Trust & Working with Professional Organizers

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Over the last few years I have found that each of my clients have different lifestyles, different items of stuff, different requirements for getting organized and they want someone to transform their lives. Organizers don’t have a crystal ball to show them what their home will look like after we have worked with them, so we have to build trust to enable the client to grant us permission to change their lives. I have client who books me every quarter for a few hours to assess her home, organize a room which is disorganized and advise what she needs to declutter or Read More

What Do You Do?

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  “What do you do?” – that’s what I get asked often. Whether face to face, via social media, on the phone and at networking events. I bring you peace and calmness. I create a haven where you no longer feel stressed, frustrated and tired. When you walk into your home or your office and see the stuff, do you want to turn around and walk away? Far away. I help stop that feeling. Is your storage room or extra bedroom a dumping ground? We create a room that can be your place to relax, unwind and even meditate as Read More

How Much is too Much

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How about clothes? How many pairs of jeans do you own – 5, 20, 100? I own about 10 pairs. That might seem a lot to you, but bear in mind I wear jeans as part of my DeCluttr Me uniform, for meetings (as I don’t need to wear suits any longer), going out in the evening and for casual events.  (If you have a 100 pairs of jeans, in all likelihood it is too much and should be reviewed and decluttered). The key to deciding when you have too much is to review your positive and negative levels when you Read More

The Definition of Clutter

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  Clutter is “a confusing or disorderly state or collection and possible symptom of compulsive hoarding” – Wikipedia   Clutter is different for everyone. What may be one person’s treasure might be a pile of junk to another. Clutter to me is: anything that doesn’t have a place to live. anything that is broken or needs repairing. anything that no longer has a use or serves its purpose (like clothes, relationships, habits or negative thoughts). anything that messy or unclean. anything overwhelming or disorganized. anything that is overflowing or feeling stuffed. anything that causes confusion. When you look at your Read More

Why Multitasking won’t make you Productive

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  Are you checking your Facebook posts, whilst reading this post on your computer? Listening to music, whilst talking to someone? Helping your child with their homework whilst replying to a whatsapp message? Yes? Whilst some of you claim to be amazing at multitasking (I even used to claim it when I was a lawyer), but the truth is (and studies have shown) that multitasking won’t make you productive. When you are multitasking you are not devoting your attention to one task but splitting your attention quickly from one task to another. The overall effect will be that your brain Read More

Why Shopping Whilst DeCluttering is Never a Good Idea

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  I recently helped a lovely client to declutter her clothes and accessories which she had bought over a few years. Whilst we were still in the declutter process, a parcel arrived… The parcel was from Net-a-Porter and contained beautiful new clothes to add to the wardrobe.   She then confessed she had been shopping online before I had arrived and ordered more stuff to be delivered later in the week. A few minutes later, I was told I had been called in to help declutter so she could buy new stuff!! Imagine my face. By using a professional organizer Read More

Find out Your Clutterer Type for the First Time

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  During my time as a professional organizer I have seen various types of clutterers. All of them are covered in stuff whether in their home or office but some hide it, whereas others seem to trip over their clutter on a regular basis. Experts have shown that there can be a spectrum of clutterers with one side being the extreme declutterers who then regret throwing everything (and I mean everything!) away to the sentimental clutters who find every item holds some sentimental value to them. If you have ever wondered which one you were, take this quiz and find out Read More

5 Tips to Help You Manage your Time

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  I have spoken to a few mothers recently who have found it difficult to manage their time and expectations in their daily life. They have to ensure the kids get up, ready for school, cook meals for the family (which must be incredibly healthy, organic, gluten free, GMO free and any other free), ensure the house is clean and clutter free, do the shopping, ensure the schoolwork is completed, the kids are happy and lastly ensure that the husband is happy. Just writing that list exhausted me so imagine how these women feel! These mothers asked for tips and tricks on how to manage Read More

Maintenance Organizing and How to Change your Habits

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  Creating a habit and building on it is a great way to bring organizing structure into your life, especially maintenance organizing. Maintenance organizing is what you need to focus on once you have worked by yourself or with a professional organizer to create the organizing systems. It is all fine and dandy to create an organizing system, but if you don’t start developing the habit to maintain the system, you will become frustrated and unmotivated again. Building the new habit takes time so don’t get discouraged if you are not successful the first, second or even the third time. The Read More

Decluttering Your Life and Your Mind

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    Did you know that hanging onto clutter in your life can affect your mind, body and life in a negative way. There have been various reports issued showing the negative effects on people’s lives on a daily basis. A lot of people lose money due to repeat purchases, unnecessary buys and forgetting to pay bills on time due to a cluttered life. Other negative effects of clutter include motivation, happiness and relationship with others. The infogram below shows the effect of clutter on people’s lives and also how decluttering your life and your mind can positively improve your life. Read More