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Happy Campers

It may come as no surprise that the happiest of holiday makers under canvas are organised people, good planners, and good at packing lots of stuff into small spaces. So, I've consulted some experienced festival goers  to see which of our camping experiences had taught us the most. From Green Man and Reading, to Glastonbury and even the Burning Man festivals, these people have done it. One even has a special spreadsheet (for Burning Man - please contact me if…

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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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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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Map your world

I hit an organisational glitch in the last few weeks, with energy levels dropping and some uncertainty as to what I should be doing next. I tidied up, which is always a good start, and drew a mind map of my business. This is unusual for me, as I am something of a late arrival at the mind-mapping party. I drew a map about the size of an A4 sheet. The next day I added to it, and later drew more on…

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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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Organising your scarves

I really love this video of organising your scarves by Ruba Zai. This 'life hack' has the inner organiser in me jumping up and down with joy and pleasure. It truly works! (and it's a tiny bit bizarre, in the best way.) In the end, I wondered if the plastic bag method would work with scarves in a drawer, and came up with this, which I found rather pleasing. Either would be good.

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Decluttering whilst lying in bed with a cold

Let your body do the work whilst lying there doing nothing. That figure curled up under the duvet is the most important possession you own, so let the sweat, shaking and sneezing be nature's way of getting rid of the crap you don't need. And a bit of time to yourself might also be a chance to think about your time management overall - is this the closest you get to unwinding? Don't bother about reading any inspiring material. Your…

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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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My decluttering journey

I moved into my current home nearly 17 years ago, unsure how long term the tenure would be for and worried I might have to move suddenly. I brought stuff from my childhood home, stuff from college.... all into this tiny place the size of a houseboat. I was worried I would have to leave immediately, and thought gloomily 'I should at least check that the tent is OK'. So my camping gear was where it all started. A process…

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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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