Homes+ (Australia) - - BEFORE & AFTER - PETER WALSH

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.

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