Start the New Year De-cluttering

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Home Stager with Pair Home Design serving Langley, Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, Chilliwack British Columbia

DE-CLUTTERING by Louise Henry, Home Staging & Home Redesign Consultant Pair Home Design

Just hearing that word used to make me cringe as almost everywhere I looked I had things that I no longer wanted in my life and these things were dragging me down emotionally.  a few years ago I went thru some emotional upheaval and decided purging was a necessity and I wanted only to have things around me that reflected who I was.  This is all well and good but how did I untangle myself of the items I did not like, bought on that special holiday, gifts received from family or friends etc.

I began with a commitment to change!  I read books on de-cluttering, as I read I found myself being inspired to give away, donate, recycle items that I did not like any longer.  Today, I am comfortable enough within myself not to feel guilty about giving away something someone gave me years past.  Today my life is about being around people and things that I love and make me feel good.

I find when I work with clients that an hour is probably the most a person can handle as people have an emotional attachment to things and every home tells a story and sometimes there has been some great loss maybe a loved one, family member, spouse or maybe a divorce has transpired so please be kind to yourself start with 15 minutes per day.

Start de-cluttering with things you feel comfortable with like letting it could be  old clothes, pick items to start with that you feel comfortable letting go of.

Get 3 boxes & label each one - Items to keep - Items to recycle - Items I am not sure what to do with.

I take all my clothes out of my closet and put them on my bed and try everything on one by one...

•1.     Keep clothes that you LOVE and feel good wearing  - color code and put back in your closet

•2.     Pack away in a boxes clothes you no longer wear i.e. don't fit or like - give to thrift stores, shelters, big brothers, Salvation army there are ALWAYS people in greater need

•3.     Set aside clothing your not sure about for a few more months if you don't' wear it over the next 3-6 months your probably not going to ever wear it again.

Pair Home Design offers de-cluttering services contact Louise at 1-877-778-7564 for consultation

 Suggestion of some books to help you gets started.  

•1.     Clear your clutter with feng shui / Karen Kingston

•2.     Throw out fifty things: clear the clutter, find your life / Gail Blanke.

•3.     The clutter-busting handbook : clean it up, clear it out, and keep your life clutter-free / Rita Emmett

                                                                 BEFORE DE CLUTTERING   

- START WITH EMPTYING THE ROOM AND PUT BACK ONLY WHAT YOU LOVE AND MAKES YOU FEEL GREAT                                                  

                                                                              AFTER DE CLUTTERING

if you need help de-cluttering or know of someone who needs  help please contact Louise Henry, Pair Home Design 1-877-778-7564 serving, Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Agassiz, Fraser Valley & Vancouver British Columbia www.pairhomedesign.com email louise@pairhomedesign.com

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Dawn Workman
Veracity Real Estate Group, LLC - Camas, WA
Camas Real Estate Expert, MBA, 480-540-8100

Wow, the difference between the two photos is amazing.  I would love to declutter my home!

Dec 26, 2009 04:58 PM #1
Rainer
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Guy Thomas
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That is a grat idea to start off the New Year. I agree that the two photos hardly look like the same room. What a difference.

Dec 26, 2009 05:02 PM #2
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Don Wixom
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Amazing difference! Great job!  I need boxes!  Ahhh!

Dec 26, 2009 05:04 PM #3
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Patty Luther
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2nd photo ~   much better!  you are so right about the emotional attachment to the everything!

Dec 26, 2009 05:10 PM #4
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Louise Henry
Pair Home Design serving Langley, Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, Chilliwack British Columbia - Chilliwack, BC
Home Stager Pair Home Design Chilliwack

HI Dawn, it all starts with an INTENTION, De-cluttering can actually be fun once the momemtum is going and some good tunes, I just de-cluttered another house recently over the course of five days and my clients are lighter at heart and once over the initial shock feel great and love it,  Best of Luck

Don, great pic, its a good place to start,

Guym its amazing this room was done in a day!

Louise

 

Dec 26, 2009 05:13 PM #5
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Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com - Huntingtown, MD
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Those two photos really say it all. The decluttered photo is so much more  peaceful looking.

Dec 26, 2009 05:14 PM #6
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Diane Williams
Pell City, AL

You did a great job making your point.  I would love to know were all this stuff comes from? LOL

Dec 26, 2009 05:29 PM #7
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SHARON CHARBONEAU
UPSTAGING YOUR HOMES - Sechelt, BC

Louise,

Great blog for the new year.   I have to start with my own home - YUK!!!  However, I have been busy and procrastinating for too long.  Time to take advantage of the quiet and get at it.

Dec 27, 2009 02:29 AM #8
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Deena Cottingham
GreenApple Staging & Images, Calgary Staging & Photography - Calgary, AB
Home Stager & Photographer

You're speaking my language . . . I'm always a fan of de-cluttering!

Dec 27, 2009 07:50 AM #9
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Peggy Givens
Staging Tulsa - Tulsa, OK
Professional Home Stager, Home Staging in the Tulsa Oklahoma Area

Okay, I'll start with my office ;) Nice motivational before and after!

Dec 27, 2009 09:11 AM #10
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Rita Minion
O'Brien Realty - Solomons, MD

Hello Louise,

Thank you for the de-cluttering tips!  The after de-cluttering photo of the room really makes a huge difference.  Thanks for sharing! 

Rita

 

Dec 27, 2009 08:42 PM #11
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Louise Henry
Pair Home Design serving Langley, Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, Chilliwack British Columbia - Chilliwack, BC
Home Stager Pair Home Design Chilliwack

Dianne, In home staging and redesign we work with some simple steps which work well for decluttering also.  If you begin with emptying the room Completely it makes life so much easier. 

Peggy, once you start it you;ll just keep going, I got motivated with clear your clutter with Feng Shui,  I always feel soo good when I not only de-clutter but give away what I dont' need to someone in greater need. 

Louise

Dec 28, 2009 03:44 AM #12
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Valesca Bogard - Roseville, CA

What a difference a day (or 15 minutes, or an hour) can make ! Your photos say it all. You're so right about the emotional attachment to things. In the past, i've tried the rule of something new in something old out. HA. worked once. Fascinating for me,that it's hardest to de-clutter my own home. Again that attachment ...and it feels so much better once tackeled !

Dec 28, 2009 04:31 AM #13
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Louise Henry
Pair Home Design serving Langley, Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, Chilliwack British Columbia - Chilliwack, BC
Home Stager Pair Home Design Chilliwack

Valesca, I know what you mean about de-cluttering your own home, This December I spent five days de-cluttering a clients home (one room at a time) I never go to next room till the one I am working on is finished.  Each day I got home from my clients house I just had a strong need to de-clutter my own, so the more  you work with clients in their home the more you will probably de-clutter your own. good luck Louise

Dec 28, 2009 05:58 AM #14
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