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ClutterClarity can work with you anywhere in the world 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, Wellesley, Weston and Winchester, 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 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.

Thursday
Apr292010

When Good Enough is Not Enough 

 

One client loved cooking, yet had only a small, odd assortment of pots and pans. Another client didn’t like to cook, yet had numerous pots and pans, yet all were old and dented.

Fortunately both women laughed as they described their cookware as "good enough." 

Both homes were clean, even beautiful. Both women were productive and self-aware. And both were recovering from serious illness, requiring careful, healthy food preparation.

The cookware wasn't good enough anymore - it may have at one time, but now it didn't fit they're current aesthetic or the importance food had become in their present need to heal.  It had become clutter.

We cleared out most of the cookware, and voila! Lots of room for new stuff. We took an inventory, deciding what really was needed now. One woman shopped at a high-end kitchen store, the other at a high-end consignment shop.

After de-cluttering, we organized the cabinets to make it easy to reach and use the pots and pans. No more struggle!

Now the minute they touch the pan they love, they feel good, contributing their enjoyment of cooking and healing. Now good enough is enough.

Tuesday
Apr272010

Good Intentions Gone Bad

In principal, it's a great idea to donate your clutter to an organization or a friend, but do so with awareness.

Every good intention takes your precious time and energy. Without planning, all your good intentions can get stuck for weeks at your front door or in your car, which can be very frustrating, and make you feel bad.  

Ask yourself whether it is worth your effort: holding the intention, calling to make donation arrangements, schleping it into the car, making time to deliver it. 

To use your time and energy well, call ahead to ask whether they take what you have to give, and what days they take donations. Clear your clutter the day before and make a weekly routine, clearly a little bit at a time. If giving your stuff away to a friend, ask first. You don't want to add to their clutter just because they dont know how to say, "No thanks."  

With awareness and planning, you'll ge the clutter out of your house, and prevent feeling overwhelmed by your pile of good intentions.

Thursday
Apr082010

Feeling Right at Home

 

A frustrated client thought moving would solve the trouble with her house. Everything seemed wrong to her and she rarely invited people over. She "wanted out of her messy house." What I saw was a nice house with potential. She needed to make the social rooms more comfortable, and get a proper desk and file storage.

We sold and bought furniture on consignment and rearranged the rooms and decor. In two visits, she eased into a cozy chair, and put her feet up.

We next got to work in creating new space for her home office. While we cleared, I showed her what papers to keep, what to shred, and how.  Though she felt buried by her papers, there wasn't as many as she first thought.

What a relief! The house looked and felt great, and she had a party to celebrate. Without “getting rid of” her house, she felt right at home.

 

 

Tuesday
Apr062010

Unique You

Clearing clutter is much more than simply organizing and “getting rid of stuff.” Good tips are sustainable only when you take care of what’s under the clutter – your unique thinking and the subsequent emotions that get in the way. For sustainable relief, tips and techniques need to be adapted to your unique home, lifestyle and thinking.

It’s easier to think there is something wrong with you than to ask for help. Brain surgery isn’t necessary, but most of us do need help to learn what adjustments will make your clutter-clearing easier. This is different for everyone. Once you’re thinking clearly, it's easy to sustain new habits and routines over time.

Monday
Apr052010

Overwhelmed? Time to Learn

It's very easy to get into our mess by ourselves, but very hard to get out alone. By definition, you can’t think clearly when overwhelmed. Being overwhelmed is not a sign that there’s something wrong with you; it’s a sign that you need help, clarity. When thinking clearly, you'll feel better, and the doing becomes easy.

Clearing clutter takes work and time, but it can be enjoyable. It's easier to stay overwhelmed and think there is something wrong with you than pick up the phone for help. Your significant other is not the person to turn to. It’s likely you’ll fight. No matter what your challenges, faults or failures - you can learn.