DIY SOS’s Nick Knowles says he’s sold 80% of his possessions after downsizing with son, 7, to ‘make memories’

DIY SOS' Nick Knowles revealed he downsized his possessions by 80% to move into a smaller home and 'make memories' with his son.

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

If they agree to part with their clutter, then Nick and the country's best designers go in to remodel their homes.

Decluttering is something Nick know a lot about and explained on This Morning how he overhauled his own life.

"This happened to me three years ago, I decided to change my life because I woke up one morning and went looking for my watch," he told hosts Rochelle Humes and Andi Peters.

"I was living in a big house on my own and I went into a room I hadn't been into for a year and I thought 'well that's ridiculous'.

"I chucked away 80% of my belongings and moved to a tiny little cottage in the countryside, because I've got a seven-year-old boy and I wanted to make real memories."

Nick is dad to Eddie, seven, with ex-wife, Jessica Rose Moor, and is dad to three other children from previous relationships.

The TV host then described his own childhood memories that inspired him to make special ones with his boy.

"My real memories when I was little were things like picking pea-pods in the back garden with my uncle and my dad and going for walks in the woods, it didn't actually have anything to do with the size of my house," Nick explained.

Nick then detailed how his new show works and why it is an important mental health issue to raise awareness of.

"What we do is we take it out, we lay it on the floor and then we will change your house," he said.

"The designs on the show are absolutely spectacular but they're also full of space saving ideas."

He added: "Hoarding is actually a mental health issue and people fill their houses for many psychological reasons.

"Bereavement can make you hang onto stuff or because of a perfect time in your childhood or your children's lives so you hold onto it. 

"There is something called perceived value where you think your items are worth more than they are. These things are all pressures that lead to us all having way too much stuff in our homes."

He aded: "When we sorted out a standard three-bedroom house, we filled an entire warehouse full of just the three-bedroom house.

"It's like breaking smoking or other habits, it's a learned behaviour. You hold onto stuff with old memories which prevents you from making new memories."



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