If you are looking to declutter and reorganise your home in north London you may find these decluttering links helpful. I also have plenty of decluttering tips and advice you may find useful.
Psychology of clutter
Why are we so attached to things? After witnessing the “violent rage” shown by babies whenever deprived of an item they considered their own, Jean Piaget – a founding father of child psychology – observed something profound about human nature: Our sense of ownership emerges incredibly early. But why do we become so attached to things? This video bny Christian Jarrett details the psychology of ownership
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Disposophobia – compulsive hoarding
Compulsive hoarding (or pathological hoarding or disposophobia) is the excessive acquisition of possessions (and failure to use or discard them), even if the items are worthless, hazardous, or unsanitary. Wikipedia.
Large items that you need taking away. Some charities sell furniture, so check with your local charity or call:
- Call your local council
- Any Junk
- British Heart Foundation – do free collections – email them via this form and they’ll contact you. Allow 72 hours.
- Gone for Good
Donate to charity
Charities make good revenue from your donations so please click on these declutter links and donate. If you support a charitable cause, think of how much they can make use of your unused items.
I support the North London Hospice
Stripey Stork supports children and parents experiencing hardship. We work in partnership with support services such as children’s centres, health visitors and social service agencies. All donations go directly to the families that they support, and each item to someone who specifically needs it. We collect donations of baby equipment, clothes, toys and other baby essentials and check that they meet current UK safety standards.
Yes, everything you no longer need can be recycled or disposed of safely.
- Here’s a link to Recycle for London where you can find your local recycling centre, if you are outside London, contact your local council
- at your local supermarket
- The Freecycle Network is a grassroots and entirely non-profit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Here’s a link to London Freecycle groups
- Furniture Re-Use
- Recycle More
Stop paper bills
This is the most important one for people who suffer from piles of unopened bills. Arrange to receive your bills on line and those piles of paper will become much smaller. Contact your bank and utilities about going paperless.
Stop junk mail
This is great way to declutter your doormat and your intray
- Sign up to the mailing preference scheme to stop a lot of addressed junk mail
- Join Royal Mails opt out scheme to block lots of unaddressed stuff they deliver
- Put a sticker on your door to stop the pizza menus and door to door flyposters
Storage is half the solution to clutter, most people just need to find neat storage and to allocate a home for each item. Take look at my Pinterest board of storage solutions. You can also try these guys:
If you have valuable items or just need to earn a bit of extra cash, here are some ideas for you:
or if you don’t have time….
These guys sell things for you:
I love books, but if your bookshelves are overloaded maybe it’s time to let some of them go and give yourself some breathing space. Try a Kindle and/or sell on some of those less cherished titles here:
Second hand booksellers
Children’s second hand books
Donate medical books: