It must be the same for everyone: at some point fashions that you remember from your childhood and teenage years come right back round, full circle, and are everywhere. While some of these fads remain happily consigned to the vaults of history, others may leave you wishing you’d held onto your treasured faves.
Perhaps it’s the fashion for minimalism, but we’ve noticed there’s a huge number of books about decluttering at the moment. From the practical to the extreme to the frankly eccentric, there seems to be a system to help tackle excess stuff for every day of the week. Of course, there’s clutter and then there’s hoarding, a much, much more serious disorder that can prove difficult to treat, as we found out from talking to Satwant Singh, a Nurse Consultant in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mental Health, and an expert in compulsive hoarding disorder.
Between 2008 and 2016 the number of freelancers in the UK increased by 43% to around 2 million workers. It’s probably no surprise that London is home to a good many of these entrepreneurial souls (21%, according to the good people at IPSE) and if you’re one of this number, you’ll know that while it’s a great way to work, it can also have its pitfalls. It’s no coincidence that the rise in the number of freelancers has a great deal to do with the increasingly higher tech world we inhabit and so, even when it all gets a bit stressful, there are some brilliant apps, companies and services that can make life that little bit easier for London’s freelancers.
We’re in the business of storing stuff, so naturally we’re always on the lookout for storage-related tidbits for everyone to enjoy. One day last week we stumbled across the craze of phone box stuffing. Intrigued, perplexed and delighted in equal measure we thought we’d find out a little more and have a look to see what obsessions the human race has had with seeing how much stuff we can get into things over the years.
We might not be able to create world peace or fight infectious diseases, but we can help you with stuff and the storage thereof, and in that regard (and although we say so ourselves) we’re pretty darn Nobel-worthy. Having seen all we’ve seen (and then some) over the years we’ve been working in the business of self-storage, we feel the time is nigh to proffer some insightful, erm, insights into how to better foster a sense of order and peace into your home and relationships when space is at a premium and your wits are at their end.
There’s a phenomenon sweeping the nation. It is – as our blog writer Em’s husband terms it – Craftageddon, and it’s characterized by (a) a yarn stash so large that you’re genuinely concerned that the sheep population are starting to feel a bit cold, (b) piles of fabric in every drawer, shoe box and cupboard, or (c) forgotten pins lurking in the carpet (ouch!). It’s a serious problem, folks, and given that we’ve already given considerable column inches to the plight of the tech widow, it seems only fair to redress the balance and tackle craft supplies.
When we think of clutter, the chances are that we think of the stuff that fills up our rooms. These physical things are easy to hide and organise, but it can be a little more difficult to recognise and remove the things which constitute mental clutter. Left unchecked, they can cause just as much of a problem as the DVD box set collection that would give the Netflix archive a run for its money. With the spring-cleaning season now upon us, there’s never been a better time to take charge of your mental clutter and reprogram your mind-set to a healthy one. A bit daunting? Don’t fret! These apps could help you on your journey to mentally declutter and bring peace and balance to your everyday life.
Board games are back, in case you didn’t know. Sure, those perennial favourites like Cluedo and Snakes & Ladders may forever hold a place in our hearts, but this new wave of board games are considerably more interesting, so if you’re the kind of person whose blood pressure rises simply upon hearing the word, ‘Monopoly’ (and I’m with you on that one – writing it here necessitated a brief tea break to steady myself), please don’t switch off just yet.
We may be into February and the memories of New Year’s celebrations are now but a hazy memory, but if you had intended to make 2017 the year of action – the year of a tidy house; of being a bit more organized – and haven’t quite got around to it, we’ve got your back. There’s still plenty of time. Getting organized is one of those things that often tops these yearly resolutions lists, and because we know that, if this is your resolution, there’s every chance you might be having a classic case of the ‘overwhelms’, we’ve rounded up five strategies for decluttering your house. No need to thank us. It’s what we do. You’re welcome.
Never let it be said that small spaces prevent you from pursuing your hobbies. Even in the world of exercise, where sometimes it seems you need heaps of kit before you can even contemplate raising your heartrate, this isn’t so. Jess Parkinson discovered yoga through a class, but – as her lively Instagram account shows – she’s not constricted by gym opening times, and even in her small flat she’s able to find the space to devote to her yoga practice. We caught up with her to find out more about better fitness in small spaces.
Is it just us or does it seem that there are more cables and wires, in this supposedly wireless age, than ever before? They’re everywhere, coiled up at the back of drawers and tangled up in boxes. And, now we think of it, isn’t there always that one cable that nobody seems to own, and everyone swears they’ve thrown away, but that just keeps reappearing?
The Twelfth Night is traditionally the day that we undergo the always-depressing task of taking down the Christmas decorations. Leave it any later and… well, we’re not sure what would happen after if we took them down after that. Bad luck, presumably, and after the strange year that 2016 was, we reckon it’s best not to leave anything to chance.