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Springtime is usually associated with Spring cleaning and that’s probably because of all of the rebirth and ‘fresh starts’ that are all around us this time of year.

Winter has ended, the grass is growing high and the flowers are coming out for Summer. So we took a close look at how best to tackle the clutter that you accumulated since your last Spring clean, with the help of a decluttering expert! Check out the answers to these 8 fantastic questions, to get your house decluttered quickly and efficiently!

Why is it important to declutter?

I believe it is important to declutter so that you can remove the things that distract you from your purpose. Whether its cooking dinner or getting ready in the morning, no matter how big or small the activity is, when you can do with less distractions it will be a more positive and enjoyable experience.

We often keep things for the “just in case” moments which leads us to cluttering up our homes with things we don’t need for the now.

We hold onto both our memories and dreams through our things which can hinder us from living our best life in the now.

What exactly does it mean to declutter?

Decluttering is the process of taking stock of what you have and accessing whether it is needed now. You can then pack away objects you want to keep, or donate items you don’t.

What is the secret to a successful declutter of your life?

Realising that this is not a one off project but rather a continual process.

A great big purge can feel great but you need to also adjust the systems in your home, change your habits so you wont simply be back feeling overwhelmed with your clutter in a few months time.

If you were going to give people one tip about decluttering what would it be?

Have a vision in mind before you start. This gives you a focus and intention as you access your stuff.

What are some of the places in the home which we forget to keep clutter-free and what can you do about them?

The common hotspots for clutter are places like the kitchen counter, the junk drawer, linen cupboard and your car.

I like to train my clients to schedule a regular time to clean out these spaces, for example, every Sunday clean out the car of all the kids sport equipment from the weekend, chuck out the rubbish, and return home any bags, jackets, homework books etc so you have a fresh canvas at the beginning of the week.

What effects are there when you have too much clutter around the house?

When you have too much clutter you feel distracted, overwhelmed, and disorganized.

Clutter often triggers arguments between couples as they play the blame game for whose stuff is causing the most stress.

Clutter can impede any efforts to be organized and time effective. The daily routines of getting out the door are hampered and sabotaged by our stuff literally tripping us up along the way.

Just think about this, if you spend 10 minutes a day looking for your keys, bag or shoes that never seem to be where they should be you waste over 60 hours a year!

What are the benefits of getting rid of all that clutter?

Less stress, less time wasted, less money wasted, more of what you love, more focus and more space.

What do you do with all the stuff that you don’t need any more?

For most household items, I donate them to my local charity stores. I like to try and find particular causes that needs my clutter too – for example unwanted bras and swimwear is donated to the Uplift Project, unwanted hotel toiletries are given to Every Little Bit Helps.

Have you started your declutter this year? SHARE with us below!

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  • hmmm i have to declutter…waiting for the Christmas break.

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  • I keep telling myself that I have to declutter my house. I do get started but then I get distracted and the whole process gets put on the backburner. Hopefully I will get it done by Christmas.

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  • Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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  • I love it when I have decluttered, but going through all the stuff….I hate it !

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  • Yep, a cluttered house makes me anxious and twitchy – certainly not calm which is what I imagine most families want for their houses. We’ve done a lot of decluttering in the past few months and donated things to charity shops. Bigger items or things that are likely to be wanted by other people I tend to try to sell online.

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  • Thanks for your comment – the shoes go out tomorrow. Now about all those clothes?

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  • I try to declutter regularly during the year. I go through toys, books, drawers, clothes.. What I find most difficult to tackle are papers and digital cluttering. And recipes! I should find a way to file them and get rid of all the recipes written by hand or cut from magazines, that I constantly collect.

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  • A great reminder that I need to start

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  • I try to declutter all the time – but I have trouble decluttering shoes – they still fit and feel good and who cares if they are out of fashion? But must get rid of shoes somehow? Any tips?


    • Shoes can be hard cause unlike our dress size our feet don’t change much.
      Be strong and get rid of any that are damaged, mouldy or cheap quality. The common rule is to get rid of those you haven’t worn in a year as it’s likely you haven’t worn them because your lifestyle has changed.
      Good luck!

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  • Yes it’s a continuous process !
    I give lots to charity and part I give away to foster children who can with us temporary.

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  • I find it overwhelming but when job complete there is a huge sense of relief and satisfaction.

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  • I love decluttering. I especially love it when I come across something I no longer need and can give it to someone who can use that item.


    • Also, it’s wonderful when they get super excited about the ‘stuff’.

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  • To declutter your home is always a positive experience!


    • I agree the end result is positive but the process of decluttering can be challenging for some. Perfection paralysis or the “what if’s” can be hard to overcome.



      • I agree the end result is positive but the process of decluttering can be challenging for some. Perfection paralysis or the “what if” game can be hard to overcome.

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  • I share with family and friends and give them ‘stuff’ if they want it. Then I give it to charity. Someone can always use it.

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