With summer just a couple of months away it’s a good time to clear away the junk and clutter you have accumulated over winter. The psychological benefits are obvious: most of us feel better, calmer and more able to deal with stress when our home environment is well ordered.
Having a good clear out is not only good for the soul, it can be excellent for the bank balance, too. Take celebrity couple Sting and Trudie Styler, who - whilst downsizing to a luxury apartment in Battersea Power Station - racked up a cool £3m by auctioning art and items of furniture they no longer needed.
The idea of creating more space in your house or flat may be appealing, but when faced with bulging wardrobes and overfilled storage units it’s not always easy to make a start. Here are three key tips for getting the job done:
- One step at a time. Make a list of different tasks and tick them off as you complete them. For example Task 1 could be a thorough clear-out of your clothes drawers and wardrobes while Task 2 might be a purge on your home filing system. Make a point of finishing one task before you start the next.
- Use the ‘three pile’ system. One pile to keep, one pile to donate to charity, one pile to throw away. Buy some attractive boxes or baskets so items from the ‘keep’ pile can stay out of sight.
- Cultivate a minimalist style. If your rooms are crammed full of desirable objects it becomes harder to enjoy each one individually, so pick out a few that you really cherish and store the rest. If you love all your decorative pieces equally, you can always rotate them throughout the year.
If you can’t decide what to eliminate and need someone with a hands-on approach, try Sally at Declutter Me, who recently helped Downton Abbey’s Joanne Froggatt undertake a major declutter. The process starts with a phone call, Skype/Facetime call or face-to-face visit with Sally to set up a plan and timeline, then you can simply sit back and let the professionals get to work.
According to Sally from Declutter Me, getting rid of stuff makes you feel good. She claims the process is “satisfying and healing” and adds that most people have a sense of elation when their unwanted things are gone, whether it’s part of spring cleaning or a major clear-out prior to moving house.
If a move is on the cards, then whether you’re looking for a chic Battersea apartment like Sting and Trudie or downsizing to a quaint cottage on Wimbledon Common, Winchester White can help you find the ideal home to rent. Once you’ve signed up for your perfect property and set a moving date, there are plenty of expert services to help you on your way (and you don’t even have to be famous).
Winchester White has a fantastic portfolio of rental properties close to Battersea, don’t hesitate to contact our lettings department for an informal chat today.