East coast consultations in Australia

Richard SebokIt’s short notice, we know, but this is to announce that Richard Sebok will be visiting the Sydney, Central Coast and Newcastle areas of Australia, 22-27 September 2017, and is available to do a few consultations during that time.

Richard is a co-director of Karen Kingston International, and has co-led all professional clutter clearing and space clearing practitioner trainings with me since 2005. He has over 12 year’s experience of conducting consultations all over the world.

Types of consultations offered
Space clearing 
Clutter clearing
Healthy home

It’s been a while since Richard last visited the East Coast and he’s not planning another visit until next year. So if you’d like to receive a no obligation quote, please send him a consultation request as soon as possible.

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Do you walk your dog, or does it walk you?

Dog pulling on leash

Cesar Millan, of Dog Whisperer fame, has searched through film footage and photos of decades of US presidents walking their dogs, and has discovered an astonishing fact: They all trail behind their dogs.

He has observed that presidential dogs take the lead when alighting from Air Force One, when entering the White House, or when being walked by a president on the White House lawn. Not one of them knows how to control their dog so that it walks behind them instead of tugging on the leash and surging ahead.

In his book, Be The Pack Leader, Millan says ‘I got a lot of applause during one seminar when I suggested that everybody write letters to Congress and suggest that before anyone gets sworn in as president, he or she has to learn how to walk a powerful dog. Maybe even a pack of dogs! It would be a test they’d all have to pass. All world leaders of all countries should be able to do it. If that actually happened, then all of our human pack leaders would have to practice calm-assertive energy, because that’s the only energy that dogs naturally follow. I believe we’d have a lot more balanced people running the world if they based their leadership on calm-assertive energy.’

Taking control of your life

Millan also explains in his book,’My goal for you is that you use the power of calm-assertive energy to become the pack leader in every area of your life, and open up to you a new dimension of living that you never before realized was possible.’ His readily admits his teachings are more about rehabilitating humans than training their dogs.

I’d like to meet this man some day because I have a similar belief about the effect of taking control of the clutter in your life. When you consciously own the space of your home, it opens up new possibilities you would never have dreamt of before.

The difference in technique is that instead of using calm-assertive energy to train a dog, you use it to centre yourself and order your home. Clutter clearing is the process of taking control of your life, one item at a time, and then periodically reviewing your home to make sure your personal possessions continue to match and support who you are and who you wish to become.

The analogies don’t stop there, either, because the behaviour of a person’s dog very much reflects what is out of balance in them. ‘Our dogs are our mirrors,’ says Milan. ‘Have you looked in yours lately?’

Similarly, everything in your home is a reflection of yourself. In my book, Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui, I explain, ‘One of the quickest ways to get a fresh perspective on your life is to take a good long look at everything in your home as if you didn’t know the person who lives there. Better still, take photos of each room and look at the photos instead, which will give you more objectivity. What would you conclude about the person who lives in this home? Are they the kind of person you want to know? Are they the kind of person you want to be like? It then becomes much more obvious what you want to keep and what needs to go.’

When your home is out of control, with clutter and mess everywhere, some aspects of your life are sure to be out of control too. Sort out your home, and your life will work better. And training your dog, if you have one, will help a lot too!

Copyright © Karen Kingston 2017

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How Zero Procrastination can change your life

To Do list

Can a To Do list be a form of clutter in your life? You bet your sweet pineapple it can!

Mental clutter

The most obvious form of clutter is the physical stuff lying around your home. But the mental clutter of things not done can be just as much of a problem. Both kinds will hold you back and prevent you from being all that you can be.

The longer you put off doing things, the more they drain your energy, and the harder it becomes to bring yourself up-to-date. A mountain of tasks awaiting your attention doesn’t exactly inspire you to jump out of bed in the morning and polish them off.

Or does it?

The bottom-up approach

Every To Do system I’ve ever come across approaches the problem by helping you to put systems in place to dig yourself out of the pit you find yourself in.

Yes, that can work, but it’s a thankless task and requires a huge investment of willpower to keep going, day after day.

I’m not denying the value of systems or willpower. Both are great assets to have. But this is a bottom-up approach that depletes your adrenals and doesn’t create much fulfilment. You get stuff done, but are left feeling at the end of your life, what was the point of all that?

The top-down approach

What if I told you there’s another way? A way that will show you how you to make every item on your To Do list something you’ll happily want to complete, rather than it being a chore?

When people first take my Fast Track Clutter Clearing online course, they don’t believe me when I tell them that they will soon look forward to clutter clearing as a treat. But the techniques I teach them do just that. Physical clutter clearing becomes a joy.

I do the same in my Zero Procrastination course, but with regard to mental clutter. It’s a matter of changing standpoint and a few other snags that hold people back. Your relationship with To Do lists will never be the same again.

Still procrastinating?

Are you ready to turn your life around or are you still thinking of waiting a while before taking the plunge? Take the procrastinating wombat part of you totally by surprise. The next course starts on September 5, and you can sign up for it here.

Related links
Testimonials from Zero Procrastination course participants
Testimonials from Fast Track Clutter Clearing course participants

Copyright © Karen Kingston 2017

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Professional Clutter Clearing Practitioner Training

I’m very happy to announce that Richard and I have found an excellent venue for the next Professional Clutter Clearing Practitioner Training and the dates have now been confirmed.

The residential part of the training will take place at tranquil location of the Joondalup Resort in Perth, Australia, which is also home to many kangaroos who roam the adjacent 27-hole championship golf course and graze on the luscious grass there.

The training

This training covers a range of highly effective techniques and skills that are not taught in any other professional clutter clearing program.

