If you have ever thought of hiring a professional organiser but talked yourself out of it because you couldn’t justify the expense, it required too much of your time or raised feelings of embarrassment and self-doubt, I urge you to think again.
How often do you have a declutter session in your home? Do your sessions consist of moving things to other places, throwing things out, storing things away and having just a general clean out? This method usually results in repeat sessions weekly, monthly, yearly and so the cycle continues. This method does not stop clutter from returning in the future. A professional organiser can teach you all the necessary skills you need that will allow you to declutter for good!
I was recently contacted by a client that achieved the most amazing results from just one declutter session. Her results were so remarkable, I wanted to share her story with you. I hope that you find it inspiring and maybe pick up a few tips along the way.
Her story started with an email.
I really need your help!! It has taken a lot for me to contact you as I really don’t know where to start. I am sick and tired of my wardrobe. I literally cannot even get in there. I don’t seem to be able to part with things and as a result my bedroom has really become a dumping ground for storage and is overfilling with clothes and shoes. I am always late due to never being able to find anything to wear in fact I get anxious having to go in there. Each day it’s a nightmare. Let me know when you can book me in please. I look forward to hearing from you.
Mandy’s problem is very common. I knew from her email that we would be able to make a big difference with just one decluttering session (5 hr duration), so I gave her a call, explained the process with her and she booked in for a session.
The process started with what I like to call the ‘reality check’. The entire contents of her wardrobe was piled onto her bed. All of it! We stepped back to take it all in. And there was a lot. At this point Mandy was completely silent as she stared at the pile.
Then we started to talk about the “why’s” and “how’s”. Why she had kept clothing in various sizes? Why there were duplicate items? Why she had purchased so many clothes? Why some items still had tags on? How she felt right now, looking at the pile? How she felt when she shopped? How many clothes she actually wears in a week? How much money did it all cost?
At this point emotions were running high. The “reality check” lead Mandy to understand why her wardrobe had got into to this state and the impact of the money spent on unnecessary items. This was the moment she realised that all of her impulsive purchases, buying because it’s on sale, shopping because it feels good, had actually given her the opposite of what she intended.
The next step was to decide what to keep and what to let go. I have to share that Mandy got quite defensive, less co-operative and was looking a little angry at this point. But this is all part of the process and so we pushed on. My role is to question the choices being made and discuss the real reason why we love clothes so much. Clothes make us feel good. So the choice is simple, only keep the items that make you feel great. This process always starts out slow, but within 20 minutes Mandy was powering through. The longer we worked the easier it became.
The end of the session left Mandy with a wardrobe that she absolutely loved. Not because it looked great, although that helps, but because all of the items placed back into her wardrobe were items that she absolutely loved and made her feel and look great. She was even delighted to rediscover items that she thought she’d lost.
The picture below shows just how many bags of clothes were removed from her wardrobe. This image is important because it highlights just how much ‘stuff’ we hold onto that we no longer need. The bags were donated that very day and what remained was a master bedroom that functioned and felt amazing.
Aside from the great job Mandy did that day and the self-realisations that occurred, it’s what happened in the weeks after that I really wanted to share. Mandy invited me back for a “refresher” consult four weeks later and I was completely blown away by the changes she had made. Mandy was so overjoyed with the happiness she felt after decluttering her master bedroom, that she decided to take the skills she had learned from that one session and implement the same process through her entire home.
During our one on one declutter session we also talked about other areas of her home life that she found frustrating: the never ending laundry pile, frequent trips to the supermarket and buying takeout more often than she would like. These seemingly random conversations again resulted in massive changes, but this time to her household routine.
Mandy’s decision to seek help with decluttering her bedroom opened her eyes to a different way of living and thinking. An easier way of living. She embraced all of the tips I shared with her that day and systematically started implementing them in her home. The result has been a complete transformation. She is now loving her home, spending less time on housework and less money at the supermarket. Her initial investment is now saving her time and money.
And the good news doesn’t stop there. Mandy’s story can also be your story. Happy Home Solutions is now offering packages specifically designed to achieve home organising success just like Mandy’s. The Declutter and Space Saver package will teach you everything you need to know about efficiently removing the clutter from your home and keeping it out for good, and the Time and Sanity Saver package provides a tailored routine and time management system for your home, allowing you to spend less time on household chores and more time doing what you really love.
Mandy’s story is just one example of how a simple wardrobe makeover can truly change your life for the better. If you are tired of dealing with the clutter in your home and would like to make every day easier, consider starting your journey today with a professional organiser. And of course if you live in Brisbane, I would be more than happy to help.