About Me

Hi, my name is Christine Durrant.

I have been in business as a professional de-clutterer since 2009. Before I started my business I spent 6 months helping a friend to sort her flat. She was kind enough to let me take photos and also give me feedback on what was helpful and what was not. I am greatly indebted to her for allowing me into her life and for the encouragement she gave me to start my business.

7 years on and I am still enjoying helping people to rediscover the space they have but can’t see for clutter. Possessions are great until they stop us from enjoying our living space.

If your possessions are beginning to possess you then why not give me a call and find out how I can help you to reorganise the space and where necessary thin out those possessive possessions!

A declutter mnemonic

Do you need more space
Especially in your home?
Collecting, keeping those things that may be useful
Look at items in your cupboard, books, unwanted gifts
Use your once treasures and turn them into cash
Tackle one space at a time
Try sorting into different piles
Either for boot sale, auction or for charity etc
Reducing your clutter

Getting Inspired

Inspiration is a wonderful thing and sometimes all it takes is reading some one else’s words or hearing some one speak. This year’s APDO-UK http://www.apdo-uk.co.uk/ conference held in London last week was truly inspirational. For those not in the know APDO stands for the Association of Professional Declutterers and Organisers. Yes, there is actually an association and it is full of talented and compassionate people who it is a privilege to know.

We networked, we listened, we learned and we grew in knowledge and understanding. Organising is not every one’s forte which is why we exist to bring order and calm into people’s lives and to teach skills to enable people to be able to maintain that order.

One of my clients once told me that no one had ever taken the time to show her how to organise her things. They told her to tidy up but gave no clues as to how to do it. When we began working together she was able to acquire those skills and succeed in the task. Now she enjoys sorting and organising her flat so that it is a more comfortable place to live.

As Sarah Cottman, http://www.horder.com.au/ our keynote speaker from Australia said: ‘You (professional organisers and declutterers) are uniquely situated to facilitate change, to encourage, equip and empower others with your gift.’ She encouraged us to transfer our organising skills to our clients so that they will be empowered to live clutter free lives.

Getting rid of the physical clutter helps to clear mental space. It allows you to function easily in your home. Being able to find what you need when you need it helps you to keep focused on the task in hand and get the job done more quickly. When everything has a place then it is easy to put it back. The problems arise when things do not have a home to go to. Then they start to pile up on surfaces and one thing gets buried by another.

If you feel inspired with the coming of spring to have a good clear out of physical space why not call me, Christine, on 07794 978095 and see how I can help?

If you don’t live in the South West of England, then take a look at http://www.apdo-uk.co.uk to find a declutterer near you.

Lots of clothes but nothing to wear?

Do you find yourself hunting madly through an over stuffed wardrobe in the morning, despairing of ever finding anything to wear?

Here is a tip for you to try:

Sort out about 7 outfits for work which you look good in. Ring the changes so you have a variety of styles and colors. Make sure you have some bright colors in there because you will look and feel good in those. Clear out any clothes that you never wear For whatever reason be that because they need dry cleaning, they are uncomfortable, they were a bad impulse buy…

Pack away the rest in a suitcase or two.

When you have an urge to buy something, go down to your ‘shop’ and choose a new outfit and pack away one of the upstairs outfits so you never have more than 7 to choose from. When you ‘buy’ something pop a few pounds into a money box to have some fun on your days off. Make that fun something that you do, rather than buy to keep. (That is the declutterer in me speaking)

Do the same with your weekend clothes.

Special occasion clothes could also be put away till you need them.

In all cases make sure the clothes you put away are clean and do not need anything more than a swift iron to make them ready to wear.

If you need any help and would like to have fun sorting and choosing those outfits, feel free to call and book a wardrobe overhaul!

Call Christine on 07794978095