Less Mess helps peo­ple gain con­trol

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

For Steph Knight, it’s all about less mess.

The Tawa mum has seen her pas­sion for or­gan­is­ing grow into a fledg­ling busi­ness, and word-of­mouth and Face­book is bring­ing the clients in.

‘‘My friends and fam­ily have been say­ing for ages that I should do this for a job but for me it was all about con­fi­dence. I’ve been out of the work­force for so long, you never know whether these things will work, but it’s some­thing I’m pas­sion­ate about and good at.’’

Less Mess, which Ms Knight be­gan in De­cem- ber, is about de-stress­ing your home and sort­ing out clut­tered rooms. These could be of­fices with boxes, pa­pers and books on ev­ery sur­face, bed­rooms that have be­come a haven for junk, and over-flow­ing garages.

Ms Knight holds an ini­tial con­sul­ta­tion, makes rec­om­men­da­tions, and then, with the client’s in­put and help, they get stuck in.

‘‘I don’t come in and tell peo­ple to throw away ev­ery­thing they’ve ever owned, or make their house into a show home.

‘‘I just want to re­claim rooms back and make more space, giv­ing peo­ple more time and en­ergy to do the im­por­tant things in their life. I give you per­mis­sion to let things go; it can be an emo­tional time, but very re­ward­ing and ther­a­peu­tic.’’

Ms Knight says some clients don’t have the will or the right per­spec­tive to re-or­gan­ise their home – she re­cently had a client whose hus­band had died, and did not have the in­ner strength to tidy up.

Peo­ple want­ing to set up open homes or down­siz­ing to smaller homes are likely cus­tomers.

Ms Knight charges $ 55 an hour, with the big­gest jobs tak­ing up to five hours.

She takes away any un­wanted goods to or­gan­i­sa­tions such as Trash Palace, Kiwi Community As­sis­tance, Preg­nancy Help and the Sal­va­tion Army. Check out ‘Less Mess – hands-on home or­gan­is­ing’ on Face­book.

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