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Helped client decide how to revise her will before her 80th birthday   Organized senior living apartment, donated truckload of belongings Taught 30 year old time management  and prioritizing skills so she can enjoy her days more Decluttered home, trashed 10 bags of broken toys Shopped for furniture, set up beautiful bedroom Organized office, papers for client’s divorce Facilitated family communications, managed downsize and move, set-up of new apartment for senior couple Decluttered, organized home to make room for 2nd baby.

Thursday
May172018

Zen and the Art of Decluttering; One Woman's Quest to Change How We Think About Stuff

Reposted from CoveyClub.com 
By Dara Pettinelli 

Laura Moore, M.Ed., founder of ClutterClarity LLC, part home organizing, part life coaching service, has been helping people declutter their lives–since long before the KonMari idiom, “if it doesn’t bring you joy, toss it.” In other words, she’s been in the game since long before professional home organizing became big business. Laura credits having taken a “non-traditional path through life” as the reason why her services are so unique and effective. Her motto: “Putter through your clutter, don’t attack it,” underscores her philosophy that simply tossing things away will not solve your problems. Laura doesn’t believe that quick tips and trips to the Container Store are the real solution to freeing yourself from clutter. Here’s what she does believe, including how you can help yourself without feeling overwhelmed.

Make it a habit, not a project

Laura works almost exclusively with women—of all ages, but typically they’re going through big life changes: moving, divorce, aging parents, dealing with a death. Through her years on the job, she’s seen a correlation between clutter in the house and women leaving the home for work—women still carry the burden of cleaning and organizing the domestic space, but when you work, there are fewer hours to dedicate to it. “Entrapment is the number one feeling I [hear from] my clients,” says Laura. “They feel trapped by their circumstances and are trying to [declutter] all by themselves.” She says women also think the ability to organize and declutter is an innate talent rather than a learnable life skill so they often get stuck. We feel we have to do it perfectly or just not do it at all. She says: You don’t need to have all the answers before you start but you need to start in order to find answers.”

It’s not about the stuff, it’s about your mindset

“Most organizers start with the stuff, I start with the person,” says Laura, who designed a strategy to help women simply “rearrange their thinking” about the power of stuff. The core of her method is to empower women to make their own decisions about what stays and what goes. “There’s nothing innately motivating about getting organized–you have to think about the higher purpose of it.”

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Friday
Apr132018

4 Common Clutter Myths

"While there are different approaches and degrees of difficulty helping the simple clutterbug both: a huge one-time cleanup and overhaul is NOT going to be successful ... without follow-up service."

Jamie Novak, a professional organizer once featured on Mission: Organization, discovered that when professional organizers returned off-camera to the households they had helped make-over, almost all had returned to their old ways.

"You can come in with a team and make a transformation, but you’re not showing the homeowners how to do it," she said. "There is no cookie-cutter way to get organized. It’s how the brain thinks."

"How are you thinking about your messy home?"

At ClutterClarity, clients ask "What do I need to do?" when they need to be asking "How do I need to think?" Sorting out clutter myths from reality makes clutter-clearing, the physical work, possible, even easy.

4 Common Clutter Myths

Myth #1) You don't get clutter-clear or organized "once and for all." The media and professional organizers promote this thinking to sell books and products to people looking for a quick fix. Don't buy into it! This thinking only leads to feeling that there's something wrong with you when clutter creeps back into your home.

The truth: You organize your home in little bits, over time, forever. It's a practice that gets easier the more you do it. There is no quick fix. Give yourself time to think and then decide what's best for you - what to let go what to keep, and how. One small decision after another. Practicing new habits prevents clutter from overwhelming you again, but as your life changes, you'll need to clutter-clear again.  

Myth #2) "I'm a hoarder."

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Sunday
Apr082018

Decluttering and Organizing Photos With Joy

See what it takes to turn decluttering and organizing family photos into a delightful experience. Real-life story shows how Laura helps a client turn sadness and grief into a celebration. For more learning and enjoyment, please subscribe to ClutterClarity's YouTube Channel.

Monday
Apr022018

Why Declutter Before Organizing?

Look what happened while downsizing and organizing for a move.

De-cluttering emptied container after container. So many containers... So many EMPTY containers! They became clutter, too.

We organized the containers to put them on display. My client invited her friends over to Party and Pick what they wanted, and donated the rest to her church. It was fun. Everyone was happy.

