Clear the decks – now its time to deck the halls…

‘Tis the season to be jolly and all that but if you’re not careful, ‘tis also the season of chaos and clutter. If, that is, you walk blindly into the festive season without a bit of planning. And we’re not talking about early gift buying or getting the Christmas cards written pronto. We’re talking about clearing the decks so your home is ready for the upheaval that Christmas brings. All the stuff. The influx of new gifts, the added debris from wrapping and packaging, the space needed for decorations – not to mention The Tree.
The thing is, if you don’t do the prep before you’re in the thick of Christmas, it’ll quickly become overwhelming….

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Moving House with Minimal Stress

So you are thinking of moving. With all that stuff.  Well, not ALL of it perhaps, you might try to get rid of a lot of it before you move… hopefully… as a lot of that stuff is still in boxes from the last move 15 years ago, isn’t it?

As an accredited and experienced Move Manager & Organiser, I know that stress levels in relationships are reduced in direct proportion to the amount of tedious planning done before the move.  You have probably only visited your new home about 3 – 6 times, not even spent a night there, so there is much planning to be done before you arrive.

Here are 5 tried and tested ways to help you move home with minimal stress. Read more

Why Email Clutter is the worse Clutter of them all… and how to Blitz It

The thing about clutter is that there’s no hiding it. Scrap that. Okay so there are LOADS of places to hide your clutter. Chuck it into the coat cupboard. Behind the sofa. Under the bed. In the car if you’re really desperate. We could go on. But this isn’t a guide on how to hide away your clutter. The point is, if you have clutter, you know you have it. Because even if you have hidden the kids’ toys in the under-stairs cupboard before the whole book group arrives at your house, or unsorted laundry under the bed when your mother-in-law pays an unexpected visit (surprise!) you know the mess is there, that’s why you’re trying to hide it. And later once they’ve gone you’ll have to tackle it because it’s probably in the way of stuff you need.

So in a way, the great thing about email clutter is that nobody can see it. Even your nearest and dearest aren’t going to go trawling through your emails and see you have 23,293 unopened messages.  But that is also the problem… Read more

How to Respond to a Hostile Email

We’ve all been there. Fired off an unusually aggressive email in the spur of the moment. Emailed something we wouldn’t dare say to someone’s face. It’s one of the pitfalls of communicating by text or email. We have a tendency to behave more badly than we would face-to-face.

It’s usually just thoughtless venting soon forgotten but when it comes to more serious conflict such as work grievance, divorce or inheritance, an aggressive email can have deeper repercussions. More people involved, more chance of emails being forwarded, emails which could be brought up in court. Which is why your response to hostile emails can affect not only your relationships but also the outcome of a case.

Ask yourself – do I need to respond? Read more

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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