I was delighted to be contacted again, this week, by Radio Sheffield and asked to talk to the listeners on a topical de-cluttering and organising subject.
A few weeks ago I spoke on air about the lack of storage and space in the average UK home and this time the trigger was an article about the amount of money many people have tied up in unused and unwanted items. Rony Robinson and Paulette Edwards, the presenters of the shows I appeared on, were so easy to talk to and gave such professional prompts that it was easy to talk about clutter issues which can arise in people’s lives and what can be done to deal with them.
They both asked about people who have significant issues and who may be classed as hoarders. I was able to talk about my experiences – ensuring that none of my clients could ever be identified and stressing to the presenters and listeners that people who ask for a professional organiser’s support are rarely hoarders. Most have simply reached the stage where their belongings are causing them some problem because of the amount and the lack of organisation. “I don’t know where to start” is often one of the first things a client says.
As I mentioned, the value of items around the house, was a key topic in the most recent broadcast. I did agree that people often have belongings which they don’t use and which cost a lot. However, their original cost isn’t a good enough reason for keeping them. Many of these items fill up kitchen cupboards and help cause kitchen chaos. If the doughnut maker or pasta maker never comes out of the cupboard it could, perhaps, be recycled to someone who will make better use of it.
We talked, on air, about the possible value of inherited family items which are often in attics or behind cupboard doors. I did warn listeners (as I do with my clients) that items rarely acquire value simply by getting older and that few objects have any real resale value. A few, treasured mementos are great reminders; a cupboard full of grandparents’ crockery may not be a positive inheritance.
I’m already looking forward to the next time I’m asked to talk about de-cluttering and organising. Who know which news story in the future will get the Radio Sheffield staff reaching for the phone? If you have questions about clutter issues and the support that’s on offer, please contact me on 07769 806091 or 0114 2589353 for a free, no-obligation chat.