It's snowy days like this that some parents dred the children being at home, but I love it. In fact I've been waiting for it to snow so that we can have a good old clear out of their stuff. Bring it on!!
Today my children are tackling the 'play room' cupboard that's bulging at the seams with board games, art materials, videos and DVDs. It's going to be fun.
It's an ideal day when we can potter in our home and take our time reminising through their belongings deciding what to keep and what to let go of. But remember, just because you're ready to let go of their things doesn't mean that they will be ready to get rid of it.
Helping anyone let go of items is part encouragement but it's also sharing the memories with them and then finding ways of keeping that memory alive.
For example, one of our client's decided to keep a piece of artwork that reminds her of her grandmother but she let go of the bulky piece of furniture that was a 'white elephant' in her home.
I'm never going to part with my teddy bear that my grandmother gave me when I was 7 years old but I have very little else from my childhood.
For my children, they each have a 'treasure box' for special memories. When they come home at the end of a school term with loads of artwork and school books, they're encouraged to only keep special pieces and stick them into a scrap book.
It's good to have memories and things from the past, as long as they don't clutter your life. Now when we say clutter, the things could either clutter your home or clutter your mind.
We have many ways of helping you to let go because we recognise clutter personalities and clutter triggers.
Clutter personalities are the reasons why you tend to keep things, eg: maybe the item has special memories of your grandparent or perhaps you're not ready to let go of a specific part of your life.
Clutter triggers are events that cause clutter, eg: the washing, the ironing and the post.
As lifestyle designers we work with you to make your home both practical and beautiful within the remit of your lifestyle. Tidying your home should be effortless, not a chore! Clearing up should be easy, not a bind!
Here are a just a few of our client's thoughts of our declutter services:
"I have learnt such a lot from Gwendoline's work to support us in decluttering our house before a sale. She created a really positive environment for us, so much so that we were reluctant to leave when the sale went through so smoothly and swiftly thanks to her ministrations."
Mrs de Rivaz
"Thank you for sooo much for all your wonderful help and support this last month - you have made a huge difference to our lives!"
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