Why clutter clearing can be like pushing a hippopotamus uphill

Doing clutter clearing by yourself can be a daunting proposition. Where to start? How to do it? What to keep and let go? What to do if you get stuck?


Have you ever neglected exercise and needed to get fit again? At first it feels like pushing a hippopotamus uphill. But if you persist, the hippo develops wheels and eventually wings. Then what used to be a huge effort becomes so routine that it’s nothing at all.

Getting started with clutter clearing can feel the same. At first, it feels overwhelming and insurmountable. But like exercise, it begins by taking the first step. Also like exercise, it gets easier the more of it you do. I call this “building your clutter clearing muscle”.

Getting help

One of the best investments I ever made in my life was working with a personal trainer for a few years. He helped me to achieve a level of fitness that I had tried very hard to achieve by myself yet never managed to do so.

Similarly, what most people need when tackling their clutter is to learn from someone who has mastered the skill and knows how to teach others how to do it. It’s not something that’s taught in schools, after all. If you didn’t learn how to do clutter clearing when you were young, how will you know how to do it when you’re an adult?

Initially, I was reluctant to pay someone to help me get fit. It felt like something I ought to be able to figure out by myself. It’s my body, after all. But the skills I learned have set me up for a lifetime of fitness, just as learning clutter clearing skills can set you up for a lifetime of being able to live clutter-free.

Online courses

Since 2013, I’ve developed a very popular range of online clutter clearing courses to help people with all types of household clutter. They have been taken by over 10,000 people in 60+ countries around the world.

Fast Track Clutter Clearing
For help with all types of general household clutter, except paper clutter
Next course: October 5-25, 2021 (£75)

Zero Procrastination
Learn how to restructure your life top-down, overcome procrastination, and get things done.
Next course: November 5-25, 2021 (£75)

Clear Your Paper & Digital Clutter
For in-depth help with all types of paper clutter, including books, magazines, clippings, photos & documents, and all their digital equivalents. (£90)
Next course: November 1-30, 2021

For UK residents only, 20% VAT will be added to all prices

Online clutter clearing sessions

If the upcoming dates don’t work for you or you’d prefer more personalized help, Richard Kingston conducts online sessions with clients all over the world.

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Book a free 10-minute Meet Richard Zoom call

We also have certified clutter clearing practitioners in many countries around the world who have excellent skills and work with clients in their homes and online:

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About Karen Kingston

Karen Kingston is a leading expert in clutter clearing, space clearing, feng shui and healthy homes. Her two international bestselling books have combined sales of over three million copies in 26 languages and have established themselves as "must read" classics in their fields. Her best-known title, Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui, is now in its fourth edition. She is best known for her perspective-changing insights and practical solutions that enable more conscious navigation of 21st-century living.
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