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Organising & Decluttering:

SORTED, an organising and decluttering company, based in Cape Town

SORTED, an organising and decluttering company, based in Cape Town

The essential part of a simply-organised life is that your surroundings are in order. This means that you can move with
efficiency without feeling overwhelmed by your environment while going about your daily routine or tasks. Being organised is a valuable asset that saves time and money, and improves productivity and relationships at home and at work.


We specialise in simple re-organising, helping to create a neat, efficient space.
Your external environment reflects and affects your inner self. When your workspace or home become cluttered it becomes impossible to function at your best. Let us help you achieve your optimal YOU.


We really only need the items that we TOUCH, USE and LOVE and SPARK JOY!

We are true believers that all our stuff sits in our brain. Even if we are not at home or at the office, the stuff in these spaces occupy our brain. Our brain is like a hard drive. When it gets to full, it slows down or it crashes. The same with us, if our brain get to full of clutter, we either slow down or crash and for example end up in front of the TV and don’t feel like doing anything. With decluttering, we get rid of all the unnecessary stuff in the brain and make space for new beginnings, new opportunities and a happy life! 

Moving Home:

One of the most stressful and trying times in your life is moving house or office space. There is always so much to do that you often don’t know where to start. We have the experience, efficiency and expertise to help you to pack your belongings, sort out your old space and then unpack and settle you in your new home.  We will sell or donate any unwanted items for you, or simply organise them into a more manageable and aesthetically pleasing way. We will even organise a home-cooked meal before your crockery and cutlery is unpacked.


Decluttering to move, you are downsizing so that you can just lock up and go. How exciting! But first things to do, actually a LOT to do. Years and years of stuff to sort through and don’t know where to start? This is where SORTED can help you. 

I was moving house and needed to de-clutter and get organised. I did not want to move with excess and I also wanted to appropriately distribute the excess to worthy charitable organisations. Facing this problem left me feeling overwhelmed and I realised that I could never have done this by myself. I prayed for a service to find me, to help with this move. A colleague of mine had made use of SORTED’s services to declutter their home and gave me a glowing reference for the work they had done for her and her family … I exhaled! With a lot of lightness and calmness and a lot of fun and laughter along the way everything is now in its place – two homes have been SORTED! I must say, my favourite part of this experience was James and his teams’ professionalism, their approach and the laughs we shared. SORTED is a gift of serenity. To SORTED – a big thank you over and over again ☺
 I made a phone call to James Smal and within seconds he made me feel comfortable and I knew this was the right company to help me. I am moving to Budapest and my room was a clutter fest. James personally came to see the room and made me feel very at ease as it can be a bit daunting when you let someone see your (MESS)! He made his assessment, an excellent quote was mailed to me and James and his assistant SORTED my room. I am now a happy, CLUTTER free, mind, body and soul human being. This made me get excited to finally start packing for my move. Without SORTED I will still be in a room (and mind) full of clutter. Thanks James and Team…You’re AWESOME!! 
James is an angel who helped us get our office moved and organized, all with a smile on his face. 
 Dear James, Thank you so so much for the wonderful work you did in my home.  I am thrilled with my ‘new look’ bedroom.  You really did a great job. Much love, Shirley 
Thank you so much for dealing with the overall process of our move, in such a short time and notice in a very professional way. It really gave us peace of mind to know that you were in charge of the whole coordination of moving our Cape Town house while we are living overseas. This experience has been an eye opener to what your company can provide to customers and we will definitely recommend you to others as well as contact you again for future projects. 
BEST SERVICE EVER!! James & Carmen changed my life. I’m so grateful for the positive effect they have had on my home and my life. My home is so orderly and beautiful thanks to their incredible organizational skills! Would highly recommend them for any project big or small.   
Thanks James and Carmen – you certainly made the impossible, possible today – and with such care and efficiency. Much appreciated! Rest well now. 
SORTED takes care of my freelance admin so I can work.  
James from SORTED has proved himself 100% efficient and reliable in the task of the organisation of workshops for teachers. He considers every detail and is there to assist in person. No task is too big for him. Added to this competency is his humanity and sincere interest in the activity.  
What a pleasure it was when SORTED took care of the last, difficult aspects of my move abroad. This really gave me peace of mind during such a trying time. It was also good to know that SORTED was dealing with the bits and pieces I left behind when I finally left the country. I would really recommend SORTED to manage and reorganise the tasks at hand when you have to deal with one of the most stressful periods of your life – to move!  
SORTED was the best thing that happened to me last year! I had been dreading making a start on de-cluttering out a whole garage full of stuff, but they came in and did it all for me. What a weight off my mind. And what wonderful people to deal with. I have already recommended them to friends and will continue to do so.  
I found “Sorted” to be extremely helpful during a stressful time of our lives, moving from a double storey to an apartment, having to get rid of more stuff than we realised.
James, Maggie and Company were there , dealing with all the stuff that we had no time( for me, no patience either) to cope with, calm and dependable, realistic and so helpful. Thank you for making our move that much easier. 
Stunning service. Nothing too much trouble. I feel my space has been facelifted – and this after a light de-clutter! I felt free-er… 5 stars. 
James is very professional and makes things that were impossible for months before seamlessly vanish in hours, making the world sunny, bright and clear again.
The meet up’s are a great way to unite entrepreneurs and budding entrepreneurs/ small business owners  in a relaxed environment to network, exchange thoughts and ideas, and offer advice and support to their fellow group members.The networking and support is truly inspiring and I would highly recommend this group to anyone either in business for themselves or thinking of starting one. 
There is something magical that happens when you put passionate educators in a room with a hot topic! It’s as if they gather on the precipice of a cliff like eagles and all jump and soar,together exploring the wonders of life in education! Teacher Talk takes you on a journey from heart to mind to see the educational frontier and to push our peers to be more! It is all this, and sometimes just a bunch of looneys sipping wine and sympathising about the pains of our growing age gap and technological understanding between our learners and ourselves. Teacher talk is a very crucial platform to be informed and to be heard. Thank you Dr Sandra Johnson of CPUT and Mr James Smal of SORTED for creating and growing this rare opportunity for teachers to expand and explore our own identities as professionals.
Thank you so much for your prompt and efficient service. My son and I are so happy at my new place and the landlords are amazingly great. Keep up the excellent work!
You introduced me to that wonderful accountant.. Michael, and since then I have again introduced many to him.  A very professional business, mails up-dates on tax laws and reminders for submissions. Thanks to you for SORTING me!

