Press: April/May newsletter will be out end of April
the delay, but in the meantime - read on with our March newsletter...
up for Spring
just round the corner and I'm immersed in a flurry of deep decluttering
in my own home. The paper shredder is groaning under the onslaught of
all the outdated documents being chucked. I'm looking at everyday objects
with open eyes and asking myself if they pass the Smile Test. My fruit
bowl didn't so I treated myself to an Alessi one that is gorgeous to look
at. I've been going through my CDs and listening to the ones that have
been gathering dust lately to see if they are worth keeping. Bags of books
have gone off to a new home via the Oxfam bookshop. Every nook and cranny
of my home is being revamped.
So what is driving this strong urge to simplify and refresh my home? It's
partly because I've escaped from a long period at my desk writing my second
book and it's partly because I'm moving home shortly and I'm looking forward
to a period of renewal and change.
Last month's newsletter focused on small specific goals to aim for. This
month stretch your wings and try one of the following:
a room that could do with a facelift and set yourself the target of
clearing all the clutter as a prelude to redecorating or buying some
new furniture or accessories. Have a clear picture in your mind before
you start - it may help to rip an inspirational image out of one of
those magazines you've been hoarding.
- If your
kids are growing up and need a more age-appropriate decor - motivate
them to clutter clear by planning the new look together.
- Sell or
donate one piece of furniture that is surplus to requirements and is
clogging up your home.
your paperwork. Have a look at the chapter in my book no
more clutter for a step by step guide on this challenging area.
one hoarding habit this month. If you keep unread newspapers for weeks,
this month recycle them the next day. If you automatically put unwanted
stuff into the loft or garage, stop and take it to the charity shop
Deal with broken stuff that is littering your home. Fix
it or fling it.
For more ideas on how to get a head-start this Spring have a look at Sue's
book. Click on the picture to check it out.
Thank you so much to everyone who sends me positive comments about how
no more clutter has inspired their decluttering journey. I really appreciate
all your comments and stories.
There is a support group in Marylebone in London for serious hoarders
- OCD Action - see www.ocdaction.org.uk
for more details.
For some inspirational reading have a look at www.ribabookshops.com
- the bookshop of the Royal Institute Of British Architects.
"We all need quiet time to examine our lives openly and honestly
- spending quiet time alone gives your mind an opportunity to renew itself
and create order."
Sue Kay works
with a wide range of clients to organise home offices, small businesses,
declutter before a house move, prepare your spare room for a new baby
and organise your wardrobe ready for the new season. If you're selling
your home, she can help you present it clutter-free for the market to
achieve a quick and profitable sale. For practical sympathetic help call
Sue on 07974 076 675 or 020 8444 5149 or check out the website at www.nomoreclutter.co.uk