Four Relocating Decluttering Tips

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  Relocating to another country is a huge job. You have to sell your bulky items and the beloved car, cancel the utilities, have a few going away parties and most importantly move your stuff into containers to be shipped to the new destination. But ask yourself this… do you really need to take all that stuff you own with you in the container? There are certain areas in the relocating decluttering process that are always a minefield, so here is my helpful guide to start the decluttering process: Check the Weather What is the weather like in your location? Read More

How to Control those WhatsApp Messages

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    I am a big user of WhatsApp.  I use it constantly to message various clients, friends and family members. I also belong to over 20 WhatsApp groups. A few are important such as the family one and a few with friends, here in Dubai and overseas. With all these contacts and groups, I can receive close to 200 messages a day. Sometimes it can be more.  If I’m working with a client all day or driving, I won’t get a chance to look at my phone for a few hours. This means that the number of messages in my Read More

Decluttering before your Move

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  It’s that time in your life where you have to move – whether it is because your lease is up in your flat, you have bought a new villa, decided to downsize or move country. The paperwork has been signed and now you have to deal with the actual move. If you are like most people you are probably looking around your home feeling frustrated and exasperated by the amount of stuff in each room. You don’t know where to start and you’re wondering if you can just throw the stuff in the moving boxes and hide them for Read More

APDO’s National Organising Week (NOW) and How DeCluttr Me are participating in it

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  The annual APDO Association of Professional Declutterers and Organisers National Organising Week(“NOW”) is running from 6-12 November 2017. Although I am not in the UK, I have been an international member of APDO for over 3 years now and always happy to be part of this initiative. During NOW, APDO members in the UK and abroad will be motivating people to clear their clutter and organise their spaces. The vision for NOW is: to inspire change for anyone who needs it to make life simpler to create a calmer home to manage time better to assist in finding professional Read More

How to Digitally Declutter your Life – Womensforum.com

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      The brilliant writer Charlotte Ward recently interviewed me for womensforum.com, on how to digitally declutter your life. I shared my favourite six tips on how I organise my life digitally on a daily basis, whether it be on my computer or phone. I think she is now using some of my tips in her own life :). Check out the article here, and let me know if you use these tips to help you stay organised in your life.  

Free Me – the new way to get rid of your decluttered stuff

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    Often whilst working with clients, especially in bedrooms, we find that post decluttering and organizing there are pieces of unwanted, empty furniture in the room. There are also bags of great quality clothes, toys and kitchen utensils.  These items need to leave the house, but what is the best way to get rid of them? I have previously advised on ways to sell your stuff and donate it to charities and not-for-profits in the UAE (see my post here). With the clothes, toys, etc, I often donate them to local charities, but it is a little more difficult Read More

How to Reduce the Clutter and Depression in Your Life

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  I often talk about the clutter cloud at my workshops and with clients. The clutter cloud can hover over people looking like this:     This clutter cloud can lead to depression, the depression can lead to a cluttered home or life, which can lead to depression. It is a vicious cycle. Clutter… – Overstimulates our system (visual, olfactory, tactile), causing our senses to work overtime on stimuli that aren’t necessary or important. – Draws our attention away from what our focus should be on. – Makes it more difficult to relax, both physically and mentally. – Constantly reminds Read More

How to Clear the Mental Clutter Post Organizing

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    The process of decluttering and organizing is psychologically and mentally tiring, especially when you work in an area for a few hours or days (even with a professional organizer like DeCluttr Me). I always warn clients that they will be exhausted by the end of the session, and to do one of these three activities (or all three if they are feeling brave): have a long bath, big glass of something with grape in it or if you do not drink eat lots of yummy food (normally with chocolate included) to decompress from the day. a. have a Read More

Giving Things Away Makes Room for the New

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  This week, we have a guest blog from the wonderful Fiona Campbell. I met Fiona recently at a networking event and she discussed how she had downsized several times over the years and her experience of letting go of her things. Her experience was so wonderful and inspiring that I asked her to share it with you. So here is Fiona’s decluttering and downsizing story: In 2010 I was given 6 weeks’ notice for my husband and I to leave the beautiful Georgian Farmhouse we had called home for the past 15 years. We had been renting half of Read More

Liven up your Lingerie drawer

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  Start by emptying your lingerie drawer(s) and sort your items into keep, donate (TKD accept gently used items for recycling and rehoming) or throw piles. This should be a fairly straightforward process – cull anything that looks faded, stretched, frayed, shapeless, doesn’t fit or hasn’t been worn in the last year.   Next separate your underwear into bras and knickers. Depending on how many items you have, you may want to further sub-divide those items into those you consider everyday essentials and those that are for special outfits or occasions. If you have an extensive collection of underwear, you Read More