“PLEASE HELP US DECLUTTER”

Or­gan­i­sa­tional de­sign ex­pert Peter Walsh gives a fam­ily over­whelmed by stuff a fresh start.

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A fam­ily with too much stuff gets a fab­u­lous, fresh start from Peter Walsh.

THE COM­BI­NA­TION OF clut­ter, chaos and kids can be a recipe for stress, as busy par­ents Paul and Va­neeta had dis­cov­ered. Since the birth of their sec­ond child, and with both par­ents work­ing, the never-end­ing ac­cu­mu­la­tion of “stuff” was start­ing to take a toll on their mar­riage and so­cial life.

The cen­tral liv­ing and din­ing area of their home had be­come a land­mine of kids’ toys, books and wash­ing, while the din­ing ta­ble had be­come a desk for teacher Va­neeta, where she worked at night. And the garage was packed with out­grown toys, books and more “stuff”!

Peter Walsh was called in to turn the space into a mul­ti­task­ing area where the fam­ily could play, re­lax, en­ter­tain and work. First, the cou­ple had to cull their many pos­ses­sions. Ev­ery­thing from the open plan area and garage was taken to a lo­cal hall where they could keep only what they “need, use or love”. He then re­designed the space into three zones: a kids’ play/ac­tiv­ity area, par­ents’ lounge and a din­ing area with work stor­age. They love the re­sult. “We’re happy to have lost a lot of stuff and have such a lovely space to re­lax in. This has changed our lives.”

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7:30pm Fri­day on All grown up after Va­neeta and Paul now have a calm, clut­ter-free space where they can re­lax. Hang­ing sys­tem for mem­ory wall of pho­tos GREAT IDEA

Toy story The liv­ing room was look­ing like a child­care cen­tre. be­fore

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