Create a relaxing clutter free home
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Create a relaxing
clutter free home
Sue Kay- no more
When you walk around your
home do you feel relaxed, in control and surrounded by things you love and
that reflect your life today? If
not, then probably your home is being taken over by clutter.
As a clutter consultant,
I work with clients to banish clutter and reorganize their homes.
So what is
Clutter is things you no
longer use or love. Itís
things that remind you of a difficult time in your life.
Itís things you liked ten years ago but your tastes have changed. Itís those gold shoes that you wore once and canít bear
to part with because they cost £100.
Itís broken TVs. Itís
piles of unopened junk mail and old newspapers.
Itís hundreds of plastic yoghurt pots that might come in useful
one day. Itís pots of dried
up paint or nail varnish. All
these things are clutter.
So how do you
deal with clutter?
First donít panic.
Itís easy to feel overwhelmed and to walk away and have a coffee.
Hereís some tips to help you on your way.
is the major obstacle to decluttering.
So start now.
you decide to sort out your sock drawer.
Set a timer for 15 minutes. Put
on some upbeat music and youíre ready to go.
Then completely empty it and give it a quick clean.
As you pick up each item ask yourself why am I keeping this.
you keeping old holey socks you no longer wear because they used to be
your favourites? Either
decide to mend them or let them go. Odd
socks are peculiar, Iíve had clients with dozens of these.
Set aside a further 15 minutes and scour the laundry basket, the
washing machine, dryer, wherever. If
your canít find the matching sock then let it go. Old textiles can be
recycled, check with your council.
done. Youíve made a great start. If
you feel energized then keep going. But
4. Letting go of
you have decided to let things go, itís crucial to get them out of the
house as soon as possible. Unwanted
items can be given to charity, friends or family or recycled.
Or you could sell them at a car boot sale or second hand clothes
shop or advertise in your local newspaper.
As you put things in the bin or charity shop bag, you may feel
great and feel a huge sense
of relief. Or you may
feel guilty that you are wasting money by throwing things away.
You may also feel guilty that you are letting go of unwanted
presents or baby clothes. I
know many people feel it is wrong to ever discard a photo, even if it is
blurred or brings back unhappy memories.
Sentimental items Be
sentimental but selective. Choose
a beautiful box in which to keep sentimental items. Keep a few cherished baby clothes and give the rest to
someone who will use them. Put
photos into albums only keeping the best ones and let the others go.
Broken things Give yourself a deadline for broken items
to be fixed, if not discard them.
Presents Ė if someone gives you an unwanted gift and there is
no polite way to refuse, accept gracefully and respect the other
personís feelings. But remember it is your home and if you do not
like something, it will drag your spirits down every time you look
at it. So dump the guilt and
let it go.
Paper Be ruthless
with paper. Put junk mail
straight in the recycling and decide how long you will keep newspapers
For example in Barnet we have kerbside recycling so every Thursday
I go though my house and gather up any newspapers read or unread. Remember
no-one has time to read everything.
Fear The ďwhat
ifĒ thoughts are some of the hardest to deal with.
I call these clutter thoughts.
I recently bought a new light weight hoover.
Then the thought crept into my head, what if the new one breaks
down. Perhaps I will keep the
old one. But I overcame my
wobble and gave away the old one. A
useful tip is ďone in, one
If you really feel panicky about letting go of something then store it for 6 months in the loft or shed. Put the date on it. If you havenít used it in 6 months then give it away.
you have decluttered and decided what to keep, then itís time to look at
storage. To maintain a
clutter free home it is essential that
everything has a home, so
itís easy to find. So store
like with like, such as all vases together.
We use 20% of our possessions 80% of the time so put this 20% in
the most accessible places. Treat
yourself to storage items such as a filing cabinet, a shoe rack or a
pretty box in which to keep sentimental items.
are so many benefits to decluttering and letting go of old stuff.
A more relaxing home where you can find things when you want them.
Enjoy the lighter feeling you get when you look around.
Next time you indulge in a little retail therapy youíll have a
much clearer idea of what you own and what you actually need.
no more clutter is a professional
decluttering and organizing service for your home and office
For more information contact Sue on 07974 076 675
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