Map your world

I hit an organisational glitch in the last few weeks, with energy levels dropping and some uncertainty as to what I should be doing next. I tidied up, which is always a good start, and drew a mind map of my business. This is unusual for me, as I am something of a late arrival at the mind-mapping party. I drew a map about the size of an A4 sheet. The next day I added to it, and later drew more on…

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I can't fail

One of my biggest fears is being out of control of the process. But with Trio it was OK to go at my pace. She wasn't pushing her agenda about what I did or kept - she was a helpful facilitator. I wouldn't say I enjoyed it exactly but it was very satisfying, feeling supported and motivated to sort things out. Most satisfying is looking at what an amazing difference it's made. Finding constructive workable solutions feels really good - she…

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Vehicles for emotion – the 'love' bag

No kidding, but decluttering can bring up emotions: wistful memories of times past we will never see again, or dread of things we will have to address even though we hoped we would never have to. Lots of things. Some decisions are just not going to be quick ones, and lots of brewing and mulling and adjusting needs to happen over time. This is fine, so let's call it what it is. If you have artworks that must be preserved, then the…

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How Are You? – Busy!

How are you? – Busy!

I've just come back from  a two-day conference with APDO (Association of Professional Declutterers and Organisers) and as usual it's been full of brilliant ideas and new ways of looking at the decluttering issues we face today. One of the most common problems I see my clients facing is not having enough time to do the actions behind the clutter - make that phone call, read that article - let alone put things away or do routine maintenance. One client books her…

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The Organisation Tourist

The organisation tourist

I do enjoy and admire an organisation job well done. There are lots of environments where good organisation is essential, and a perfect example is the film set I visited as part of a Warner Brothers studio tour. Imagine your leading actor wanting to wave their wand and expel a dementor, only to realise that they can't find their wand anywhere! I saw fantastic sets and props, and learned about the back stage work behind the eight films in the series. Over 1000…

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On the cusp of something amazing

I just read this wonderful blog post by a woman called Denise Duffield-Thomas, who mentors female entrepreneurs. She talks about "decluttering as if you're on the cusp of something amazing" and that's a great mindset to be in when reviewing your year, reviewing the outcome of a period of study, whatever reflective process is going on. As we come to the end of 2015, it's a great chance to tidy up our act for the next year. I always say not to…

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A needless, consumerist chore

"Holiday gift-giving between adults is a needless, consumerist chore." (The Minimalists, here) In part I agree, and in part I disagree. Firstly, there should be no one-size-fits-all approach to Christmas. I believe it is essential to tap into your own ideas about what you celebrate and how. Gift-giving can take place in any number of ways. Is it needless? I enjoy Christmas as an opportunity to recapture some of my childish pleasure in pretty lights, music, and, I'll admit it,…

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The waiting…

I was lucky enough to have a visit from an APDO colleague at my home to discuss some PR material she'd made for her work, and we'd agreed she would come over to my place. I knew for sure, because I've met her before, we've talked on the phone, I've read some of her news articles, and so on, that she really really isn't someone who'd entertain a single judgemental thought about the state of my home. But... as I…

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Become that person! #NOW2015

Sometimes it's easy to take pride in one's own untidiness, and love your mess! I admit that I quite like a degree of scruffiness in my own home, albeit within parameters of orderliness. It helps me feel relaxed. But there are times when that approach lets us down. Our inability to turn up on time, be focussed, remember things and people earns us an undesirable reputation and gets in the way of our life happiness. The good news, however, is…

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Clutter and the Oxford housing crisis

In Oxford, where Clear Space for Me is based, there is increasing panic about the high cost of housing and the insecurity that comes with it. It is close to impossible to recruit key workers, as they cannot afford to live here. Some sources have talked about a city that is 'on the point of imploding'. Rental properties are expensive and insecure. Homelessness is very visible in our city and it frightens people. Obviously, decluttering cannot deliver a better paid…

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