Who could have guessed that the cathartic process of purging and decluttering one woman’s home one drawer, one closet, one room at a time could change the direction and trajectory of life forever?
What began as an attempt to help a client gradually declutter her home, that had become so overrun with clutter that she was overwhelmed to the point of feeling paralyzed and powerless to accomplish the task on her own, turned into an adventure and great revelation.
What ended up happening was completely unexpected. After almost a year of decluttering, a powerful, confident, emboldened woman emerged from underneath all of that clutter. the physical and emotional clutter that had been standing in the way of the peace, contentment and fulfillment that her clutter-free home now provides, was gone.
And even more importantly, after fully embracing the inner work of decluttering, she is now a woman who loves and respects herself enough to confront anyone (including herself) who tells her she can’t when she knows she CAN.
But perhaps the most significant impact of decluttering, both the physical and mental clutter, is the life-changing power that she discovered within herself hidden underneath all of that stuff.
Several major transformations took place during the nine-month-long process.
Throughout the process of purging, she also learned how to:
A few weeks into our decluttering sessions, I was introduced to her spouse for the first time.
She said: “Rita is here to help me declutter our home.”
He responded: “Good luck with that!”
To this day, those cruel, biting, and disempowering words still ring in my ears!
In that moment, I saw a woman who had heard this message many times before and felt so beaten down by a spouse who was betting against her success.
How could she possibly win at decluttering or anything else she set out to do? No wonder she felt incapable of doing this project on her own!
I was committed to having her reverse the real time cost of clutter.
An overview of the process of this life-changing approach to decluttering:
As she grew to trust me, she openly talked about the emotions that she had been denying and attempting to hide for many years. Those feelings of anger, resentment, frustration, and disrespectbegan to melt away and feelings of gratitude and hope started to creep into our conversation.
She came to realize that as she not only lost control of her house and the clutter within it, she has also lost her own power and self-respect.
With each bag of discarded trash, with each box of donated stuff, she was not only letting go of the physical clutter, but she was also letting go of the mental cutter that had been the real roadblock to any possibility of success that she was looking for.
As her house started to feel lighter, brighter, and more organized, she, too, started to exude a newfound power, self-confidence, and self-respect.
During the nine-month-long journey of decluttering and of getting her house and her life back, she miraculously discovered the real cost of clutter. The woman who had been hiding beneath all of it began to emerge.
We all like good endings and this one will warm your heart.
About six months into the process, her spouse began to compliment her on her commitment and progress. He even offered to help.
A month before we finished the large project, her husband happily announced that they had decided to have a big party at their house… something they both were too ashamed to do in the past.
At last, and together… they could proudly invite people into their new home.
What was your initial roadblock to successfully declutter your home and life? Is your story one of success?
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