27th February 2018

Our author Juliet Landau-Pope tells us about her approach to decluttering, and gives us a taster of the advice you’ll find in her new book “Clearing Your Clutter“:

Are you overwhelmed by clutter in your home? Piles of papers spread across surfaces, toys that take over the floor, household items you’re holding onto ‘just in case’? Or perhaps it’s less visible: wardrobes full of clothes you don’t wear, cabinets crammed with unused crockery, boxes under the beds or lurking in the loft…?

For the record, I’m no minimalist. Nor, as anyone who’s visited my own home will attest, do I belong to the tidy-up brigade. But through my work as a declutter coach, I’ve witnessed myriad ways in which surplus stuff impacts mood and motivation. It’s also a major source of tension between people who live or work together.

So what’s the answer? There are no quick fixes or simplistic solutions. My aim as a declutter coach is to help you to shift habits as well as surplus stuff. The key, which I outline in my book, is to take stock of the stories we tell about what we keep and to explore new perspectives.

Here’s a taster of some of the advice I set out in my book:

Set positive goals
I never talk about ‘getting rid’ of anything because it’s disrespectful. Focus instead on increasing space, order or clarity, for example.

Acknowledge your feelings
As you sort through your clutter, identify the meanings you’ve attached to things. Let go of self-criticism, too.

Shift your perspective
Challenge your own beliefs and consider new ways of thinking about your belongings. Everything comes into your life for a reason but you don’t need to keep it forever.

Identify actions
Plan practical strategies to reduce, reuse, donate or discard things you no longer need or want. Asking for help from a friend or a professional can be a good move.

Maintain motivation
Learn to overcome procrastination and celebrate progress. Keep taking small steps that move your closer to your goals.

Decluttering is a lifestyle choice, not a project. It takes time, energy and patience but the results are definitely worthwhile.

 

Find out more about Juliet by visiting her website.

Find out more about Juliet’s first book “Being More Productive” here.

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