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ClutterClarity in May 2019

ClutterClarity in Feb 2019





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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 or donated 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.


The Scheduling Squeeze

Excited about new opportunities, Madeleine scheduled two important meetings on the same day, back-to-back. When we reviewed her schedule, though, she realized that her impulsive scheduling added unnecessary stress and may actually "wipe her out."

Lamenting,“Why did I do this again? I do this all the time,” she started to tell me a story about how she was just like her father. I assured her that there was nothing wrong with her. Her enthusiasm had just run into the reality of her limited time and energy.

 Instead of dwelling in the story of the past, we figured out options in the present. She realized that one of the meetings could be held another day without offending anyone or losing opportunities. Seems simple enough, right? Most of us cram too much into pur day thinking we have to or can handle it, but the squeeze costs us- more than you know, more than we can afford. 

Instead of trying to get more done during the day, try to enjoy your day more. Afterall, isn't that what's really important, at the end of the day? 

To prevent the stress of the scheduling squeeze, pause long enough to consider how you feel. If stressed, let the activity go or reschedule it during a more comfortable time. Usually you have more options than you first think.


A Different View

A lot of stuff naturally becomes clutter as your life and interests change.

Instead of hating your clutter, respect it. Afterall, it's the stuff of your life.

As you go through your days, slow down enough to “Putter through your Clutterâ„ ” 15 minutes a day, 2 hours a week. 

Don't confuse speed with progress.

When you make clutter-clearing a regular part of your life, you feel better,  and can see things more clearly, day to day. 




Protecting Your Castle

A frustrated realtor wanted help with a smart, elderly client who had to move for financial reasons. The house wasn't going to sell with all surfaces covered with deep piles of paper, and in significant disrepair.

Don't wait till circumstances force you to de-clutter. Start in your 50's and it just won't pile up on you, burden you, year after year. If overwhlemed or frustrated by failed organizing attempts, don't give up. Instead, reach out, get help, and learn while you can.


Organizing Paper and Money

Andy first called me to get her home and financial paperwork in order. Afraid to approach her money situation, we first de-cluttered and rearranged her rooms, including setting up new office space and a filing system. Everything looked and felt better, even beautiful. 

After two months of in-home clearing sessions, we began weekly phone coaching to reinforce what she had learned so she could stay de-cluttered on her own. We were getting closer to where she didn’t want to go – her finances.

One day Andy announced, “I love working with you, but I can’t afford your help anymore.”

“OK, I understand, but how do you know that?” I asked.

“I just know,” she said.

What I knew was that Andy dealt with her finances by not looking. She made decisions based on her level of anxiety, not how much money she had.

I said, “It can be scary to look at your finances on your own. Before we stop, let me help you decide who can help you with your money." 

“OK, that sounds good. I just don’t want to know.” I’m tired of taking care of my parents when they didn’t exactly help me out when I needed it.” We talked..."You're giving your parents the help you wish you had received.

The problem is the amount you are giving perpetuates the myth that you are wealthy.  You are continuing their neglect by neglecting yourself - the very thing you don’t want.”

She said, “I never looked at it that way.”

“I suspect that what you don’t want is to know is how much this is costing you. You need to let go of the myth to be able to see your finances clearly, with less overwhelm. Staying organized won't be so hard after you let go."  

The following week, we talked about viable options. Andy found and enrolled in a reasonably priced three-month financial coaching program - the support she needed to take better care of her finances and family, including herself.

Andy may not like what she finds out, but she’ll grow more confident as she sees things from a whole new perspective.


My Organic Clutter

Each week, community farm veggies appear on my neighbor’s doorstep for me.  Excited to find out what I got, I open my box. It's a bit like Christmas... in the summertime.

I cook more, eat lots of salads, invite guests over, but I soon couldn’t keep up. How many heads of lettuce can you eat in a week??  It became hard to find other food in my over-stuffed (very organized) refrigerator.

Instead of joy, I gradually became annoyed by my bounty, fearing the waste, and doubting my decision to join the farm. Ugh. How could so much good stuff turn bad?

OMG!  My organic vegetables - all good, all beautiful, but all too much - had become my clutter!

I didn’t have to give up the farm or eating healthy. I didn’t have to give up what I love. What I needed to do was give up doing it the same ol’ way. I had to practice ClutterClarity…

Taking the time... I began to make decisions: what to keep, what to let go, and how.

Keeping what I loved the most, I bundled the rest to give away. The next decision was how to give the veggies away: food pantry, sick neighbor, my house-sitter? I decided I liked all options equally, and would therefor, rotate donations each week. It was the best decision for me. 

I began to enjoy those organic vegetables again! There was no right answer, right way; just a good answer, a good fit for me - what made me feel good, now. That’s ClutterClarity.