The client had just moved and wanted to settle into her new home. We spent two sessions working on her clothes, "joy checking" them one-at-a-time. We began with her tops hanging in the closet: she picked them up one by one and paid attention to how her body responded when she held the item. How did she feel about each item? Did it fit and was she excited to wear it? We divided the closet into areas for different types of clothing and made sure that she could quickly find any item. We even made a drawer for swimsuits!
The books category went very quickly as she decided which to keep. She enjoyed arranging the books on her built-in bookshelves, arranging them by color and size. After books, we moved on to papers. For this category, we sat at the table and talked through her current paper systems and needs. She decided that a simple paper inbox basket was all that she needed for incoming papers and added another for family members. We went through the papers individually so that we could talk through how she processed papers. She continued working on papers after the session to finish up the task.
The miscellaneous items category can take longer since it includes items stored in the bathroom, items for cooking, items related to hobbies, etc. We worked through these various sub-categories one by one. Throughout our decluttering, we set aside sentimental items, such as photographs and knick-knacks for the end. At this point, the client had lots of practice deciding which items suited her current life, so she felt confident in her ability to choose. She kept a variety of sentimental items, letters and memorabilia stored in pretty boxes on the closet shelf. They were easy to access when she wanted to take a walk down memory lane.
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My name is Laura, and I love all things organizing!