‘WOULD I USE THE PLAYSTATIONAGAIN ...?’
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.”