Physical Clutter...do you own your stuff, or does it own you?
This was the impetus for The Clutter Counselor program, Organizing Your Inner Pack Rat....all about dealing with your physical clutter & the emotional attachment you have to it!
The Clutter Counselor philosophy is "your clutter is the physical manifestation of your emotional baggage". What you collect, keep and/or buy says a lot about you & where you are in your life (or where you're stuck!). It's not an "organizing" class, because if you don't take ownership of your stuff & deal with the emotional attachments you have to it, it will keep re-appearing in your life!
***I had 1 client who had worked with 3 professional organizers before taking the initial workshop...but her problem of clutter taking over her life/space kept re-occurring! It wasn't until she realized the RELATIONSHIP our stuff has to our emotions (& past stories) that she was finally able to take ownership of her stuff, re-organize what was left to suit HER lifestyle (NOT the lifestyle the "organizer" said she SHOULD have!) & the problem has not re-occurred!***
How PHYSICAL Clutter shows up according to what you value...
CLOTHES Clutter is aHUGE issue
LOVE: You'll overlook what YOU like & surround yourself with stuff you dislike, but keep to make others happy (ex: gifts, hunting trophy in the bedroom...) VALUE: You have a bunch of stuff that you "inherited" & no one else in the family wants & you won't get rid of or your house is the "storage" unit for the family, you keep items as they are "expensive" whether you like them or not (i.e. cashmere sweater from an ex, or an 8-way handtied sofa) SECURITY: Won't buy anything new, hoarders, frequents rummage sages or picking up items from side of the road STATUS: Buys all the new trends, constantly redecorates to keep "current" w/style, latest high tech gadgets & old ones stocked in garage, the "keep up w/the Jones's" person RECOGNITION: Always the high bidder at silent auctions.
MONEY Clutter & how it impacts your FINANCIAL health & abundance...
Money clutter?...WHAT? If you were like me at the beginning, you thought, "who'd be upset w/having so much money that it was CLUTTER?" Well, if you've been following this program, you know that it's NOT about the "stuff" it's about the meaning behind the stuff.
Ex: hanging on to your college furniture even though you're in your 40s as "it's still good", you buy new furniture every year to "keep up w/trends" or your home looks like a "before" of a "rummage sale that never happens"
***Did you know that your "MONEY BELIEFS" are formed between the ages of 0-7yrs old? What TV shows were you watching? What were/are your parent's beliefs on money? (ex: Money doesn't grow on trees, ya know!...)***
Did you know that your ENVIRONMENT can help support you in achieving your MONEY goals? Looking at your MONEY clutter can be beneficial if you are an entrepreneur, small business owner, want to become more EMPOWERED with your finances, starting a business, getting married/divorced or you just want to bring more ABUNDANCE into your life.
Symptoms of MONEY Clutter: -sparse furnishings or abundance of "hand me downs" or dorm/college/1st apartment furniture & you're in your 40s -LOTS of money drams (overdrafts, living paycheck to paycheck...) -keep furniture or other household items that you don't like but rationalize it was: a gift, expensive, on sale, from someone who died or a "should" from a magazine/Oprah/Martha Stewart...
When we think about RELATIONSHIPS we tend to think of ROMANTIC relationships....HOWEVER relationships include: friendship, relationship w/self (THE most important), business (partner, employees, co-workers, vendors, clients...)...WOW, right?
So, when we talk about Relationship Clutter you may think that I'm speaking about only romantic relationships, but not so...it's ALL of your relationships, because how you relate to 1 person is how you relate to everyone in personal, business AND romantic relationships. (yikes, right?).
How does RELATIONSHIP Clutter show up in your home? Pictures and/or items from previous relationships (wedding dress from a previous marriage), gifts from an ex, items from relatives/friends that you don't associate w/anymore or you were "guilted" into taking...
So...WHO influences you?...WHO do you surround yourself with?...
...If you want more romance in your life and can't "seem to get a date"...are you surrounded by friends going through a divorce or who have recently gone through a bad break-up? Do you want to get promoted or start your own business but can't seem to "get support" from family & friends?...are you surrounded by people who've only worked a 9-5 job and can't conceive of taking that risk?***
"Your daily associates constitute the most important & influential part of your environment for either your progress or your RETROgression" -Napoleon Hill
How you & your RELATIONSHIPS can benefit from The Clutter Counselor consulation:
...you'll spend time doing activities you enjoy ...closer more meaningful relationships ...a better relationship with YOURSELF ...more productive professional relationships that can increase your business
The Clutter Counselor RELATIONSHIP consultation is IDEAL for:
...the BEDROOM ...after a divorce or other break-up ...you want to ATTRACT a RELATIONSHIP (more friendships or romantic)
***We suggest the Design for After a Loss room package for those wanting to confront & work on/heal any of the above situations.***