not! Keep all the good stuff, and the sentimental stuff, then bravely throw out the rest.

Perfumes come in such beautiful bottles which are just crying out to be displayed, but it’s actually the worst thing you can do. Perfume should always be kept in a cool and dark place to get the maximum shelf life out of it, which is between 8 and 10 years. But if you do prefer to have your bottles of perfume displayed on your dressing table, it’s time to throw them out if you notice a change in the colour or the fragrance.
Phew! so with that lot done, everything should be looking more shipshape!

But if you still need help with storage issues, give us a call on 0800 048 8550, or email sales@monarchbedrooms.co.uk after all we have over 35 years of design experience on the subject, and will work with you to unlock the storage possibilities within your home.


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