Clearing Clutter Support Group Week 1

Welcome to Week 1 – I hope you will follow along for the next 7 weeks while we go through this 8 week session of the Clearing Clutter Support Group.

Agenda: Week 1
Welcome, Introductions and Warm Up – What has motivated you to come today?
Ground Rules/Guidelines for Group
Group Exercise
List of Topics
Assessment Tool
Break
Grounding/Meditation
What is your definition of clutter/hoarding?
Why do we have clutter?
Safety Concerns
Checkout/Challenges/Homework: Awareness of Acquiring, Goals for Course

There were 14 of us in this very small room today at this very cute Branch Library. We just love this quaint little community Library and are so fortunate to have a partnership with the London Public Library and this ongoing space for our Clearing Clutter Support Group.

So, we were a little worried today that a few people would attend the group who were not on the list because there was a mistake printed in the CMHA Program Guide with information about the group but no information about how to register. Fortunately, there was only one woman who came who was not on the list. She came early so I was able to chat with her. I let her know that the group was full and she wasn’t on the list, but I reassured her that she was here and it would be okay, we would just see how things go. Often, there are one or two who don’t show up so it can all work out in the end. Which of course it did! This woman came up to me at the end of the group to thank me for making her feel so welcomed.

Now, this was a first. We had three people for this group ask if they could bring a support person for the first week. I am sure it can be very scary to come out to this type of group for the first time so I can understand this request. Two support people attended with two participants. At first they thought that they could just sit back and observe but they soon saw that they would have to participate the same as everyone else.   In the past we have had a mother and son, husband and wife, sisters, etc. so its not a problem but yes both would need to sign up and both would participate in the program. The two facilitators myself and Kara Kelly both actively participate in the group exercises and personal challenges.

There were actually 10 participants, 7 women and 3 men, today which is pretty awesome. Some of the issues that arose were losses, letting go of items, acquiring too much stuff, feeling overwhelmed, stressed, anxious, don’t know where to start, addictions, mental health issues, moved a lot in the past and stuff was stored away in Storage Facilities, living with others, churning (moving stuff around), collecting specific items such as books, CD’s, tools, etc.

Participants were very quiet for the first hour of the group but by the break everyone was chatting away.  So, as you can see the agenda is full and it is a very intense two hours which fly by in a blink.   I am so looking forward to this session and happy to be back in this role.

My challenge for this week is to get up off the couch in the evening and do one thing that I have been thinking about.  It could be something like hanging up some clothes, doing a load of laundry, or re-potting a plant.  We will see how I do.

Please let me know if you have any questions about the group and I will do my best to answer them here.  Thanks so much for following along with us.

 

 

About Kimberley

I am a Case Manager at My Sisters’ Place which is a program of the Canadian Mental Health Association London Middlesex. My Sisters’ Place is a program for vulnerable women. I love my job and all the wonderful women I work with. I am very honored to do this work with women who have been through so much and are so open in sharing their stories.
I initiated and designed a Clearing Clutter Support Group which I have been facilitating since 2007 with a co-worker. I love running this group and learn so much from the participants. We offer this eight week program three or four times a year.
I started my business Space For You in 2010 and work with individuals in their homes as well as offer some workshops in the community. I am available to speak to groups on “De-Cluttering Your Life”, “The Magic of De-Cluttering”, “Space Clearing” or really anything to do with clutter and hoarding.

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2 Responses to Clearing Clutter Support Group Week 1

  1. Deb Lee says:

    “My challenge for this week is to get up off the couch in the evening and do one thing that I have been thinking about. It could be something like hanging up some clothes, doing a load of laundry, or re-potting a plant.” <– Love this because it makes getting started (sometimes the hardest thing to do) easy. Just doing one thing can make you feel good about accomplishing something and motivate you to continue.

    • Kimberley says:

      Thank you Deb Lee. Yes!! This has been a great challenge for me and I plan to continue it. I have noticed that my body is sore from lazing around at night and I really need to keep moving. Last week we went for a walk after supper and it was such a beautiful night. It felt so good. You are so right about just getting started though – I believe that can be the key too. Thanks for commenting.

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