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10 Top Clutter Clearing Tips

Happy National Clear Your Clutter Day 2017! Get ready to declutter your home and dig out your stash of unused items. Visit money saving website Money Magpie for tips on how to sell, swap, upcycle, recycle or donate your unwanted personal belongings for a profit or for a sense of positive change.


Louise Tregenza runs her business Home….Sorted covering Wirral, Liverpool, Merseyside and North Wales. Looking for some clutter clearing motivation? In this guest blog post, she shares gives some pointers on where clutter may be lurking. It may not seem like an appealing place to start but you should be heading to the garage/shed….

Is your garage or shed a ‘clutter hot spot’?

I know my garage is! I convince myself I have a large space so I can store more but actually I’m just storing clutter…

Here are 10 common clutter items you need to ‘chuck out’ immediately… remember to recycle, reuse and refuse if possible. And, no de-cluttering spiders, they are good for the garden, so I’m told!

1. Old paint tins – half empty, solid and unusable? Bin. If you want to keep a sample of a colour, transfer to a smaller pot and date. Paint tins need to be disposed of at your local recycle centre not in your everyday rubbish bin.
2. Stiff paint brushes – if not cleaned thoroughly before storing, it is hard to loosen the bristles. Time to bin and buy new.
3. Broken tools do you need a broken drill when you have a brand new on? Recycle at your local recycle centre.
4. Unused electronics – 2 digital boxes and a small TV in my garage, ridiculous! I gave to family members but you could sell on ebay or give to charity. British Heart Foundation accept electrical items for their electrical shops.
5. Bags of clothes/shoes – do you need them? do you like them? do they fit? Sort bags for charity and place in your hallway or car boot so you will drop off.
6. DVD’s, LP’s and CD’s – do you stream and download your music already? Why not sell old items on Music Magpie its free and simple to use.
7. Old furniture – will you ever re-upholster grandmas chair? Do it or lose it!
8. Car stuff – half empty de-icer cans and mouldy chamois leathers, bin.
9. Old sports equipment –I found a girls bike helmet size 5 years, my daughter is now 15! I reused by handing down to my neighbours daughter.
10. Christmas decoration boxes – you didn’t use any of these decorations for the last 2 years so will you next year? Maybe pass on to a local charity, school or community centre to use for Christmas events.

If sorting your garage or shed fills you with dread, professional organisers in your locality can help.

Welcome to Simplicity concept on road billboard

From Harvey Nichols to Diggory Lifestyle

Dee Hope runs Diggory Lifestyle covering Warwickshire, Cotswolds, Worcestershire and Oxfordshire. Her aim is to help clients to ‘dee-clutter’ for a simpler life. In this guest blog she shares her story; how she found her true calling by going on her own journey – and how this gave her true insight into to how to help her clients.

Dee Diggory

I am a declutterer. I help people release the things in their life that are not important, and then help them create more space for the things that really matter.

My chosen career path emerged from the experiences I have had in life, and looking back, it is quite clear to me, that helping others is the most rewarding and fulfilling way to spend my days.

I was lucky to learn very early on in life that “things” will not make you happy, it was a very expensive lesson to learn, but I do consider it my most valued learning. I was 23 living in London as a professional nanny, I wasn’t very happy, I was new to the city and I felt quite isolated. I had just sold my flat and had several thousand pounds sitting in my bank account; so, what did I do? I went shopping. I walked up and down High Street,Kensington on my days off for months buying whatever grabbed my attention, skirts, tops, dresses, shoes, boots, sometimes two of the same item, until eventually, the money was all gone….

I remember standing in my room just looking at the stuff I’d bought, piles of it, most of which was still in bags and boxes, with tickets on, I’d never even opened them. I had felt the rush of the purchase, it had made me feel good, happy, but it was only fleeting.

It wasn’t real.

There was nowhere to hide, the money was gone, all I was left with was an empty feeling; and as I stood there silently looking at all the bags, I allowed myself to admit the truth, I was still unhappy and all these “things” had not helped.

