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Where to Donate the Tricky Stuff

 

It’s not rocket science. You’ve done a clear out and have a pile of things you don’t need. It isn’t worth your while selling them on eBay and no one you know wants them. So it’s a charity shop run. Or so you thought. But it turns out that while lots of charity shops will take clothes, shoes and an endless stream of retro floral crockery, may don’t take other stuff you’re looking to donate. Like accessories and electrical items. Curtains and blankets. Tools and furniture. But it feels so wrong to chuck this stuff into the tip. It seems such a waste.

And you know what? Often it IS such a waste. Turns out there are charities which will take your less-mainstream second-hand items. You just need to hunt around a bit. Which we have. So here are a few you can try next time you have a clear out. Or better still perhaps this will inspire you to declutter now! Read more

Regifting the spirit of Christmas – yes you can!

Everyone loves a Christmas advert, don’t they? All those roaring log fires. Snowy outdoor scenes. Happy, excited children who never moan, fight or stare at a screen for hours. And the gifts, don’t forget the gifts. People receive gifts and they are ALWAYS delighted with what they’re given. Not even a hint of “Another corkscrew? Seriously?”, or the knowing look that says, “I know this strawberry shortcake scented odour-neutralising candle has been sitting in the bottom of your gift drawer for 3 years”. Nope, the festive ads are all joy and teary-eyed delight. If only… Read more

Has your home got an unsightly muffin top?

Out of sight is never really out of mind.  You can still feel it.  And it can weigh you down whether you are aware of it or not.  My decluttered clients tell me

“this is the greatest weight off my shoulders”

“I cannot believe how much lighter everything feels”

“that was the fastest way to lose 100lbs in one day”…

Like starting an exercise program, we are very creative in talking ourselves out of it.  Feelings of fear, shame, embarrassment and actual emotional pain are huge hurdles to overcome as a waste watcher.  Read more

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Is decluttering always about clutter?

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So, I’m a Professional Declutterer, but it’s not what I do on the job.  Regardless of text-book definitions, clutter is a word that can reduce peoples’ belonging to junk.  Most of my clients say I am transforming their lives, one possession at a time.  I insist that all I am here to do is help them make decisions about their belongings.  If this #belongingscoach gives clients a decluttering afterglow them I am all the happier for it.

Overall my clients come to me for help during significant life change: downsizing from the family home, surviving divorce, illness or bereavement, empty nesting or introducing themselves to blended family realities. In all situations, there is many years’ accumulation of belongings. And that suddenly becomes stuff, or ‘clutter’, that needs sorting out.  See above!

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