desperate houses

Avril has been presenting Desperate Houses since October 2005. The programme provides a look into real people’s lives during a 3 day de-clutter and makeover. Avril is on hand to reorganise clutter and offer smart and practical tips while giving the rooms a makeover.

“I love working on ‘Desperate Houses’. Apart from the fun of meeting so many new faces, I really enjoy the challenge of turning a home around in such a short space of time”.

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de-clutter – top ten tips

give yourself the gift of space and time

  1. Plan to hire a skip
  2. Get organised
    Get black bags and boxes and label them. This way you have a place to put things as you take them out of the room.
  3. Starting point
    Start at the front door and go through each room. The hallway can be a tough one to de-clutter as this area is usually small and without storage. Try not to leave items in transit for longer than a day.
  4. Do one room at a time
  5. Do one thing at a time
    ie: a drawer, a cupboard, the coffee table.
  6. Give to charity
  7. Re-house items
    Put clothes, dvd’s, shoes, paperwork back where they belong.
  8. Sitting room
    Store items like dvd’s and video’s on shelves or in storage units re-cycle newspapers weekly.
  9. Every day begins in your bedroom
    It’s the first thing you see when you wake up in the morning and last thing you see at night.
  10. Buy new storage for your home
    This should only be done when decluttering is finished. That way you know what storage is needed.

recommended reading

No More Clutter

‘No More Clutter’
by Sue Kay.

Clear your Clutter with Feng Shui

‘Clear your Clutter with Feng Shui’
by Karen Kingston.

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After Makeover
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