Ever since I was a child I’ve had a passion for simplicity and order. My parents never had to tell me to tidy my room because I instinctively understood that if my toys and clothes were tidied away, I would have more space to play. And if I put my things in their proper place everytime I would never have to look for them.
As an adult and professional declutterer or organiser I have come to realise that the more space we have in a room the more our imagination and creativity can expand. One of my favourite quotations from Louise Smith is this - ‘you can’t reach for anything new if your hands are still full of yesterday’s junk.’
We live in a time when most of us have a lot of possessions and I believe it is important that our belongings don’t master us, or dominate our homes. For instance the way a spare room can easily become a storage room, a dining room table can get piled with papers and kids toys, or a garage that becomes a place to dump unused things. Once you decide to let go of the mess, then you can liberate your rooms to their intended function. It is amazing how many times when I am decluttering that my client will find things she or he forgot they owned. After organisation, there is no looking for things because everything is given it’s logical place to be. With my knowledge of effective storage solutions, a home can become practical as well as comfortable. And the homeowner can feel back in control in a renewed house.
Some of my clients consider themselves to be hoarders and they need an impartial, non-judgemental and sensitive person to lead them through the difficult process of letting go. I dont believe in making somebody who hoards throw out bags of stuff, especially if they have the room to hoard ! Working with my clients’ needs, understanding what things are used and do bring joy, and why certain objects are being kept, I find that the so called hoarders will initiate items to be recycled, given to charity or, being valuable, sold online. And in my own experience, I know that when objects are gone, the memories remain.
The best part of my job is the response of my clients when we have organised and tidied certain areas and they invariably feel inspired to tackle any cupboards still to be decluttered. One lady said that she felt her house had undergone a quick diet or detox and she was lighter too! Our home environment is our base – where we start and finish the day and many times where we work aswell. It is the essential roof over our heads and the reflection of who we are. Our wellbeing depends on the right balance of stuff and space in our homes, and the truth is that sometimes we need to call in a professional to face the challenge of stuff-ocation and live in a clutter free home.
WHAT I DO
Do you have more clutter than space in your home?
Do you have too many papers that need filing?
Do you find it hard to let go of things that you no longer need?
Do you need help packing or unpacking?
Would you like to sell unwanted goods like designer clothing, technology, antiques, jewelry and furniture etc?
I can help you declutter and organise any room in your home or office.
Nicola was sensitive to who I am because I am a bit of a hoarder. I feel so much Better for having more space in my home.
- Lucy, Primrose Hill
My office is organised and clutter free now and I actually look forward to work!
- Ricky, Swiss Cottage
Nicola’s approach was brisk and firm and at the same time, calm and cool. The improvement to my house was well beyond my expectation.
- Paul, Kentish Town
Nicola’s constructive and practical approach helped me store things in an organised manner. And she didn’t make me feel bad, for keeping some unreasonable things!
- Deborah, Belsize Park