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August 16, 2018
by Rachel
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Random keys
2 tips to conquer them

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What do you do when you find an unidentified key?

Aargh!

You’re tidying out a drawer (maybe your Hell Drawer!!)…

…and there it is…staring up at you.

What the &£@*! does THAT open?!

It looks familiar but…

And NOW what do you do? Because…

…keep it and it’s clutter…

…toss it and you just KNOW…

…probably the very next day…

…you’ll come across the locked cash box, briefcase, cupboard door or padlock it opens.

Well, let me solve that problem for you!

Watch the video below.

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August 16, 2018
by Rachel
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Talking cashmere

We’re talking cashmere

Step-by-step guide to washing and storing your delicate garments

Have you got clothes in need of some TLC – from missing buttons, through dropped hems to “I’d-wear-this-if-I-got-it-altered”? Do you know how to look after those delicate fabrics, like cashmere, silk and vintage items? Have you got moths? These are all issues I come across a lot so I’m excited to welcome Lulu, from Clothes Doctor. Clothes Doctor’s collect and drop service can help with all the above and more. Here, Lulu talks us through the best way to take care of your beautiful cashmere.

Clothes Doctor definitely won’t pull the wool over your eyes when it comes to cashmere. Ever wondered how to correctly wash and store your favourite cashmere pieces, but find yourself overwhelmed by the amount of contradictory advice online? Fear not, Clothes Doctor is here to debunk the common misconceptions about caring for cashmere.

Contrary to popular belief, pilling on cashmere is not a sign of poor quality or design. In fact, pilling is rather a natural characteristic of long fibre materials. These can be removed at home if done carefully, but it is important to be gentle when doing so because de-piling can cause holes. (If you’re unsure, Clothes Doctor offer de-pilling as part of our clean & refresh range of services). This can really transform your tired cashmere and give it a new lease of life.

Cashmere falls into the ominous handwash category so we recommend you hand wash or dry clean your garments, and then store them in reusable bags specifically designed to deter moths.

So how can we wash cashmere?

Here’s a step-by-step guide:

1) Clean wash basin

For best results firstly ensure you have a clean wash basin to eliminate any residual chemicals that might come into contact with your cashmere. Once clean fill with cool water.

2) The right detergent

Add the recommended amount of fine garment detergent and briskly run your hands through the water to distribute the product and generate suds. Investing in a specialised fine garment detergent will maintain the quality and softness of your cashmere garments, but baby shampoo also works as a cheaper alternative.

3) Get washing

Turn your cashmere garment inside out and submerge it fully, before gently squeezing the suds through. Spot treat any problem areas with a little neat detergent. Massage gently with your fingertips and then rinse and allow your garments to soak for up to 10 minutes.

4) Time to dry

Drain the sink and rinse with cool water until it runs clear. Gently press out and place your garment lengthwise on a clean and dry bath towel. Roll up your garments in the towel and press with your palms to squeeze out any excess water, although it is important not to wring or twist. Remove your garment from the towel and smooth it out into its original shape. Then lay your clean garment flat on a dry towel and allow it to air dry.

5) Post-wash care

Once your cashmere garment is dry, fold in tissue paper to absorb any excess moisture, and to ensure it remains clean from food, skin, or dust particles which can attract moths. We recommend that you do not hang cashmere as it can alter the shape of your garments.

Follow these 5 handy tips to wear your cashmere garments with confidence, with the knowledge that they have received the love and care they deserve. If this all sounds too much like hard work, let Clothes Doctor take away the hassle with our delicate cleaning service – it’s eco-friendly too!

Thanks Lulu!

August 9, 2018
by Rachel
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Have you got any of these storage fails?
5 storage solutions that actually CREATE clutter!

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Sometimes the “solution”…

…is really the problem.

Something that feels like it’s helping…

…might be making matters worse.

Why do some areas of your home always end up in a mess?

Maybe you’re using one or more of these “storage solutions”…

…which are actually creating MORE clutter.

Watch the video below to see.

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Have you got any of these “storage solutions” aka “clutter magnets”? Comment below the video (log into YouTube or Google first), or below this post to let me know. And click here for 5 storage solutions that DO work.

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August 1, 2018
by Rachel
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What do you do when you finish decluttering?

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Wooden carousel horse

Let’s go round again

Have you got a clutter mountain to clear?

A backlog that’s built up, perhaps over years…

…which you’re determined to clear this time?

How great will that be?!

Simplicity. Clarity. Space. FREEDOM!

And then what…?

You could answer that question in one of (at least) two ways.

You could speculate on what exciting new possibilities might become reality once you make room for them.

And you could think about what you’re going to do to stop the clutter creeping back.

I’m going to leave the first way of answering up to you.

Only you know what inspires you…

…what calls you..

…what’s trying to find it’s way to you through your clutter.

The second way of answering though…

…that’s MY department.

Last week, I wrote about one of the benefits to creating (and sticking to!) an ongoing decluttering schedule…

…being able to keep stuff you’re not sure about – WITHOUT anxiety…

…because you know you’ll review the decision in the future.

You even know WHEN.

And that’s not the only benefit.

