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I was unemployed after getting laid off… but now I’m decluttering the messy family homes – I love it

A mother of two left unemployed after a life-threatening layoff now cleans other people’s houses to make a living – and loves it.

Janine McDonald had to quit her job in 2016 and has struggled to adjust to life outside her nine to five.

Janine McDonald clears out other people's homes to earn a living

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Janine McDonald clears out other people’s homes to earn a livingPhoto credit: Facebook/ Clear the Clutter Now
The mother of two helped clear stacks of paper from this desk

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The mother of two helped clear stacks of paper from this deskCredit: Janine McDonald
Now the desk is visible and tidy after clearing the mountain of chaos

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Now the desk is visible and tidy after clearing the mountain of chaosCredit: Janine McDonald

She also lost her family home and struggled with her mental health as her marriage fell apart.

A mountain of chaos formed around the 51-year-old and she was looking for a way out.

But Janine, from Swinton, Greater Manchester, signed up for a business administration course in 2019 and the rest is history.

She now directs the hugely successful Clear the Clutter Now, which offers to “change people’s lives” by “bringing calm to chaos” – and couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

Janine said: “Cleaning up my home also cleared my mind and returned my confidence.

“I started helping friends tidy up and it gave me a sense of self-worth again.

“When I was looking for a new job I thought I could start my own business to help others break the rut and I started Clear the Clutter Now. I love it!

“I’m so passionate about what I do that I’ve become an international speaker on the subject.”

Janine insists she fully understands how easy it is to lose standards – but she loves helping others “go from overwhelming to motivating and inspiring”.

She told MEN: “Sometimes people are just overwhelmed. It’s the pace of life.

“If you have a family then you have kids who go to clubs and parties and social life has exploded again and they are doing a lot of activities.

“Parents juggle so many different things, it’s so easy.

“It’s a little messy at first, then Christmas and birthdays come along and it’s like, ‘Wow, we have so many things that we don’t need.’

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“It gets out of hand because everyone says they have to do it, but then they don’t get around to it.

“It’s something that’s been put off and put off and put off.”

Janine runs Clear the Clutter Now, which helps overwhelmed families

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Janine runs Clear the Clutter Now, which helps overwhelmed familiesCredit: Janine McDonald
She brings back loved ones and puts people's things in order

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She brings back loved ones and puts people’s things in orderCredit: Janine McDonald
Janine was released in 2016 and years later discovered her love for tidying up

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Janine was released in 2016 and years later discovered her love for tidying upCredit: Janine McDonald
The mum is

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The mum is “so passionate” about what she does that she has become an international speaker on the subjectCredit: Janine McDonald

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