Welcome to the declutter clinic

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ASK ANYONE, wherever they live, be it in studio, or massive house, UK, Spain, Australia, Russia, or Outer Mongolia, anyway, just go ahead and ask them the biggest issue they face in their home and I will guarantee you their answer… CLUTTER!!

It’s everywhere, in every house you go in, stuff, momentoes, gadgets, stuff, stuff and more stuff, you know, considering we live in a throwaway society, why don’t we ever throw anything away.

If you’re serious about making some space in your home, here are a few top tips on how to do it, so make a coffee, move some stuff, find a seat and read on.

When you set out to reduce your clutter and create a streamlined, organised home, it’s easier said than done but use these tips as a starting point:

1. Rationalise your belongings to free up space.

2. Be ruthless – if you haven’t used an item for a year, send it to a charity shop, recycle it or, as a last resort, bin it. Sell unwanted CDs, DVDs, games, books, phones and games consoles at markets or online.

3. If you need an incentive to face a mountain of clutter, set a timer for 10 minutes and just do a bit at a time. Or tackle a small area, such as clearing one shelf. Promise yourself a treat when the work is done, like a glass of wine, or a pizza, but not more clutter.

4. To prevent clutter building up, for every item you bring into the house, send another one out. To speed things up, try ‘one in, two out’.

5. For a drastic measure, try putting all your possessions from one room into a box, then only bring out items as you need them. It’ll soon become clear what’s vital and what can be thrown away.

6. ‘When you come across something you can’t bear to get rid of, think carefully about its true purpose in your life,’ advises Marie Kondo, author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying. ‘Many of the things you possess have already fulfilled their role’. Do you really need that My Little Pony Gymkhana set?

7. Trinkets may evoke fond memories, but you can’t keep everything. Hang on to the best of them, and store the others in your heart instead, or take a picture as a keepsake.

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