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Clutter Clichés - why they work, and why they don't

Number 4: "One person's clutter is another person's treasure"

Absolutely. And in two ways.

Turning your clutter into someone else's treasure...

The whole secondhand and charity shop market is based on this fact. So when you decide to let something go don't chuck it in the bin, there are lots of people out there who will love it and give it a good home.

You could...

Donate to charity - check out www.charityshops.org.uk . It has a shop locator. Ask if they will come and collect. Some will also collect good quality furniture.

Turn your clutter into cash. There are many ways to sell your stuff. Auction, car boot sale, Loot, free ads in local papers, newagent windows or online www.ebay.co.uk.

Give it to friends or family. Some workplaces get together and have swapping days when you can exchange your clutter for treasure. Why not organise one?

Recycle - if something has had its day perhaps it will have to recycled and made into something new before it becomes treasure again.

and, your treasure is not clutter...

Remember that the whole point of decluttering is to recognise what is truly treasured, and to be able to discard what is not. My clients often feel the most elated when they are able to give pride of place to a truly loved possession.

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