Sonia Shields _ dealing with a cluttered business space
“I have a home-based business and a large family. My business role takes me out of the home to visit clients across the area. I met someone who had recently used Lesley’s decluttering services. I was immediately impressed by the changes in her organisation and I said, “Wow! How did that work?”
I had a cluttered business space. The lack of order was leading to stress. I decided it would be worth both the time and the money to seek Lesley’s help.
As soon as Lesley arrived, I found her to be warm, non-judgemental, sensitive and reassuring. As we threw things away, Lesley showed me how and where to store the things I wanted, to keep them safe. She asked questions, checking in with my feelings throughout the process, and she didn’t put me under any pressure.
She helped me tidy my workspace, by putting things into organised files. She also taught me how to prioritise into urgent/today, by the end of the week and later. Very simply and calmly, we worked together to put some order and structure into my working environment.
This was a year ago. Lesley’s words have stayed with me. They’re in my head. If my desk gets slightly out of control, I still use her techniques to bring my working space back into line. I have since moved house, and I have been able to implement Lesley’s systems into my new working environment.
It’s a fascinating learning experience. You might not realise the full effect Lesley has on you until possibly a few months later…”
PJ Van Zetten _ overwhelmed by paperwork…….and a messy Kitchen!
“I work from my home office as a travel counsellor, offering a bespoke travel service to my clients. I had accumulated an overwhelming amount of paperwork around me. I could not see my way clear to bring it under control. I had tried, but it was simply wasn’t working.
I was also aware that, if I wanted to use Skype to work with my clients, I needed to convey a positive visual impression. I wanted them to see an ordered and sorted “miniature travel agent environment” rather than the disaster that was my office.
Lesley brought order and clarity to my office by working with me over Skype. Using the camera, I showed her my current processes and she showed me how to rearrange and tidy areas, gradually turning my office into a creative and enlightening space. She would highlight a particular area and suggest we work on it together. She was accommodating throughout, showing me exactly how to create the travel office environment I was looking for. Together, we created processes that were more productive and which meant I then knew where everything was.
When we had finished, I then started to think my kitchen wasn’t working either! There was no logic to how and where things were stored. Just like my office had been, there was no flow. Using Skype again, Lesley and I reorganised my kitchen into a logical and pleasurable space. Although I had not been aware of it prior to this experience, my kitchen hadn’t given me any feeling of joy. Now, finished off with a cheerful daffodil yellow, my kitchen is now a lovely place just to be.
Lesley made me aware of my own danger zones through a combination of putting processes in place and simply “getting rid of it”! Working with Lesley was a revelation and a definite boost to my personal energy. I now think “Oh yeah!” rather than phunk! whenever I enter both these rooms. Very clever lady.”
Gillian Fox…..too much stuff and a need to downsize
“My home was full of personal and business paperwork and belongings of my own, but I had also acquired my late parents’ belongings. It was out of control. All of these things were stored seemingly everywhere, and I had neither the impetus nor the motivation to sort through it.
The time came for me to downsize and a necessary part of that process, was to work through everything in the house. It was a monumental and emotional task. I hit it off with Lesley immediately; I knew she was the right person to motivate me and to hold me accountable throughout this process.
Lesley helped me break the tasks down into manageable piles. She kept in touch throughout the journey asking if anything was troubling me. It was as if she was constantly looking over my shoulder, offering helpful advice and incentivising me at various stages. She knew the journey ahead; she knew when to nudge, and she knew how to celebrate the various steps.
With sensitivity and kindness, she showed me that I had stopped living in the present. The items I had been holding on to had relevance at one stage, but they were blocking my way forward.
The decluttering experience with Lesley was a lot more profound than I had expected. With Lesley’s help, I am now living in the present with an excitement for the future. The house is now on the market; I have a new “lightness of being” and I am eager to resettle into a new home that will be structured, organised and free.
Lesley is amazingly good at what she does. She understands the decluttering process is deeper than simply removing the clutter.”