Sort Your Life Out: Stacey Dooley helps parents overwhelmed at home

Parents with four children under four who felt overwhelmed by their home crammed with 1,000 toys and 987 old greeting cards are left in tears as it’s decluttered on Stacey Dooley’s Sort Your Life Out

  • Stacey Dooley visited parents with four children under four on Sort Your Life Out
  • Charelle, a stay-at-home mother, and Tony, a courier, live in Manchester 
  • The cluttered family home is overrun with toys, laundry and children’s shoes 

A busy mother-of-four who was overwhelmed by the amount of clutter in her house was left in tears after it was cleared out on last night’s episode of Sort Your Life Out.

Stacey Dooley and her team visited stay-at-home mother Cherelle and courier Tony, who live in a two-up, two-down rental property in Manchester with their daughters aged four and three, and one-year-old twins. 

The couple have only lived in the house for three years but they had already filled every inch of space – and were struggling to know where to start when it came to clearing out.  

‘There is no order, there is no structure,’ Cherelle said. ‘Everything is everywhere. I’ve got clothes in the kitchen and birth certificates in the laundry room.

Stacey Dooley and her team visited stay-at-home mother Cherelle and courier Tony, who live in a two-up, two-down rental property in Manchester with their daughters aged four and three, and one-year-old twins. The house, including the living room, above, was covered in clutter

By the end of the week, the couple had cleared out hundreds of items and re-organised their remaining possessions to create clear, adult-only spaces, like the living room above 

The front room of the house, pictured, was used as a makeshift bedroom with no real purpose and became a dumping down for the family. It was put to better use with the help of the crew 

The space was put to better use as a space for the parents to relax together, with a desk put in for Cherelle for when she wants to return to teaching. The bed became a day bed (pictured)

Cherelle and courier Tony with their children, aged four, three, and one, and Stacey Dooley

‘We’ve only been engaged for two and a half years and I’ve lost my engagement ring. Who’s house is so disorganised they’ve lost their engagement ring?’

At the start of the episode, Cherelle explained the mess was a huge source of contention for her and Tony, and made her feel like she was failing as a mother. 

‘The toys are getting out of hand… I feel there’s so many at the moment, they’re not playing with them very well,’ she said. ‘I see those dream homes on social media and I think, “my kids deserve that. Why am I struggling?”‘

She broke down in tears when she saw the empty house and said it felt good to know they would be ‘starting again’ and could give their children the space they deserve. 

The couple were open-mouthed when they saw their possessions laid out in a warehouse, including 113 pairs of children’s shoes, 105 bibs, 203 girls’ dresses, 51 newborn baby caps, eight prams, 987 greetings cards and over 1,000 children’s toys.

The garage was used as a laundry room, extra clothes storage and a board games graveyard. The lack of organisation upstairs meant they resorted to putting clothes wherever they could

Better storage upstairs meant the garage could be used as a proper utility room, with bespoke storage. The team made sure to put in little touches like a fold away ironing board (just seen)

The couple previously used the biggest room of the house as their bedroom. Like many other spaces, it was filled with storage that didn’t work for them and their family

The room became the children’s bedroom, with clever back-to-back bunkbeds giving everyone a space to sleep. They were also built up against the wall to maximise the space 

The children’s bedroom was cramped and difficult to navigate, with two sets of bunkbeds and cribs to accommodate the four children under the age of four 

The space was painted a soft pink and given a romantic makeover for Cherelle and Tony

Cherelle became emotional as she saw photographs of her father, who she said was extremely organised and tidy.  

The couple threw away barbecues, festival tickets, dozens of baby bibs and clothes. 

‘When Stacey said we had to get rid of 50 per cent, I was horrified,’ admitted Cherelle. ‘But we’ve done it.’ Tony said he was ‘so proud’ of his wife.  

At home, the overrun garage was transformed into a utility room, Tony and Cherelle’s room became the children’s room and the front room – previously a dumping ground and makeshift extra bedroom – was given a new life as an adult-only space. 

The couple have only lived in the house, pictured, for three years but they had already filled every inch of space – and were struggling to know where to start when it came to clearing out

Tony and Cherelle, pictured, were thrilled with the results and said it’s transformed their lives

‘I wasn’t expecting this,’ Cherelle said, on seeing the new room. ‘This is amazing.’

The mother-of-four was particularly impressed with the new children’s bedroom.

‘It’s beautiful,’ she said, fighting back tears. ‘I can’t even tell you how much I love this. This is like a child’s dream bedroom. They’re going to absolutely love it. This is going to be so good for them.

‘All this space they’ve got to play. This was our messy old, tatty old room.’ 

At the end of the episode, Tony also revealed Cherelle’s engagement ring had been found, and proposed to her again. 

She added: ‘It’s really exceeded everything I have hoped. The arguments we used to have about the clutter have really reduced. It’s helped all of the children.’   

Tony revealed: ‘We have found our venue for the wedding. That’s our next milestone.’ 

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