Devon Clutter Busters

I help my clients put systems in place designed to meet their specific needs; some might want to sort a set of cupboards or reinvent a room or just find the floor! Whatever your needs I have a sympathetic, fun approach which leaves you feeling good about yourself and your home.

I have helped people who have hoarding disorder to take charge of their homes again and recover a sense of who they really are.

I also deliver talks and workshops and run Clutterbugs, a friendly, confidential and supportive group for people who have problems with clutter and need ongoing support. Clutterbugs meet at CentrePeace Community Centre in Paignton on the third Monday of the month from 9.30am to 11.00am.

For more information please call me on 07794 978095

I look forward to helping you


About Me

Hi, my name is Christine Durrant.

I have been in business as a professional de-clutterer since 2009. Before I started my business I spent 6 months helping a friend to sort her flat. She was kind enough to let me take photos and also give me feedback on what was helpful and what was not. I am greatly indebted to her for allowing me into her life and for the encouragement she gave me to start my business.

7 years on and I am still enjoying helping people to rediscover the space they have but can’t see for clutter. Possessions are great until they stop us from enjoying our living space.

If your possessions are beginning to possess you then why not give me a call and find out how I can help you to reorganise the space and where necessary thin out those possessive possessions!

Fire Risks

Cluttered homes can increase the risk of fatalities when there is a fire. Cluttered doorways or corridors can impede the exit of the house holder but equally can impede the entrance of a fire fighter. Clutter makes it more difficult to find the occupants in a house filled with smoke. Accumulated clutter when it catches light burns hotter than a normal house fire which puts fire fighters at risk.

Can we afford not to deal with it?

Fire fighters in Exeter and Somerset are working together with Housing Agencies, Environmental Health, Professional Organisers and other interested parties in the South West to see how we can reduce risk in cluttered homes.

As a small start, may I suggest you get rid of any old VHS videos? Apparently they burn faster and hotter than paper and give off toxic fumes. Don’t let them clutter your rooms.

Need help looking at fire risks in your home? Contact your local fire fighters and ask for a home visit. It could save your life.

Need help sorting the clutter? Contact Christine on 07794978095

Are we more creative when surrounded by mess?

I am a professional organiser but I am not an inherently tidy person or in favour of minimalist living. People worry that I am going to come in and ‘make them’ get rid of all their stuff. Nothing could be further from the truth. My role is to help you manage your belongings so that they enhance your life rather than stifle it.

Some people need to reduce the quantity of stuff in their home because they can no longer function in the space. Clutter has piled on top of clutter and they can’t find anything even though they know it is in there somewhere. This leads to them spending more money buying something they know that they own but they cannot find. Now there is yet more clutter to deal with in the daily struggle to function.

In these homes clutter is not creative, it is very stressful, so stressful in fact that people develop mental blinkers which enable them to cut out the clutter so that they are not overwhelmed by it.

As an organiser, I do not see it as my job to leave you with an immaculate desk or living area in which you can no longer find anything. Many people need visual clues to remind them of their ‘to do list’. My role is to help you sort out what is working as a system and what is not. Once we discover the things that do work then we can bring that knowledge to the areas that don’t work for you and revise them so that they work too.

My husband sent me a link to an article today ‘The Psychology behind Messy Rooms: Why The Most Creative People Flourish in Clutter‘ and I found it fascinating reading.

Certainly I have found many of my clients to be interesting and creative people. They are also extremely generous with their time, devoting much of it to outside the home activities helping others. The combination of these elements can have the effect of accumulating mess that brings a resulting chaos in its wake. That is why they call me in.

If any of this resonates with you, leave a comment.

For practical help and advice, call me!

01803 527072

When organised space needs reorganising

Sometimes our lovely organised wardrobe space no longer works for us. Mounting piles of clothes accumulate in all four corners of a room.

Why have you stopped putting it away?
Chances are that the system that has worked beautifully up to now has suddenly got blocked. Once the organised space becomes blocked then there is nowhere to put the new stuff that is still coming in.

Surprisingly, it often takes a little while for us to notice the reason for the piles. We are busy people and small piles accumulate quietly but steadily in unused corners. Once we do notice we need to take action. Look at the storage space allocated for this stuff and check for blockages. Is your wardrobe so stuffed that you now have to hang clothes on the outside rather than the inside of it? Have you run out of hangars?

When your wardrobe and drawers no longer accommodate all that is destined to go in them you will find yourself with piles of clean laundry mounting on any available surface. There seems little point in folding it as you have nowhere to put it.

It’s time for action. Go through your wardrobe and drawers and let go of anything that no longer fits you. If you love it and you want to keep it till it fits again then try removing it from your working wardrobe. Bag it up and put it somewhere out of the way. You don’t need the guilt trip that you are no longer size XS and it won’t get in the way of the clothes you actually wear.

Next, check for clothes which still have the shop labels attached. Is it time to admit you made a mistake and that this was an impulse purchase too far? Forget about the money and let it go. We all make mistakes. If that had been a burnt dinner it would not be allowed to go on haunting you with its presence so why keep an unloved piece of clothing when space is at a premium?

If this seems like an overwhelming task, don’t worry. Help is at hand.
A Devon Clutter Busters wardrobe overhaul is great fun!

Christine will help you to choose the clothes that make you look good and feel great and leave your wardrobe and drawers organised and easy to manage.

Call Christine on 07794 978095 to book your session now. You won’t regret it!

A declutter mnemonic

Do you need more space
Especially in your home?
Collecting, keeping those things that may be useful
Look at items in your cupboard, books, unwanted gifts
Use your once treasures and turn them into cash
Tackle one space at a time
Try sorting into different piles
Either for boot sale, auction or for charity etc
Reducing your clutter