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ClutterClarity can work with you anywhere in the world remotely or hands-on in your home in MetroWest Boston, primarily in Acton, Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Brookline, Cambridge, Carlisle, Concord, Lexington, Lincoln, Littleton, Maynard, Medford, Needham, Newton, Stow, Sudbury, Watertown, Wayland, Wellesley, Weston and Winchester, Massachusetts.

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Recent Successes

Helped client decide how to revise her will before her 80th birthday   Organized senior living apartment, donated truckload of belongings Taught 30 year old time management  and prioritizing skills so she can enjoy her days more Decluttered home, trashed or donated 10 bags of broken toys Shopped for furniture, set up beautiful bedroom Organized office, papers for client’s divorce Facilitated family communications, managed downsize and move, set-up of new apartment for senior couple Decluttered, organized home to make room for 2nd baby.

Saturday
Sep082018

'I Want To Declutter, But Can't Get Motivated'

5 Essential Strategies to Support Motivation

Smart, accomplished clients often say to me, "I can't get (or stay) motivated - for good reason! Decluttering is emotionally messy work!

To get motivated, your unique emotional clutter needs to be cleared first.

A lack of motivation masks other emotions: feeling overwhelmed, fear of living in regret, frustration, blame or shame. Perfection and procrastination rear their ugly head, too.

We don’t have motivation. We make motivation. Every day. Every hour.

Good tips and strategies are not enough. People feel crazy, knowing what to do, but not being able to do it. Even worse, they start thinking there is something innately wrong with them. Very choppy waters, indeed!

Please understand that it's very hard to unravel the emotional mess alone. Old patterns of thinking naturally get in the way. Old habits of doing run interference. Resistance dominates motivation for a lot of good reasons.

You don't need to make you or your situation wrong to make it better. If you feel chronically stuck in the emotional mess despite your efforts to apply strategy, you know it’s time to reach out for help. It's simply time to learn!

Options for you to get relief from the mess AND stress:

  • Register for Fall ClutterClarity Webinars
  • Attend October Class in Concord, MA
  • Email ClutterClarity for help in your home or via Phone/Skype Coaching

5 Essential Strategies Support Motivation:

  1. Attach yourself to your higher purpose. “Getting rid of clutter” or “organizing my home” is not enough to get or stay motivated. What would that do for you? What do you really want? Remember it; Repeat it.
  2. Build a decluttering routine around a routine that already exists in your week. People routinely resist a routine, sensing entrapment or failure. But a pre-scheduled routine is your ticket to freedom! Repetition and frequency teaches your mind, body and spirit to line up and show up.
  3. Practice "Freedom within Constraint." Life is unpredictable, so you need some flexibility in your routine. You don’t abandon your intention; you move it to another day.
  4. TIME TIPS: Don’t work on your own more than two hours at a time without taking a good break. You never want to hurry. You need time to think, not just do the physical work.
  5. Use the Tools - Calendar and Notebook. Literally schedule your routine and your desired completion date in your calendar. It's unfair to expect your mind to remember everything. Take notes while you work - the little things you can do in between decluttering, like call someone to see if they want an object.
  6. Marinate in Routine Rewards.
    • Trust yourself to show up
    • Appreciate your progress
    • Gain confidence
    • Enjoy staying motivated

Good Examples of Client Routines:

  • Drop off one full box of donations at a charity near her gym every Tuesday afternoon, finish in 3-months, by Thanksgiving.
  • Declutter 2-hours every week after morning coffee and before noon on Saturday and/or Sunday. Finish in one year to put house on the market in the spring.
  • Work with ClutterClarity on Thursdays from 9-12 for four months.

Remember: Logic is not enough to overcome emotional barriers.

To make decluttering easier, even enjoyable, the first step is NOT doing the physical work, but learning a fresh perspective and having the necessary support to establish new habits.

When you think differently you feel better.
When you feel better you can get - and stay - motivated.

No need to suffer through decluttering, organizing or downsizing. For smooth sailing, reach out for help today - You’ll be glad you did!

Friday
Aug172018

How Photos Can Turn Decluttering Sadness into Joy

Friday Flicks #13: You may know what to do with your stuff, but it’s so much harder when procrastination, frustration or overwhelm get in the way, right? Learn specific steps on how to clear the emotional mess and do the physical work of decluttering and downsizing in greater comfort and ease. Upcoming ClutterClarity webinars offer even more understanding and skills.

