Nick Knowles reveals family's nightmare reaction after overhauling home on Big House Clearout

Nick Knowles reveals family's nightmare reaction after overhauling home on Big House Clearout

NICK Knowles' new show Big House Clearout starts this week and he revealed how his guests got 'angry' at him.

Nick, 58, stars on the new Channel 5 show which helps people by overhauling the way they live by helping them to declutter and then renovating their homes.

He popped into BBC Breakfast to tell presenters Naga Munchetty and Jon Kay about some of the most dramatic reactions to his work.

Jon began the segment: “Over the last year and a half, we’ve all been spending more time at home, online shopping, probably accumulating more stuff, more clutter than we ever, more and more things.”

He then turned to Naga who denied buying more: “You’re quite minimalist though, you’re quite restrained about it.” 

She said: “Nick Knowles is with us, he’s laughing.”

“Saying she’s restrained – I play golf with her,” Nick chimed in.

After a bit of banter they got into more detail about Big House Clearout. 

“We’re spending a lot more time in our homes as you explained and I think that’s brought to people’s attention how much stuff they’ve actually gathered," Nick explained.

“But also we talk about people, there are lots of reasons why peoples houses gather clutter, lot of psychological and emotional reasons. 

“You attach memories to things, we’ve all got pictures of our kids on the fridge but some people keep every picture that was ever made, you can get into a psychological loop.” 

Naga added: “I’ve been lucky enough to see the first one [episode], and the psychology and emotional attachment is very clear.  Sometimes clutter is needed to help people get through life.” 

Nick said: “People have got piles and piles of things.”

“I did this myself three years ago, I went from a big house in London suddenly realised I didn’t know what was in most of the rooms, now live in a tiny house in the countryside, threw away 85 percent of my possessions.” 

Jon asked him if it was difficult to do.

“It’s difficult to get started, but once you’ve don’t it it’s brilliant," Nick revealed.

“The problem is because their memories, memories get in the way of making new memories now.” 

After the guests have parted with the clutter, Nick's team goes in to redecorate their homes.

“The other part if it is we make a deal, you get rid of at least 50 percent of your belongings and I’ll bring in one of the best designers – he used to do Changing Rooms, last 15 years he’s been behind the scenes designer on all of the SOS’ – and he does an amazing job on coming up with storage solutions and everything," Nick said.

“It’s emotional,” Nick added. “They get angry with us. 

“During the process of decluttering, they get angry with each other, they get angry with themselves, they get angry with us. 

“It’s actually quite a tough thing to do. But you’re talking about 30, 40, years of learnt behaviour that you’re trying to break.” 



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