decluttering into a positive experience
survey by the furniture-maker Hammonds found that the average Briton accumulates
more than a ton of clutter at home. Even I found that pretty shocking!
This hefty overload is shoved into every nook and cranny from the loft
to under the stairs. A quarter of the population can no longer use a room
because of all the junk stored there. Only 20% of the people surveyed
were happy to throw things away. The remaining 80% said they were reluctant,
sad or even hated to do it. Does that ring a bell with you - has January
slipped by and you've found a million and one excuses to put off the dreaded
month I want to look at how you can transform your attitude about decluttering
and join the 20% who are happy to let things go.
focusing on the positives
the benefits of having a clutter free home or office.
for a few minutes and imagine turning your junk room into an office
or guest room.
wardrobe that works,
back the sea of paper
things quickly without daily dramas.
dwell continually on everything that could go wrong. Maybe
scared of making a mistake and missing something after it's gone.
really don't want to face up to how much money you have wasted
worry your unwanted stuff will be valuable in a few years or that
your kids or grandkids will want it in the future
that you can fill in the "and so on" with lots of other fears
you have about decluttering.
It might even help you to write these down so you can become familiar
with these nagging voices that undermine your progress. Get the situation
in perspective by using these counter arguments:
- Yes you
might occasionally miss something. When I saw all the yellow in the
spring collections my mind cast back to a fantastic yellow 1950s coat
I used to own. For a moment I felt a pang of loss. But I know it wouldn't
fit me now, and I gave it away for a good reason - I look dreadful in
- We all
make shopping mistakes from time to time because we're human and fallible.
Let them go and learn from the experience and be doubly aware of truly
loving everything you buy in future.
- You need
to balance storing things for the future against the space it will take
up in your home, possibly for many years. Keep only the very special
items not old magazines or every school project or drawing your kids
Write it into your diary and make it a priority. If your days feel squeezed
to breaking point have a look at The
Life Audit by Caroline Righton. I'm using it in my own life at the
moment and think it's a great way to honestly look at how you spend your
I can recommend the BBC2 show (also shown on CBBC) - Clutter
Nutters. It's aimed at primary school kids and turns decluttering
into a fun competition that really motivates. It's upbeat and also responsible
as it looks at giving as much stuff as possible to charity and for recycling.
I'm not sure if it's shown outside the UK yet but do watch out for it.
One of my clients' kids are habitually late for school when it's on.
I use one of their ideas as February's tip Weigh
your clutter. See how much lighter your life is going to be.
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 offer this January and February I will also include a
free copy of No
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 4x 15 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
More Clutter for anyone who books in January or February.
a look at my books
not to mention all the other books on my recommended
reading list for lots more of fun ideas.
or call me on 020 8444 5149