(With ClutterClarity it’s possible to enjoy the organizing process, not just the results!)

How did my client know she didn’t need them in her new house?

She didn’t. We talked it through.

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Wednesday
Mar282018

Paper Clutter to Paper Flow - All Year Round and Tax Time

Do you struggle with papers? Or buy books hoping to get fast relief with quick organizing tips?

Your intentions are good, even the tips are good, but the solution to decluttering and organizing is more complex than any tip, container or system. (Most of us know this deep down, but wish it weren't so!)  

The reasons why people struggle with papers vary, yet universally there’s one root cause:

 
 
It’s not lack of effort or knowledge that causes disorganization.
It’s lack of alignment. 

To stay organized, two essentials need to be aligned: 1) motivation and 2) time. Not once in awhile, not just when you feel like it, but again, and again… and again. 

This is hard to do in our over-stuffed, fast-paced lives, but here the struggle lies. There’s one avenue to take; one that will not only align these essentials, but keep making time and motivation for you, for all of us. 

It’s so boring, many will dismiss it. But if it helps remove your struggle, isn't that thrilling?

The magic is in the mundane: a routine.
A routine carves a "route" through your mess and stress.

Make Motivation
"I need to organize my papers" doesn’t generate enough fire to burn through all the distractions to keep coming back to organize your papers. Why do you want your papers organized? What is your higher purpose? This is what you need to remember when distracted. It’s easy to keep your papers organized when you routinely attach yourself to your higher purpose. Routines keep making motivation. Your rewards: steady progress, feel good, feel in control, be in alignment.

Reward replaces resistance if you regularly step into your routine.

Make Time
A routine literally makes time for your intention to organize your papers. There’s always more to do in the beginning of an organizing project, but when you regularly step into your routine, working in little bits of time (no more than two hours without a break), organizing papers gets done without the stress. (Isn't that the whole point!?) 


Repetition and frequency teaches our brains
when to show up for what.

Once your paper systems are built, you may find you only need to show up 10 minutes a day or every other day to keep your papers organized. Or once a month. Pretty soon you don’t need to even think about it, you simply show up habitually.

A good routine has the power to remove the struggle.



Tips to Build a Powerful Routine

A good routine needs to have enough structure to support you and enough flexibility for you to feel in control. (For example, you declutter papers the third week of each month, but the day of week can vary month to month.) 

Create a routine around the natural rhythm of your days, around another routine, like meals or walking the dog. If your routine is a good fit, you'll find it's easier to get started and keep going. 


When the routine is a good fit, getting it done flows. 


Reality Check
Sometimes it really is too much to manage all your papers alone, especially in the beginning of a project or when things have piled up for too long.

Many people know what to do (it is in the books, videos, after all), but can’t get themselves to do it. That’s OK. They simply aren’t in alignment…yet.  

Instead of reaching out for help, they give up, frustrated or overwhelmed as papers pile up. After repeated failure, they start to think there is something innately wrong with them. This is when people really get into trouble. So sad when someone takes this route.  

We're not meant to do everything alone.

(That’s why my services include helping clients remove their unique emotional or logistical barriers - the stuff that really gets in the way of getting things done. The number one thing I work on with my clients is removing their resistance. Then getting through the mess and clutter is easier, even enjoyable.)


Laura's Tax Time Routines
When I add tax preparation to my already full schedule, I don’t expect to get everything done myself. I routinely ask for help. (If I didn't, I too would feel overwhelmed, lose motivation or increase my stress and get disorganized like anyone else - all unnecessarily.)

1. All year, I routinely put papers that relate to taxes in one red file folder in the front of my file drawer.

2. Every month, I routinely spend the third Friday of each month to review all financials. 

3. I routinely pretend taxes are due March 1st.

4. Beginning in November, I routinely ask for help to get my taxes done:

  • Bookkeeper: Schedule monthly sessions December-March (bi-monthly April - November). I can do Quicken or Quickbooks, but don’t have the time or interest. Bookkeepers are faster, more knowledgable, and can solve problems with me, saving me time and reducing my stress (motivation).
  • Accountant: Schedule March 15th appointment to go over my prepared taxes, plan for next year.
  • Organizing Assistant: After taxes are done, I schedule a full day to do a complete decluttering and organizing of my office, papers, and refresh systems for next year. 

Paper organizing? It’s not magic; it’s a routine.

Feel free to contact ClutterClarity to remove the struggle of organizing your papers!