Why eBay can be a declutterer’s downfall

That jacket. The one you got in the clearance sale. The colour was never quite right and it was a bit tight on the sleeve but it was a total bargain. Designer jacket for that price! So of course it has spent a long and lonely life in the back of your wardrobe. It did see the light of day briefly 5 years ago when you moved house. And… no come to think of it you never did wear it out. You should have got rid of it years ago.

No, you say. I’ll sell it. It must be worth loads by now. I’ll make the money back.

Really? You think?

Why you won’t get the money back

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How to Make Money… fast: Time’s running out for the £1 coin clear out

Are they under the sofa cushions? In your other coat pocket – the one you wear to walk the dog in the rain? In the sparkly clutch-bag you only use on once-in-a-blue-moon nights out?

I’m talking coins. Not just any coins. The old £1 coin. Old as in, this time in a month it won’t be worth a penny. Zilch. Old as in, come the morning of 16 October, no shops will accept them. Some banks may even refuse to exchange them.

This will be annoying if you find a few odd quid stuck down the back seat of the car in two months’ time. But a big old waste of money if you have dozens of the things scuttled away. Maybe hundreds. And it’s likely that many of us do.

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Why being a Jigsaw Whizz gives me an Edge

I love jigsaws. And I’m good at them. But why is she telling us this, you ask – surely this is a blog about professional organisation, not hobbies? I mention it because clients always find that one of the benefits of using my services is that I have an uncanny gift for remembering exactly what went where, when, and why.

The amount of decisions and the overwhelming amount of changes my clients need to make can leave them feeling overwhelmed. But not me. Late night texts of “Where is the blue vase?”, “What price did we agree on that designer bag?” and ‘Did I pack the prescriptions?” are exactly what I expect from clients who are transitioning from one life to another. Read more

How wedded are you to your things?

Marriage. Two people. In love. Making vows to each other. Usually. But I have clients who are so attached to their possessions you’d think they’d made lifelong vows to their BELONGINGS. So it got me thinking. If we did make vows to our stuff, how would it work?

To have and to hold… Read more

A Letter to Charity Shops

Dear charity shop volunteer,

I know that it can be tough working in a charity shop.

That you have to sort through piles and piles of discarded clothes…

 

That sometimes you can’t get in to open the shop for bin bags stuffed full of rubbish blocking the doorway…

That you may be giving up your time for free…

That customers can be rude and annoying…

Or complain about the prices as though you were pocketing the cash yourself.

And I really respect and admire the fact that you’re giving your time to help a good cause.

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What to do with Your Wedding Dress

You know that bit where the bride vows ‘to have and to hold from this day forward…’? They were talking about the other person. Not the wedding dress.

But it’s amazing how many of us can’t let go of the dress, even when we want to. They sit collecting dust in attics and taking up wardrobe space. Most of us can’t fit into them anymore. Not that you’d wear if if you could. But every time you vow to donate it you remember the fittings. The cost. The day. Getting rid of it can even feel like a bad omen – am I jinxing something?So we bundle it away again. When it comes to decluttering, the dress is one of the hardest things to let go. But what if you knew you could make some cash out of it to spend on something you actually used? Or that it was going to a good cause? It would make it far easier to get rid of wouldn’t it? If you knew you were giving it a new lease of life. Read more