0 Have your say The nation is going decluttering crazy, inspired by Marie Kondo and her Netflix series. Catherine Scott meets Yorkshire’s own expert. Marie Kondo urges us to declutter by holding items to our hearts and asking ourselves if they ‘spark joy in our hearts’ before deciding whether to keep, give to charity or throw away. If we decide we cannot live without something then Kondo moves onto the next part of her decluttering KonMari method, folding, folding, folding.For mum of five-year-old twins Kate Ibbotson it is nothing new.Ibbotson, 37, has been a life-long studier of human behaviour and for five years has been helping people get their homes, and their lives in order. She believes that the state of our home is directly linked to the state of our mind. Prone to anxiety from being a child, one of her coping mechanisms was focusing on her environment and creating order. “I remember giving my bedroom a makeover … [Read more...] about ‘We all need a happy place, to centre ourselves and to relax’ says Yorkshire decluttering expert
Sleep. You need it. You want more of it. But you just can’t get it. A lack of it can leave you cranky and sluggish, and probably looking a bit rough around the edges.Thanks to our modern, sedentary lives, and our obsession with screen time – four in ten millennials apparently can’t live without social media - we’re making it even tougher for our bodies to get the sleep it needs.According to the Sleep Council we spend around a third of our lives asleep, but poor sleep affects as many as one in three of us.So what can we do to change this? Take a look at these sleep hacks that can help improve your sleep habits and lead to a better night’s rest.Quality over quantityThe amount of sleep you need depends on each individual’s circumstances, including your age, sex and general health. Children and teenagers will generally need more sleep, with the average adult needing between seven to nine hours a night.Rather than simply focussing on the amount of sleep … [Read more...] about The key to getting a better night’s sleep.
It is sometimes called a hidden illness. Behind closed doors, someone could be living in clutter which just piles up and up and gets completely out of hand. Who hasn’t got a pile of bills somewhere which they should probably have gotten rid of? Or a clutch of sentimental items in the loft you haven’t laid eyes on in years? But for some people, these objects take over their homes and their lives. Now hoarding is recognised as a disorder on its own. And two Eastbourne businesswomen want it to be taken more seriously. Eastbourne couple’s fight for blood cancer awarenessZara O’Brien and Amelia Trevorrow decided to team up to form Daisies decluttering services, an Eastbourne-based cleaning company which offers a sensitive approach to those who may be struggling to keep on top of things. “Like any mental illness, it’s triggered by trauma,” Amelia said, “A lot of people who become hoarders are very well educated, some come from very wealthy … [Read more...] about Eastbourne women team up to help hoarders
Lisa A. Flam, Associated Press Updated 9:54 am CDT, Tuesday, August 28, 2018 This photo provided by Better Homes & Gardens shows a workspace setup in a bedroom. It's perfectly fine to use your child's room when they're away at school. If you're using a desk, be sure to safely store your child's belongings while you're using the workspace. (Better Homes & Gardens via AP) less This photo provided by Better Homes & Gardens shows a workspace setup in a bedroom. It's perfectly fine to use your child's room when they're away at school. If you're using a desk, be sure to safely store your ... more Photo: AP This photo provided by Better Homes & Gardens shows a workspace setup in a bedroom. It's perfectly fine to use your child's room when they're away at school. If you're using a desk, be sure to safely store your child's belongings while you're using the workspace. (Better Homes & Gardens via … [Read more...] about Kid leaving for college? Hands off their bedroom, for now
Stop hiding your shoes. Instead, display your collection — at least the core six or eight pairs — on shelves at eye level, where you can easily see them. If clutter bells are ringing, ignore them. The secret to shoe storage is staying on top of your inventory.“This is not about showing off. This is not about more-more-more. This is about less,” says designer Lisa Adams, who started LA Closet Design in 2007. As one of Hollywood’s go-to wardrobe gurus, she creates dream closets for celebrities such as Reese Witherspoon, Tyra Banks and Khloe Kardashian. “Shopping is impulsive. The best way to keep yourself from overspending and stockpiling crap is to make sure you can see what you already have.”First gather all the shoes you own in one place. This includes snow boots in the car trunk, the heels in storage for weddings and funerals, and the sneakers you’ve been meaning to clean. Then divide them into two piles: shoes you’ve worn in the … [Read more...] about An effective way to sort your shoes? Display them.