Organising & Productivity Consulting – Clutter & Hoarding
Organising & Productivity Consulting
Organising and productivity consulting services can help during periods of transition when home, family, health, work, or studies become secondary. Are you feeling stress and frustration, overwhelm, and frozen in time – not knowing where to start or where to look? Do you juggle lots of activities and constantly feel like you are getting nowhere despite feeling busy most of the day? I help people struggling with the overwhelm in their heads, homes, and their lives.
An organising and productivity consultant can help you become more organised, and develop new skills to a level that suits your interests, lifestyle, and home. These may include:
- making decisions on the vision for your life, home, and time
- assessing your existing activities, items, and projects
- making the best use of your existing space
- organising systems to maintain an organised life to suit your needs
- helping you achieve a balance between work, family, and study.
I can also provide virtual professional organising if you would like to work through your organising projects through telehealth (online or phone).
“Being organized isn’t about getting rid of everything you own or trying to become a different person; it’s about living the way you want to live, only better.”
– Andrew Mellen
Professional Organiser, Author of Unstuff your life.
Do you have an excessive accumulation of items in your home? Do you find it difficult to discard or part with possessions? You may have started excessive acquiring as a way of avoiding grief reactions but now other aspects of your mental health are impacted. Coping with daily living may become more challenging. Your possessions may start to impact your relationship with yourself, others, and your general comfort within your home.
Maintaining a household with excessive clutter may expose you or your family members to chronic physical and mental health illness including stress, anxiety, and depression. You may have feelings of shame and guilt which prevent you from having anybody over to your home resulting in isolation and loneliness. Household maintenance activities are being neglected resulting in structural damage and safety concerns.
Grief, trauma, anxiety, depression, stress, guilt and shame and other strong emotions that can be difficult and overwhelming. I get it! I can help. As a registered clinical counsellor, mental health practitioner and specialist bereavement counsellor; and an organising and productivity consultant I have a natural fit. For instance, I can work with you on the emotions that are being stirred up in the organising process and I can help you to be more ready, willing and able to start working with a hands-on organiser.
Virtual Professional Organising
What is Virtual Professional Organising (VPO)?
Virtual Professional Organising is an alternative to having someone come to your home or office to assist with face to face, hands on organising. It is conducted either online via Zoom or telephone.
It is ideal if you have decided that you are
- ready to make changes to becoming more organise
- willing to learn and to work through the areas that you feel stuck
- prepared to lift or move your belongings
- ready to make decisions about what you would like to keep, donate, discard, or sell
- ready to take action.
The work is strengths-based. We explore your understanding about the circumstances surrounding the clutter. You are encouraged to express your thoughts, emotions and feelings about items which may be challenging to do on your own. We will acknowledge the challenges and successes.
How does it work?
During the first appointment we will discuss the area(s) that you would like to work on. Some examples include objects, data, projects, and time – both organising and productivity. We will agree on the time of the week that you would like to set aside for appointments. Each week we will work through a structured format and notes will be sent through at the end of the appointment. We will maintain contact between sessions.
Who can it be helpful for?
Virtual organising can be valuable if you are experiencing mental, emotional, or physical clutter that is getting in the way of being as organised as you would like to be. You may want to have the support of a trained and experienced professional and are ready to make the change. Perhaps you may not feel confident, but the goal is important, and you are ready and willing to start.
What do people say about their experience with virtual organising?
“Virtual organising sessions exceeded my expectations. During the process a lot of emotions came to the surface, what the memories were, what they meant now, if they are still appropriate in the present or going into the future. I felt sufficiently supported to be able to go through belongings that had been safely stored and had not been getting in the way but which needed to be sorted through.
In my experience there was initial recognition of the item, which brought back a flood of memories, and a feeling of delight. Just seeing and touching something could transport me back in time. I then formed a quick opinion that whatever I was looking at had to be kept. I believe that if I had someone with me, assisting me to sort through these possessions at that moment, then I would have felt pressured and would have felt unable to discard or dispose of anything.
What happened in nearly every case was that after a day or two, after setting the items aside and after I had thought about what I had been looking at, I could then return to the task and very quickly decide what should be disposed of what should be donated or given away, and what should be kept. I couldn’t do this in the first instance, but I could do so after stepping back and taking a day or two of reflection.”