The messy organised space

An organised space isn't necessarily always tidy. This photo is from a shop where 5 members of staff use various pens, scissors and catalogues all day everyday. If there wasn't a system - a 'home' for everything, and 'zones' for particular kinds of things, alphabetic ordering etc - they would lose things, keep customers waiting, be unable to complete paperwork. Not all the staff are around at any one time so putting stuff away after it's used is the only…

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What the happy couple said

"We don't yet know what we will need in our married life. We ask friends to give us something like CDs or DVDs that we could share with other people." I'm so proud of them! I gave a bottle of really nice wine and a CD of my favourite love song. A friend teased me that, given that the CD could be burned onto a computer and the empty bottle recycled, this was practically a self- destructing  wedding present. I…

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Why bother?

This is why. You want to live your life and do your thing. We don't always have the resources, the space, or the time, to fit all the things we want into our our life. Maybe it involves innovation or a new look at things. Decluttering is about finding a response to the needs you have among all the stuff of modern life and the restrictions we all live within. It is a totally unique thing. It is all about…

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My first ever APDO Conference

I got some initial training. I met my idol Karen Kingston, a woman who had been inspirational when I first started decluttering my own home, so that was fabulous. I shaped my initial vision after a couple of very clear leadings from the trainers (who have saved me a great deal of misery). I connected with another fledgling businesswoman who later became my accountability partner (Jules) and set up mentoring from Kate and Lesley. I entered a new world. Already, a dream…

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Me at the very beginning

This was my first ever promotional photo, used with practice clients and in my first documents. I think the first day the business was conceived was some time in September 2013 when a careers advisor said  'so, blue sky thinking, what would you really like to do?' and I answered unhesitatingly, 'I'd like to become an organiser and declutterer' and showed him the APDO website.

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First thing- signing up to APDO

I'm very excited to be in contact with these people! The Association of Professional Declutterers and Organisers (UK)  promote good practice and offer a lot of training opportunities and resources to practitioners. They also are instrumental in helping people find a local declutterer via their website. My probationary membership started in March 2014.

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The first post: Congratulating my friend

Well, you know, sometimes when there's a big life event people need to declutter, maybe as part of getting their heads around it. Oh yeah! I do, definitely! You do? Yeah! I'm getting married!! Fantastic, congratulations! I'm moving into his place. And I've got a lot of stuff of my own. So has he. So I thought I should probably declutter a bit or there won't be room for the two of us. Although I'll be a bit annoyed if…

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