‘WOULD I USE THE PLAYSTATIO­NAGAIN ...?’

The Daily Telegraph - Property - - Clutterfin­gers -

Kate Brown, an IT con­sul­tant liv­ing in a small two-bed­room flat in Stoke New­ing­ton, called in Sandy Garfield of de­junkre­vamp be­cause she had friends com­ing to stay, but her spare room was full of stuff that she couldn’t bear to deal with.

“I had an old Sony PlayS­ta­tion that I wouldn’t throw away be­cause I used to play it with my ex-boyfriend and it had a lot of mem­o­ries. I had lots of pa­per­work, sports equip­ment, clothes, old shoes that I didn’t wear, and lots of knick-knacks and un­used presents,” she says. “But I didn’t just want the room de­clut­tered – I wanted the space re­vamped.

“Sandy has a de­sign back­ground, so she has a good eye for us­ing space bet­ter. She’s sug­gested mak­ing a wall fea­ture out of all my hand­bags – it’s both func­tional and it will also look cool.”

But the main prob­lem was the pa­per­work. “I found a 2ft-high pile of un­opened let­ters. She is help­ing me to de­velop a fil­ing sys­tem.”

Kate says that Sandy was sen­si­tive about the at­tach­ment she had for her be­long­ings. “I very much had the veto on ev­ery­thing, al­though Sandy did help me make de­ci­sions. If I was hes­i­tat­ing, she would guide me. I had to ad­mit to my­self whether I re­ally was ever go­ing to use the PlayS­ta­tion again, or wear tops that still had the price tag on.”

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