• Bit More About Janine

    Spring Cleaning

    By: Janine McDonald – Clear the Clutter Now When should I Spring Clean? Did you know that the origin of spring cleaning goes as far back as the Iranian Nowruz period, or the Persian New Year which falls on the first day of Spring and is known as Khaneh Tekani – literally ‘shaking the house’? It’s also linked to various religious festivals such as the Festival of the Passover in Judaism. In the Catholic Church spring cleaning is done on Maundy Thursday and in Orthodox nations it’s done immediately before or during the first week of the Great Lent. In Scotland and Japan, ‘Spring’ cleaning is done prior to the…

  • Jaunty Junk

    Upcycling

    Hi, I’m Chantelle, the Creative Director of jauntyjunk. I run an online shop full of vibrant and eclectic pieces, think dreamy drinks cabinets, misunderstood mannequins and kitsch kitchen pieces. From This To This! I am a champion skip diver, landfill saviour and charity shop addict. I am obsessed with anything vintage and finding potential in unexpected items. I am passionate about diverting from landfill, anything that still has purpose and value to someone. You guys need to jump onboard this incredible movement and if like me you have children, get them involved! At a time of global uncertainty, there has never been a better opportunity to think more about sustainability…

  • Hoarding Traits

    Hoarding Traits

    I have been approached by a TV casting company asking if they could offer an opportunity in my group for anyone with hoarding tendencies to appear in a TV Show. ‘What a great opportunity!’ some may say but, in actual fact, I said NO. Why I said NO to TV I declined the offer, as personally, I feel that by emptying the person’s home all at once and filling skips, doesn’t actually support the client identify with the root cause of their hoarding tendencies and the hoarding will start again. Hoarding is a disorder where it is found difficult to part with or throw away possessions Fear of Losing Belongings…

  • Bit More About Janine

    Bit More About Janine

    I’m Janine McDonald and I’m passionate about helping people to transform their lives. I can help you bring calm to the chaos, free up your time and improve your quality of life. Together, we can work out what’s holding you back and help you to move forwards in a manageable, positive and confident way. My mantra is ‘Clear home, Clear head, Clear heart.’ De-cluttering can have a massive impact on all aspects of your life – including improving health, wellbeing, family relationships and finances. It will also allow you the mental clarity to focus on achieving your goals. My service has had a positive, long-term impact on the clients I’ve…

  • Working from Home & Clutter

    Working from Home & Clutter

    I’m sure you’ve heard the saying ‘A cluttered desk is a sign of a creative mind’ but what happens when that clutter overwhelms us? The Kitchen Table We used to use our kitchen table for eating our dinners and doing children’s activities, but now it needs to be even more multifunctional. A dinner table, a home work space, children’s home learning area, creative area, a social space and much, much more. How can we keep our focus when the table has become multifunctional? Distractions When Working From Home We all know what it’s like, you sit down to write a report but then you look up and notice that the…