Stacey Solomon’s top tips for decluttering your house – from rolling your clothes to creating a ‘sauce closet’

SHE’S the queen home organisation and now Stacey Solomon has her own TV show packed full of her top tips.

The first episode aired last night, and if you missed out, don’t worry as we have rounded up some of her best home hacks…

The 31-year-old hosts Stacey Solomon’s Sort Your Life Out on BBC One and aims to help people declutter and tidy their homes.

Professional organisers at Declutter on Demand have highlighted their top 10 take-aways from the show, so you can have a neat and tidy home too.

This follows Stacey releasing her new book Tap to Tidy last month, which features hacks, recipes and crafting make-ups all in one place.

Here are 10 top tips from Stacey’s new TV show…

Tension rods are key

Stacey’s use of tension rods can keep things on tilted shelves visible and with the addition of curtain hooks in cupboards, you can hang sauces to make a ‘sauce closet’.

The Loose Women host uses a £1.50 tension rod with cheap shower curtain hooks to hold up her pots and pans. 

Taking to her Instagram Stories, the mum-of-three revealed how she twisted some white, plastic “S” hooks with a pair of pliers so that her pans would hang facing sideways. 

Thankfully for fans watching the pennies, you can pick up similar hooks from eBay for just £2.52. 

Then, Stacey hung her spatulas and giant spoons on giant metal shower curtain clips and described the finished result as feeling like “Christmas”.

Make a memory box

Use a memory box for the sentimental items you can’t let go of and don’t know what to do with – especially useful for the weird and wonderful things you treasure.

As we see in the show, mum Tash struggles with this process. As Stacey's show takes place over seven days there isn’t a lot of time for her to work through these emotions and it takes a lot of support from the team to help her to get there.

In real life, it is helpful to give yourself a bit longer to deal with these emotions and work on the easier items first before tackling the items which are harder emotionally to let go of.

Add food to glass jars

Using pretty glass jars to keep decanted food in can avoid duplicates and packets lurking at the back of the cupboard.

Stacey previously gave fans a glimpse inside her immaculately organised fridge – as she meal prepped to get ahead for the week.

The mum-of-three, 30, spent a Sunday chopping veg for mid-week dinners and stored them in clever glass containers labelled by the day of the week.

Roll clothes

Rolling rather than folding clothes is a great method to take clothes out without disturbing the others.

If you’re a fan of folding, vertical folding is best so you can take out an item without disturbing the rest but it can be hard for everyone in the family to maintain this.

Stacey showed how she packs her bags in the roll method to fit in as many clothes as possible.

Get a label maker

Buying a label-maker is a real game-changer when organising your home as it enables everyone to see at a glance where to tidy items away to.

Stacey likes to label everything in her home, so items are easy to find – no doubt inspired by her organisation guru and older sister Jenna AKA The Label Lady.

Take her freezer for example, which has all products neatly arranged.

Strip Sort Organise

As Stacey says, in order to organise properly, you need to declutter first before putting organising systems in place.

Her “strip, sort and systemise” approach involves laying out what you have, letting go of what you don’t need and then organising the belongings you are keeping.

She advocates just keeping what you need and what you love, which we completely agree with.

Just keep what you a) need and b) love

Half the struggle with decluttering is not knowing what to do with unwanted items.

As Stacey advocates: donate, sell or recycle items wherever possible.

On the show, the family have fun selling items at a car boot sale but there are lots of other ways to sell things online such as Next Door, local Facebook groups, Shpock, Vinted and many other apps.

Group items

In the warehouse, Stacey’s team grouped items into categories so that the family can see how much stuff they have and then reduce it.

The same approach can be taken by viewers in their homes by sorting items category by category.

For example, you could start by sorting through  soft toys, then move on to jigsaws, then dolls etc.

As you are comparing similar items together, this makes it easier to make decisions about what to keep and what to discard, donate or sell. 

Be practical

For some items, it just needs to be a practical decision about many similar items to keep.

For example, Dilly recommends to the mum, Tash, on the show to keep 10 pairs of socks per child because that is enough to last between laundry washes.

Decluttering by number can be a really good way to reduce how many items you are keeping.

Get the family involved

If you have children, get them involved in the process too – often they can be less sentimental than adults and won’t hang on to gifts out of guilt.

The kids are involved in the process by Stacey’s team on the show and she asks them to pick their 3 favourite teddies to help them decide which are their true favourites.

Children often find it easier than adults to let go of toys because parents remember who gave toys as gifts, how much was spent on them and have memories of those toys associated with their children.

BBC viewers were very impressed as they tuned in Stacey’s first episode.

"Amazing programme and what a transformation! Such a cathartic feeling!" wrote one Twitter user.

Another added: "I need Stacey Solomon to organise my entire existence!! She’s amazing."

The show sees a family completely emptying all of the contents of their home into a warehouse, where Stacey and her team ask them what they want to keep and to throw out.

Then while they are doing that, Stacey and the experts upcycle the family's home to give it a makeover on a budget.

Some of the clever upcycling hacks included making room in the steps for shoe storage and saving old socks for dusting.

Stacey also added one of her own storage hacks which she had previously shared with fans and that is to add rods and curtain clips in kitchen cupboards to hang snacks.

But the ingenious hacks weren't the only thing viewers were surprised at, with Stacey revealing she still has her sons' foreskins.

Speaking to the camera, the mum-of-three said: "There are things in my house that if we were like, 'why don't we come and do this over at mine?' they'd be like, 'Stacey! How have you still got your son's foreskin in a box?'"

As she laughed she continued: "I keep some random, gross stuff because I cannot let it go, so I totally understand."

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