HOW TO DECLUTTER & ORGANISE

with Oprah’s organising guru, Peter Walsh
Are you planning a spring clean, but don’t know where to start? Fret not, we’ve got some great tips from international declutter expert Peter Walsh, who first shot to fame as Oprah Winfrey’s go-to guru for decluttering and organising.

On Network Ten’s The Living Room recently, Peter used products from The Home to transform an office space from mess to mesmerising. Here’s what he says you need to know about the spring task.

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Why declutter and organise?

Your home is a reflection of your life. It’s impossible to make your best choices for your most authentic life in a cluttered, messy, disorganised space – it just doesn’t happen! When we talk about clutter we talk about how it makes us feel suffocated or unable to breath in a space. Decluttering opens your space, allows you to focus and feel motivated. By surrounding yourself only with those things that are beautiful and useful, you are able to truly create a space that reflects your best life.

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What rules should we stick to when it comes to keeping the home neat and tidy?

Procrastination always leads to clutter. So my one bit of advice would be to replace the word “later” with the word “now”. Whenever you’re tempted to just throw the dirty dishes in the sink or leave the clothes in the dryer unfolded, catch yourself. Realise that it’s the small steps that need to be done to stay on top of the clutter.

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Where do we start?

It’s a pretty straight forward process. In the instance featured here, we removed everything from the room and arranged like items together i.e. furniture together, paperwork together (mail in one pile, magazines and books in another etc.), decorative items together and so on. We then discarded and donated anything that was no longer needed, wanted or used.

Of the items left, we then talked in detail about the function of the space (how it was to be used) and what ‘zones’ we’d establish in the room. The office had a work zone, a reading zone, a filing zone, and a book/research materials zone. Determining what zones were needed helped us to then establish clear limits for what would fit back into the room and also arrange the items that were staying.

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What was your inspiration behind this home office and its look?

I wanted a space that was not only truly functional for the family, but also really beautiful. The products offered by The Home gave us that wonderful opportunity to show that organisation can be both beautiful and work wonderfully for any family.

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Images courtesy of The Living Room.