You’ve decided you can’t stand it any longer, your house is amass with overspilling draws, cupboards and floordrobes. The kids seem to be growing out of all their toys and clothes and your husband has a strange attachment to his eighties shell suit (though thankfully doesn’t wear it!)

Do you have a floordrobe?
  • Where do you start? 
  • What do you cast aside? 
  • What do you keep? 
  • What happens to the items you let go?

However, the thought of tackling all this on your own, fills you with dread:

Sometimes, starting your own decluttering project is not only all-consuming, it can also be too hard emotionally. We can all form an attachment to “precious” items, meaning we struggle to decide when and how to let them go.

This is where the services of a professional organiser and decluttering specialist can come in. But, don’t be fooled, there are plenty of people out there that will sell the service but aren’t actually professionals in their trade.

The decluttering and organising profession is becoming more and more in demand, with TV shows like “Making Space” and “Tidying up with Marie Kondo”. However, how do you know that you are getting a true professional, rather than someone that’s just very good at tidying up? A professional organiser and declutterer will be a member of APDO, The Association of Professional Declutterers and Organisers. This is a UK membership that sets standards and provides professional development.

Re-homing your pre-loved items

An APDO member will be trained in best practices, be accredited, fully insured, and committed to a code of ethics. They will also be registered with HMRC and follow the GDPR regulations.  If you’d like to find out more about APDO, just click here. A truly professional organiser will always be able to advise you how to re-home your pre-loved possessions, whether it be to charities, schools, playgroups, art groups etc or, how and where conscientious recycling can be done.  Some may even do it for you!

It’s much like other professions, if you were searching for a plumber or physiotherapist you would expect them to be fully trained and following the correct regulations in their line of work. Wouldn’t you?

“It’s better to have extra time on your hands and extra money in your pocket than extra stuff in your closet”

Joshua Becker, author of Becoming Minimalist.
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As a member of APDO, we are surrounded by a team of highly motivated colleagues, who share tips and form a support network. So, no matter how unusual your needs are, we will be able to assist you. If you have a specialised object, maybe an antique, or jewellery that needs re-homing, we’ll always do our best to find out, through our group, how best to do this.

So, if you need guidance or support to organise your home, your office, or even your life, make sure you use a professional.  Use the best in the business.

Contact The Space Maker at or find a professional organiser closer to you at