Aussies battling covid litter disaster spark new Area Invaders collection

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The hosts of Channel 9’s latest house makeover Area Invaders – renovation queen Cherie Barber, declutter guru Peter Walsh and treasure hunter Lucas Callaghan.


If it’s one factor covid-lockdown has proven us, it’s that Aussies have approach an excessive amount of ‘stuff’ in our lives, says the star of Channel 9’s latest house makeover present Area Invaders – however all that’s about to alter.

He might have spent his summers operating wild within the hills of Toowoomba, however Peter Walsh – who was an everyday on visitor for 5 seasons on The Oprah Winfrey Present – is way more pragmatic on the subject of litter.

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“It’s probably not concerning the stuff however how everyone seems to be attempting to make use of issues to take care of different points, everybody’s coping with one thing. Australians have about $6,500 value of litter of their properties,” he mentioned. “In case you pull all of the litter out and put it into regular sized shifting bins, there’s sufficient litter that you might stack them six-high across the whole shoreline of Australia.”

Peter Walsh with empty-nesters from Episode 1 of Channel 9’s latest present Area Invaders.


Mr Walsh is the brand new host of the newest Channel 9 house present that’s set to ring a bell with covid-restricted viewers all over the place, tackling the mountain of pointless ‘stuff’ now we have in our properties with renovation queen Cherie Barber and treasure hunter Lucas Callaghan.

“Already the present has piqued such curiosity,” he informed The Courier-Mail. “Covid was such a horrible factor but it surely was additionally a possibility for a worldwide reset. Folks have had a possibility to reassess what area means to them, not full of stuff. Area must be one thing that fills our lives and offers us serenity, peace, calm.”

Lucas Callaghan assessing issues that may be salvaged on the market or commerce.


Houses weren’t only for sleeping, consuming and entertaining via 2020, but additionally turned workplaces, gyms and sanctuaries, he mentioned.

His job was to “first assault the core cause why a household’s house and belongings are spiralling uncontrolled” on the present, after which assist them pack up, kind and let go.

Ms Barber then renovates the empty rooms in 48 hours, sharing renovation suggestions and tips, whereas former Aussie Pickers star Lucas Callaghan kinds via the trash to search out treasure that may be bought or traded.

Mr Walsh, whose mom was from Toowoomba and grew up on the Darling Downs, mentioned all 10 episodes of the brand new present needed to be shot in Sydney throughout 2020 due to lockdown uncertainties on the time.

All the pieces was taken right into a corridor to be sorted, clearing rooms to permit for Cherie Barber to renovate.


“We’re already speaking a couple of second season hopefully together with Brisbane and Melbourne. It’s a easy however highly effective idea and individuals are tremendous enthusiastic about it already.”

He mentioned “it’s all concerning the psychology of it. The stuff we personal has a tonne of energy. You take a look at your sons’ colouring books and see vital reminiscences, it will depend on the that means behind the merchandise somewhat than the merchandise itself”.

His prime tip for decluttering was to know that “if issues had been vital, they’d be displayed”.


“For colouring books, pictures, that you simply actually discover to be beneficial, my recommendation is undergo and discover those who you like probably the most which actually set off the strongest feelings. Show a few of them in a approach you can look and smile at them every day. The remainder take digital pictures, get them made into a photograph e-book and provides them as items to a member of the family as a memento of that particular person’s life or interval of their life. As a substitute of being saved at the hours of darkness, share these digitally, maintain one of the best and let go of all the remaining.

Amongst those that battle to declutter on the present, he mentioned was a pair of empty-nesters unable to let go of their children’ childhood objects, one other lady recovering from a relationship breakdown who acquire over 250 king measurement mattress sheet sheets.

“The key of the present is to not resolve whether or not to maintain the item. The entire objective is to first perceive what the item means. It helps all of us to have a look at our stuff, ask what it means to us, and the way we live in our properties. That’s the query that covid is forcing on all of us, are we pleased within the area now we have. If not what are we doing about it”.

*Area Invaders premieres Saturday, February 27, at 7.30pm on 9 and 9Now.

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