BW, February 2016
I was more than a little nervous before my first encounter with Kate. My circumstances had changed and I found myself working increasingly from home. Instead of this freeing up more time, I became an expert at procrastination. Jobs that would usually take 10 minutes could fill the whole day and, as a result, nothing in the house was getting done.
My dining room had become a dumping ground and I’d reverted to my old trick of layering things in from the walls. I knew things were getting out of hand, but I didn’t know how to change it.
Kate’s practical approach was a breath of fresh air. I’d worried that she’d be appalled by the problem, but if she was, she didn’t show it! She just broke things down into manageable steps and helped me physically to achieve them. We talked about how I wanted the room to look and then shifted the furniture around and found homes for most of the other stuff. At the end there was an enormous pile of junk to go to the tip and a satisfying feeling of smugness about being able to walk into the room and smile at what I saw.
The effect was more than that though. It was easier to focus on work as I had a clearer head and was starting to think about restarting my hobbies. My stumbling block was I knew I had a huge stash of unopened letters lurking and I dreaded finding some bill that I’d overlooked.
During her follow-up call, I broached this with Kate and she agreed to come and help. I can’t pretend I was looking forward to the experience, but we opened all the envelopes and put things in piles that covered the whole of the floor. The scary bit was when she left me alone in the room to sort out what I wanted to keep and what could be thrown away, but once I got started it wasn’t as bad as I’d thought and there were no new nightmares in there.
Reducing that pile of letters to 15 plastic wallets now filed in a cabinet and two full bin bags for recycling was far more exhausting than I had expected, but then every page I lifted I thought would be a red bill! The relief at the end and sense of being back in control was brilliant!
If you’re thinking about working with Kate, my advice is do it!
She’s friendly, easy to talk to, resourceful and practical with a good eye for how to make a room come together. It’s hard work clearing and throwing things away, but she’s more than willing to help.
Thank you Kate!
BW, February 2016
LC, February 2016
I wanted to say a huge thank you to Kate for helping me to declutter my wardrobe and give it a much needed new lease of life.
I’d made several attempts to go through my wardrobe myself and clear out items of clothing that no longer suited or fitted me. For some reason I wasn’t able to let go of a large number of items. I wasn’t sure if it was down to the money that I’d spent on them or the feeling that I might just wear it again one day… “You never know when it might come in handy?”
Kate was incredibly calm and patient and worked through every single item with me, asking me when I’d last worn it and how I felt when wearing it. I tried on items I hadn’t worn for a while and we both decided if they looked good and if I’d wear it again. We also went through all of my shoes and my coats.
Kate ordered my clothes in my wardrobe and neatly folded everything in my chest of drawers. She took away the clothes that we’d placed in the charity pile so that I instantly felt clearer.
I now feel so much better. The way Kate has helped me organise everything means that I can now actually see what I’ve got. I only have clothes I love in my wardrobe and I find putting together outfits much easier.
I highly recommend spending time with Kate. It made the whole task so much easier and more enjoyable.
LC, February 2016