Major emphasis is placed on learning to discern the underlying reasons why a client has accumulated clutter in the first place, to help the person to gain a new perspective about it. This results in a greater willingness for the person to let it go and much less likelihood of them ever wanting to acquire clutter again in future.

The training also includes advanced personal energy management techniques that are vital for all professionals in this field of work to know and practice.

Part One (Sep 3-6, 2018)
A 4-day residential course at the Joondalup Resort in Perth, Australia. It includes all the skills that cannot easily be taught from a distance and also allows trainees to meet and get to know each other before embarking on Part Two.

Part Two (Sep 7, 2018 – Feb 28, 2019)
A series of case studies conducted over a 25-week period via skype, email and a private message board.

What is the training really like?

I am often asked this question. The best way to get the inside track on what the training is really like is to read these testimonials from previous participants:

Part One testimonials
Part Two testimonials

How to book

Booking for Part One will open on September 8, 2017 and anyone who has already completed the following preliminary courses is welcome to apply…

Foundational Courses
Fast Track Clutter Clearing
Zero Procrastination
Clear Your Paper & Digital Clutter (previously known as Clear Your Paper Clutter)

Advanced Course
Living Clutter-Free (or the online course previously known as Part One)

If you have not yet taken any or all of these courses, the next dates are:
Fast Track Clutter Clearing – Sep 5-25, 2017
Zero Procrastination – Sep 5-25, 2017
Clear Your Paper & Digital Clutter – Oct 1-30, 2017
Living Clutter-Free – Nov 1-30, 2017

More information

More information about the training will be added in the coming days but for now, you can find more details here:
About professional clutter clearing
Professional Clutter Clearing Practitioner Training Program

Copyright © Karen Kingston 2017

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A beginner’s guide to clutter clearing

Carrot peelers

When you begin clutter clearing your home, a good place to start is with general household items. This is because most people have far less emotional attachment to such things than to belongings of a more personal nature, so they are much easier to sort through.

It also works best to begin with small, finite areas, so that you can get some successes under your belt before tackling larger, more challenging areas.

And where you can easily find small areas of general household clutter? In your kitchen drawers, of course!

How many carrot peelers does a person really need?

If it’s been a while since you sorted through your kitchen drawers, don’t be surprised if some unexpected items emerge. The astonishing number of carrot peelers pictured here, for example, were found in the drawer of a woman who took my Fast Track Clutter Clearing course and gave me permission to include her photo in this blog.

After having a good chuckle about how on earth she had acquired so many, she kept the three she liked the best and donated the others to charity, to start a new life peeling carrots in other people’s home rather than being allowed to continue languishing in hers.

How to sort through your kitchen drawers

Follow  these seven steps:

1. Work drawer by drawer
Don’t pull everything out and attempt to do your entire kitchen in one go. Do one drawer at a time in 20-minute time boxes. Set a timer and begin.

2. Group similar things together
Begin by sorting everything into types so that you can see how many of each kind you have.

It’s a good idea to have a Charity box on hand for items you no longer need, a Recycling box for anything that can be recycled, and a Rubbish bin for things that have gone beyond the point of usefulness to you or anyone else.

If you come across things that don’t belong in your kitchen drawers, don’t interrupt what you’re doing to take them to where they belong. That’s a sure way to get distracted and end up doing something else. Instead, put them in a Transit box or container of some kind, and wait until the end of the session to take them to where they live.

3. Decide what to keep and what to let go
Use The Clutter Test for this. Ask yourself:

  • Does it lift my energy when I think about it or look at it?
  • Do I absolutely love it?
  • Is it genuinely useful?

If you don’t get a yes to the first question and an equally resounding yes to either question 2 or 3, then the item is probably clutter. If you’re still not sure, ask yourself:

If I absolutely love it…
Does it really inspire me, or is it just “nice”?
Do I already have enough of this type of item for my needs?
In spite of how much I love it, does it also have sad associations in my life?

If it’s genuinely useful…
When did I actually last use it?
When, realistically, am I likely to use it again?

4. Clean each drawer
Use a damp cloth to clean each drawer before you start putting anything back. Get rid of all those crumbs and other bits of food and grime that somehow end up in there.

5. Use drawer organizers
There are some great solutions these days for organizing things in drawers. Just google “drawer organizers” to find what’s available in your part of the world. They’re not expensive and make a huge difference. They allow you to keep similar things together instead of all mixed up with everything else, which saves you time and frustration because you can easily find what you want when you need it.

6. Store things near to where you use them
As you put things back in your drawers, check that you’re storing things in the best locations. It’s amazing how many people quickly unpack when they arrive in a new home and leave it like that forever. Sometimes all it takes is to switch two drawers and everything works much better.

Keep the items you use most often at the front and at an easily reachable height, and keep the things you use less often at the back or in less easily reachable locations. What this really means, is that you keep the good stuff where you can get your hands on it and put the rest where most of it can morph into clutter over time. Ah well, at least it’s more organized now!

7. Let go of anything you no longer need
Decide whether to give, sell, re-purpose or throw away any items you no longer need. And set yourself a deadline for getting them out of your home, within a week at the most. Otherwise you’ll just be moving clutter from one location to another, and you don’t want that.

Kitchen cabinets

After you’ve worked through your kitchen drawers, work through your kitchen cabinets, one shelf at a time, using the same techniques.

General household clutter

You can clutter clear your entire home, 20 minutes at a time, using these methods and adding extra boxes, such as a Selling box, if you have items that can be sold, or a Returns box for items you have borrowed that need to be returned. The full 10-box system is described in detail in Chapter 16 of my Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui book.

Related articles
How to clutter clear your home 20 minutes at a time
How to use The Clutter Test

Fast Track Clutter Clearing online course

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