Nick Knowles admits new show can leave families ‘angry’ with makeover team

Nick Knowles says guests get 'angry' on his new show

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Nick Knowles is back with a brand new series – Big House Clearout – which starts Thursday night on Channel 5. The DIY SOS host is not only transforming people’s homes but the way they live as he and the team sort through a minimalist’s nightmare – clutter. Nick joined Naga Munchetty and Jon Kay on BBC Breakfast to discuss the show and its concept and he revealed how some of the people starring in the series got “angry” with the team when they had to get rid of over 50 percent of their beloved possessions. 

Jon said to viewers: “Over the last year and a half, we’ve all been spending more time at home, online shopping, probably accumulating more stuff, more clutter than we ever, more and more things,” Naga seemed to disagree and he asked her: “Have you not?” 

“No,” she replied and Jon added: “You’re quite minimalist though, you’re quite restrained about it.” 

“Nick Knowles is with us, he’s laughing,” she informed those watching at home. 

Nick added: “Saying she’s restrained – I play golf with her!” 

“She should be restrained,” Jon commented and Naga explained: “That’s [golf] a completely different thing. Look, I don’t do clutter.” 

“You haven’t ordered loads of stuff online during the pandemic?” Nick wondered and Naga revered she hadn’t. “Wow, that puts you in the minority.” 

“I’m very organised,” she said. “I buy things in advance and keep them but they have a place, there’s no clutter.” 

Nick then remarked: “I feel I interrupted your link,” and Jon said: “Yes, our life generally. 

“Nick is here, because Nick has a new series out, you are helping people who are overwhelmed with stuff and cluttered up.” 

Nick then spoke about the Big House Clearout saying: “We’re spending a lot more time in our homes as you explained and I think that’s brought to people’s attention how much stuff they’ve actually gathered. 

“But also we talk about people, there are lots of reasons why peoples houses gather clutter, lot of psychological and emotional reasons. 

“You attach memories to things, we’ve all got pictures of our kids on the fridge but some people keep every picture that was ever made, you can get into a psychological loop.” 

Naga added: “I’ve been lucky enough to see the first one [episode], and the psychology and emotional attachment is very clear.  Sometimes clutter is needed to help people get through life.” 

“People have got piles and piles of things,” the presenter explained. “I did this myself three years ago, I went from a big house in London suddenly realised I didn’t know what was in most of the rooms, now live in a tiny house in the countryside, threw away 85 percent of my possessions.” 

“How difficult was that to do?” Jon asked and he revealed: “It’s difficult to get started, but once you’ve don’t it it’s brilliant. 

“The problem is because their memories, memories get in the way of making new memories now.” 

Once the team have cleared out the house and asked the family to get rid of some of their clutter, the design team ensemble and change the interiors. 

Nick said: “The other part if it is we make a deal, you get rid of at least 50 percent of your belongings and I’ll bring in one of the best designers – he used to do Changing Rooms, last 15 years he’s been behind the scenes designer on all of the SOS’ – and he does an amazing job on coming up with storage solutions and everything. 

“It’s a difficult process for [the family],” Jon said. 

“It’s emotional,” Nick added. “They get angry with us. 

“During the process of decluttering, they get angry with each other, they get angry with themselves, they get angry with us. 

“It’s actually quite a tough thing to do. But you’re talking about 30, 40, years of learnt behaviour that you’re trying to break.” 

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