The declutter darling – You can pay this woman to organise your life
This woman has made it her business to put your house in order.
Rachel Burditt, professionally known as Declutter Darling, charges the terminally disorganised £25 an hour to organise their lives – and their wardrobes.
Using a selection of techniques and her own nature as a self-confessed neat freak, Rachel claims she can bring calm and order to any messy situation.
As a cleaning queen, she has tackled everything from footballers’ wives’ wardrobes to teenagers’ bedrooms.
She folds clothes so you can see everything in your draw, colour coordinates book shelves and wardrobes, and advises where extra storage boxes and baskets should go.
Her tidying hobby has proven so successful that she has now declutters other people’s homes full time – and has even taken on staff to clear out increasingly large parts of the country.
Rachel, a 36-year-old mother of two, said: “It’s an incredibly satisfying thing to do and I absolutely love it.
“I’ve always been neat and I enjoy tidying organising my home, and it made sense to me to try and turn that into a business.
“I like to think I provide a good service. I work hard, and at the end of the day when I go home people are able to relax much more easily in their own homes.
“Also, a small part of the satisfaction is being curious about other people’s homes.
Rachel began her business two years ago with no previous experience of the industry.
Previously a recruitment worker, she decided she needed a new challenge and more flexibility after giving birth to her first daughter.
Her own quest for neatness had led her to follow a number of Instagram blogs on the subject, where she found inspiration for her new career.
In particular, she takes inspiration from renowned Japanese organising consultant Marie Kondo.
Rachel said: “I had not worked in the industry before, but I knew when I had my kids I did not want to go back into sales.
“I noticed that in the US and Australia that there were lots of Instagram pages dedicated to decluttering, and plenty of businesses providing that service.
“I thought there was a gap in the market in the UK and decided to start my own company.
“I started it off by posting a lot on social media, and it’s just grown from their, mostly from repeat bookings and recommendations.”
Rachel’s Declutter Darling business has a wide range of clients, from professional footballers to exasperated mums.
Some of them only need her twice a year, whereas others will ask her back every month to rearrange their homes.
“I often have mums who get in touch to ask me help organise their children’s things.
“But I also go to footballers’ wives – I can’t name any – and help organise their wardrobes. They have such beautiful clothes, and it sometimes makes me a little envious.
“People just realise it’s what they need when they’re very busy.
“The strangest job I’ve had was when the house had chickens running around the living room.
“I’m not there to tell people they can’t keep chickens in there if that’s what they want, but dodging chicken poo wasn’t easy.
“I’ve also been through teenagers’ bedrooms with mouldy cereal bowls and mountains of clothes. Amazingly, they always thank me when I’m done, as well as the parents.
“Some clients prefer to be with me when I start decluttering, but others just leave me their keys and let me get on with it when they are out.”
Even when at home, Rachel’s work does not stop. As a mum to three and one-year-old children, she is constantly having to put her own home back in order.
She said: “I do realise how hard it can be for people. My three-year-old can be quite neat, but whenever I fold things she seems determined to throw everything out of the draws again!
“But that’s exactly why I’m here to help.”
TOP FIVE TIPS
1) Regularly clear out items you do not use. It makes it much easier to organise what you have, and gives you more space.
2) Split things into categories to be decluttered. These can include clothes, food, photos, and toys. Focus on one at a time.
3) Make sure you have a good storage system to maximise space. I personally like to use baskets. Ikea is perfect for storage solutions.
4) Set aside time for your decluttering when you won’t be interrupted.
5) Don’t be afraid to ask for help, from family and friends if not a professional. Decluttering is a big job.