Recognising ourselves as we are now

A great thing about a prolonged period of  'deep' decluttering and organising is that you become more self aware. It becomes visible that you are holding onto toys your child doesn't want and never did. It becomes obvious emotionally how your family are feeling about your stuff. Your own desires to keep certain items speak of their value in your life - perhaps they remind you of friends or of times you are glad of. They may also encapsulate very painful processes.…

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Effective and humane

I was worried that I'd drop dead before making any inroad into this mess. I'm not dead yet - still alive and still worried. I've not done enough decluttering to die in peace. I've found the process very tedious. What I most enjoyed, however, was discovering how Trio's programme was effective and humane. Her compassion. I'd definitely recommend her for her non-frightening manner, her non-judgemental way, and her kindly but practical take. Trio is really gifted in this area.

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You are your most interesting book

A sentiment that professional organisers very commonly hear from our clients is how, in wild moment, they secretly wish their home would burn down. If this is how you are feeling, then you very definitely need to act. Imagining your house burning is a recognition of the fire hazard that an over full home represents. It's also a commentary to yourself of your distress and feelings of powerlessness. Looking at fire exit routes is a great place to open the…

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Co-operative and strategic approach

I write to recommend Trio Watson on the basis of my experience of her over the past year. She has helped me to organise and reduce the clutter in my house. Although I understand there is not a formally recognised qualification for this work, she is a member of the Association of Professional Declutterers and Organisers, and her work with me was part of the training she arranged for herself, following the guidelines recommended by that organisation. I was fortunate…

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The Joy Of Filing

The joy of filing

I don't expect anyone to enjoy filing, to be honest. But I know that people do have a wonderful sense of achievement and control over their lives when a serious filing job has been completed. it is very common for me to arrive and find a filing cabinet that is full to the brim and in danger of jamming. Don't even get me started on the impacts it has on your wrists in terms of RSI and carpel tunnel issues.…

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Tidying for comfort

As stress-relieving behaviours go, tidying has to be one of the best there is. It does not make you gain weight. It doesn't cost anything (although you may be tempted to buy stationery!) and it doesn't require special equipment. You can do it when it's raining outside and you don't have to be particularly fit. It helps with revision and providing a clear mental schema of what you need to do next. Oh! what joy! Some people require orderliness to improve mental…

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Let it go!

Let it go!  A Disney song that has touched adults and children alike. This video sequence from the film 'Frozen' tickles me in that it touches how decluttering my living space, over time, showed me how I've learnt to let go of small things, and learnt how to let go. The risks got bigger as I grew more confident about making decisions like that. Ask yourself, is this something I want to keep? When your heart says no... let it go.

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Not-quite museum pieces

Be aware that every museum has a curatorship whose job is decide what to display and how to manage the museum's collection. I used to work in a museum store, where individuals often approached us with items they were convinced were of some historical value and should be on display for the public benefit. The museum staff were in the tricky position of explaining that the item in question was in fact a fairly unremarkable item, in relatively poor condition…

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Having Trio here is really good

"I was worried I'd be pressured into throwing away something I wanted to keep. That didn't happen. Trio suggested things I didn't initially choose to, but when I realised I would never need them, I agreed. She wasn't pushy about throwing away things with sentimental value or keepsakes, but cautious. I loved buying my new stationery products and admiring them - they looked so much better. I loved seeing the box we'd started with, empty - knowing we'd filed everything.…

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