Senior Project Manager at the Mistoria Group, Cassim Kaaba, has almost 10 years experience in the renovation, maintenance and refurbisment industry, enabling him a very unique understanding of both aesthetic design and practical solutions.  Each month, he will be providing sound information and guidance on how to problem solve, make your ‘design pound’ stretch further and achieve the very best results from your own development.

Is the minimalist look ever achievable?de-clutter your life

To my mind, a minimalist lifestyle is a myth, simply because we all have ‘stuff’.  Of course, how much depends largely on character and personal preference.  I devised the ‘clutter-buster’ programme more than ten years ago, prior to the excess of television programmes informing us that in order to lead a fulfilling existence, we must dispose of the possessions deemed to be littering our homes and our lives.

The premise that clutter = bad and clearance = good, is not one that I adhere to and clutter-buster approaches the issue of disorder in a very different way.  Central to its purpose is not in questioning how many belongings you have or why you have them, but simply this: are your possessions controlling you, or are you in control of your possessions?

The programme encourages building organisation into managing our belongings by dividing them into three separate parts:

1. Want and need

2. Want but don’t need

3. Don’t want and don’t need

The third part is the easiest to deal with.  Items not needed or wanted can be disposed of immediately.  With regards to items that are wanted but not needed, the key questions to ask are whether these are being kept for sentimental or ornamental reasons and how best to store these.  Questions also arise with items that are wanted and needed.  Again, what do you need this for, how frequently do you need it and in which part of the home should it be stored?

The process is both practical and emotional.  It’s not merely a case of building some shelves to solve storage issues, but gaining a deeper understanding of control when it comes to your possessions and how they fit into your lifestyle.

Initially, clutter-buster was used – for the main part – in domestic settings, but the programme also works very well in commercial situations and forms part of the bigger issue of helping people use their space more appropriately and effectively.  There is nothing negative about retaining effects that are special to us and in a ‘throw-away’ society where so much is transient, sentimental items can provide a level of stability.  But, by following the process recommended by clutter-buster, we can all succeed in taking responsibility for managing our possessions and the control they affect over our daily lives.

If you would like to discuss the ‘clutter-buster’ programme in more detail, please contact Cassim Kaaba on 0800 500 3015 or