BBC show Sort Your Life Out with Stacey Solomon returns to clear up hoarders' houses

At first glance, the Watling family home looks much like any other. But inside, it’s a whole other story.

The house of the family of four is bursting at the seams with possessions. There are 459 books and magazines, 39 unopened jars of jam, 326 bits of baking paraphernalia and a whopping 1,672 toys.

This, we can all agree, calls for expert outsider help.

However, TV show Sort Your Life Out is back for a third season on BBC One this September for another clutter-clearing extravaganza. Stacey Solomon and her team of experts – organiser Dilly Carter, carpenter Rob Bent and cleaner Iwan Carrington – turn homes across the UK upside down.

Stacey Solomon in Sort Your Life Out. Picture: BBC/Optomen TV/Vincent Dolman.Stacey Solomon in Sort Your Life Out. Picture: BBC/Optomen TV/Vincent Dolman.
Stacey Solomon in Sort Your Life Out. Picture: BBC/Optomen TV/Vincent Dolman.
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Over seven days, each family’s possessions are sorted and culled, while the team clean, upcycle, craft and organise the space and its belongings to create a home that is liveable and aesthetically-pleasing.

Solomon, a singer and television presenter best known as a panellist on ITV’s talk show Loose Woman and I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! winner, says there is a real sense of satisfaction after every cleaning odyssey.

“I definitely feel a sense of achievement,” says the 33-year-old. “It’s a real sense of pride because every single person – the team, myself, Dilly, Iwan, Rob, but also all of the runners, the producers, everyone involved – we get so invested in the families and we care so much and the project then becomes our project. And it’s a huge, huge sense of pride when we get to the end of it and everyone has mucked in and gone above and beyond.”

“You’ve got to be really brave,” to appear on the programme, Solomon reflects. Particularly, she says, as “people are judgey”.

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“There are a number of reasons that people get into positions like that,” she adds. “The biggest main reason from my experience will be related to their mental health and either a significant event that’s happened in their lives or a part of their personality.

“Once someone gets in a situation where it feels unmanageable and then they look around and everything’s very anxiety-inducing, then there’s nowhere for them to go because I think they are ashamed and embarrassed and they don’t know who to talk to. And you don’t necessarily want to tell your mum that you’ve got yourself into that position. You don’t necessarily want your friends to know that’s how you’re living. So all of those people you’d call upon for any other issue in life, they’re just cut off immediately because of shame.”

“We’ve worked with families with children at school who have never had a friend over,” she continues. “And they’re desperate to have a party at their house or a sleepover and it’s really sad. There just really isn’t anywhere to turn to and people are so quick to go, ‘Oh, how could you let it get like that?’ And actually there are so many explanations as to why it gets like that. And that makes me quite cross sometimes.”

Sort Your Life Out returns to BBC One on Thursday, September 7 at 8.00pm.

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