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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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YouTube Videos, Webinars, Podcasts
Learn what it really takes to make decluttering, organizing, downsizing easy, even enjoyable.


Paper Clarity Book
Paper Clarity: What to Keep, Where, and When to Shred


ClutterClarity Newsletter Full of original insights, tips, real life stories, and upcoming classes for your benefit!


Coming Soon...
Prepare to Care: An Act of Love
Conversations to have before illness or end of life

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.

Friday
Jul272018

Alice's Story: Turning Clutter into Art

Friday Flicks #10: This charming video features Laura helping Alice "get rid of" her collection of cherished vintage dresses before moving to a continued care retirement community. Instead of selling or donating the dresses, Laura finds a happy solution through artist, Merill Comeau, so Alice can bring them to her new home. Instead of feeling loss or regret, Alice could enjoy the downsizing process and results for years to come and get clutter clarity.

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Monday
Jul232018

It's Getting Hot! New Book in the Works

 

It’s July … Six months till January 1, 2019. I know what it takes to get through big projects, but this one is mine: writing a proposal to get a publisher for my new book, It’s Your Mess, But Not All Your Fault. I've been talking about writing this book for a long time, but glad I waited as I've gained valuable experience over the years. Now to get into the hot seat and enjoy the writing.

Over 1,000 new You Tube subscribers in the past 45 days! Why is this important? 10,000 subscribers by 1/1/19 will demonstrate a following that will help attract a publisher. People are loving the videos. Maybe you will too. I humbly ask for your support.

The last thing we need is another book on organizing and decluttering tips, right!?

Instead, this book will be full of original info-graphics and decision-making flow charts to help you navigate through the mess and stress. They have all been tested through 10 years of working with happy clients. Tips will be included, but what we all need is clear pathways to embrace an essential new way of thinking, and essential skills to persevere. Only then can the physical work of taking care of our homes and lives become easier, even enjoyable.

Intelligent, capable people get bogged down because the decluttering and organizing tips are not enough. It’s much easier to get to the stuff when you first learn: How to get ready properly • How to make and trust your decisions • How to make and protect your time • How to prevent overwhelm • How to get family cooperation • How to negotiate • How to move out of shame and confusion - forever! These life skills last a life time.

Stay tuned, and thanks for staying connected. Take a look, and thank you so much for subscribing!

Monday
Jul232018

Behind-the-Scenes Stories

People often ask me how I can do this work day after day. They think it boring or a burden, but it isn’t. It’s the person I’m working with that makes it interesting - her unique combination of history, house, family, interests, pathology, intelligence, barriers, motivations, and patterns of thinking - that is my challenge and delight. The unique solution is designed around the unique person I am with.

Digging through the emotional and physical mess is a transformative experience for my clients and me, day after day.

Every day is different; every day we learn from each other.

Organizing Paper
A woman called overwhelmed with all her papers. Like many others, this client exhausted herself unnecessarily by pushing too hard to get things done as fast as possible, doing too much on her own (without the skills) before asking for help. She was so smart and willing, but she needed a pathway through all her papers. After a move, we decluttered and organized over 25 boxes of papers (legal, medical, financial, memorabilia) down to 8. More to go, but we’re soon shifting to time management coaching so she can learn how to prevent feeling chronically overwhelmed. Creating a rhythm to the week will nourish her instead of deplete her, regardless of her external demands.

Getting Ready for Open House
A couple needed help getting their house ready to put on the market. They didn't have much time! Luckily, the house was not over-stuffed (a big home does not mean a big mess). The couple was stressed, pulled in too many directions, though they were very capable of doing the physical work. There were three stages to this project: getting ready for painters, open house, and a move. From my perspective, taking the time to create a realistic schedule together, with clear priorities, and delegating responsibilities was my greatest value. Opportunities revealed themselves by slowing down to think ahead. Then the work could be enjoyable. The client was most grateful that I went through bedrooms with their adult daughters (it’s easier when you’re not related!). It all got done in time, happy with each day of progress. After bringing in a mover, they’re perfectly ready and capable of handling the move themselves.

Estate Sale
A realtor brought me in to help her client downsize a house she just sold. I knew an estate sale was the only way to get her out of the house in time. Because it was already estate sale season, I got on the phone before I even met the client. My known source was booked, another booked, but I finally found a reputable company that was available because of a cancellation. Got lucky! We organized the house enough so the estate sale people could easily see everything that could be sold. I then stepped back, overseeing the project and staying in touch with the client throughout as the estate sale company stepped in. The sale surpassed expectations! Amazingly, I still needed to book five trucks in 90 degree weather to clear the house of trash, donations, and consignment items! Happy, happy client.

Family Cooperation
A woman called me depressed and frustrated with her husband and house. The home was full of inherited antiques and colorful collections, piles of paper. Both husband and wife contributed to the clutter in their own way. The solution was helping the wife shift her focus from her husband to what she could get done in the house on her own - lead by example, and not give up. I suggested her husband may be doing the best he knows how to do. Surprising, he decided to work with me next. He did great, too. Enthused by his progress, his wife wanted to help him declutter in between our sessions. I suggested she stay clear. It was too emotionally hot, and her support could very well cause a set back, and lead to arguing. She agreed. Progress without pushing. We’ll negotiate new agreements about the husband's paper piles when the time is right.

Friday
Jul202018

One Question Makes Getting Rid of Clutter Easy

Friday Flicks #9: Don’t know what to do with your clutter? Instead of worrying, learn the one question you need to ask to find the solution that’s right for you. The question magically turns the drudgery into discovery. There’s a good answer right around the corner, if you ask. Thanks for subscribing to learn more about how to enjoy decluttering!

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Tuesday
Jul172018

Paper Clarity: What to Keep, Where, and When to Shred

 
Now what do you do with all those papers?

No more wasting time or worrying. Know what to do with over 100 personal legal, financial and medical documents and records.
 
Its beauty is in its brevity - concise, yet comprehensive.
 
  • Easy to understand chart of documents and records. 
  • 20 valuable organizing tips.
  • Diagrams to clarify taxes and audits. 
 

 

We all need this information whether we have clutter or not. 

 

"Paper Clarity is great for anyone who wants to get organized with less worry. I use it and happily recommend it to my clients."
Rebecca Osbourne, A Spacious Place 
Past President, New England Association of Professional Organizers 

 

 
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