When Your Stuff Takes Control of Your Living Space
When Elaine called me and said she needed some help ‘getting control’ of all her stuff, I pricked my ears: this was exactly the kind of scenario my work can have the biggest impact on. This is what decluttering is all about: regaining control of your space.
Elaine is a childminder, and had accumulated many toys, arts & crafts and other bits and bobs – and was feeling overwhelmed by the sheer volume of it all. She was struggling to decide what was worth keeping and what was simply hogging up valuable space.
So, how to you tackle ‘overwhelming’ piles of stuff? The answer is: one step at a time, and don’t stop until you are done (or you will leave it half-done for who-knows-how long).
Together, we took out all the boxes and bags piled high in her conservatory and adjoining shower room, and went through them: sitting together on the floor, looking at things one at a time, deciding what to keep, what to donate, and what had already done it’s duty and needed to be binned.
Once this was done, it was a matter of moving all the unneeded stuff out of the way (which I was thrilled to take to welcoming charity shops, toy libraries and nurseries), and then cleaning and organising what she chose to keep: sensibly, aesthetically, usefully.
Now Elaine has a clear, tidy, and most importantly, functional conservatory and shower room/ toilet, where she can entertain and watch over her lovely and energetic wards calmly and safely!