I know it's hard to focus in December in the run-up to Christmas and you've
probably never felt less like decluttering. But don't despair - this month
I'm going to set you some quickie challenges that will keep your hand
in and will set you up for the New Year.
- For the
24 days of advent put one unwanted thing each day in a bag for charity.
Search out last year's unwanted Christmas presents - you know those
ones you stuffed in the back of your wardrobe or under the bed. Once
the bag is full take it straight to the charity shop and start another.
That way they'll be able to sell them as Christmas gifts.
out leftover cards, tags and wrapping paper from last year before you
stock up with all those tempting 3 for 2 offers they stick by the till.
I was amazed to find 3 unopened packs of cards and about 5 half used
ones in my Christmas decoration box - all bought by my husband Nick
last year! So I can tick that job off my to-do list.
up 12 things you have been dithering about for a while - almost parting
with them and then having second thoughts. Stash them away in a bag
until the New Year - do make a note in your diary in early January to
deal with them. Before you open the bag think back and see if you've
actually missed anything - in fact can you even remember what's in there?
It will be much easier to let this stuff go now you've got used to living
ideas, do check out past Christmas newsletters (here).
everyone who got in touch after the last newsletter with ideas on where
to donate unwanted stuff.
Here are a few.
is a place to sell and buy second-hand books. Much better than piling
them up in the loft!
The national childbirth trust NCT www.nct.org.uk
has lots of nearly new sales where parents can sell unwanted baby equipment
www.mumsnet.com You can advertise
your unwanted kids stuff here.
www.bag2school.com is ideal for
schools or community groups like brownies to collect up old clothes, shoes
and textiles to be recycled or re-used. The school gets paid 20p per kilo.
And finally, do make time for yourself in this busy and stressful month
Check out this month's tip - it's a tough one, but worth it! Have
your own buy nothing day
Have a great festive season!
If the newsletter isn't quite enough, then try a more personal approach.
I'd be delighted to visit your home in the London area and really help
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and as a Winter Offer I will also include a free copy of No
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If you are out of London I can still help with a telephone 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
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