It’s a recurring theme. I go to meet a new client for the first time. She walks me through her house. Points out the space she wants me to declutter. Usually her wardrobe. She’s excited I’m here and wants us to get to work. Now. But at this point I pause and ask the killer question. “What is driving you nuts every time you enter your home?”
What’s holding your career back? It could be that guilty secret you’ve been hiding since who-knows-when.
The one you’d be mortified for your colleagues to discover. The thing your partner keeps nagging you about. Yes, your workspace at home. The mess. The piles of unsorted paperwork. The time spent searching for things. “Have you seen my…?”
This cluttered way of working at home is just normal for many people. And if you’re one of them you’ll know it can have a very real impact on your work. A negative impact. Because anyone who seriously believes they can produce the same quality and output of work from a chaotic, haphazard workspace as they can from an organised, tidier-than-Monica-in-Friends space, is kidding themselves. Or in denial. Read more
Everyone loves a Christmas advert, don’t they? All those roaring log fires. Snowy outdoor scenes. Happy, excited children who never moan, fight or stare at a screen for hours. And the gifts, don’t forget the gifts. People receive gifts and they are ALWAYS delighted with what they’re given. Not even a hint of “Another corkscrew? Seriously?”, or the knowing look that says, “I know this strawberry shortcake scented odour-neutralising candle has been sitting in the bottom of your gift drawer for 3 years”. Nope, the festive ads are all joy and teary-eyed delight. If only… Read more
‘Tis the season to be jolly and all that but if you’re not careful, ‘tis also the season of chaos and clutter. If, that is, you walk blindly into the festive season without a bit of planning. And we’re not talking about early gift buying or getting the Christmas cards written pronto. We’re talking about clearing the decks so your home is ready for the upheaval that Christmas brings. All the stuff. The influx of new gifts, the added debris from wrapping and packaging, the space needed for decorations – not to mention The Tree.
The thing is, if you don’t do the prep before you’re in the thick of Christmas, it’ll quickly become overwhelming….
So you are thinking of moving. With all that stuff. Well, not ALL of it perhaps, you might try to get rid of a lot of it before you move… hopefully… as a lot of that stuff is still in boxes from the last move 15 years ago, isn’t it?
As an accredited and experienced Move Manager & Organiser, I know that stress levels in relationships are reduced in direct proportion to the amount of tedious planning done before the move. You have probably only visited your new home about 3 – 6 times, not even spent a night there, so there is much planning to be done before you arrive.
Here are 5 tried and tested ways to help you move home with minimal stress. Read more
The thing about clutter is that there’s no hiding it. Scrap that. Okay so there are LOADS of places to hide your clutter. Chuck it into the coat cupboard. Behind the sofa. Under the bed. In the car if you’re really desperate. We could go on. But this isn’t a guide on how to hide away your clutter. The point is, if you have clutter, you know you have it. Because even if you have hidden the kids’ toys in the under-stairs cupboard before the whole book group arrives at your house, or unsorted laundry under the bed when your mother-in-law pays an unexpected visit (surprise!) you know the mess is there, that’s why you’re trying to hide it. And later once they’ve gone you’ll have to tackle it because it’s probably in the way of stuff you need.
So in a way, the great thing about email clutter is that nobody can see it. Even your nearest and dearest aren’t going to go trawling through your emails and see you have 23,293 unopened messages. But that is also the problem… Read more
We’ve all been there. Fired off an unusually aggressive email in the spur of the moment. Emailed something we wouldn’t dare say to someone’s face. It’s one of the pitfalls of communicating by text or email. We have a tendency to behave more badly than we would face-to-face.
It’s usually just thoughtless venting soon forgotten but when it comes to more serious conflict such as work grievance, divorce or inheritance, an aggressive email can have deeper repercussions. More people involved, more chance of emails being forwarded, emails which could be brought up in court. Which is why your response to hostile emails can affect not only your relationships but also the outcome of a case.
Ask yourself – do I need to respond? Read more
That jacket. The one you got in the clearance sale. The colour was never quite right and it was a bit tight on the sleeve but it was a total bargain. Designer jacket for that price! So of course it has spent a long and lonely life in the back of your wardrobe. It did see the light of day briefly 5 years ago when you moved house. And… no come to think of it you never did wear it out. You should have got rid of it years ago.
No, you say. I’ll sell it. It must be worth loads by now. I’ll make the money back.
Really? You think?
Why you won’t get the money back
Are they under the sofa cushions? In your other coat pocket – the one you wear to walk the dog in the rain? In the sparkly clutch-bag you only use on once-in-a-blue-moon nights out?
I’m talking coins. Not just any coins. The old £1 coin. Old as in, this time in a month it won’t be worth a penny. Zilch. Old as in, come the morning of 16 October, no shops will accept them. Some banks may even refuse to exchange them.
This will be annoying if you find a few odd quid stuck down the back seat of the car in two months’ time. But a big old waste of money if you have dozens of the things scuttled away. Maybe hundreds. And it’s likely that many of us do.
I love jigsaws. And I’m good at them. But why is she telling us this, you ask – surely this is a blog about professional organisation, not hobbies? I mention it because clients always find that one of the benefits of using my services is that I have an uncanny gift for remembering exactly what went where, when, and why.
The amount of decisions and the overwhelming amount of changes my clients need to make can leave them feeling overwhelmed. But not me. Late night texts of “Where is the blue vase?”, “What price did we agree on that designer bag?” and ‘Did I pack the prescriptions?” are exactly what I expect from clients who are transitioning from one life to another. Read more