 There I was stuck in a job in Durban, unable to get back to CT to sort through my store room and pack for the removal company. SORTED organised everything for me.  They bough boxes, tape etc and packaged everything which was labelled and itemized for me. I had peace of mind knowing what was on its way to me and what to expect. Without SORTED this whole affair would have cost me a fortune. The price I paid SORTED was a fraction of what it would have cost me, and I saved myself a lot of time and stress as well.  Thank you SORTED, I will definitely use you again in the future!


Our Work


How to Let Go of Unwanted Gifts

How to Let Go of Unwanted Gifts

How to Let Go of Unwanted Gifts


Oh, the happiness to receive a gift. “What’s inside!?”

Isn’t it the most wonderful feeling when you start to rip off that pieces of paper and cellotape or ribbon to see what’s inside the gift? It really brings a childlike feeling out in you, right!? If it’s a wonderful gift that you absolutely love, then that happy feeling lasts for a while, but for how long? Has this wonderful gift ended up in a top cupboard, the garage, the spare room or right at the bottom of some box somewhere in your house?

Oh yes, but then there is the occasional disappointment gift: ‘Noooooo, not another one of those!’ or ‘Was this bought at the 50% sale?’. With a happy and satisfied smile on your face, you thank the giver but then days, weeks, months or even years later you think…. What must I do with this? I can’t just give it away or let it go because it was a “GIFT”.

At SORTED, we tap a lot into this scenario when we do decluttering for clients. Clients are sometimes very reluctant to let go of gifts. Gifts generally have the meaning of “I am thinking of you”, “Thank you” or “I love you”.   Often one feels no attachment or have no use for it but one still feels obligated to hold on to it. Why?

Gift giving dates back thousands of years as far back as man can remember. As human beings, we are social creatures who enjoy each other’s company and expressing our feelings through the giving of gifts. Whether it’s an expression of true love, appreciation of a job well done or just to show our gratitude for having someone as a friend, the giving of gifts is engrained into our DNA.

Thank goodness, we are done and dusted with the primitive cavemen/women period. We would have received unusually shaped rocks, a tooth from an animal, the bark from a tree or some other item that was natural in origin. But what stayed throughout the years is the fact that emotion is attached to a gift and it’s not really about the gift itself.

The psychology of why gift giving is so rewarding is very simple. It allows us humans to connect.

The giver of a gift expresses their feelings and emotions by sending a gift with the hope of being able to share these with the receiver of the gift. The receiver of the gift in turn receives the feelings and emotions and with this a connection is made. Making connections with people around us gives us a sense of purpose and feeling of satisfaction. This feeling is one that enlightens the soul and brings out the best in us. There is an old saying “it’s better to give than receive” and it has a special meaning especially when the realisation of the benefits that it provides to those who give.

Research has been done extensively on why the feelings of wellbeing occurs when we give gifts to our special people. Here are some to mention:

We Feel Happy:

Simply put, the giving of gifts can make a person feel happier about themselves as well as to the person that has received their gift. In studies where people were asked to give gifts as a part of an experiment, the result was that people actually felt better and happier about their own lives.

