Is Decluttering & Home Styling important?
Your home is often your most valuable asset, your safe haven to unwind, a place of welcome for friends and an expression of your personality and the life you live. Your home tells part of your story; in your choices of colour, its feel, the interesting pieces you have picked up from travels and the design details you have chosen.
If you have the design and look you love but find it is getting buried under additional layers of belongings, new possessions, unsorted papers, or general clutter, you might really value professional Home Styling. A welcoming ambiance, beautiful designs and your family’s ‘story’ can get swamped when possession take over and crowd the space.
We can help with anything from an overflowing bathroom beauty cabinet to a paper-strewn study or every room in your house. We are highly experienced in helping you decide the items of true value and reducing your collection to the perfect size for your lifestyle. Apotheosis will eliminate the chaos and reacquaint you with a life of beauty and comfort in a home the properly reflects you.
Our Signature 6-Step Treatment is also a favourite with clients who are moving house, especially downsizing, and those who wish to showcase their home to its full potential for prospective buyers. A small investment in Styling your Home for Sale can reap generous financial dividends. When house-hunting, most buyers fall in love – or not – in the first few minutes of viewing so it is wise business sense to create a stunning first impression.
Buyers need to be able to imagine themselves living in your house and the space itself needs to be showcased as their dream. However, as the vast majority of people cannot “see through” other people’s possessions and tastes to visualize that ideal, our Home Staging is the secret weapon toensures your house stands out from all the others they’ve seen!
Do I need Organization & Decluttering?
What does a Professional Home Stylist do?
How do we Start?
After you’ve made contact, we arrange an initial consultation to discuss exactly how we can help and look at the space or project you wish to tackle. This is a really friendly, informal chat about how you see your ideal lifestyle and to discuss the principles of our 6 Step Treatment. We take a quick tour of your home and assess things like storage, room functionality and flow and take some photos. After that, we can give you a no-obligation quote for the assignment. This is either an hourly or daily rate and we will give an estimate on how long we think the process will take.
If work commitments are putting you off, consider enquiring about evening and weekend sessions or packages.
How should I Prepare?
My home is very untidy. Do I need to tidy up before you arrive?
No. Really. In fact, that would make our job harder as we want to understand how you currently use the space and uncover what causes the issues you are facing. You’ve chosen us to help with the tasks you find daunting so don’t burden yourself with unnecessary efforts. Instead trust us to work through the areas that bother you together. Please do not be embarrassed, we’re here to help, never judge. Like trusted family doctors, we’ve seen it all before and chances are, we’ve seen rooms way more chaotic and cluttered!
What should I expect in my first session?
If you’ve chosen a niche package like Home Staging or Wardrobe Styling, some of the steps may be more bespoke but the collaborative process is similar and we always seek to make the journey light-hearted, rewarding and empowering.
Can I leave you to Declutter and Organize without me?
Will you make me get rid of all my stuff?
What if I’m not a Minimalist?!
Decluttering often conjures up images of clean, white, sparse rooms with one or two statement pieces and everything else hidden away. Classic minimalism definitely works for some people, but its only one presentation style among many and certainly isn’t the right look for everyone. Plenty of clients (and even we) prefer a home that reflects other aspects of personality such as travel adventures, aesthetic tastes, colour, bookshelves as backdrops, abundant soft furnishings and evidence of personal passions like cooking or music.
We do not follow ‘prescribed’ methods expecting you to conform to things you are not. We all have a value system for how we prefer to organise, display items and even for what level of value we place on possessions, so we have created a quiz that you can take in our initial consultation that will help show you what your natural approach is. It also informs us how we can best create solutions and environments that reflect and delight you.
Is it OK that some places are off-limits?
What if my partner is having trouble getting on board?
How long will decluttering take?
This question is a bit like asking “how big is an elephant?” It really depends on a number of factors like the size of your space, the contents or crowdedness of those spaces, your personal goals and the speed of decision making. During your initial consultation, we discuss these variables and give you our best estimate as well as a recommended approach. In the meantime, this is a very rough guide that might help you.
Light (or Baby Elephant)
A small room, for example your Hallway, Utility Room or Bathroom.
Approx half a day
Medium (or Mama Elephant)
1-2 rooms such as a Kitchen, Bedroom, Office or your full wardrobe.
Approx 1 or 2 days
Heavy weight (or Big Bull Elephant)
3 or more rooms or homes with overflowing storage areas or rooms that have become almost unusable as living real estate.
Usually 3 or more days
Do you work with Hoarders?
What is the difference between organising and decluttering?
While it is possible to organise someone’s home without decluttering, it is not possible to declutter effectively without implementing at least some level of organisation. Some clutter problems relate not so much to unwanted and superfluous items, as to the appropriate storage of items worthy of keeping. Without the creation of workable processes and systems (organisation), tailored to individual needs, the problem of clutter is likely to return. So a two-in-one approach – or in our case, a 6-Step Treatment – that covers all bases is far more effective and lasting than a single, narrow focus.
If that’s now a load off your mind, or if we had you at ‘hello’, you can enquire about booking Apotheosis for your home or wardrobe here.