No, you don’t need a skip for that!

This excellent blog “Do I Need a Skip for That? How To Get Rid of Your Unwanted Bulky Items” was posted on Houzz by Amanda Pollard.  On the surface is shows how there is always some way to recycle your belongings- even the broken stuff that ‘nobody could possibly want’.   It lists the Furniture Donation Network and Bulky Waste as excellent ways to get rid of stuff ethically.metal-processing-header

Then if you click to the sites you see a deeper message – these go-to companies are actually ‘Community Dotcom‘ charity portals developed by social entrepreneur Steve Jackson OBE, founder of Recycling Lives – a Queen’s Award-winning commercial recycler and social welfare charity. Read more

Creating living memories – My mother’s garden…

Unknown-3  I am obsessed with helping clients create memories when they are going through a major downsizing process.  Often we take photos of items that are being gifted or donated to charities.  We scan old negatives and photos to share among family members, or to use in a digital photo frame in the new residence.   Some keepsakes trigger such evocative, happy memories that these are ‘no-brainers’ to keep and display.  So often the saddest of all farewells is usually in the garden.  Sigh, how do you let go of living plants?  I decided: not without a fight!  If you think you can’t take it with you, then here’s a great solution…

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The art of treasuring your treasures – Part 2

If you’re living with an overwhelming number of sentimental treasures that are cluttering up your home and nagging at your relationships, it is time to get it sorted.  However, this can be very difficult to focus on.  If you’re finding it hard to decide what to keep and what to let go of, here’s my advice:  have the conversation.


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The art of treasuring your treasures – Part 1

Enough’s enough. All the signs are telling you that you NEED to declutter and you’d love to make a start. The problem is, it’s not all ‘clutter’.  Yours is a mixture of things that you don’t need and things that you do.  In amongst it are a great many treasures and the only person who knows which of them are truly important to you is YOU.

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People often fear that ‘decluttering’ will mean getting rid of stuff that they love. They know they have permission to hold on to obvious heirlooms like family jewellery, however mostly it’s the other things – the belongings with no obvious financial value but huge sentimental importance – that they feel under pressure to let go.


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