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Tidy House, Tidy Mind

Start the New Year as you mean to go on with a spot of decluttering to prepare for upcoming moves or to help you feel more settled in your new home. Decluttering has the power to not only make your home feel more organised but has a calming effect on the mind – perfect after the festive period.

All the apartments in Portobello Square are designed with plenty of storage space but a clear-out of all the junk that has accumulated over the past year and any items you no longer use is always a good idea to ensure your home remains a sanctuary where everything has its own place and order is restored.

Decluttering does not have to be the daunting task that it sounds as long as you tackle it in stages and don’t expect to have it all finished in an afternoon. Assign a few hours each week and concentrate on one room at a time, this will help make it feel more manageable.

Here are our Top Tips for getting started:

Organise your unwanted items 

Discard items into separate boxes: one for charity, one for recycling and one for items that can’t be given away or recycled.

Dedicate a special place for everything 

Create separate folders for important letters, documents, school information etc and create systems so you can find things easily.

Be brutal 

Discard clothing that you haven’t worn for a couple of years and don’t really like. If you haven’t worn it in that time you are unlikely to do so. Question whether you really need to keep every back issue of your favourite magazine, maybe pull out pages you want to keep and store in a dedicated folder.

Return ‘lost’ items 

Retrieve the random jigsaw pieces, lego bricks and loose change that are distributed around the house and return to their rightful place.

Find out more 

There are some useful books available on the art of decluttering:

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying – Marie Kondo Stuffocation: Living More With Less – James Wallman 

Many leading homeware stores offer great storage solutions and space saving features. Even a browse of their websites can provide plenty of ideas without necessarily having to buy anything.

AgeUK Kensington & Chelsea offers a decluttering service to people aged 55 and over. Contact them on 020 8969 9105 for more advice and to find out if you qualify for help.

The RBKC website features useful information about what items can be recycled and suggests places where unwanted items can be sent for disposal if the council cannot recycle them.