Why Shopping Whilst DeCluttering is Never a Good Idea

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  I recently helped a lovely client to declutter her clothes and accessories which she had bought over a few years. Whilst we were still in the declutter process, a parcel arrived… The parcel was from Net-a-Porter and contained beautiful new clothes to add to the wardrobe.   She then confessed she had been shopping online before I had arrived and ordered more stuff to be delivered later in the week. A few minutes later, I was told I had been called in to help declutter so she could buy new stuff!! Imagine my face. By using a professional organizer Read More

The Joy of Simplicity in the Bedroom

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Your bedroom is the place for relaxation, sleep and recharging in your home, isn’t it? Then why does your bedroom make you anxious from time to time? Is it because you have turned it into a home for clutter? If that is the case, you will not only keep feeling anxious, but you will not be able to relax completely even while you sleep.     Think about what it would mean to you, and how much it would improve your time in your bedroom, if there were less things in it. Try to keep only the necessities in your Read More

10 Awesome Organizing Products from the new IKEA 2017 Catalogue

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  Last week I was invited by the lovely team at IKEA Dubai to attend their launch event for the new IKEA Catalogue for 2017. We got to see great new products, including organizing ones, for the bedroom, kitchen and lounge areas, but also try some food which will be sold in their restaurant (3 words – pulled salmon sandwiches – you will thank me later!). As always once I have the catalogue in my hands, I will be incommunicado for an hour devouring the new products and layouts. This season there are some great pieces to store your items in Read More

Do I have to throw away everything?

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“Do I have to throw away everything”?

I get asked that everytime I speak to someone interested in using my services.

The simple answer is always “No”.

If we threw away everything there would be nothing left for me to organize; and as you may gather, I like organizing items and creating systems, and most importantly using my super duper label machine.

 

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The whole point of engaging a Professional Organizer, is to help you get rid of the things that are taking up space in your life – the clutter. You don’t need 200 pairs of jean shorts, 5 rolls of cellophane wrap,  300 pairs of shoes and definitely not 2 lawn mowers (especially if one is broken) (*all of these examples are true stories by the way).

No justification, argument, or crying can ever justify having that much stuff. Consider whether your will ever have time to wear all of the items of clothes in your wardrobe, unless you wore them every day for the rest of your life (and didn’t buy anything else).

What you need in your life are things that you love using, are used regularly and are not broken. So together I help clients to get rid of items they dislike, are broken, do not fit and have gone way past their use by date (2009 is too old). We work together so that you know what you are throwing away or donating and we can then organize what is left into proper systems so you can find everything easily.

I also like repurposing certain such as pretty jars and tins so they be used for a new purpose, rather than throwing them away. For example, I love using old jars to store flowers to make my home have a slight rustic feel.

 

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But of course you only need to keep a few jars – 5 is usually my limit, anything more starts becoming clutter.

If you have no use for the jars and tins in your life at that moment, recycle them. There will always be another jar that will come into your life in future.

The same logic can be applied for paper carrier bags from designer stores. Yes they are lovely but do you need to keep 50 bags in a cupboard. Do you say that you will use the bags to hold presents for friends and family, but always forget to use them? Did you say yes under your breath, then it is time to get rid of them. If you love the bags so much, frame them and hang them on your wall.

So in answer to the original questions, you don’t have to throw everything away when alone or working with a professional organizer like DeCluttr Me, but always use my mantra:

“If you don’t use it for 3 months (or 6 months if I am in a generous mood) then throw it away”.  (*There are exceptions to the rules like ballgowns which can only be worn once a year or so).

Hope you found this blog helpful! If yes, leave a comment below.

Thanks

 

Shelina Jokhiya

 

 

 

 

 

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15 Easy Morning Habits to Make you Look Forward to the Evening

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  How often do you leave your home and dirty dishes, clothes on the floor, stuff on the bed, and then dread coming home to face this mess? If you often leave a path of destruction at home in the morning, here are some great tricks to help you build habits and start looking forward to your evening at home. Habits take around 30 days to form, so the tricks in this infogram need to be repeated every day until they become second nature. By taking these steps, you will find how much you enjoy going home and staying there. Read More

The Best Tips to Help you Pack for your Holidays

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  It’s that time of the year when most people head out for their holidays. Whether it is to catch some sun in Europe, feel the cold in the South or stick to the hot heat in the Middle East, there are some fail safe tips that are always useful when travelling. Here are the best tips to help you pack for your holidays which I have picked up over the years: 1.  Pile all your clothes and accessories in one corner that you anticipate to pack one week in advance. Then cut half the pile. You will need more tops than Read More

Moving in With Someone (Special)? How to do it in an Organized way to Avoid a Mess

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  People move in with someone else all the time, whether it is due to getting married (Mabrook!), saving money on rent or to be with the family again. Whilst the thought of moving may sound like a great idea (most of the time), it can take a fair amount of planning, co-ordination, stress and of course money. If you are moving in with someone (special), there are ways you can alleviate the pain of moving with these easy steps. 1.  Look at your Stuff. Are you moving into the other parties home? Or are you going to start afresh and look to Read More

5 Simple & Easy Ways You can Improve your Relationships

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  Many of my clients contact me with a desire to shed their clutter so that they can be organized and free from stuff in their lives. Often whilst working with the clients, I find that the clutter that has accumulated in their lives has created tension in their relationships, whether it be their partner, children, parents or friends.  Many times I have had family members or friends make quite cutting remarks about the clutter and disbelief that the client is trying to clear it finally. It may be hard to believe, but here are some major ways that clutter can affect your Read More

5 Tips to Help You Manage your Time

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  I have spoken to a few mothers recently who have found it difficult to manage their time and expectations in their daily life. They have to ensure the kids get up, ready for school, cook meals for the family (which must be incredibly healthy, organic, gluten free, GMO free and any other free), ensure the house is clean and clutter free, do the shopping, ensure the schoolwork is completed, the kids are happy and lastly ensure that the husband is happy. Just writing that list exhausted me so imagine how these women feel! These mothers asked for tips and tricks on how to manage Read More

7 Tricks to Make your Room Feel Larger

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  For many residents in the region living in apartments and villas, space can be a premium. Storage solutions seem to be sparse and furniture seems to get bigger and bigger.  You also may have moved countries with all your stuff into homes that do not have the space to fit all of it or could be decorating your space making it seem smaller. Furniture plays a huge factor in making your home seem clutter and small if the pieces are too big or bulky. A trick I have learnt over the years is to move the furniture away from the windows Read More