Most Indian homes are overflowing with thi-ngs that will probably never get used — tacky Diwali gifts from office, suitcases bursting with old clothes, plastic cutlery left over from food deliveries, greeting cards from a different lifetime, even used gift-wrapping paper and ribbons. While some of us like to hoard such stuff, others are simply too busy or too lazy to clean the mess.
Enter the professional declutterers. Delhi’s Manmeet Kumar recently hired the services of Shivani Gulati, declutter and organising coach in Gurgaon, to free up space in her cupboards and store room. “My father loves to hoard stuff — be it Diwali lights or branded clothes. He refuses to just give them away because he feels it should be done after some thought and they should go to someone ‘deserving’,” says Kumar, who got her space decluttered while her father was away in Hong Kong on a short trip.
“It really changed their way of thinking. Now, when we go on holidays and shop for them they refuse and say they already have this stuff back home,” says Khanna who has taken a three-month contract and gets declutter tips on her WhatsApp, and visits from Rajagopalan.....Read more