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National Declutter Week – March 7th-18th 2012

I hope you enjoy this story I’ve had written for National Declutter Week 7 – 18th March 2012.  I chose a story format becuase I thought it might resonate more with events that happen in your family life that lead to your home being cluttered and how to deal with it.  If you’d like practical assistance and live in the Manchester or Cheshire area then please do contact me – Louise Barson, Silver Concierge 07986 219785  We are members of APDO UK   – The Association of Professional Declutterers and Organisers.
We are offering a free daily declutter tip during the period of National Declutter Week If you would  like to receive these  to 18th March please email me at  with your request. Thereafter you are welcome to sign up to receive the declutter hints and tips that are included in our monthly newsletter.  Now please enjoy a decluttering story

“A place for everything, and everything in its place!”  that’s what my mother always said to me…  

The thing is, it isn’t always that easy to achieve, especially now that I have a family of my own.  The last thing my older teens want to do is throw away their old stuff, I can hear them whine, “But I love that!  It’s my favourite!”  We all know, if it truly was ‘their favourite’ they would use it more often.  The thing is, getting rid of all the old tat that we have lying around is not just important from a health point of view, decluttering lifts your spirits and gives you an emotional boost.

Don’t believe me?

Think about your living room.  I’m pretty sure you clean it thoroughly every couple of days and keep on top of it daily, right?  Well, imagine if you didn’t.  Think about the layers of dust, the build up of letters and junk mail, cups and mugs left all over the place – after one week, I’m betting it would look pretty grim.

Now imagine it after two weeks… Three?  Okay, so this scenario isn’t specifically clutter, it’s just a failure to do housekeeping.  Which begs another question…

What is clutter?

Clutter is probably best defined by Karen Kingston’s book, “Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui” thus:

  • Things you do not use or love
  • Things that are untidy or disorganised
  • Too many things in too small a place
  • Anything unfinished.

My own philosophy on clutter is:

“If you haven’t used the item in the past six months, you don’t need it.

If you aren’t going to use the item in the next six months, you won’t miss it.

If it adds no decorative value, then it looks out of place.

If it’s really big and bulky, it’s likely robbing you of space.”

One of the hardest things I have ever done was decluttering my dining area.  I had a massive oak unit which had been passed down to me by my parents and it was a really big, bulky piece of furniture.  Instead of using it and treasuring it, it became a collecting ground for junk!  Forgotten correspondence, old LPs were crammed inside.  The drawers bulged with useless rubbish, from broken darts to scart cables.

The catalyst for me getting rid of this item of furniture was me wanting a piano.
I have played piano since I was a child, and I might not be of Richard Clayderman’s standard, but it is something I really love.  We sat down as a family and went through the entire unit.  Alcohol was removed from the drinks section and placed in another cupboard; glasses went in alongside the mugs and cups.  Unwanted knickknacks were sent to local charity shops and the cabinet itself was advertised on ‘freecycle’.

The thing is, I don’t miss the oak unit at all.  It wasn’t something I needed or cherished.  It added nothing decoratively and it was big and bulky.  The items stored within it were of no value and, furthermore, of no use whatsoever – yet this item of furniture had been in my house for the best part of eight years, and was collecting all my crap!  I was not sorry to see it go, and the piano I was able to put in its place is a much-loved item – even my daughter plays on it.

So what area of your house is your secret ( or not so secret ) cluttered space?  Is it the cupboard under the stairs ? The spare room? Maybe the study or the area you keep your computer and paperwork? Or your loft or garage? The storage unit in dining room? Or the toy cupboard? Or simply one of the kitchen drawers ….

National Declutter Week is a brilliant idea.  If you don’t have the incentive to start decluttering your home/work or even your life, it gives you a chance to at least bring the subject up with your family or fellow staff members.

The thing is, I’ve noticed recently how people keep putting stuff on top of my piano.  Socks, games, toys, old shopping bags…  Think I might have to start decluttering again but the piano stays!

We hope you enjoyed this article

We are offering a free daily declutter tip during the period of National Declutter Week If you would  like to receive these  to 18th March please email me at  with your request. Thereafter you could sign up to recieve declutter hints and tips that are included in our monthly newsletter.



March 10, 2012 - Posted by | Concierge service, Decluttering Service, Hints and Tips | , , , , , ,

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