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Treasures We Can Enjoy All Over Again

Treasures we can enjoy all over again

I think everyone has moments where they are simply too busy to organise the fine detail, and have to make do with an approximation of orderliness. So for me it's been a treat when the new site has been created, to take time to find the right photos for blog posts, out of a sea of photo material that gets gathered during decluttering sessions but not always very well examined. And look at the memories of the good times! Sometimes…

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Seeing the space emerge

I wasn't too worried before Trio came- it was a present so I wondered what I would say if it was unhelpful, but I was pretty hopeful from the start. Decluttering is something I've wanted to do for ages and I knew I needed to have help. My friend had spoken to her. My best bit was just seeing the space emerge. I'm now very aware of how much more I've got to do. Seeing order emerge was great -…

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The 'one day…' cupboard has had it's day

I knew Trio so I wasn't worried- I placed myself in her hands confidently. I have a lot of dust. I'm tidyish rather than clean but my standards are always acceptable. I couldn't believe how much got done in so short a time - we filled my car after 2 hours work. It's just placed the whole subject of clutter higher up my agenda. My favourite part is opening up that 'one day...' cupboard door and just seeing how it…

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The 'junk drawer'

My 'junk'... this word is a shorthand for a complex mixture of precious and not so precious things. In the picture above are a deeply loved selection of stones, house keys, the dog lead...a number of useful things. The drawer's contents when  I found them were  made impenetrable not only by the drawer's muddle but by the fact we don't really have a helpful name for this collection of things, only an increasing sense of shame about it. Increasingly that made the drawer…

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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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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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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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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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One step at a time

With a big project, it can be hard to see how an an impact could ever actually be made. So much to go through, so much to think about! The key is to allow small steps in the right direction. Given that decluttering can involve a lot of mental effort, it is important to keep our expectations reasonable and be kindly to ourselves. Small efforts, repeated over time and with a lot of rewards along the way, yield big results.…

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“That’s a decision for the second wave”

I say this quite a lot. As a seasoned beach comber, I have noticed how each small wave will throw some small shells onto the sand, and sweep others back into the sea. Bigger shells that are too heavy stay on the sand until another wave comes. As the tide moves out, gradually there is a movement of shells towards the sea. When decluttering and making decisions, sometimes we just agree to stick to the small shells first of all.…

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