Hidden Benefits

I’m not the first to note this, but it’s worth saying here. One hidden benefit clients may not realize awaits them as they clear clutter – what I would label an energetic principle – is this: as we let go of that which is no longer relevant, doesn’t serve us, and/or no longer represents who we are, we create room for something new to enter. It’s common for people to put off a new chapter in … [Read more...]

One Hidden Blessing of Decluttering

I've discovered a relationship, sometimes subtle, sometimes obvious, between clutter and abundance. There's something about too much stuff that can entrench old energy, and keep new life from flowing in. In the realms of physical and emotional health, and in nature itself, stagnation and blockage spell disease and dysfunction, and flow equates to harmony and well-being. It's refreshing and … [Read more...]

The VAL System of Organizing

I created the acronym VAL - as in the first three letters of the word value - to summarize three of the main principles I use in the great majority of projects: Visibility, Accessibility and Like with like. If newly organized items aren't visible or accessible, they fail the two most basic organizing standards. (Exceptions below.) If articles aren't placed like with like, the vision of having … [Read more...]

A Different Take on Donations

A friend was telling me about a decorative dish her deceased aunt had given her, which she'd never used. She'd come across it in a drawer occasionally, and thought it would be disloyal to her aunt's memory to let it go. Finally one day, she realized it would better to donate it, knowing that whomever bought it would find a use for it. She underwent a shift in her thinking which allowed her to … [Read more...]

The Tipping Point

At the beginning of a project, my client's sense of dread is almost palpable; s/he has usually been avoiding and resisting this project for some time, and there's a strong feeling in the air of, "Where does one even  begin?" (Usually we're at the "worst first" place, of course!) Once momentum picks up, the big picture begins to take shape, and order starts to replace chaos. Gradually the … [Read more...]