Extract from Women’s Weekly Handy Home Hints Magazine

How to Declutter Unruly stacks of papers, magazines, bills and letters lying on desks. Wardrobes and drawers crammed with clothes. Linen cupboards groaning with superfluous towels and sheets. Kitchen cupboards filled with mismatching crockery, unused gadgets and containers with missing lids. Old kids’ toys, unwanted gifts and redundant electronic items stuffed into storage areas. Out-of-date medicines languishing at the back of bathroom cabinets. Does any of this sound familiar? Many of us are guilty of allowing clutter to accumulate in our homes, taking over valuable space and giving the impression of barely controlled chaos. The problem is it tends to creep up on us and by the time we deem it a problem there is an awful lot of material to sift through. And we’re too busy, so it’s easier to keep clearing the surfaces and shoving other things into cupboards. Decluttering your home is often perceived as a time-consuming, confusing and overwhelming chore. Indeed, ‘I don’t know where to start’, is the most common complaint that professional declutterer, Lynne Trevail, of Sydney-based company Unstuff (professionalorganisersydney.com) hears from her clients. ‘People often tell me they are drowning in their belongings’, Lynne says. ‘They feel like they are suffocating.’ Where To Begin Decluttering, the experts say, is like losing weight. You need to decide on your goal or vision, find the motivation and put in steady work to get there. Sometimes, a personal trainer, aka a professional organizer, can help. ‘Our job is to question people as to why they are holding onto this stuff,’ says Lynne, who says her job is more akin to a life coach. ‘It tends to be emotional things like clothing, which they might say they paid a lot of money for and haven’t worn enough, even though the items are no longer the right size and they were bought 20 years ago. Questioning the client about it gives them an opportunity to loosen the bonds.’ Useful questions that you can ask yourself as you go (especially when re-evaluating the NOT SURE pile) might include: are you really going to read that book again? Do you have space for that object? Do you actually use that piece of gym equipment? If attachment to your possessions tends to cloud your judgement, says Lynne, choose an area that’s not emotional, like the bathroom. ‘Set the timer for 15 minutes, only do one drawer at a time, do...
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When a bargain isn’t a bargain.

When a bargain isn’t really a bargain! I have just returned from a holiday overseas, and one of the first questions people asked me was, what did you buy? Things are so cheap in the States! True, but, cheap is not cheap if you never use it or wear it. Then it just becomes a waste of money. This may not be a huge issue if you buy something that falls in the $10 to $20 price range. However, what if you spend hundreds of dollars on cheap? I had this experience while shopping in a high end handbag outlet store in the States. I was dumbfounded by the bargain mentality of the customers. There were hundreds of people in the store buying handbags. Not one, but 4 or 5, each with a price tag over $200. People were behaving as though there would never be another handbag sale for the rest of eternity. This was frenzied shopping rather like the January sales where people wait overnight to be first in the store for the bargain. People were pushing and shoving, desperate to get a bargain. I wondered how anyone could make a rational decision regarding whether they liked the bag when they were so worried someone would buy it before they could. So the question is, are they buying the bag because they like it, are they buying the bag because it is a bargain, or are they buying the bag because they don’t want anyone to get the bargain before they do? Panic takes rational decision making out of the picture. So how do you save yourself from the desperation of, must have at any cost? 1.First ask yourself is this a need or a want? If you really need a new handbag, then fighting the frenzied shoppers might be worthwhile. 2.Go with a plan. What style and colour are you looking for? Go with a list and stick to it, no matter what. It’s so easy to get sidetracked by bright and shiny. How often have you gone looking for a handbag and come back with a dress and shoes, neither of which you needed, and still no handbag. 3.Go knowing you are only prepared to spend x number of dollars. 4.Never spend more than you can afford. You won’t be so happy with the bargain when you can’t pay your credit card. Remember late payment...
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Trash v Treasure, Unstuff Appear in the Canberra Times October 2013

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/lifestyle/out-with-the-old-and-in-with-the-new-20131001-2uq4o.html
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‘Clearing the Decks’ – Sydney Professional Organisers Unstuff appear in the SMH, October 2013

How to part with your belongings as painlessly as possible and reap the immeasurable benefits of a clutter-free home. Sydney-based professional organiser, Holly Whale from Unstuff, gives advice on decluttering. Read on…....
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Listen to Holly Whale on ABC Radio, October 2013, with Tips on Decluttering for a Garage Sale

As ambassador to the Garage Sale Trail 2013, Unstuff was invited to participate in a panel discussion about collecting, decluttering and garage sales. How to deal with someone who collects airline sick-bags? This is a new one for us!...
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Unstuff are Ambassadors for the Garage Sale Trail 2013

See us appear in September 25th’s Wentworth Courier. Get on board for the Garage Sale Trail and help reduce landfill by passing on your unwanted goods sustainably – making some money and meeting your neighbours along the way! http://newslocal.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx ...
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