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March 5, 2018

If I had a penny for every time somebody told me they just didn't have time to keep their house as clean and tidy as mine, I would be a very rich woman. Well, richer than I am at least. No matter how many times I hear this claim, it always surprises me. Yes, the people...

February 22, 2018

Before I began my own journey towards a Tidy Life, I was deeply sceptical as to whether or not there was a link between physical clutter and mental mess. 

Could my messy home really be a sign that my mental space was far from clear?

My mum regularly told me when I was a...

February 20, 2018

As a professional organiser and declutterer I have found that one of the biggest obstacles holding people back from decluttering their lives is the overwhelming guilt of having wasted their hard earned cash on the things filling up their houses. I bought it, so I shoul...

February 19, 2018

I often read online that people instinctively know how to declutter. This hasn't been my experience. I find that most people fit into one of two categories: those who know how to declutter and are already organised as a result and those who have no idea where to start....

January 30, 2018

Those of us who compost will be used to tossing vegetable peelings, lawn trimmings and leaves onto our compost pile. But did you know that the list of compostable household goods is actually far longer? 

Here I share my top 10 suprisingly compostable household waste ite...

January 28, 2018

I am a sucker for a beautiful smelling home. You name the (typically expensive) scent-based product and I've tried it. Lacy bags of imported French lavender in my drawers; scented candles that cost a day's work; room sprays that promised to transport me to Caribbean be...

January 24, 2018

Without a doubt, the problem my clients, friends, family and online followers present me with most often is "Claire, I'm so overwhelmed by my house and I just don't know where to start." So nothing too big, right?!

I'll let you in on a secret: sometimes I'm overwhelmed...

January 1, 2018

If I asked you to guess how many items can be found in an average Western household, I promise you wouldn't come close to the right answer. 

Nobody I have asked has guessed correctly. My mum guessed it must be thousands. "Maybe 5,000?" My sister reckoned that was an und...

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