in the right direction
Apologies for the late arrival of the May newsletter! And even more apologies
that this newsletter will be the June one as well. I've got a really good
excuse though - after a few false starts I'm finally moving home later
this month. Not only that but I'm achieving my dream of living in central
London, within walking distance of Marylebone High Street. So I'm thrilled
but I'm sure you'll appreciate that life is a bit hectic and my to-do-list
Rather than rush the promised newsletter on green issues I'm holding that
back for June. I'll also include the great ideas I was sent on reducing
plastic carrier bags. Many thanks for all your suggestions they were much
Instead this month I'd like to share some thoughts and feelings I've been
having as I declutter my home ready for the move.
Moving home is a fantastic opportunity to declutter with a deadline and
a fresh start in mind. Even though my possessions are pretty minimal moving
from a three bedroom house with a garden to a two bedroom city flat with
no outdoor space has thrown up quite a few challenges.
To be honest one of the things I've found the most painful is letting
go of my beloved gardening tools. They are worth very little in monetary
terms but have hours of peaceful memories attached to them. The hoarding
instinct is to keep them for the day I once again have outdoor space,
but I'm determined to live in the present so they had to go. Because they
were important to me I've given a lot of thought to finding them a good
home - a few have been given to my brother, some are staying with the
house, some have gone to the charity shop and the rest are going to the
council tip which has a scheme for recycling tools. Finally for sentimental
reasons and because I hope one day I'll have a roof terrace I've kept
my favourite tool that is designed to root up dandelions.
I feel like a change of style and so have decided to part with a lot of
my furniture and household items like crockery and bedlinen. It's hard
work selling, donating and recycling all this unwanted stuff. Because
most of it is in good condition I'm having to be vigilant and listen out
for that nagging voice in my head that showers me in guilt and accuses
me of wasting money. Even after all these years decluttering it's still
there. But because I have a clear goal in mind - I'm not going to let
One tip I've
found useful in letting go of stuff is my Birthday challenge (here)
- counting the items as they go has given me a sense of achievement and
that I'm getting there.
See if it can inspire you too!
Get professional help
I'd be delighted to visit your home in the London area and really help
you blitz your clutter effectively. I charge £150 for a 3 hour session
and as a special extended Spring Offer I will also include a free copy
If you are out of London I can still help with a monthly support package.
It's £100 for an initial hour's phone call and 3x 20 minute follow-up
weekly calls when we can talk through your clutter issues and set weekly
goals. I will also include a copy of No
I'm looking forward to writing my June newsletter in my new home. Until
then good luck with your decluttering.
or call me on 020 7616 9465