Move over Marie Kondo! British mother turns her ‘neat freak’ obsession into a career by charging £25 an HOUR to put people’s messy homes in order using the famous KonMari method
- Mother-of-two Rachel Burditt, 38, has turned her habit of tidying into a business
- She was inspired after reading Marie Kondo’s book and began decluttering
- Now charges £25 an hour to tidy other people’s homes with the KonMari method
Busy mother-of-two Rachel Burditt, 38, from Lutterworth, Leicestershire, turned her habit of tidying into a business and now spends her days helping messy clients get their wardrobes, kitchens and lives in order
The British answer to Marie Kondo has revealed she makes £25 an hour decluttering people’s houses – just like the Japanese star of Netflix smash Tidying Up.
Busy mother-of-two Rachel Burditt, 38, from Lutterworth, Leicestershire, turned her habit of tidying into a business and now spends her days helping messy clients get their wardrobes, kitchens and lives in order.
Known as the ‘Declutter Darling’, Rachel said she was inspired by Marie Kondo’s book but admitted the new Netflix programme has given interest in her business a huge boost.
And the former fashion worker claims more clients than ever are determined to have a tidy home not only to keep their lives in order but for the perfect Instagram shot.
Rachel said it all started when she and her then-boyfriend – now husband – bought their own property and she instantly became obsessed with tidying, organising and folding.
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The self-confessed ‘neat freak’ said: ‘Since becoming a home owner in my twenties, I’ve always enjoyed tidying and living in an organised house.
Before and after: A bedroom before it was organised by Rachel and right, after she sorted it out
‘I really enjoy helping people organise their homes and turning it into a calm environment – it not only provides them with more space, but also clears their inner self of all the stress that the clutter comes with.
‘It definitely is a dream job for me – I adore organising, clearing and folding, basically anything organising related and I’m in heaven.
‘I do realise how hard it can be for people to stay tidy and I’ve physically changed some of my clients’ lives for the better.
‘Since Tidying Up aired on Netflix, my friends tell me I’m the UK’s Marie Kondo.
Known as the ‘Declutter Darling’, Rachel said she was inspired by Marie Kondo’s book but admitted the new Netflix programme has given interest in her business a huge boost
What is the KonMari method?
- Commit yourself to tidying up.
- Imagine your ideal lifestyle.
- Finish discarding first.
- Tidy by category, not by location.
- Follow the right order.
- Ask yourself if it sparks joy.
KonMari was created by Japanese woman Marie Kondo and is about throwing away the things that no longer bring you joy and reorganising your home in order to create a better life.
‘I don’t mind that as I’m a big fan and have read her books and learned a lot – her method is thorough, committed and organised.’
Rachel began her business when she was pregnant with her second child, Indiana, now three, and wanted to choose her own hours to fit in with her young family.
She noticed similar professional tidying businesses had popped up in the US and Australia but discovered there was a gap in the market in the UK.
Now Rachel – who insists clever storage solutions are the key to her success – declutters up to four homes a week.
Before and after: An airing cupboard before (left) and after (right) it was organised by Rachel
The mum travels across the country helping people get their homes in order and claims a lot of her clients are celebrities.
Some only call her twice a year, while others ask her back every month to rearrange their homes.
Rachel, who also calls on storage baskets and Tupperwares as mess solutions, said: ‘I have an absolute mix of clients, from retired gentlemen whose wives have passed to people who are moving house.
Declutter Darling Rachel said she was inspired by Marie Kondo’s book but admitted the new Netflix programme has given interest in her business a huge boost
‘There’s a lot of working mums who have toys everywhere and can’t see the wood for the trees.
‘I’m always professional, but I have to live their life and show them how to maintain it.
‘Some clients prefer to be with me when I start decluttering, but others just leave me their keys and let me get on with it when they are out.
‘At the moment, people ask me for help with their wardrobes and kitchens mostly – the trend of celebrities posting on social media has made everyone desperate to get the perfect Instagrammable shot of their home.’
RACHEL’S DECLUTTERING TOP TIPS
1. Regularly clear out items that you do not use/go out of date
Make-up, toiletries and kitchen products (herbs, spices, rice and oils) tend to hang around in cupboards long after their use-by dates
2. Split items into categories, not rooms
Gather all items of clothing from around your house into one spot. It’s a great way to fully understand just how much of one specific item you have
Most items tend to fall into the following categories – clothing, books, documents, momentos and miscellaneous
3. Make sure you have a good storage system
Baskets and boxes are great to use but ensure each storage solution is fit for purpose
4. Be imaginative with storage
Rachel tidies all of her children’s toys away in a large ottoman in her front room so that when her children aren’t around the living room remains immaculate
5. Set aside time to declutter
One room may take more than a day – but the results will be worth it!
6. Don’t be afraid to ask for help
This can be from a family member, a close friend or a professional.
Rachel uses lots of plastic baskets in her kitchen cupboards for keeping products together and this is an affordable solution
Give yourself a break because nobody can achieve perfection.
Spend time folding clothes into drawers and ensure items are tidied away but accept that not all items might be ironed
9. Respect your belongings
Don’t leave your clothes squashed together in a heap in your wardrobe or shove your books underneath your bed.
You have spent money on these items, look after them and place them where they need to be.
10. Fold, dont hang
Rachel vertically folds items into drawers or baskets, so that they are much easier to locate.
Items she does hang includes dresses, coats, shirts, suits and jumpsuits
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