11 05, 2012

I learn something new every day about clutter…

2013-09-23T14:41:25+00:00

Over the years, I've met so many people with clutter problems that I thought I knew all the triggers - ie. all the reasons why they have been unable to let certain things go from their lives, and have consequently become surrounded by clutter. For example, bereavement (holding on to everything), loss of confidence (marriage break-up, redundancy), overly-tidy parents (leads to children growing-up rebelling against this), very busy families (no time to tidy up), empty-nesters (as children grow up and [...]

I learn something new every day about clutter…2013-09-23T14:41:25+00:00
24 04, 2012

Attic declutter day – does this sound like yours?

2013-10-03T09:06:40+00:00

Attics aren't usually the nicest places to sort out, but the one I helped to clear today was the best one yet - because of the layout of the house, the access to it was through a regular door, not a tiny loft hatch!!  It was easy to take everything out, sort it, then arrange what was being kept. The attic was cluttered with all the usual stuff - does this sound like yours?  Lots of old Christmas decorations, old [...]

Attic declutter day – does this sound like yours?2013-10-03T09:06:40+00:00
23 04, 2012

Declutter tip 5. What causes clutter? Family problems.

2013-10-04T12:25:00+00:00

After a week full of new declutter clients, I have been analysing the causes of all their clutter. Each client has had their own unique problem with clutter. Friday. Declutter client number 5. My fifth and final new de-clutter client last week had nothing to really worry about.  She isn't a hoarder, she doesn't have terrible clutter problems, she's just had a series of events happen over the last few years that have caused her to be surrounded by "stuff".  Caring [...]

Declutter tip 5. What causes clutter? Family problems.2013-10-04T12:25:00+00:00
20 04, 2012

Declutter tip 3. What causes clutter problems? Packing to sell a house.

2013-10-04T12:03:59+00:00

Within a one week period, my five new declutter clients all had different reasons for booking me to help. Wednesday. Declutter client number 3. My third de-clutter client this week wasn't wanting to de-clutter in the true sense of the word - she needs to create space in the house and tidy it up, or her estate agent won't put it on the market!!!  She likes her clutter and refuses to throw or give anything away, but she does understand [...]

Declutter tip 3. What causes clutter problems? Packing to sell a house.2013-10-04T12:03:59+00:00
19 04, 2012

Declutter tip 2. What causes clutter? Books, newspapers and magazines

2013-10-04T11:59:07+00:00

In a period of one week, I had five new declutter clients, all with different reasons for the clutter problems in their homes. Tuesday. Declutter client number 2. My second de-clutter client of this week is having a major problem with books, magazines and newspapers.  They are everywhere - in every room, in every cupboard, wardrobe, under every bed, on every surface.  And the worst sign of all is that some of the magazines are still in their clear plastic [...]

Declutter tip 2. What causes clutter? Books, newspapers and magazines2013-10-04T11:59:07+00:00
17 04, 2012

Declutter tip 1: What causes clutter? Open shelves.

2013-11-08T14:13:33+00:00

For the first time ever this week, I had five new declutter clients, all in the same week!  There have been some new hoarding programs on the televsion lately, and I believe this has made a lot of people think about their own homes and decide it's time to get some help before they get too bad. Each of my five new clients has had a different reason for the clutter in their house, and I wanted to share these with [...]

Declutter tip 1: What causes clutter? Open shelves.2013-11-08T14:13:33+00:00
21 02, 2012

Put all your clutter on display…

2013-09-23T14:43:09+00:00

An ex-declutter client of mine has just shown me this link.  A Chinese artist, Song Dong, has put 10,000 of his mother's posessions on display in an exhibition in London - five decades of clutter! http://m.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2012/feb/14/chinese-artist-clutter-london-exhibition?cat=artanddesign&type=article

Put all your clutter on display…2013-09-23T14:43:09+00:00
29 01, 2012

Storage for grown-up children!

2013-09-21T17:42:20+00:00

Storage space in your house is for YOU!  If you're struggling for space, don't store other people's stuff for them - your house has to work for you. Grown-up children are the worst for this. Note for all grown-up children: Go to your parent's home asap, remove everything you have left behind there, and deal with it yourself!!! Most parents are so kind-hearted, they won't tell you they need the space, they will just cram themselves into what's left!! Some [...]

Storage for grown-up children!2013-09-21T17:42:20+00:00
30 12, 2011

Home Staging Tips – No. 10 – Children’s Art and Toys

2013-09-23T14:47:29+00:00

 When home staging to sell your house, choose ONE room to keep all the children's belongings in, so the rest of the house is clear. A playroom is ideal, of course, but otherwise use their bedroom for the most popular toys etc and pack the rest in boxes ready to move.  If you lable the boxes, you can always rotate the toys every few weeks if necessary.    Here's the full house... http://www.homemakeoverservice.co.uk/g23.php Children's art and toys everywhere  All the art and toys [...]

Home Staging Tips – No. 10 – Children’s Art and Toys2013-09-23T14:47:29+00:00
28 12, 2011

BBC Radio Derby: ‘Storage: Is your loft strong enough?’

2013-09-21T17:51:34+00:00

I was interviewed for the second time by Aleena Naylor - this time we discussed storage and a recent news item about a loft collapsing on a man in Essex whilst he was sleeping! Here's a summary of the interview, with advice on how to organise storage and use your loft effectively and safely: Loft collapses on top of man whilst he sleeps! A 79 year old man in Essex was trapped in his bed as his loft floor gave way.  He had [...]

BBC Radio Derby: ‘Storage: Is your loft strong enough?’2013-09-21T17:51:34+00:00
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