Sunny Nunney with Gregg Nunney

Pretending to move house is a great way to de-clutter, says Gregg

Pretending to move house is a great way to de-clutter, says Gregg

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I read a survey this week that said the five most stressful things in life are as follows – being unhappy at work, being in debt, the death of someone close, divorce and moving home.

Thankfully there’s only one of those things that I have experienced on a far-too-regular repeat cycle and that’s the last one.

It’s funny in a way because moving home should be an exciting time – a new adventure, a fresh chapter – when actually you put yourself under a ton of pressure to get stuff done and get it done by a certain date.

Here’s where I think it’s beneficial though. We spend our lives surrounding ourselves with clutter.

We don’t mean to do it but, gradually, as the years go on, we acquire things.

We don’t throw them away, either, because we think we might need them later or because we just can’t bring ourselves to say goodbye.

What we’re left with is boxes upon boxes of stuff that we don’t need.

I don’t know if you’ve been watching any of the TV series The Hoarder Next Door – it’s part Cash In The Attic, part psychoanalysis.

It focuses on people who fill their homes with clutter and then need the help of a therapist to throw it out.

It’s a slightly extreme version of sorting your home out so that you can move.

It’s amazing how liberating it can feel to throw things away however.

Things that we’ve convinced ourselves mean something when, actually, they’re just inanimate objects.

They can’t give us a cuddle when we’re feeling down and they can’t say the right thing when we need cheering up. We put too much emphasis on “things”.

We’ve decided that – even if you aren’t moving – pretending that you are every six months or so is a great way to cleanse the system and stop the clutter.

Sort out the house as if you’re packing up to go somewhere else and then stay put! It’ll end up being less stressful when eventually you do move!