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Hunny everywhere?

A client has been in touch lately and we have been thinking about the courage it takes to start a decluttering process. Her partner lovingly pulls her leg. Her friends want to help but end up giving advice and saying 'helpful' things that are ultimately upsetting. She bit the bullet and called me - now what? There are some things I can do to help. The first thing is to try to find out a  bit about you - your strengths, what your inner…

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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 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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Maybe I should tidy up before she gets here…

A few weeks ago, a friend and I got together to hire a carpet cleaning machine for the weekend. We did my place first, and then hers. The machine did the job, the carpet looked much better, and we poured the filthy water down the loo. All good. The day before, a client had just explained that having someone see your mess, and be familiar with what your choices are is a tender point. It's really hard to let someone in…

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The studio – reclaiming the space

At the first session, we started with the back room, which after several years had become a junk room. K and I agreed after looking at her overall view of the clutter issues in her home that to bring all the art materials into one zone would transform the place and give her a focus for her community arts practice - her own studio. We felt this would be a positive massage to her children, as well. It took 6 sessions…

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