Decluttering for a Calm Living Space

The start of a new season often prompts a desire for a fresh start, which often includes decluttering and organising our living spaces. It’s the perfect time to assess our possessions and bid farewell to items we no longer need or use. If you find yourself holding onto things “just in case,” consider the golden rule: if you haven’t used it in six months, it’s time to let it go.

When it comes to disposing of unwanted items, recycling is key. Many local recycling centres accept a wide range of materials, from paper and plastic to electronics and appliances. Check your local borough’s website or use a directory like to find the nearest recycling centre to you.

Another option is to donate your gently used items to charity shops. It’s a rewarding feeling knowing that your belongings will find new homes rather than end up in a landfill. Organizations like the Association of Charity Shops can help you locate donation centres in your area.

For larger items like furniture, consider having them collected by local charities or shelters. Many organizations offer collection services and will pass on the furniture to those in need. While there may be a small fee for collection, knowing that your donation will benefit others makes it well worth it.

If you’re looking to make some extra cash, hosting a jumble sale or selling items at a car boot sale can be a fun and profitable way to declutter. Alternatively, platforms like eBay offer a convenient way to sell items online. You can list items individually or as a group purchase, or even enlist the help of a professional eBay seller to handle the process for you.

Whether you’re recycling, donating, or selling, decluttering your home is a rewarding process that creates space for new beginnings. So, roll up your sleeves and start decluttering – you’ll be amazed at how much lighter and brighter your home feels afterwards.

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Pippa Jameson is an author, tv designer and interiors expert. The previous interior editor on several leading UK titles, Pippa has a wealth of knowledge and experience. Throughout her 25-year career, Pippa’s unique and creative approach has won her commissions for large retail brands and celebrities to deliver exciting and engaging projects. 

She’s written the curriculum for the British College of Interior Design, produced and styled shoots for well-known brands including John Lewis, H&M & Team GB/DFS, worked as an International Stylist for leading paint brands in Asia, consulted on the launch and creative direction of major retail names including George Home and Wren, and most recently, published her first book, The Sensory Home. Pippa possesses expertise unmatched in the interior industry.