is fast approaching, so here's some tips and thoughts on how to make this
festive season a clutter- free one.
Before you set off shopping consider the following:
- A recent
survey found that at least a third of all Christmas presents have no
value at all to the recipient. We all know what it's like to receive
a dozen crystal sherry glasses or joke socks or ties. Unwanted gifts
tend to get shoved into the back of the cupboard or dumped in the spare
room. So ask what your friends and family would like. If they don't
know get them a "non-thing" present they can use or consume,
like wine or an aromatherapy voucher.
- Did you
know that the average consumer debt in this country now stands at £6800
per household. Remember more stuff doesn't make us any happier. Quite
the opposite - if your home is piled high with clutter you are likely
to feel overwhelmed and stressed. We are three times more affluent since
the second World War but reported happiness had stayed much the same.
(Andrew Oswald). When it comes to presents think quality over quantity
and that less is more.
a budget per person and stick to it. I know families who agree in
advance to only spend £10 each on each other.
together to get someone what they really want - a flying lesson,
or a day at a Health Spa.
- A genuine
gift is chosen with care and given freely with love I believe it is
important to accept the gift graciously in the spirit in which it was
given. But after that it's up to you what you do with it. Forget the
guilt. If it is something you will never use then give it away to charity
or to someone who will enjoy it. Much better than cluttering up your
- With all
these new gifts arriving then it's crucial to let some old stuff go
if you want to be clutter- free. If you don't get time to sort your
clutter before Christmas, then use the quiet time between Christmas
and New Year to do this. Get your kids involved too, before the toy
mountain takes over your home. This is also a great time to have an
annual clear out of your filing cabinet.
not give your loved ones an unusual gift this Christmas?
gift vouchers are available from no more clutter for the person who has
too much of everything. (London area only)
- A three
hour gift token is ideal for sorting out your desk or wardrobe Cost
- A four
hour gift token is ideal for tackling a spare room, kitchen or living
room. Cost £200
- Or the
weekend blitz for someone who needs to clear clutter fast Cost £400
If you would
like to know more then give Sue Kay a ring at no more clutter on 020 8444
5149 or 07974 076 675. no more clutter will be open over the Christmas
period - except for the bank holidays.
Together let's make 2003 a clutter-free Christmas.