Rachel Papworth runs Green and Tidy to help people declutter and organise their homes. She’s a firm believer that “when your home works, your life works”. She’s the South East regional representative for the UK Association of Professional Declutterers and Organisers (APDO) and has been featured in Sainsbury’s Magazine, House Beautiful, Glamour and Woman & Home. So we’re proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Rachel Papworth.
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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?
When people hear what I do, they often ask me whether my own home is minimalist. It’s not! It’s tidy, organised and efficient. And it’s also cosy and comfortable.
2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
It starts with the client. I support them to make their home work – for them. So, the first thing is to explore with them what that will take.
3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?
Supporting someone to declutter and organise their home is an intimate experience. I get to know aspects of my clients’ personalities and lives that few, if any, other people see. Their courage and determination is enormously inspiring.
4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?
A crucial element of successful decluttering and organising is focussing on the outcome. What kind of home do you want? How will you use each room? What might come into your life when your home is working? What are you making room for by getting rid of the stuff you no longer want or need, and the “dead energy” associated with it?
5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?
Decluttering and organising is an expression of who I am. I have to pinch myself to believe that I really am doing a job that is so “in flow” for me. If you’re working at something that doesn’t inspire you every moment, find something that does. The experience is completely different.