The reality of modern life is that many people spend thousands of pounds or dollars (or fill in your own currency here) buying stuff that fills up their home, only to find themselves needing to pay for clutter clearing expertise when they realize they need help letting it go.
The good news is that it costs a heck of a lot less to let go of things than to acquire them in the first place, and usually takes a lot less time too!
The multiple benefits of clutter clearing make it one of the best personal investments that money can buy because it frees up your life to do the things you really want to do instead of feeling overwhelmed, incapable, and stuck. Many people also discover they have items they can sell that will more than cover the cost of professional help. ‘I wish I’d done this years ago!’ is a remark I frequently hear.
I work with a wide range of clients, from people living on modest incomes to multimillionaires, and the only real difference between them is the value of the items they discard. Whereas one person may have unwanted things that they donate to a charity shop or sell on eBay, another will want to call in a valuer to sell items at auction.
In this way, clutter is one of the great universal levelers. Rich or poor, young or old, male or female – it makes no difference. The stagnant energy that accumulates around clutter affects anyone who has it and causes them to feel stuck in some way.
Years ago, before I wrote my Clear Your Clutter book, no-one even suspected that clutter could be a problem. People still thought that all their stuff was an asset that might come in useful some day. Nearly 2 million copies in 25 languages later, the word has well and truly gone out. A whole generation’s attitude to clutter has changed, and an entire industry has sprung up to help people who have lost their way in the sea of belongings that have taken over their lives. There are now professional organizers and declutterers you can hire to help you sort through, organize your things, and discard the items you no longer use or want.
The people I train are called clutter clearing practitioners, and their skills are rather different. They never tell anyone to throw anything away. During the hands-on process of working with a client to sort through their things, they help them to gain insights about how their clutter has been affecting them, which allows them to make much easier, wiser, and better informed decisions about what stays and what goes. More importantly, they also help each person to understand why they felt the need to accumulate clutter in the first place, so that they will know how to prevent it all piling up once more. There really is no point in doing all that clutter clearing work only to end up in the same situation again!
During the 20 years I lived in Bali, I wasn’t in a situation to lead clutter clearing practitioner trainings, but now that I’m back in the UK again, it’s become a high priority for me to do. Clutter is on the increase all over the world, and more and more people need help. If you’d like to know if there is a certified practitioner available yet in your part of the world, please take a look in my Directory of Practitioners to find out.
Copyright © Karen Kingston 2015