Simplicity: An Introduction to De-cluttering

Clutter comes in many forms. It’s the 80% of our clothes we don’t wear, unfinished projects around the house, expensive purchases that didn’t work out. It’s broken equipment and unwanted gifts. It’s more coffee mugs than we use, excessive volumes of books we’ll never read again, things we keep just in case.

To the right is a photo of Corey Cook.

Picture of Cory Cook, Professional declutterer.

Clutter is anything we no longer use or love.

A cluttered home doesn’t materialise overnight. It creeps in incrementally over time. A bit each day goes unnoticed. But when we’re not purging items in equal measure, clutter can easily run rampant and we quickly lose touch with what we have. Simplicity gets lost in the muddle.

Everything we own demands something of us: space to store it, maintenance and upkeep, cleaning. Each item calls on our attention in some way, whether it’s visible on the floor and tabletops or hidden in cupboards or the spare room.

It may seem logical to buy the latest storage containers to house it all, build some extravagant fitted furniture, or shift it somewhere else out-of-sight-out-of-mind. Building an extension or even moving house may seem the necessary solution to gain more coveted space. However, this approach seldom solves the heart of the issue, especially if the idea of simplicity appeals to you.

The best approach to reclaiming more space and simplicity in your home, is to address your belongings and clear the clutter. Our styles, interests and activities evolve over time. It’s therefore necessary to review your things on a regular basis to determine what truly fits your lifestyle today.

Scrutinise each and every item with honesty and eliminate anything that has become obsolete. You know deep down whether or not you’ll ever use that state of the art juicer still in the box in the kitchen. Then once you are left with only the stuff you love, you will be in a better place to build the best and correct size fitted furniture to fit your belongings perfectly.

Once you have decided what you want to keep, then build some fitted furniture to fit what you have left perfectly. Unit designed with Suzanne Powell from


Yes, there may be a few tears shed and perhaps a few pangs of guilt as you let go. But a good ruthless purge is not only liberating and revitalising, it gives you spacial and mental clarity. You’ll know precisely what you have, re-connect with your possessions and enjoy a streamlined clutter-free home.

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Visit Cory’s website and organise your clutter before investing in fitted furniture.

You can see some fitted furniture that we have built and get some ideas by clicking the link. If you have any questions, email Tristan here.

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