A fresh start.
A blank slate.
A new beginning.
Starting anew is appealing to many of us in various aspects of our lives. We seek change when we need to energise ourselves - learning a new skill, applying for a new job, or even choosing an edgy new hairstyle. The old saying "Change is as good as a holiday" rings true for a lot of people.
Changing up your home is a great way to boost your energy, and never before have we had such access to beautiful home furnishings as a range of price points. But before engaging in an interior overhaul, it is so worthwhile to dig a little deeper and have a significant clear out. In creating physical space, you also create space mentally and emotionally; you will truly have a blank canvas upon which to create the home of your dreams.
Aside from the obvious benefits (you will be astounded at how effective peeling away years of literal baggage can be in also purging emotional baggage!) there are a couple of additional benefits worth mentioning.
Finding lost items
Have you ever been absolutely certain that a treasured possession is somewhere in your home, but you have no idea where? Sometimes things can be hiding in plain sight, remaining unseen because we are so accustomed to them sitting in a certain place. Or we've put something in a "safe place", never to be found again (which definitely takes safe to the extreme)! I love to be on the lookout for specific items; as I tidily turn your home upside down, I delight in ferreting out and returning long-lost treasures.
"Shopping" your own home
Making use of things you already own is a great way to redecorate on a budget. You would be amazed at the cool things that can be uncovered in a declutter - from practical storage containers, to a vintage scarf that becomes the inspiration for a whole new interior look, to wedding gifts from years ago that are suddenly on trend and in demand.
Shopping your own home is also a great way for you to show the environment a little love - rather than buying new and relegating old to the junk pile, rescue and reuse things that remain in good working order.
Don't worry - I don't enforce a ban on buying new things if that is what you want or need. I help you to critically assess what you have, and if an item no longer floats your boat, I take it away and attempt to rehome so it has a second chance with someone else.
When is the right time?
You know what I'm going to say... any time is a good time! If you engage me to take care of this for you, you will be rewarded no matter what other projects or commitments you have on the go. Having said that, there are a few scenarios in which having a whole house declutter makes perfect sense.
In order to have new carpet laid, you first need to get your stuff off the floor. This represents an excellent opportunity to have a good look through what you have, and clear out the belongings you no longer need or love. You'll be touching all your stuff anyway, so why not look through with a critical eye and clear the decks?
Taking a holiday
Imagine the joy of coming home from holiday to a completely clean and clear home. Whilst some rooms need your input, I am very happy to work through your home according to your brief while you are away. The brief is important; I don't remove anything without your permission, so we agree very tightly on my scope of work before you go away. I will guide you through the brief to ensure you have complete confidence in me and my process, so you can relax and enjoy your holiday.
Renovating your home is the perfect time to have a declutter. No matter the size of your renovation, there is probably going to be some level of packing up and clearing away. You might even be considering storing your stuff offsite to protect it during building works. Before forking out for storage, or even boxing your belongings up and shoving in the garage, have a clear out. You may still need to store things out of the way, but you could drastically reduce the amount you are storing.
Selling your home
Home staging is a thing. Having professional designers come into your home and present it in the most appealing light for buyers to ensure you achieve top dollar when your home sales. I think pre-sale decluttering should be a thing also. I can't tell you how many open homes I have attended where I've thought "Gee whiz, these rooms are tiny", only to look a little harder and realise they are just crammed full of stuff. Having a clear out and axing some of the stuff that has piled up over the years is a great way to refresh your home before it goes on the market.
I've saved the most perfect of times for last. Moving house is the perfect time for a declutter; as stated in a few of the points above, you're touching everything and boxing it up anyway, so why not have a cull before carting it to your new home?
An added bonus: Packing up your house for the move is included in my service. I leave everything safely wrapped, boxed and ready for someone else to do the hauling.
If you're nodding as you read, yippee! I'd love to have a chat about how I can help you. Please complete the form below and I'll give you a call quick-smart; we can set the wheels in motion for invigorating change.
I promise you won't be disappointed.