My Own Decluttering Journey
Having lived in eighteen different houses (six in three foreign countries), I have plenty of experience of organising, packing and setting up home. We acquired things along the way and ended up moving far more stuff than we really needed, from country to country, before returning to Maidenhead, Berkshire.
Sadly, in 2015 both my parents passed away and my sisters and I had the difficult task of clearing the family home of thirty years.
I felt I wanted to give a home to as much of their furniture and carefully chosen household items as possible, as a result, our own house became even more cluttered! This presented my husband and I with a bit of a dilemma, because much as we appreciate good quality furniture and items that hold fond memories, we have a strong sense of our own style and are fans of quite a pared down, Scandinavian look. I'm also very keen on order and tidiness around the house!
There was clearly a mismatch to be reconciled and so began my personal decluttering journey.
Fast forward three years, by 2018 we'd given away, donated, sold, refurbished and repurposed both our own and items inherited from my parents; and at the same time reclaimed space and re organised our house.
I discovered I loved the whole process! So much so, that I found myself constantly talking to my friends about decluttering and passing on my enthusiasm for living in a pared down space, surrounded only by the things I love.
I started to help my friends with their decluttering projects and realised that I had found my vocation, Less Is More - Decluttering & Organising was born!
Why choose me?
I believe that a living space should be uncluttered and organised, but that you should surround yourself with objects that are meaningful to you.
Your home environment should be comfortable rather than stark.
It's not about depriving yourself, more about reaching a level of possessions that you are comfortable with.
I like to hold on to memories, but I'm interested in exploring the best ways to do that; using the best techniques available today, be that restoring, reframing or repurposing.
I firmly believe that decluttering is a journey not a destination.
It may start with a defined decluttering project, but it is also about adopting a new way of thinking about our possessions and the organisation of our living space on an ongoing basis.
Decluttering & Organising help
(In Home or Online Sessions)
Whole house or single room
Bedroom & Wardrobe
Kitchen, Pantry & Utility Room
Re purposing a room
Preparing for move or downsizing
Preparing a property for sale (including home staging)
In sickness or old age
Preparing to share your house with others (including new baby arrival)
Paperwork, printed photos & memorabilia
Maintaining the decluttered house
Preparing your house for Christmas
Adopting a low tox/low waste lifestyle
WHAT MY CLIENTS SAY
Jo is amazing. She has changed my life!
I now have a totally calm house and can account for every single item and where it is.
Jo is an incredibly calm, inspiring, organised and creative person. She came up with some brilliant ideas and meticulously guided me through all the many decisions.
Suzanne, Emmer Green
Jo's services were invaluable. Wanting to sell our home I approached Jo to help me make it more appealing. Jo had done extensive prep for our video call and we quickly worked through her recommendations.
Jo has an amazing eye for detail and style. She works with what you've got already rather than asking you to go buy more things. I was amazed by the difference her input made.
Jo is worth every penny. We achieved so much in just three hours, I was inspired to carry on and now I feel the shop is looking beautiful.
Considering this but not sure?
Caroline, Eton Wick
My husband initially questioned me paying for help to declutter, but it only took one room and for him to see the benefits for us as a family, to say that it was money well spent.
He now asks when Jo is coming next!
What a superb service Jo offers!
Jo works really hard to help sort out messes you thought couldn't be tackled. She is a hard taskmaster, but still shows empathy and sensitivity when unexpected items come to light.
Blogger Fifty & Fab
Jo is so calm and reassuring and has really supported me to declutter my son's room which was long overdue for a sort out.
I honestly would never have achieved so much without her help - she kept me focused on the task - definitely worth every penny.
How does it work?
Coaching you to be clutter free
Let's chat - If I'm going to be helping you declutter and organise your personal space, it's important that we get along and feel comfortable working together in your home.
Working together - In home Decluttering & Organising projects work best if you are present and part of the process.
Coaching you to be able to keep the decluttered space organised, is a key part of the service that I provide.
Four Phases - Two Options
Getting to know you - FREE initial telephone/
What's App) chat
Finding out what you need - In Home assessment visit OR online assessment via What's App/Zoom, followed by proposal e mailed to you within 48hrs.
£30 (deductable from your first session booked)
Hourly rate £35/hr. Purchase a package to secure discounted rate:
Working together in person - week day working sessions £120 (based on 4 hour session)
Working together online - via What'sApp/Zoom
Sessions from £60 (includes up to 2 hour call time & written recommendations)
Ongoing support - invitation to join FREE online
If you have clutter, let's have a chat!