A Quiet Post on Storage

Now, as regular readers will know, Friday’s post is usually about the pick of the property market. However, that relies on focusing on other people’s houses and that didn’t feel quite right today as owners may feel they would rather not appear on the blog during these strange days. And of course, I peaked too soon by putting my own house up last week. So while I personally have no issue with posting today – after all it’s up to you if you choose to read or not – I felt it wasn’t right for anything that would involve other people. And it’s too soon to share ideas for the new place with you although once I have been back and measured up next week I will have a clearer of idea of what we can do.

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So, today, for all those reasons (and I may be massively overthinking it) I am reposting a piece on making the most of your storage. As I spend my days going through cupboards in readiness for the move it seems apt for me at least at this point in time. I’m trying go through one cupboard a day so that it doesn’t feel overwhelming and we can (hopefully – big aspiration here) move without taking any rubbish. Cue sound of hollow laughter.

Some of you will wish to carry on as usual. Others will prefer a complete shut down. This is my attempt at a halfway house that will give something to read for those who want it. I can also tell you that Sophie and I spent yesterday recording a new episode of the podcast so that will be coming out soon.

I’ll be back next week as usual.  In the meantime:

I have been thinking about storage. This may not be the most arresting first line you have ever read, but it follows that if I have been thinking about it then you might have less thinking to do as I will have, hopefully, come up with some ideas that can help


Kate Watson-Smyth

The author Kate Watson-Smyth

I’m a journalist who writes about interiors mainly for The Financial Times but I have also written regularly for The Independent and The Daily Mail. My house has been in Living Etc, HeartHome and featured in The Wall Street Journal & Corriere della Sera. I also run an interior styling consultancy Mad About Your House. Welcome to my Mad House.


  1. Thanks for all your posts, Kate. They are always a bright spot in some difficult and dark times. Storage and decluttering are always big issues. My experience is you can never have too much storage and you never finish decluttering! I am currently working my way through my Husband’s art studio. Aaaaaargh!

  2. I’m with you on the cluttering as we’re waiting to exchange. Waiting on my husband to star5 on all his stuff too hahaha!

  3. Your posts keep on keeping on…reminding us that our world, therefore our homes and lives, is still spinning. Yes, massive respect for HRH QEII – Rest in Power, Elizabeth. I am watching the coverage, yet I look forward to these posts so much. As a Global Nomad I so enjoy seeing the creations and recreations of homes and storage is big consideration for us. I am now in my 41st home and know a thing or two about what to keep and what needs to go to a new home, to be loved by someone who will cherish it. Good luck with your new homes – looking forward to seeing it all, in detail!

  4. Your posts have brought sparkle and beauty to my mornings every day during covid lockdowns, political upheaval, and now a war. Thank you. I’ll keep reading no matter what!

  5. Your posts have brought sparkle and beauty to my mornings every day for 2 years during covid lockdowns, political upheaval, and now a war. Thank you. I’ll keep reading no matter what!

  6. Strange times indeed! Here in Canada the Queen’s funeral is constantly in the news. We will be sending a large delegation to the funeral, reflecting PM Trudeau’s and Canadians’ high regard for the Queen.

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