When I relocated to Scotland just over two years ago I thought I had cleared out a lot of “rubbish” but the truth is I am still clearing it out!!!

It isn’t as bad as it was and I am pleased that my attic is empty and storage items such as Christmas decorations and summer stuff are in the garage. It has taken time and I haven’t rushed it because fortunately I haven’t needed to.

However, there are some people for whom clutter has taken over their lives. They can never find anything, or are unable to open certain cupboards because either they are blocked or everything would drop out. Modern homes don’t have the storage that older houses used to have and it can be a serious issue for families to keep things under control.

So why declutter and does it have to be a chore? Many people say is to tiring, so why not just do 15 to 30 minutes a day, then if you feel like doing more wonderful, if not don’t feel bad because you have done the agreed amount of time. Another major reason is that it makes you face up to your past, perhaps a party outfit that reminds you happier or even sadder days, photos of loved ones no longer in your life. It can also make us feel guilty about all the jobs or projects we have started and never finished.

Most of all decluttering is about making choices, what to keep and what to recycle, give to charity or sell. A choice that can cause emotional unrest, even call to mind other decisions we wish we had not made in our past.

There are a number of ways of making it easier, as I mentioned earlier do it in simple 15 to 30 minute daily slots. Also why not start with a small task such as a box, drawer or a cupboard. Concentrate on one task at a time, don’t look at all you have to do, just what you are doing in that moment.

If you are really uncertain about items why not put them into a box and if you don’t use them within a couple of months then take them to the charity shop or sell them.

It really does make you feel good when you have a clear out, though of course you need to be careful not to try and fill the space you have created.   Nevertheless I do think every home benefits from having a minimum of at least one drawer that has “everything” shoved into it.

For a no obligation chat please either email or phone me, because it is good to remember that nothing has to be the way it has always been.

Melanie