Chichester Observer

Declutteri­ng your home is about more than just having a clear-out

- Steve Bone steve.bone@chiobserve­

An Emsworth woman has launched a business to help people to declutter, reorganise and tidy their homes.

Carol Lovesey launched Lovesey Organising to help people take control of their lives by getting rid of what they don’t need to make room for what they do.

Carol helps older people who are looking to downsize or move out of their houses, as well as people who are looking to declutter.

The idea for the business came after she helped her mother-in-law downsize her house.

She said: “I really enjoyed the process and I feel it’s really important to have that support when downsizing or moving house.”

Carol was made redundant from her service delivery manager job in September 2019, then broke a vertebrae in her back in October and had to take time out to recover.

She then decided she would take the plunge and finally launched the business in January, after around two years of prior planning and taking courses to help her learn the importance of organising and declutteri­ng.

She is now a registered member of the Associatio­n of Profession­al Decluttere­rs and Organisers (APDO).

Throughout lockdown she has been offering help with declutteri­ng and organising through video conferenci­ng site Zoom. Carol’s strategy to help people let go of belongings is to help them determine why they are holding on to them and helping them to let go.

She said: “It’s not about making someone have a minimalist home with just a white sofa and nothing else, it’s about making someone’s home work for them and not being overwhelme­d by everything that’s in there.

“It should be a sanctuary from the outside world and if it’s full of stuff that you don’t need, it won’t be. It’s about helping people to move along and let go of stuff to move forward with their lives.

“It’s about getting ready to let go of the things you don’t need any more, resulting in a clear space and a relaxed and happy mind.”

 ??  ?? Carol Lovesey is a member of APDO
Carol Lovesey is a member of APDO

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