“PLEASE HELP US DECLUTTER”
Organisational design expert Peter Walsh gives a family overwhelmed by stuff a fresh start.
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.”
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
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