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Destroy In Order To Create – Ending Creative Blocks

Destroy in order to create – ending creative blocks

Bringing about the end of a piece of work is as much a commitment as starting it. This commitment is about recognising what doesn't work, or what we no longer want. To destroy a piece of your own creative work is to announce your commitment to your creative self, and your belief of the importance of what you bring into the world that didn't exist in it before.   “The moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All…

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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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Curating our worlds ourselves

I owe a huge thank you to Susan Kirby of Sort and Survive for a few of the ideas included in this post. Her perspective of museum curatorship applied to our personal clobber has been very moving, and deeply enriching, to me. Her relationship with me is one of many enabled by our APDO involvement, and I have used her perspective with a number of my clients. When on holiday one year, I visited the Jacques Brel museum in Brussels.…

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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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Everybody has one…

A particular job around the house I particularly hate doing. A special attachment to a particular kind of item, such as  little bottles and miniature packaging. An item that lovingly links me with a celebrity. An item that manifests my true beauty in a way the World will never really understand. A letter in a bottle, now adrift, waiting for the lighthouse of my organising mind to bring it safely to the beach. A friend, waiting? A childhood momento that is 'part of me'. A weary…

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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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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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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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