So, I resolved to make some changes…

I gave notice to my employer and I sold all the ‘stuff’ that I had bought to friends at a fraction of the cost I paid for them. It was surprisingly easy to ‘let them go’, which was strange because at the time I bought them, I felt ‘I had to have them’. With the money I made, I just had enough to buy a ticket to Australia. I traveled for a year as a backpacker, I did all kinds of jobs, from crewing on a yacht, to picking capsicums on a farm to working on a horse ranch. I had no money, certainly no things, but…I was happy. I met some weird and wonderful people and had some amazing experiences.

As I reflect back now and think about when I have been happiest, it is in fact a series of moments, involving people, my beloved dogs and sharing experiences, “never things”.

These days I try to help people recover some of the freedom that I felt after making such bold changes. Less radical perhaps, but by reducing and organising possessions it is very possible to create space for life rather than “things”.

I have had many jobs, from nanny (expert with small children) to Executive Assistant (expert with big children) and use my skills and experiences to help my clients big and small put the important things back into their lives. Not only organising and prioritising their world, but also sharing techniques and tools, systems and insights, motivation and methods to maintain the process long after I’ve gone.

As I have said, this is the most rewarding work I have ever done.

One of my very first clients was a young mum suffering with post-natal depression. She asked for my help, her self-esteem was so low, she didn’t trust herself to know when to turn the dishwasher on. She told me I was her last chance, if I failed, she believed she may not have a future with her husband and baby. I am delighted to say I did not fail, she sent me a lovely card in which she wrote:

“Dee, thanks so much for the support, help and problem solving. Just having a listening ear was enough to help me move forward, let alone the decluttering and pro-activeness that followed! My confidence has soared and I’m finally being the organised mum I’ve always wanted to be!”

As if I ever needed reminding, this letter always tells me where happiness lies…and it is not in Harvey Nichols or Peter Jones.

Diggory Lifestyle has many services. Each tailored to match different moments in your life and adapted to your unique circumstances and budget.

Perhaps this guest blog has inspired you to consider professional organising as a career change! If so, find out more about training and joining APDO. If you feel you could benefit from the services APDO members like Dee have to offer, find a local organiser here.

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Top Tips To Stay Clutter-free After A Good Clear Out


Charlotte Jones is a Professional Organiser based in Woking, Surrey and Founder of Everything in its Place. Here she shares her tips on what must be the most vital decluttering stage of all – maintenance! If you could use some professional help (at any stage) find an accredited organiser near you here.

So, you’ve done the hard work. You’ve cleared out the vast majority of your clutter and your home is now beautifully organised. However, this is an ongoing process and keeping your home looking and feeling the way that you want it will require effort. 

Clutter builds up inevitably, clothes need putting away, the dishwasher needs emptying and the kids need telling five times every day to hang up their school bags! But keep at it because a tidy environment really does lead to a clear mind and a generally more positive outlook on life.

By spending just a few minutes each day doing these chores and being strict with yourself when it comes to leaving clutter lying around you will free up more time to spend doing the things that you really love and enjoying your new surroundings.

Top Tips: 

1. Reset to zero each night: Put everything back where it is supposed to be. This means that you will wake up refreshed the following morning ready to tackle the days challenges without having to deal with any left over from yesterday. It will also probably mean that you got a much better nights sleep, content with the feeling that everything was done and put back where it should be.

2. Deal with mail as soon as it enters the house: Can it be recycled or filed straight away? If you need to do something with it, file it in your dedicated ‘to do’ file and make sure that this gets emptied at least once a month.

3. Have dedicated areas which must stay clean, clear and clutter free: For example, the kitchen worktops, don’t allow paperwork to pile up here or items which belong elsewhere, ensuring that this area stays clear means that you will notice if any clutter does start to build up and can easily rectify the problem.

4. Have a good clear out of the kids toys, games and clothes before a birthday or christmas: This way, you can get rid of any unused items or things that the children have outgrown ready for the new load to enter the house.

5. Take photos to remind you of sentimental items: Still struggling to let go of those last few items that you know you don’t need but have some sort of emotional attachment to? Try taking a photograph of these objects and then letting the real thing go.

6. Buy Less: No recreational shopping, only go into a shop if you need something. Try it for a month and see if you notice a difference in the amount of things entering your home.

7. Have a donate box at the front door: anyone in the house can add to this box and then it can be taken to the charity shop each time it gets full.