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Moving / Downsizing

One of the more trying episodes in life is moving. Under the best of circumstances it can still be overwhelming and exhausting, particularly if you are moving to a smaller space and need to downsize.

Why not think of it as a great opportunity to reassess what you value and find new perspectives. It’s part of your growth and evolution in your life adventure.

Here’s where I come in. I can help you declutter, organize to pack, box up the more fragile items you don’t trust the movers to handle, arrange the furniture at the new place, unpack and organize all of your items and basically get you moved in. I can also help to organize offsite storage, if that’s the way you want to go. For you it’s drudgery, for me it’s fun. Really!

 

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By |April 28th, 2012|BLOG|0 Comments

Ever Met-a-Phor?

 “phor”: Person Holding Old Receipts
            You may have heard it before: “As above, so below” or, “As within so Without.”
Everything that’s comes into your life you have attracted or created, much of it unconsciously. The way you live is the perfect metaphor of who you are.

Now before going all judgmental and defensive, take a look at Nature. Do we see undeveloped land as acres of tidily trimmed lawns, toweringclutter trees, pretty flowers?  No. There are beautiful forests, yes, but more often are the barren places, brambles, weeds, dried-up streams, muddy lakes, dark, rough seas, as well as the picture postcard areas.

The concept that every house should look like something out of Architectural Digest, and every room should have that Martha Stewart touch, is a made up concept we may or may not strive toward. Most of us do not live in perfect, neat environments. It’s nice to tidy up sometimes, but anyone who devotes most of their time to picture-perfect cleaning is either very compulsive or very bored, and probably has a pretty empty life.

When you’re focused on a project, or going through an emotional crisis, or have an illness, your living space probably develops piles of papers, dishes, clothing and basically goes to hell in a hand basket, right? And because we’re conditioned to think messy is “bad,” we find another reason to get down on ourselves for being bad housekeepers.

I’m here to tell you that the more you understand how your space reflects your emotions, the easier it becomes to feel comfortable in your space and in your own skin.

Why is it that the perfectly decorated and clean house of a friend is far less comfortable than the […]

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By |April 23rd, 2012|BLOG|0 Comments

Messy Can Be Good

Okay, everyone, I have a confession to make. . .I’m a total messaholic. What is

that, you ask? A chronically messy person. (Note: I don’t consider myself a slob.

That’s an entirely different animal.) But I will take off my coat and shoes when I walk

in the door and and pretty much leave them there for at least a few hours. I’ll leave

dishes in the sink overnight. I’ll leave the lid off the olives way after the martini has

been consumed. Sometimes I’ll look around and think “who messed up

my place?” knowing full well who that someone is.

Yes, it’s true. I have the [clutter] angel on one shoulder and the devil-may-care guy

on the other. That’s probably why I’ve become a professional neatnik.  “You must be

sooo organized at home,” people often say to me. Yes, in the sense that I know where

everything is, or at least where it should be. Nothing is willy-nilly. Maybe some piles

or drawers get messy-looking, but the scarf drawer is all scarves, and the sock drawer

is all socks, even if they’re not alway put away in the neatest way.

Speaking for myself, having a lot of “stuff” is a luxury. If you can afford that “luxury,”

you need to maintain it by knowing  what you have and where it lives in your space so

it’s available for use when you want it.  Otherwise, what’s the point?

 

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By |January 19th, 2012|BLOG|0 Comments

“But I Might Need It”

This is often the sticking point when it comes to de-cluttering. You can part (finally) with the 20-year collection of National Geographics, but your grandmother’s hand-embroidered, well-loved, tear-stained hankie (fill in your own sentimental attachment) is a problem. Besides, her favorite perfume still lingers. What to do?

I always ask people if that’s the only remaining item them have of that person. What about Gramma’s cut glass lamp in your dining room that you actually use? Sometimes that makes it easier. Keep what is useful. Life is for the living. No one can blame you for wanting a few sentimental geegaws, but if it takes up space, and has no practical use (including aesthetic), try taking a picture of it. (Ask yourself if you’d really want an image of it for your screensaver.) Then let it go to someone who might find a REAL use for it.

The important thing is to not give an object more power than its worth. Recently, a client faced the dilemma of what to do with a pair of beautiful twin beds her grandfather had carved. “I can use one, but not both,” she said, “and I can’t break up the set.”

“Why not?” I asked, clearly seeing that she really loved them. She thought about it and asked if committing that kind of “sacrilege” was an okay thing to do.

“Absolutely!” I said, to her relief. Why not keep and love one and let the other go–after all, it’s not exactly Sophie’s Choice. If one of a pair is useful, and the other isn’t–well, there’s the answer. Give yourself the power to upset dead relatives!!! You’d probably be surprised to find that even if they knew, they’d probably be happy that […]

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By |December 12th, 2011|BLOG|0 Comments