All right, cards on the table, my home is far from immaculate. For a start, I hate cleaning. Tidying is my thing, but cleaning definitely comes way down the list of things I want to be doing with my life and quite often the vacuuming needs doing, and the kitchen floor needs mopping, and the living room hasn’t been dusted in a while. Let’s face it, there are more interesting things in life than cleaning.
Surely though my house must at least be tidy? Well, sort of. I have a 16 month old who likes to spread toys, and quite often the recycling, over all the available floor space downstairs and at the end of a busy day I’m just as likely to push the pile of unopened post or unfolded washing to one side as I am to deal with it, so no on any given day it’s unlikely that my house is Pinterest worthy. Unless you’re super organised, super efficient and have no children I’m not sure it’s possible to live like that on a daily basis, and if you are one of those people your hardly going to be reading a decluttering blog are you?
For me the most important thing is how easy it is to return my house to a state where I’d be happy for visitors to come round, and no, shoving everything in the spare room and closing the door really doesn’t count! Having decluttered my possessions and ensured that those remaining all have a place to live it makes tidying, cleaning and returning the house to that ‘show home’ state that much easier. Paperwork can be easily actioned or filed, because there is a system in place that works, clothes can be folded or hung and put away, because it all fits in the available space, toys can be packed away out of sight, and miscellaneous items returned easily to their homes. This is the great thing about decluttering and organising, it makes everyday life so much easier and those tasks we sometimes let get on top of us much easier to tackle.
My house wasn’t always like this, in fact my parents would tell you that when I was younger I was a terrible hoarder who couldn’t bear to part with anything and could never be made to tidy properly and I will admit continued to live like that for long after I moved out and got married. I didn’t change overnight either, and the process of decluttering everything I owned took some time, but now I am definitely at a point where I can say that I am in control of my possessions, rather than them overwhelming me. The point is, we can all change and I’ve been there and done that, I understand how it feels. There’s no need to be embarrassed by your stuff and no need to continue living surrounded by clutter that makes you feel out of control. Let us help you, we know the pitfalls and the sticking points, we know how hard it can be and we are here to help and guide you through every step of the process.