It’s a growing trend: more and more people are choosing to downscale and live in smaller spaces. And, as we are all only too aware, if you start running out of storage space, there’s only one solution: spring-clean and throw out!

Or sell your clutter on Gumtree and pocket the cash. What a great idea!

Japanese declutter queen Marie Kondo has acquired worldwide fame with her KonMari method. Her message is simple: if an item doesn’t spark joy in you, get rid of it!

Because we know just how difficult this can be, Home and lifestyle channel VIA (DStv channel 147), in collaboration with Gumtree, are launching a declutter competition as an incentive. We are looking for South Africa’s Declutter King or Queen for 2020!

No matter whether you live in a farmhouse in Mooi River, a garden flat in Bloemfontein or a family home in Brackenfell, if you’re afraid to open your cupboard doors because of what might come tumbling out of them, we want to hear from you!

THE PRIZES

Weekly prizes will be awarded at random to Home readers and VIA viewers who enter the competition. The overall winner will receive a cash prize of R20 000 from Gumtree!

HOW TO ENTER

• Describe why your home needs to be decluttered in no more than 250 words. Remember: we want to see pictures, so include those in your entry.

• Entries close at midnight on Friday 13 March 2020.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

During the week of 16 March 2020, the Home team and VIA will choose 13 homes in need of a decluttering expert. That expert will be announced at a later stage (watch this space!). Remember: if you enter, you must be willing to appear in the magazine and on TV, and of course to heed the decluttering guru’s advice.

From 1 April, a VIA camera crew will visit the selected homes (broadcasts begin in August). Everything you want to get rid of must be sold on Gumtree. Home will feature stories about the process (online and in print) and will eventually select an overall winner who will be crowned the 2020 Declutter King or Queen.

If you struggle with the entry process, email Amina.Essop@media24.com or call 021 406 2205.