The hosts of Channel 9’s latest dwelling 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 means an excessive amount of ‘stuff’ in our lives, says the star of Channel 9’s latest dwelling makeover present Area Invaders – however all that’s about to vary.

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 far more pragmatic in the case of muddle.

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“It’s probably not in regards to 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 price of muddle of their houses,” he mentioned. “In the event you pull all of the muddle out and put it into regular sized transferring containers, there’s sufficient muddle that you may stack them six-high across the total 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 dwelling present that’s set to ring a bell with covid-restricted viewers all over the place, tackling the mountain of pointless ‘stuff’ we now have in our houses with renovation queen Cherie Barber and treasure hunter Lucas Callaghan.

“Already the present has piqued such curiosity,” he advised The Courier-Mail. “Covid was such a horrible factor nevertheless it was additionally a possibility for a worldwide reset. Folks have had a possibility to reassess what area means to them, not crammed with 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.


Properties weren’t only for sleeping, consuming and entertaining by means of 2020, but in addition grew to become workplaces, gyms and sanctuaries, he mentioned.

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

Ms Barber then renovates the empty rooms in 48 hours, sharing renovation ideas and tips, whereas former Aussie Pickers star Lucas Callaghan types by means of 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.

The whole lot 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 in regards to the psychology of it. The stuff we personal has a tonne of energy. You take a look at your sons’ colouring books and see necessary recollections, it will depend on the that means behind the merchandise moderately than the merchandise itself”.

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


“For colouring books, images, that you just 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 means that you may look and smile at them every day. The remainder take digital images, get them made into a photograph e book and provides them as presents to a member of the family as a memento of that individual’s life or interval of their life. As a substitute of being stored at nighttime, share these digitally, hold the very best and let go of all the remainder.

Amongst those that wrestle to declutter on the present, he mentioned was a pair of empty-nesters unable to let go of their youngsters’ childhood gadgets, one other girl recovering from a relationship breakdown who accumulate over 250 king measurement mattress sheet sheets.

“The key of the present is to not determine whether or not to maintain the article. The entire purpose is to first perceive what the article means. It helps all of us to take a look at our stuff, ask what it means to us, and the way we live in our houses. That’s the query that covid is forcing on all of us, are we joyful within the area we now 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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