on positive psychology

February, 2017

There’re plenty of reasons I’m doing a masters in applied positive psychology and coaching psychology. They’re all connected with happiness and most of them relate to my work as a professional organiser. 

To paraphrase Martin Seligman, the founder of positive psychology, pictured here, I’m studying the science of what makes things better. At the same time I’m learning to be the best coach I can. I’m only one term in (of many – I’m taking it slowly), yet already the stuff I’m learning is filtering seamlessly into my work and personal life. I’m happier and I think I’m better at my job.

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on marie Kondo

October, 2016

It’s some time since I, together with a number of APDO buddies, had the privilege of being members of an audience hosted by a women’s magazine I’d never buy. This was an audience with the world-renowned Japanese declutterer, Marie Kondo. I still talk about that evening. It makes me smile, so I thought I’d share...

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on clutter

May, 2016

Here’s how the Oxford English Dictionary defines the noun ‘clutter’:

A collection of things lying about in an untidy state.

Here’s the same for the verb ‘declutter’:

Remove unnecessary items from (an untidy or overcrowded place).

I can see a collection of things lying about in an untidy state on my desk. I know that if I stopped for a minute and put them away, the corner of my eye vista would be infinitely improved, I’d feel better and perhaps concentrate more on what I’m writing.

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on donating smart, quality clothes

March, 2016

If you’ve got some good quality, interview appropriate clothes, especially if they’re size 16 and upwards, you can help Smart Works (who kindly supplied this image) change the life of another woman.  If you’ve got masses of clothes like that to donate and your friends have too, you could organise a Smart Works clothes drive.

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on donating clothes

February, 2016

I like TRAID. I like the shop near me in Dalston, it’s beautifully laid out. I like the way TRAID organise up-cycling and fashion events and I like it that they provide funding for projects such as supporting children of garment workers in Bangladesh. Professionally, I’ve a great deal of time for TRAID because they make it really easy for us to donate to them.

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on my profession

January, 2016

I love answering the ‘what do you do?’ question – wherever I am, whomever I’m with, it provokes interest and discussion.

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on donating yarn

December, 2015

A client took a whole car boot full of yarn she won’t use to the Helen Bamber Foundation the other day.  She also gave them a few accessories; some knitting needles and a couple of stitch counters.

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on decluttering, well-being and happiness

September, 2015

The other day, visiting the home of a potential new client, I realised I always tell people that although there’s no academic research proving decluttering is good for health and well-being, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence. Professionally, I see it all the time - yes, some of my longer-term clients have lost weight, started exercising or changed their job/relationships – but more importantly they all feel better. Read the testimonials of any professional organiser to see the evidence (including my own). Here’s a small insight into my own observations, and a few pointers to some anecdotal research:

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"Dear Caroline, I just wanted to write to say a massive and heartfelt "thank you" for all your hard work in helping me sort out my flat. As you know, I had such a sense of complete overwhelm regarding all the junk I had accumulated, especially since the death of my mother, I didn't know where to start, and felt deeply ashamed of letting things, literally "get on top of me". I couldn't move for the piles of clothes, paper and general "stuff" that covered the floor entirely. It was deeply depressing and getting me down, yet I felt stuck and unable to tackle any of it on my own. "

- K, London N5

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