Improve State of Mind:

Research suggests that giving gifts may improve a person’s state of mind. If giving a gift makes you feel happier with a sense of purpose then this may inevitably improve your state of mind.

Greater Social Connection:

By giving a gift, you’re not only expressing your feelings but building a stronger connection to that person as well. Not only does the person receiving the gift feel closer to the giver, but vice versa as well. This greater social connection also means an improvement in the state of being as well as overall happiness.

It’s Contagious:

When a person starts giving gifts, not only will the recipient become more likely to give, those around them who see this act will start giving as well. This is in part due to the release of the endorphins, which not only benefits the giver, but is also felt by those who receive and see the act of giving as well.

In all of this, you can see the great benefit of giving rather than only being on the receiving side, right? So, we encourage you to go through your items and give all the unnecessary stuff away – this will make you feel great!

I hope you can also see that it’s not really about the gift itself, but the emotion attached to the act of giving.

When you are on the receiving side of a gift, accept the gift with love. Ask yourself afterwards:

Will I use it?

Do I actually like it?

Is it functional?

Is this gift actually giving a feeling of happiness and joy to me?

Do I have more than one of these items?

If you don’t have a yes to these questions, let it go along with the guilt of letting it go.  Hold on to the memory and make sure you do not let the guilt engulf you.

But then you might think: “I do not want to hurt his or her feelings.” Yes we get it! Letting go of a gift or several gifts is not a rejection of the person and therefore you do not need to feel guilty. Material items do not embody the memory of the giver, the gift is only an object. The person that gave you the gift still has a special place in your heart and your life. In this, you are still holding on to what’s important and that is the feelings that were exchanged – that’s the most important part of this gesture. You have permission to get rid of an unwanted gift – it’s ok!

If you are concerned that you will forget this gifted feeling, take a photo of the gift before you let it go. Promise, every time you scroll over the photo you will spark that wonderful feeling. Isn’t this better than the gift lying in the top cupboard and you don’t even see or “feel” it for months after receiving it?

So now we are giving it away. Consider selling or donating it. You can even re-gift it to someone that you feel will love it, use it and appreciate it. In return, the gift can be very meaningful and useful to the next recipient, thus continuing the cycle of giving but with a purpose of actually using or appreciating it.  It is almost certain the person that gave you the gift will not even notice that you do not have it any longer.

The solution to getting more gifts is to make it clear that you have a ‘no gift strategy’. Rather create memories through experiences with your loved ones.  A daytrip together, watching a movie together or a dual spa treatment. Connecting with someone holds more value than a gift. Life is about making memories and not how much possessions we can accumulate.  Think about it, when you go to the other side one day, none of these earthly items will be going with you.

A special gift has its place in your life and in your home, so enjoy and appreciate it. Treasure deep meaningful experiences because that truly lasts a lifetime and nobody can take that away from you.

Letting go of unwanted possessions is very liberating, try it!

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A useful tip to get SORTED with vinegar to soften fabrics, kill bacteria, eliminate static and more:

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Get SORTED with Vinegar

There are so many benefits to be reaped by adding 1 cup white vinegar to your washer’s rinse cycle that it’s surprising that you don’t find it prominently mentioned inside the owner’s manual of every washing machine sold. Here are the main ones:

* A single cup of vinegar will kill off any bacteria that may be present in your wash load, especially if it includes cloth diapers and the like.

* A cup of vinegar will keep your clothes coming out of the wash soft and smelling fresh – so you can kiss your fabric-softening liquids and sheets good-bye (unless, of course, you happen to like your clothes smelling of heavy perfumes).

* A cup of vinegar will brighten small loads of white clothes.

* Added to the last rinse, a cup of vinegar will keep your clothes lint- and static-Free.

*Adding a cupful of vinegar to the last rinse will set the color of your newly dyed fabrics.
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About SORTED Professional Organisers

SORTED professional organisers in Cape Town – we are an energetic, highly efficient team of organisers, based in Cape Town.

Our aim is to assist you to reach your optimal lifestyle.  We are here to help organise your space.

Sorted professional organisers

We personalise each unique project, offering hands-on, customised service.

SORTED professional organisers in Cape Town:

Apart from offering immediate solutions to pressing problems, we also offer life-changing results in the long term.  We offer effective systems and tools to empower you to maintain your new lifestyle.

We specialize in helping you with:

  • Organising office spaces
  • Organising home spaces
  • Packing and moving
  • Assisting with bereavement
  • Sorting documentation
  • and much more

We work with discretion and all our client information is strictly confidential.

Contact us now on 083 275 3376 to get your space sorted and de-cluttered in Cape Town.

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