Entries by Sarah Macnaught

Plan B is always a better option for Downsizing

Helping your parents’once-in-a-lifetime downsizing move from their large family home into more suitable accommodation can be daunting.  Successful baby boomers living abroad or out of town are struggling to deal with ageing parents while juggling career and young family needs.  Laments a recent anxious son from Sydney, “I just can’t be there to sort this out […]

Divorce, Downsizing and Doing it Right

When people are going through a divorce I’m often brought in to help deal with their belongings. There are various scenarios. Sometimes the husband leaves to start a new relationship, taking the bare minimum of possessions. His wife is left feeling overwhelmed and resentful about having to deal with every single thing. So she calls […]

The Gift of Listening Time this Christmas

Cards on the table, I’m a Professional Declutter and so my Christmas wish is that people give each other the gift of an experience rather than another expletive thing.  However, I just got trumped… Yesterday, distracted and driving, I accepted a (hands-free!) call from a colleague while I busied myself with Christmas preparations.  She just […]

9 Top Tips to declutter for Christmas – no more tangled lights!

It’s a familiar scenario. Christmas arrives and you find yourself rummaging under surplus suitcases to uncover dust-covered tinsel, tangled strings of old tree lights and decorations spilling from broken shopping bags. Many admit defeat and end up buying new ones, leaving the old ones to languish under children’s beds and in the upper reaches of […]

“It’s clear that you’re not just a declutterer!”

I am very clear to my clients about what I do:  I help people make decisions about their belongings. But time and again I get the sideways glance, the hands-on-hips admonishments and the belly ache laughter which all come out with “it’s clear that you’re not just a declutterer!”  So perhaps it’s time to share […]