Rachel Papworth’s company, My Green and Tidy Life, exists to liberate busy people from clutter and chaos and help them find peace of mind and productivity. Rachel always loved organising and bringing order so when the recession hit and the company she was working in was badly affected she decided to become a Professional Organiser. She set up My Green and Tidy Life and soon found a large number of people were fascinated by what she was doing and knew someone she could help.
Rachel’s ethos is ‘when your home works your life works’. Home is the foundation that allows you to go out into the world and do what you need to do, whether it be work, relationships or interests. Your home supports everything you want your life to be so, when it doesn’t work, it holds you back – some common reasons to kick-start decluttering are forgetfulness, losing things or double purchasing!
External clutter is generally a manifestation of internal clutter – unfinished tasks or deferred decisions – so to move forward you have to clear the clutter by taking decisions or making a conscious decision that you’re not going to action something. Once you’ve decided to make a start you need to find the best place to start decluttering. A good starting point is somewhere that’s really irritating you or an area you use a lot – perhaps what you see when you walk in the house. Initially somewhere that gives you a quick win would be best but the key is to be systematic and not to take on too much because decluttering always takes a lot longer than you think!
You’ll need a number of bags or containers for the different categories of things you’ll find – rubbish, recycling, charity shops, things you’re not sure about, things that don’t belong in that room and for actions that you will need to make happen. Once you know what you’ve got then you can buy the storage solutions that you need for the things you’ll be keeping! The fear of throwing something away and then regretting it can hold people back as does the actual number of things that you have but, if you focus systematically, it will soon become clear that there are things you can deal with, take action or make decisions about or get rid of. Look at one item at a time and if there are things you’re really not sure about then put them to one side, finish everything else and then go back to it. You may by then have then come to a decision but, if you’re really not sure, then keep it.
Rachel works with people in many different ways. She has a Psychology degree and has worked as a coach and facilitated personal development training and these are all useful when working with her clients. Some see her as the motivation to get them started, others feel that simply by scheduling some time with her, they will actually get on and do it. Some people struggle to stay focused and systematic whilst others use her as an objective foil for their decision making, simply by having Rachel listen can help them come to a decision about whether to keep something or throw it away!
You can contact Rachel via her website http://mygreenandtidylife.co.uk/