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Practice What You Preach

I have a confession to makes and I’m sure many other people do this as well, I have kept hold of clothing “just in case”, and which I didn’t need any more,

When deciding to venture out as a professional organiser after working in corporate offices for many years, I kept some (but not all) of my old workwear. It wasn’t for sentimental reasons, it was mainly for the safety net that I had them there if I ever needed another office job. Maybe my new career path wouldn’t work out, maybe I would need to supplement my income at some point.

The “just in case” wardrobe

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Although I had enough space to store these clothes, I felt that by keeping them it was holding me back. If I ever needed an office role again I could buy suitable clothing. Keeping hold of these clothes was making me feel that I could go back, but that isn’t what I wanted, so out they went.

Clean slate, fresh start, whatever you want to all it, by discarding these items it felt as though a weight had been lifted. Of course, letting go did not determine how my new venture would work out but I wouldn’t have the idea of “old life” in the back of my mind, or wardrobe.

“I payed good money for that!”

The same can be said for holding onto clothes for may other reasons; someday they will fit, this outfit reminds me of a special place or person, I’m sure one day they will be fashionable again, maybe one of my kids would like them, and the obligatory “I paid good money for that”. The pressure is always at the back of your mind, letting go not only frees space in your home but also in your mind.

So eventually I let go of the final “just in case” items, I sold or donated and moved on without my old life holding me back or giving me a perceived safety net.

if you need help or advice on decluttering and organising your wardrobe; workwear, casual or children’s clothes, please get in touch.

Remember, I’ve been there!

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CMajorChange is a member of the Association of Professional Declutterers and Organisers

APDO is the UK’s membership association for decluttering and organising professionals.

Do you need guidance and support to organise your home, your office or you life?

If the answer is yes, I offer practical help, with no judgement, to help you on your decluttering and organisation journey.

I help to declutter and organise homes to make them flow and function in the best way possible. I help with anything from general decluttering and home organisation, house moves, both moving in or moving out, upsizing or downsizing, changes due to bereavement or other life changing events.

I love working with my clients and every job is different, from kitchens to garages, bedrooms to office spaces, bathrooms to living rooms.

Association of Profession Declutterers and Organisers
Association of Profession Declutterers and Organisers

Moving Home, Start as You Mean to Go On

The thought of moving home fills some people with dread, the thought of preparing your current home for market, the stress of boxing up all your items and then unpacking in your new home.

It doesn’t matter whether you are purchasing/renting a larger home or downsizing, the upheaval can be immense.

Boxes, Boxes, Boxes

So why not use the services of a professional organiser?

You have already used professional services such as an estate agent, lawyer, mortgage company, removal company and maybe a cleaner. So using a professional organiser can be another service that you use to make the whole experience much easier and less stressful.

Make sure your current home sells as quickly and easily as possible

I bet as you browse websites and look in estate agents windows, the homes that you are drawn to aren’t the ones full of clutter.

Show your home in it’s best possible condition

Homes with work surfaces, drawers and cupboards overflowing won’t inspire buyers. Removing items makes your home much more attractive to prospective buyers. Using an organiser before you move can be just the boost you need to sell your home and start as you mean to go on. Why take items to your new home that you don’t love or need.

Why pay to move items that you have hardly used in your current home?

Having a good declutter before you move is a great idea and saves you paying for items to be moved that you don’t use, sometimes boxes are unopened since the last move!

On the day…

Make moving day easier and less stressful, I can help in the run up to the big day.

I make sure that everything will be packed so it is easier to organise when you unpack, creating systems so you and your removal company have a guise as to what goes where.

New home, now where do I put everything!

I can help so that the key areas in your home are organised from the day you move in, and beyond.

Even if you are moving to a larger property, I can help to ensure that you are using this space in the best way possible for your lifestyle. It can be easy in a larger property, or even one with more storage space, to quickly put items away without taking time to think how and when they are used.

Creating storage systems can be even more important when downsizing, I can help when the size and quantity of storage spaces is reduced.

Move in day and beyond

I can help at any time, you may just need to get into your new home and worry about organisation later. You may want to live in your new home before deciding exactly how you are going to use the rooms. What you thought might be a playroom might be better as an office. Homes and lifestyles change over time, and so will the the organisation systems. As children move out you may find that bedroom is great as a hobby room.

