Some Frequently Asked Questions on Decluttering

Decluttering is quite a niche industry, the concept has not been around for very long and in fact when I began my Gioia business eight years ago, many would ask me what decluttering actually meant. With exposure through television programmes demonstrating terrifying situations where people can barely get into their front door for the amount of clutter and stuff they hoarded over the years, the idea of clearing out the home of what has passed its used by date, and is no longer needed or wanted, has become a very realistic and desirable prospect.

There is still some uncertainty around how it all works so I thought I’d answer a few questions I’ve been asked over the years:

1. Do you actually help with the decluttering or do you just tell us what to do?

I am hands-on and help you every step of the way, including shifting furniture, clearing the clutter and organising the space.
There are some cases where a client just wants my help with creating a DIY work plan that they will follow through with in their own time, and while this is something I also enjoy, I find the majority of clients do need the hands-on assistance.

2. Isn’t decluttering just like cleaning, and won’t it go back to how it was before in no time?

There is a distinct difference here in that cleaning is basically moving objects to clean under or around them, whereas decluttering is actually moving items out of the house and creating space. In fact, once the home has been decluttered, housework can be done more efficiently and therefore in less time.

3. How long does it take to declutter a house?

This very much depends on the type of room and how cluttered it is. The rooms which take the longest are usually the kitchen and home office, because these rooms have many more objects in them and need very concise systems set up because of the range of functions for each room. A kitchen or home office can take up to 4 hours, and sometimes longer; whereas a bedroom, living area or bathroom can sometimes be done in 2 to 3 hours.

4. I don’t have any organised systems in place, and no idea how to set them up, do you help with that?

Absolutely, this is an important part of decluttering. Systems include creating a logical home for all the items in your home – when something has a home you can find it quickly and also know where to return it. We often ‘dump’ items on any available surface because we can’t figure out where to put them, or where they should go.

5. Do you take away the stuff we get rid of?

No, however I can suggest a number of charities who are so grateful for any cast offs, and some of them will even pick up items you are discarding.

6. Can you put my stuff on Trade Me for me?

I have been asked this a few times, however I don’t even put my own things on Trade Me – it’s not something that appeals to me and I would much rather bag everything up and drop it into a charity shop.

And last but not least, if you haven’t browsed my website you may not realise the full scope of my services, so here’s a snapshot of what I can do for you:

– Declutter any area of your home, including wardrobes, store sheds, and garages.
– Create organised systems in your home, garage etc.
– Set up a dedicated area for your home office so it meets your needs.
– Organise your office whether at home or in a business environment so that it’s working for you, and create systems to streamline your day.
– Work through the paper overwhelm with you to sort, organise, decide what you really do want to keep and what can be thrown away, and where and how the paper can be stored.
– Assist you to free up space in your wardrobe, help with the decision process on what to keep, and organise your wardrobe so you love it rather than feel frustrated by it.
– Help you to declutter before moving house, ready your home for ‘open homes’ when it’s on the market, and also assist with unpacking into your new home to best utilise your storage space.
– Proof reading of important documents, study/thesis assignments, marketing proposals and e-books.

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and have enjoyed the first weeks of 2014. I would be so happy to work with you this year, in any area of your home or workplace which is causing you frustration, overwhelm, or unnecessary stress. Call me, I promise you will love the outcome of a decluttering and organising session with me.

I wish you a wonderful month ahead, with much joy.

In Joy!

Angella Gilbert

P: 09 410 4166
M: 027 224 8937
E: angella@gioia.net.nz
W: www.gioia.net.nz

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