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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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She let go

  She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go. She let go of the fear.  She let go of the judgments.  She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head.  She let go of the committee of indecision within her.  She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons. Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go. She didn’t ask anyone for advice. She didn’t read a book on how to let…

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Making your home your friend

One of my clients calls his home 'a machine for living'. There are basic tasks it needs to be able to complete in order to function properly as a home, and I've listed a few of them here. But I would also add that when your home is your 'friend' and not just a 'machine', it will carry you through bad times. Steady home systems bring routine and calm. In my younger days I may have found this incredibly boring, but…

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A previously unknown narrator

Imagine a dig where some broken pots, maybe even a piece of  jewellery, are unearthed by a team of archaeologists. From these finds, the archaeologists learn about the people who lived in this settlement long ago and are able to build a loose idea of what happened there. Apart from the finds there is mud, a field, a building site. The unknown. The tools they use could be a mechanical digger, a pickaxe, a brush. The nuance of approach varies considerably with what…

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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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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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Vehicles for emotion – the 'love' bag

No kidding, but decluttering can bring up emotions: wistful memories of times past we will never see again, or dread of things we will have to address even though we hoped we would never have to. Lots of things. Some decisions are just not going to be quick ones, and lots of brewing and mulling and adjusting needs to happen over time. This is fine, so let's call it what it is. If you have artworks that must be preserved, then the…

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Recognising ourselves as we are now

A great thing about a prolonged period of  'deep' decluttering and organising is that you become more self aware. It becomes visible that you are holding onto toys your child doesn't want and never did. It becomes obvious emotionally how your family are feeling about your stuff. Your own desires to keep certain items speak of their value in your life - perhaps they remind you of friends or of times you are glad of. They may also encapsulate very painful processes.…

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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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You are your most interesting book

A sentiment that professional organisers very commonly hear from our clients is how, in wild moment, they secretly wish their home would burn down. If this is how you are feeling, then you very definitely need to act. Imagining your house burning is a recognition of the fire hazard that an over full home represents. It's also a commentary to yourself of your distress and feelings of powerlessness. Looking at fire exit routes is a great place to open the…

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