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Thursday
Aug162018

Downsizing, Moving? Reduce Your Stress!


Movers cool off in 90-degree heat!

The Problem: I find most people wait too long to start downsizing. They're well intentioned, but spend more months worrying than doing the work. Procrastination makes sense — an attempt to shield people from feeling overwhelmed or fear of making a mistake. Perfection delays action even more as time runs out, drowning them in a pool of anxiety. People think they should already know what to do, but moves are complicated. No move is the same.

STRESSFUL! With a deadline looming, people finally do the work fast and furiously with little time to think or decide what's best in their unique circumstances. Results: unnecessary mistakes, wasted money, exhaustion, and living with regret - the very things they wanted to avoid. 

Downsizing Tips: Start decluttering/downsizing when you START to THINK about moving. Give yourself 12-18 months if you can, and build a 2-4 hour weekly routine to pace yourself. Finish decluttering before you get a realtor or at least a month or two before you stage your home for an open house. This way the stress of decluttering does not run directly into the stress of selling your home. You'll have time to just enjoy being in your home before moving. 

We’re not meant to do everything alone.

  • Sherpas to climb Mt. Everest.
  • Midwives to deliver babies.
  • ClutterClarity to enjoy downsizing and a move. 
When to Ask for Help?
You know you need help when you're repeatedly frustrated or chronically overwhelmed, despite your efforts. Or when fear grips you when you look at your calendar, not knowing how you're going to get everything done.

Everything is easier with an experienced "guide at your side."
Years of experience are yours: a clear process, customized plan with priorities and a realistic timeline, quick solutions to unpredictable problems, and good strategies to make decisions and protect your resources (time, money, and energy). With all this in place, the physical labor naturally becomes easier, even enjoyable.  

ClutterClarity’s schedule is filling up. Don't wait! Email Now to set up a FREE 1/2-hour phone session to see if we’re a good fit. No obligation; no worries.

Friday
Aug102018

How to Enjoy Decluttering Personal Papers

Friday Flicks #12: Two real-life stories reveal the essential attitude and practical steps to lift the burden of decluttering papers related to your personal history. Is it worth your time and energy now to go through your ephemera? Instead of feeling weighted down by all those papers, you can be free to enjoy the work ahead.

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Thursday
Aug092018

3 Great Options to Sell Clothes Clutter

 

Consigning used clothes can be a pain in the neck, schlepping or waiting months for an in-store appointment to drop off your clothes. It’s frustrating and counter-productive. Instead of waiting, people often end up donating the clothes just to get the clutter out of the house. 

Of course, donating is good, but according to the Environmental Protection Agency, 85% of donated clothes end up in a landfill. Knowing this, people feel discouraged instead of proud.


Three great options to sell your clothes clutter, easier and faster:

Since 2009, Eileen Fisher’s Renew Program has taken back over 1M garments from their customers. The garments are cleaned, mended, re-sewn, felted, over-dyed and re-sold. Their “Tiny Factory” re-purposes stained clothes into new clothes, art pieces, and even furniture. Drop off your clothes at stores or mail them in to get $5 per garment rewards card.


The world’s largest online marketplace buys and sells women and kids secondhand clothes and accessories.

You can choose a “payout” to yourself or donate the cash you earn to their Charity Partners (Help Mother Out, Girls Inc., Wardrobe for Opportunities, Big Brother Big Sister, Feeding America), and get a tax receipt. In 2018, ThreadUP donated nearly $80,000 to charity!

Order a shipping kit; they pay for USPS or Fedex shipping! Questions 

(Please encourage ThredUP to initiate a program for men’s clothes here. Guys need help getting rid of their clutter, too!)

  

Cambridge, Maynard, Reading, MA.  

New and consigned women’s fashion—a go to for modern style, classic vintage, and luxury clothing and accessories. High quality fashion at a fraction of the cost. All items are in mint condition and have a unique quality and style. 

Raspberry Beret makes consigning clothes truly enjoyable!

  • Quick appointments. You don’t need to wait months.
  • They’ll come to your home to pick-up your clothes. 
  • You can buy online!
  • Gorgeous stores, friendly staff, and they play fantastic music. It’s hard to leave!