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on positive psychology

  • 7th 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.
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on marie kondo

  • 21st 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

  • 16th May 2016
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 donating smart, quality clothes

  • 22nd 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

  • 22nd 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

  • 22nd 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

  • 22nd 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

  • 22nd 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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on love

  • 22nd May 2015
Sometimes I wonder if I need to add ‘Do you fall in love with all your clients?’ to my FAQs. The answer’s yes. It feels worth clarifying.
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