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ClutterClarity can work with you anywhere in the world remotely or 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.

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

 
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Friday
Jul132018

Five Resources to Consider While Decluttering

Friday Flicks #8: These 5 resources make it so much easier to trust your decisions. Turn "Don’t know what to do" into "That’s the right decision for me!" Everyone has a unique combination of these resources. Considering them helps create a pathway for what’s right for you. BONUS: Considering these resources will help make good decisions throughout life, not just when you’re going through your stuff.

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Tuesday
Jul102018

Organizing Tips for New Habits

It's commonly believed that a new habit can take hold in just twenty-one days. It’s possible, yet there's more to the 21-day game that is less known, and rarely acknowledged.

People cling to the overly simplistic expectation of 21-days because it feels doable, only to end up with the familiar lament, “what’s wrong with me.” Instead of haing a new habit, you have the old discouragement.

There's nothing wrong with you; what's wrong is the expectation that a new habit only takes 21 days. Possible, but unlikely. You need time to prepare, adapt, learn.

TRUTH: It takes more than 21 days to form a new habit.  

Think of it as playing more than one hand to win. To play the game successfully, you need to consider several cards in the deck: fear, impatience, doubt, the comfort of old habits, just to name a few. All make it easy to get lost in the shuffle - the emotional stuff that gets in the way of doing the new habit.

The first 21 days is about learning how to manage all the emotional stuff that comes up as you do your new habit. You learn how to take hold of a new habit by adapting along the way to what works, and letting go of what doesn't.

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