Here’s five reasons why you MUST create an ongoing schedule for decluttering and organising your home.

1. An ongoing schedule makes it OK to be unsure

See last week.

2. It gets easier

Practice makes perfect.

Decluttering and organising regularly builds neural pathways in your brain.

So the more you do it, the easier you’ll find it.

And that’s not the only reason it gets easier.

When you continuously work round your home…

…you don’t leave it so long between declutters.

When you get to that drawer, cupboard, surface…

…it wasn’t so long since the last time you did it. (About three years in my case).

So you’re less likely to find stuff you’d forgotten you’ve got…

…and you don’t have to allow so much time for refamiliarising yourself.

AND, there’ll probably be less in that drawer or cupboard, or on that surface, than there was last time you went through it.

3. With an ongoing schedule, you know what you’ve got and where it is

Losing stuff is one of the biggest impacts of clutter.

How much time and money do you waste looking for and/or replacing stuff you’ve lost, damaged (because it wasn’t properly stored) or forgotten you had?

Actually, probably best not to try to work that out.

When you declutter and organise according to an ongoing schedule…

…there’s nothing in your home that you haven’t touched for years.

(In my case, there’s nothing I haven’t seen in the last three years).

So you remember what you’ve got and where it is.

4. You have space for everything

No more cramming things into overstuffed drawers and cupboards.

No more being unable to shut said drawers and cupboards.

No more stuff spilling out everywhere because there’s no drawer or cupboard space for it.

No more rummaging down under layers and layers of stuff, making a mess and struggling to find what you’re looking for.

Instead…freedom and ease.

5. You get more and more organised

Each time you go through a space, you spot further things you could do to get it organised…

…and make your life easier.

Maybe, last time, you went through those old letters so now you’ve only got the ones you want to keep…

…and maybe, this time, you put them in chronological order.

Maybe, last time, you decluttered your sock drawer so you could actually shut it…

…and this time you corral all the black socks, white socks, patterned socks together.

So, how fabulous is that?

Each time you go round again, it takes less time and you achieve more.

Win-win.

What do you do when you finish decluttering?

Keep going!

Are there areas of your home that you NEVER get to? What might be possible if you decluttered EVERYWHERE on a regular basis? Comment below!

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July 27, 2018
by Rachel
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So you thought I was the Decluttering Queen? Read on…

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Scrap paper

Look, I make a lot of lists, alright?!

I’ve mentioned before that I’m bonkers about paper.

I can’t bear to “waste” it so I end up with mountains of scrap…

…probably more than I’ll ever be able to use.

It’s OK.

I’m good at getting rid of other stuff…

…and (more to the point in fact) I’m EXCELLENT at not acquiring stuff…

…so my home functions well…

…and it doesn’t matter that there are piles of scrap paper under my office desk.

But this weekend I came face-to-face with my nemesis…

…when my bureau came up on my decluttering schedule.

As usual, my first thought was…

…”I don’t suppose there’ll be much I can get rid of“.

How wrong I was!

A huge pile of beautiful photos of birds I’d cut out of RSPB magazines.

…thinking I’d do something creative with them…

…YEARS ago…

…and which had sat in a drawer, sorted by species, unused ever since.

Tubes of plastic glitter.

Aargh! Now we know how damaging that stuff is, and that, sadly, the best place for it is landfill.

A load of envelopes with perished adhesive.

And…a big ol’ pile of diaries.

These related to my first 15+ years of self-employment.

I used to log my time so that I knew how long I’d spent on different projects…

…to help me plan my time efficiently.

Well, that was the theory.

Truth is, I never did anything with that data.

Eventually, I admitted this to myself and stopped keeping records (yay!)

Here’s the journey those 15 diaries had been on since.

1. Sitting on a shelf in my office, gathering dust…

…until said shelf came up in my decluttering schedule.

2. Moved to a drawer of my bureau on the basis I could use them as notebooks…

…until said drawer came up in my decluttering schedule.

3. Admitting to myself that I don’t use notebooks…

…thinking I should probably chuck ’em…

…and knowing I wouldn’t be able to resist tearing out any usable paper to keep for scrap…

…so leaving them where they were…

…until said drawer came up in my decluttering schedule again (last weekend).

4. Getting real.

Tearing off the covers (bin)…

…ripping out the ribbon bookmarks (rag recycling)…

…dumping the paper in the recycling bin.

5. Pulling them back out of the recycling bin…

…tearing out the “best” sheets for scrap…

…and dumping the rest back in the recycling bin.

Hey! It’s progress, right?

There’s a point to telling you this story.

Actually there are two.

The first is so you know I can be as irrational about stuff as the next person.

Clients often tell me they assume my home is a cavernous, echoing, empty chamber!

Not so! 😀

The second, is to demonstrate why I recommend creating a decluttering schedule

…and continuing to declutter every area of your home in an never-ending rotation.

It lets you hang onto stuff you’re not sure about…

…even when you know, really, you “should” get rid.

Because you know that you’ll have a chance to review the decision in the future.

In my case every three years.

You’re not keeping it forever. Just f’now.

Have you got a decluttering schedule? Inspired to create one? Comment below!

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