Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

De-Clutter and Lighten the Load

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

De-Clutter and Lighten the Load

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ARE you a hoarder? Do you move boxes of stuff from one house to the next "just in case"? Or perhaps you have a wardrobe full of clothes you haven't worn for years?

According to George Wimpey, moving house is the ideal time to sort out your belongings, get rid of all that junk and de-clutter your home. The homebuilder has teamed up with Elika Gibbs, the adviser to the stars also known as the Practical Princess, to help housebuyers get their life in order before the big move with the launch of the De-clutter Your Life campaign.

Elika explained: "Moving home is a great opportunity to de-clutter your home and ultimately your life.

"The more organised one is, the easier one's life becomes and what better time to start than when you're moving home.

"By planning ahead and getting rid of the excess clutter, you can lighten the load on move day and start life in your new home as you mean to go on, organised and in control! Where there has previously been chaos, you will have clarity, and unpacking in your new home will be a pleasure."

For more information about new George Wimpey properties for sale in the North East, go to or tel: (0191) 516-5400.

Elika's tips to help get your clutter under control

1. When you're getting ready to move, it is no good shoving things into boxes on the premise that your new house will be a festival of organisation. If there is a toy in the kitchen, make sure you put it in the playroom/bedroom where it belongs and will move to. Put all your safety pins in the sewing box, and sort through junk drawers. This way, all your boxes will make sense and unpacking at the other end will be far less stressful.

2. Throw out or give away all the body creams and bath oils that you have never used. They are just gathering dust so only keep what you use. These products don't always have sell-by dates but the texture and scent can deteriorate.

3. Pack bathroom products up in different labelled boxes (hair, teeth, manicure, etc) so that it is easier to transport and unpack and once in your new home, easier to pull out and clean. …

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