OUR DESIGN SOLUTION
Peter is an expert in organisational design – the ideal person to call in for this serious decluttering job. The family’s entertainment room in their western Sydney home had become overfilled with belongings that Debbie could not let go of – “I’ve got the mentality that throwing stuff out is wasteful,” she explains. To start, the room was emptied by removalists and the belongings boxed in a local hall. It was then up to the family to decide what to keep, but Peter made sure they got rid of at least 80 per cent. “The only things that come back are those that help to create family happiness and togetherness,” he says.
Peter discovered one of the biggest culprits of the clutter was Debbie’s craft supplies, so he asked her to choose just three crafts. She decided on painting, beading and sewing and to let go of anything outside of those hobbies. To help her eliminate clutter he set up a table with the three crafts labelled to sort her craft supplies. “By adding some order and setting clear limits, suddenly deciding what to keep and what to let go of becomes a lot more straightforward,” says Peter.
While the family was busy with the declutter, Peter asked Barry Du Bois to give the entertainment room a new look and create a craft area with storage. First he added insulation, as the giant glass windows made the room susceptible to temperature changes. The ceiling and windows were covered with bamboo screens for a welcoming island vibe. Next he made a craft workspace and storage – and backed it with a bamboo screen as a room divider. Furniture from Zanui and indoor plants complete the look.
Debbie loves the makeover and is also pleased they could donate some items to charity. And her family now has a lovely space for entertaining.
One big mess The family couldn’t use the room, let alone walk through it! BEFORE
Tropical feel Cane furniture from Zanui complements the island style.
Clean and tidy Debbie’s craft area is neatly hidden behind a bamboo screen.
Touch of green Leafy plants and ferns are a calming addition.