Call me today if you would like to know more about my services when moving home.

Challenge Yourself, 40Days40Items

As you may have seen on my social media pages I carried out a 40days40items challenge for Lent and I just wanted to share my thoughts of what I felt during and following the challenge.

I would often say I would give up chocolate or something else for Lent (but hardly ever followed through – I love chocolate!!!) so this year I thought I would challenge myself to something which would benefit me, my family and my home. So I decided to carry out a decluttering challenge, 40 days seemed ideal. All I had to do was find one item each day that was not used or wanted.

The aim was to donate, gift, recycle or find another use for an item.

So the items were really random, from nutcrackers, cheese knives and hair bands, even a coat which didn’t fit the dog, to the usual clothes, ornaments, books and jewellery. 

There were a few days where I wasn’t sure if I could find enough items for the 40 days, but it actually became easier as I went along. It’s amazing what you can actually see when some clutter is removed, whether this clutter is in plain sight or hidden away in a cupboard or drawer.

So what went, as we were coming to the end of winter it was an ideal time to let go of clothing that I didn’t need any more. Be honest with yourself, does that jumper or dress fit, does it fit your lifestyle and does it suit you. Leaving items in drawers and wardrobes which will never be worn leaves feelings of guilt.

We also had a number of items that I had kept after my parents had passed away, initially keeping the items for sentimental reasons, but realising that the memories of my parents were not defined by keeping a paperweight or ornament. By donating, you give someone else the opportunity to use or the love that item.

My husband also had a large DVD collection but hardly watched them any more. We had a good sort through and were quite ruthless. Many of the films are accessible on Netflix or Sky now, we just kept some stand-up DVDs and some of our favourite films which we will watch again. He also agreed to let go of a large CD collection, everything is on iTunes anyway, again we just kept a few that we would keep for the car.

We were able to donate some thick sofa throws to the local kennels and doggy day care business we use, they took up so much space in the cupboard and I had started to use different throws so these were rarely used. I also had some old duvets which we will donate to the local rescue centre when we can travel, which didn’t even manage to make it onto the 40 days list, showing that when you start to declutter, it gets easier to keep going.

At the moment many of the items are boxed up ready for charity shops to open but I have also booked collection or postal services for clothes, jewellery, DVDs and CDs, other items have been passed on to family and friends (only if they need or want them)

I found that letting go of clutter was actually an incentive to revisit little used items. I have really made the effort to use products that I’d not used in a while, lockdown was the perfect opportunity to try different hair and makeup products, if they didn’t suit, then out they went.

Just getting in the mindset of letting go of items that really don’t work for you becomes easier as the days go by. Benefits can be seen quite quickly, use that feeling of achievement to carry on with your goals. If you wanted to do a similar challenge you could choose any length of time, 40 days, one month, one week or day, you could even choose to declutter a certain number of items or items from a particular area in your home. Whatever is best for you, the biggest step is getting started.

So what did we let go of;

  1. 2 bags of clothes
  2. Cuddly toys
  3. Monopoly game
  4. Sofa throws
  5. Table runners
  6. Dog ornament
  7. Vase
  8. Nutcrackers
  9. Cheese Knife
  10. Another random knife
  11. Dog coat
  12. Collection of hairbrushes
  13. Trinket box
  14. Rucksack
  15. Another set of nutcrackers
  16. Hair product that didn’t suit my hair type
  17. Spare hair dryer that was never needed
  18. Jewellery
  19. Collection of takeaway menus
  20. Curling tongs
  21. Body moisturisers
  22. Hair band
  23. “Devotion” ornament
  24. CDs
  25. Framed Egyptian papyrus 
  26. Candle
  27. Slippers
  28. Folders and notes
  29. Glass tankard
  30. Glass “Cat & Mouse” ornament
  31. Kitchen knives
  32. Duvet sets
  33. 2 pairs of never worn Ugg boots
  34. Selection of scarves
  35. Set of Shakespeare books
  36. Paperweight
  37. Griddle iron
  38. Another hair band
  39. Diffuser found which fitted the donated hairdryer
  40. DVDs