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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.

Tuesday
Sep142010

Separating from Divorce Clutter 

It was hard for Sharon to walk into her office. She felt completely overwhelmed by "tons of horrible papers." 

The papers represented a "horrible" divorce, which was largely over, yet burdened her still.

Before we started organizing, we needed to get some distance between the divorce and the papers, and filing. Her past had to be put in it's proper place. 

  After all, she wanted to get on with her life.

Sometimes you don't have to go through your past to get to your present, especially if it feels overwhelming to do so. First things first.

Coaching her over the phone, Sharon boxed, labeled and taped the divorce papers shut. Fourteen (14!) boxes went down to the basement, under the staircase! She even put stuff in front of them, making them thoroughly out of sight. 

Only half a box of divorce papers remained in her office, representing stuff she was still working out. What a difference! She no longer had to climb through her clutter (divorce, papers and past) to get to her present life.

Walking back into her office, Sharon told me she felt stronger, safer, calmer... more in control. It was still a mess, but organizing wasn't the problem.  She could go through the "horrible papers" in the basement when she felt better, if she wished.

Relieved that her time would no longer be "stolen by the divorce," she was now free to start organizing ing her office. Instead of dreading it, Sharon was surprised to find herself "looking forward to it." Imagine that!

Monday
Jul052010

It's Good to be an American

Clutter accumulation is part of a larger American phenomenon: We’re  overweight, overspent, overscheduled, overtired... and overstuffed. 

Being a young, prosperous, idealistic country, we lost our way, like a teenager searching for meaning, wanting what she wants when she wants it.

The good news is that the economy collapsed. Yes, this forced reckoning brought confusion and hardship, yet underneath all the mess is the profound opportunity to re-define ourselves.

We know that we cannot continue old, familiar ways. Each American in these difficult times has the opportunity to reevaluate what really brings meaning to his/her life. With new understandings, we will bravely and collectively create a better America.

Simplicity and de-cluttering are popular American trends now, but there is nothing simple about getting free. Untangling ourselves from the tyranny of past attachments takes time, careful consideration, and clarity. To persevere, you must want your independence more than your clutter.  

There are things to learn.  A lot of misconceptions get in the way of de-cluttering. It’s understanding that carves clear pathways through the emotional mess, not knowledge, not tips, but understanding what brings value to your present life. You are not alone, but only you can decide.

The search for meaning got us into this mess, and it will get us out. If you take the time to learn a new way of thinking about it all, the physical work of de-cluttering gradually becomes a comfortable way of living a better life. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are our American rights.  It’s also why people de-clutter.  It’s very American to do so.

Monday
Jun282010

Happy Family

So fun, I had to share. De-cluttering makes a whole family happy. I received this letter from my client:

""Running into her playroom, Leslie (4-years old) exclaimed, "Ma-ma, Ma-ma!" She put on her tutu and danced, delighting in the new spaciousness. So beautiful... and I was so relieved!

I thought she was going to be mad at me, missing toys that we let go, but not one peep about that! My husband kept saying, 'Wow. I love it!' (This is something coming from a man who does not have a hyperbolic bone in his body!)

On his own, Jamie (7-years old son) cleared a book shelf to 'make room for Christmas' and Leslie has several times referred to 'when the fairies came to make my room beautiful.'

No kidding, lots of happy people over here!"

Monday
May172010

Surfing the Waves of Change

Clearing clutter is a great way to prepare and navigate your way through challenging life transitions. When you let go of your clutter, you are making room for something else to come into your life.

Here's some examples:

Five years after her husband's death, Rachael wanted to meet someone new. Gradually she was able to donate her husband’s clothes. Two weeks later she said, "yes" to her first date.

Experiencing an "empty nest," de-cluttering helped Joan remember what really interested her before having children. She's now back in school.

With a terminally ill wife, George needed to create a bedroom for himself. We cleared closets, donated to museums, went furniture shopping, and decorated. He's sad, but happy to be sleeping better in his beautiful room.

Lynn has steadily cleared clutter for a year. She didn't want the burden to fall on her adult children after she died.  Her kids are thrilled, and she’s found many treasures to give them. She’s asking first, though, so her stuff doesn’t become their clutter.  

To make major life change easier, ask for help. A lot of things clear up when you clear out your clutter. Surfing through major transitions is not as hard when you learn how to clear out with comfort and control.   

Sunday
May022010

Relief for the Clutter-Mate

Joan called me after seeing my website. Her husband was "the clutterer," but she's the one who's upset. Her nagging bothered him more than his mess. It was beginning to take a toll on their marriage, and "they needed help." (It's unusual for someone living with a clutterer to say “they” need help. Usually it’s the other guy who needs fixin’.) 

I began phone coaching with Joan, the Clutter-Mate, not her husband, the clutterer. After just a few sessions, she was "feeling much lighter, even with the clutter! Her husband seemed to be trying more, too.”

Don't wait till things get worse before asking for help. With a new perspective, and a few shifts in thinking and relating, you, the Clutter-Mate can get relief, too, even with clutter in your home.