What to write about when you're out of space...

You're probably thinking, 'What? An article about storage...Is she crazy?'. Yes, a little, but you'll soon see that the subject isn't as dull or strange as you perhaps thought. Storage can be beautiful, practical and the thing that has been missing from your life all these years.

The first thing I think of when I think of storage is a box. I have several really practical plastic storage boxes that sit on top of the wardrobe, in the garage or under the bed. What's in them? Everything from photographs to toys, clothes and bric-a-brac. IKEA is a good place to start for boxes. If you want something more interesting and elegant, how about decorative hat boxes or vintage luggage? These don't have to be hidden away, but can hide a whole wealth of clutter presents from distant relatives who don't have a clue who you really are so you can at least see the floor of your home.

The next thing I think of as storage is a cupboard or a wardrobe. Remember, we can ship all manner of things using our door-to-door tracked delivery service, no matter how big or small. If you've set your heart on a beautiful cupboard from John Lewis or a distressed dresser from Etsy, just shop online and use forward2me.

Now for a curved ball...What about garden storage? If you have kids, is your garden a mass of plastic? Balls, buckets, dinosaurs, Nerf guns and their accoutrements? Don't just think of sheds - garden storage can be elegant and useful. My garden was a mess until we invested in some really useful storage chests. They double up as seats and can hold almost everything. B&Q sell storage chests and sheds. There is also a good selection at gardenbuildingsdirect.

In-car storage is another forgotten area of storage where some clever solutions can make a big difference, especially if you travel for work or have family trips to make. Rockshore stock all sorts of organisers, nets and boxes to keep your can de-cluttered. Amazon also has a variety of storage goodies. As an aside, I was distracted by a picture on Pinterest showing magnetic bars covered in toy cars - a brilliant idea if you have toddlers with a plethora of little cars. The magnetic bars are probably knife blocks, again available from IKEA.

Last, but not least, digital storage. It doesn't look as pretty as a hatbox, but is probably more important. For big jobs, for example, if you have digital images that are valuable for personal reasons, you might want to have them stored separately on an external hard drive. Amazon and PC World have many to choose from with as many gigglybobs as you could ever need. If you just need a pen drive or USB stick for work, try Amazon. For something quirky, look at noveltyusbtrader (yes, there really is such a thing).

At forward2me, we store goods for free. It's not as pretty as a hat box here, but we sure have a lot of boxes!

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