Tawa mum finds career in mess of others

BY KRIS DANDO
Last updated 10:21 25/09/2012
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Kris Dando

LESS STRESS: Steph Knight’s car might be messy but that’s because she is taking away items for a client, all part of the Less Mess experience.

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For Steph Knight, it's all about less mess. The Tawa mum has seen her passion for organising grow into a fledgling business, and word-of- mouth and Facebook is bringing the clients in.

"My friends and family have been saying for ages that I should do this for a job but for me it was all about confidence. I've been out of the workforce for so long, you never know whether these things will work, but it's something I'm passionate about and good at."

Less Mess, which Ms Knight began in December, is about de-stressing your home and sorting out cluttered rooms. These could be offices with boxes, papers and books on every surface, bedrooms that have become a haven for junk, and over-flowing garages.

Ms Knight holds an initial consultation, makes recommendations, and then, with the client's input and help, they get stuck in.

"I don't come in and tell people to throw away everything they've ever owned, or make their house into a show home.

"I just want to reclaim rooms back and make more space, giving people more time and energy to do the important things in their life. I give you permission to let things go; it can be an emotional time, but very rewarding and therapeutic."

Ms Knight says some clients don't have the will or the right perspective to re-organise their home - she recently had a client whose husband had died, and did not have the inner strength to tidy up.

People wanting to set up open homes or down- sizing to smaller homes are likely customers.

Ms Knight charges $55 an hour, with the biggest jobs taking up to five hours.

She takes away any unwanted goods to organisations such as Trash Palace, Kiwi Community Assistance, Pregnancy Help and the Salvation Army. Check out 'Less Mess - hands-on home organising' on Facebook.

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