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DECLUTTER FOR 2023…

Posted by Kat Heath on 20 Jan 2023

It’s that time of year where we may feel in desperate need of a clear out.  A combination of spending more time at home due to the colder weather and the aftermath of Christmas and general build up of ‘stuff’ from 2022 often gives us an incentive to have a good old sort out.

However it can be hard to be ruthless and to stay motivated whilst attempting a clear out so below are some top tips for a successful sort out!

TIDY UP FIRST:
Tidy up first before attempting a clear out. This will make it easier to see what needs to go and what needs to stay.

CATEGORISE:
Sort out by category not by room.
Eg: today I’m going to sort out the toys or the clothes.
This will make it easier to divide where items are going eg, to a specific charity shop or organisation. It also feels a lot less of a task if carried out in small chunks.

SET A TIME LIMIT:
Schedule a realistic time limit when decluttering.
Helen Dyson, founder of Clear Out Clutter advises to set an alarm or timer for 20 minutes when carrying out decluttering tasks. You can always increase this if needed.

DON’T JUST THROW AWAY UNWANTED ITEMS:
Anything you don’t want always gift, donate to charity or recycle.
Or alternatively you can make some extra money by selling on sites such as Vinted or Depop.

STORAGE SOLUTIONS:
A lot of families these days have issues with space.
After Christmas and Birthday’s there is often an influx of toys and games for the children which need space, new garments of clothes need storing away and the endless supply of snacks are needing a home.
Maybe a space under the stairs can be made into a cupboard?
Or a utility area could do with sprucing up with some shelving for laundry and homewares.
Use storage jars for food items and boxes and crates for children’s toys.
There is a great selection at IKEA or places like John Lewis.
Vacuum pack bags are great for clothes that you will wear during a different season.
These create space and store things securely to prevent damage from damp or insects.
Lakeland or Amazon sell a great selection.

Our directory has a list of tradespeople that can help with providing storage solutions, however big or small.

SET AN OBJECTIVE:
Set an intention or an objective. Eg ‘today I’m going to sort through my paperwork or shoes.’
This will give you a focus and give you clarity.

PAPERWORK:
In regards to paperwork, divide into sections. Nicola Laurie, owner of Tidy Owl advises: ‘Always separate your paperwork into; business and personal, then into categories and invest in a file!’

RESPONSIBLE DISPOSAL:
If disposing of items always instruct a fully licensed disposal company.
You as the customer can be fined for illegal flytipping if you use an unlicensed company.
All the companies on the directory are fully licences to dispose of waste. You can find out details here.

Or alternatively utilise our local refuse centres:
Epsom and Ewell Residents:
https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/waste-and-recycling/community-recycling-centres/epsom
Sutton & Cheam Residents:
https://www.sutton.gov.uk/-/household-reuse-and-recycling-centre-at-kimpton-park-way
Reigate & Banstead Residents:
https://www.reigate-banstead.gov.uk/info/20062/recycling_and_refuse/393/recycling_sites_in_the_borough

GET ASSISTANCE:
If the thought of having a clear out sends dread through or you simply may not know where to start, then there is help at hand.
Businesses specialising in the art of decluttering provide efficient solutions in helping you with the clearing out process.
There is a selection on the directory that will take the stress out of decluttering your home, which really is money well spent!  You can find details of those services here.

WHERE DO I DONATE/TAKE UNWANTED ITEMS?
Once you have cleared out your closets and wardrobes, you may want to donate your items to charity or take them to refuse.
Below is some suggestions of local places:

CHARITY DONATIONS:
All high street charity shops will take clothing and bric-a-brac in reasonable condition.
There are plenty in and around Epsom and Ewell. A selection are listed here:

THE BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION:
27 High Street,
Epsom
KT19 8DD
01372 749472
www.bhf.org.uk

DEBRA:
78 High Street,
Ewell Village
KT17 1RE
020 8393 8751
www.debra.org.uk

THE CHILDREN’S TRUST:
55 The Broadway,
Stoneleigh,
KT17 2HP
020 8393 4680
Please note: this particular shop will take odd socks, torn clothing and scrap material to be taken away and the money donated for these by an external company will go directly to the charity, these need to be put in a separate bag to normal donations.
This must be placed in separate bags to donated items for shop to sell.
https://www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/

CANCER RESEARCH:
75-77 High Street
Epsom
KT19 8DN
01372 743420
https://www.cancerresearchuk.org

PRINCESS ALICE HOSPICE:
Units 1-2 Capitol Square,
2-6 Church Street
Epsom
KT17 4NY
01372 725690
Please note: They will accept large pieces of furniture at this branch.

YMCA: www.ymca.org

FURNITURE DONATION NETWORK:
www.furnituredonationnetwork.org

STRIPEY STORK:
Children’s Toys, Clothing and Books
Stripey Stork is a charity helping families in East Surrey based in Redhill and has collection points in and around East Surrey, more information can be found here: www.stripeystork.org.uk

EPSOM & ST HELIER HOSPITALS:
Both hospitals often appeal to the community for good quality, unused toys and books for patients on their children’s wards. Donations are taken at:
Casey ward (Epsom)
Queen Marys Hospital for Children (St Helier)
Also to consider:
Homeless Charities can be found on Facebook and Instagram or Women’s Refuges such as www.womensaid.

CASH FOR CLOTHES:
You can sell kilos of clothing at the below address:
Cash For Clothes
15 Kiln Lane
Nonsuch Industrial Estate
Epsom
KT17 1DH
07426405855
https://secondhandclotheskent.co.uk/

Kat xx

 
Kat Heath
Kat Heath is a qualified beauty therapist and a mum of two boys, Harry and Elliott.

Kat also has been a marketing ambassador and blogger for many on-line mummy sites as well as working as a therapist for Decleor, Clarins and Guinot within Selfridges, Peter Jones and John Lewis.

Her passions are fashion, interiors, wellbeing and food!

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