We first met Vicky Silverthorn last year when she came on our talk show, Girls Talk, for our pilot series. Vicky started her first business in 2010. After ten years working as a PA for well known names such as Lily Allen as well as professional sports people she decided that she wanted to concentrate on the area of Professional Organisation and Decluttering. Vicky finds herself inundated with requests from people wanting to get their homes in order – she helps with organisation, implementing practical simplistic systems and making the home more streamlined and efficient.
In September 2016, Vicky released her first book ‘Start with your sock drawer’ . We caught up with Vicky to find out what she’s been up to in the past year and what to expect from her new book.
It has been a year since you came on our talk show, what have you been up to?
Things have been really busy, the business has grown and I now have a team of 6 people. I have also worked with a few commercial partners on some fun campaigns such as Budget rent a van giving tips for people who are moving house by themselves and I became the official kitchen concierge for Samsung.
Earlier this year I appeared on a TV show called ‘The Big Spring Clean’ on Channel 4 where I was part of a team that helped UK families de-clutter their homes and attempt to give them more space.
A major thing that happened to me this year was my appearance on This Morning on ITV where I was interviewed by Holly and Phil about my work.
You have just released your new book, Start with your sock drawer. Why did you decide to write a book?
I have actually wanted to write a book for about 3 years and ever since I had the idea it was constantly on my mind. I had written a few blog posts but I had so many ideas that I just needed to get out and knew the time was right.
Then around December 2015, I spoke to my cousin Emma who helped me write the blogs and I said to her ‘I need to write this book now!’
So about a month later after telling my cousin Emma that I needed to write the book the publishers approached me after seeing me on This Morning! It is crazy how your thoughts can become a reality.
However as soon as I agreed to write the book it was then 6 months of non-stop work as I had to write the book after work in the evenings.
Why the title, Start with your sock drawer? Should we begin there?!
The main message in this book is: Start Small. I think it’s important that when you are struggling with something, try and break it down into little chunks. If you are struggling with decluttering then the simplest thing is to start with the sock drawer. After you organise this, I promise, you will get a huge buzz and thrill from being that tiny bit more organised. Then, you can tackle a different section such as the underwear drawer or a cupboard- doing a little bit each day.
Why do you think so many people dread facing the reality of their mess?
The reason why people get put off by decluttering is because they build it up in their minds and get overwhelmed and then put it off for years. If you look at decluttering as ‘Oh god, I have to de-clutter my house, bedroom or garage’ it is a massive and unrealistic task.
Some people may then see it as this giant job that will take them hours to finish- with a majority of people in the UK having very little ‘spare’ time the thought of putting a whole day aside to declutter is not realistic because if they do that then they would be sacrificing something important such as spending time with their family.
You state in the book that if you have a clear space at home you have more energy? Tell us more about this.
The whole ethos behind the book is not just about the aesthetic of the home or people’s lives and how it looks-it is much deeper than that. It is about feeling good within yourself. If you have a clean space, your head will become clearer and this means you will have more energy and are more likely to complete your to action/do list with activities such as exercise or meditation. It’s all about making you feel good and productive by getting things done.
For example, if the drawer where you keep all your gym clothes is tidy- it will take you 2 secs to get it and get dressed and this means you are more likely to go for that run rather than waste time trying to find your trainers and kit.
What are some of the key topics that you discuss in the book?
It is a how to guide for decluttering each room in your house. There is also a chapter on how to let things go and why we find it hard when we know we need to let go of sentimental things. I strongly believe that there is a solution to every issue that can arise from decluttering and the aim of the book is to get the reader through it. The book can also be used as a manual so you can pick it up as and when you need it and refer to certain chapters when appropriate.
What 3 things should people have in their homes that can help them stay organised?
1. Create simple systems that mean you can tidy up efficiently
2. Have a quick tidy up before you go to bed so you feel less weighed down first thing in the morning
3. Have a place for everything-if you pick up something and it hasn’t got a home then make sure you find one
Finally, what is next for you?
I am in talks about working on a few TV programmes and I will be grabbing new and exciting opportunities that I haven’t done before.
To purchase a copy of Start with your sock drawer click here or visit any major book shop