Episode 51 – Loft (Part 1) emotions

overwhelmed man in need of organising his loft

In Part 1 of this three part podcast, Lesley and Ingrid talk about the emotions and habits that make us keep things for years and years and how to tackle them when decluttering and organising your loft. 


So many homes have lofts and attics that are filled to the brim with stuff - from appliance boxes to suitcases to memorabilia to kids' toys and hand me downs. You name it, it might just be in your loft. But decluttering your loft can be a daunting task. In this podcast series, we break it down so we think about the emotions involved, the decluttering, zoning and organising your loft.

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Show Summary

  • Why a loft can sometimes be straightforward to declutter as we have already made the decision that item is not needed in general use.
  • We wholeheartedly recommend against the idea of boxing things up, putting a date on them and returning in 6 months or so.
  • When deciding what sort of things to keep in a loft, it's vital to live for the present and not keep too many things from the past or for the future.
  • Don't let things sit for decades in your loft until they are too old fashioned to donate.
  • Sometimes, it is a lack of knowledge or nervousness that leads us to keep things too long. We aren't sure whether they have value. 
  • Sentimental items do have a home in the loft but there needs to be a process to sort though them on a reasonably regular basis to keep the volumes under control.
  • If people pass things on to you, get their permission to donate it if you no longer want them.

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