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ClutterClarity can work with you anywhere in the U.S. via phone or Skype coaching, and hands-on in your home in MetroWest Boston, primarily in Acton, Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Brookline, Cambridge, Carlisle, Concord, Lexington, Lincoln, Littleton, Maynard, Medford, Needham, Newton, Stow, Sudbury, Watertown, Wayland, Winchester and Weston, Massachusetts.

 

 

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Recent Successes

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.

Wednesday
Apr122017

Three Essentials to Enjoy Decluttering (Organizing, Downsizing & Moving)

We all know decluttering is emotionally messy work. It's made even harder when we try to squeeze the work into our over-stuffed calendars, right? Feeling overwhelmed, of course, we procrastinate.   

In this thoughtful, content-rich one hour presentation, you'll learn the three essentials to turn getting rid of your stuff from "It's so hard" to "I'm enjoying myself." Imagine that! 

When you get ready properly, getting it done isn't so hard, after all!

Get more than decluttering and organizing tips: a deeper understanding of what it really takes to get ready properly so you CAN enjoy decluttering, organizing, downsizing, and even moving.

Three workshop attendees said, "This is the best decluttering workshop I’ve ever been to!" 

Sustainable relief from the mess and stress is possible with Laura Moore, M.Ed., Professional Organizer, Downsizing Coach, and Move Manager. Read more testimonials, to learn the true impact of Laura’s unique approach.

A special thank you to Nancy West, journalist and memoir writer for inviting me to speak for the Council of Aging, Carisle, MA. 

Tuesday
Feb142017

Alice's Story: Turning Clutter into Art

Can you believe it’s possible to ENJOY downsizing?

It is, or it can be! No one believes me in the beginning.

The secret is making sure that what you do with your clutter fits who you are. Whether you’re decluttering and staying put, or downsizing and moving, you can feel good about getting rid of stuff. 

This charming video features Laura helping Alice "get rid of" her collection of cherished vintage dresses before moving to a continued care retirement community (CCRC). Instead of selling or donating the dresses, Laura finds a happy solution through multi-media artist, Merill Comeau, so Alice can bring the transformed dresses to her new home.

Instead of feeling loss or regret, Alice could enjoy the downsizing process and results for years to come.

 

Watch other ClutterClarity YouTube videos:

Getting Rid of Stuff and Overwhelm
Downsizing and Moving to Continued Care Community 
Real Life Decluttering Story

If you want to discuss how to enjoy your downsizing or move, contact Laura for 1/2-hour free phone consultation with Laura Moore, M.Ed at ClutterClarity

To see Merill Comeau’s extraordinary work visit MerillComeau.com.

Friday
Jan272017

Re-Thinking Re-Gifting


Let’s settle this once and for all. Re-gifting is totally OK. In fact, be proud of setting an example of non-waste and smart money management. No need for embarrassment.

The first place I go when shopping for holiday gifts is my house. I walk through, and decide what what nice things that I can let go, and someone would really LOVE.

I follow my intuition - yes, no, maybe - as I make a basket of things to consider. Sometimes I change my mind, but most of the time, I have a specific person in mind, and comfortable letting go.  

I was given this painting by someone I love. I like the painting very much, and love the idea that someone I love gave it to me, but I know my sister would LOVE it even more than I do. I took it off the wall, and wrapped it up as her Christmas gift. Voila!

People worry a relative or friend will come into the house, and ask,"Where is that present I gave you?"

A good answer is, "I really appreciate you, and the gift, yet decided that so-and-so would LOVE it more than me.  I'm just passing on what I have loved to people I love. I get to keep you!" Repeat yourself, if need be with a tone of confidence, not defensiveness. Most people will understand, especially if you're downsizing. 

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Friday
Dec162016

Downsizing, Staging, Selling a Home

Downsizing

My client and I went through the whole house, deciding what items were going to go to her new home in a continued care community… and what was not. 

Coaching for Good Decisions With clear criteria and good options, my client was able to think it through with new-found clarity and confidence. What was once difficult became rather straight forward... humming right along, she no longer feared making a mistake (and living in regret).

"Pick and Choose PartyHer children (without spouses) came over to mark things they each wanted with different colored stickers. What was left would be sold or donated. I tallied up the lists and helped negotiate the few items that more than one son wanted. My client was so relaxed she actually took a nap! I slipped out while they recorded their mother telling stories of favorite items - lovely for all. 

Organized Basement by Zones: Keep, trash, re-use/recycle, and donate (4 different donaton piles, depending on who gets the stuff).


 


Over a week, it took 6 truck loads, 9 men and 1 woman with muscles to remove the clutter.

 

"RIGHTSIZING" TIP

Most of our stuff naturally becomes clutter as our life and interests change! Nothing's wrong. It's just what happens in our ever-changing, fast-paced lives. 

Client is not a hoarder! Just decades of accumulation, living 50+ years in a loved home with a big basement. She was a good shopper, though, living in the world of possibilities, generously giving stuff to someone who could use it - some  day.

We didn't need to make it wrong to make it better... it just was time to give her stuff her attention so she would be comfortable in her new condo at a senior community. 

Staging

I staged the house, and Sam Webb from Coldwell Banker took care of house repairs, painting, landscaping, and finishing touches before taking gorgeous pictures. (Somebody made a good offer before the official open house, but I recommended client wait for competitive bidding so she could get a better offer. Fortunately, she did!)

Selling

Nearly 100 parties came through. 9 offers - WOW! 

SOLD! $120K over asking price. WOW again! 

Now it's time for me to switch hats... senior move management, making a smooth move for my client, and setting up her new home before she arrives. All good. 

Tuesday
Nov152016

Get FREE of Clutter Confusion

There's a lot of confusion about clutter and organizing.

Here are some fundamental truths that only a few know...

What is clutter?

Clutter is stuff that doesn't add value to your present life. You no longer love or use it (or never did) or it doesn't fit in your current lifestyle. It does not contribute to your life's productivity or meaning. It may have had value once, but not now.

Getting clear...

Organizing and clutter-clearing are not synonymous. Clutter-clearing is the often ignored first step to organizing. You do not want to organize your clutter; you want to let it go so you have room to organize what you keep.

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