The Graduates of the Clearing Clutter Group – Week 8

Week 8 – Eight graduates finished strong today.

Eight Weeks really flies by and from what the participants wrote on their evaluations they wish that this Clearing Clutter Support  Group could be longer. Participants are usually invited to come back for another 8 weeks, however, the next group in April is already full with a waiting list.  A number of the group members asked if they can attend the next group after that which is likely to be in September.

Most of the group members are planning to attend the Peer Group next week which will help them to stay on track with their de-cluttering goals.

The three areas that participants made progress on are:  How much clutter is in the home?, How much difficulty do you have with discarding?, and How much are you acquiring?  In looking over the scores everyone has made improvements.  You can check out some previous scores here:  http://spaceforyou.ca/2015/03/19/huge-improvements-on-the-de-cluttering/

We had really great attendance for this group and we also had three participants who attended for all of the eight weeks.  We seemed to have a number of snow storms on these mornings too.  We had eight people attend strong on the last week.  We started the group with twelve so this is pretty good.

On the last week we discuss alternative ideas for finding enjoyment in your life.  This is especially helpful for those who find it exciting to find a treasure in a thrift shop, are having fun when moving things around in their homes or are excited to get some free items.  It can be important to find other ways to create comforts in your life.   Think about other activities that you can do other than going to a flea market or yard sales.

We also discussed some Tips for Overcoming Clutter Issues which were adapted from Dr. David Tolin.  These serve as a great resource, review and ideas going forward with confidence.

So, how did I do with my challenge this week.  Well, it was a busy week, out every night blah blah blah.  I know, excuses, excuses!!  I did clean out a drawer in my bedroom and it took about 10 minutes, filled up a bag for donation (it was already mostly full) and it is now in the trunk of my car ready to be dropped off.  My partner also got motivated and filled up a bag to go with mine so ……SUCCESS!!

My co-facilatator and myself will be attending the Peer Support Group next week along with the Graduates from this group.  The topics the group are asking for are Motivation and Procrastination.  Great topics.  Stay tuned as I will let you all know how it goes.

I plan to carry on with my de-cluttering.  My goal is to work on something every week.  How are you doing with your de-cluttering?  Happy De-cluttering and have a great week.

 

 

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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10 Responses to The Graduates of the Clearing Clutter Group – Week 8

  1. Julie Stobbe says:

    Thank you for sharing about this group. The concept is fantastic and I can see very helpful.

  2. Seana Turner says:

    I think the idea of finding alternative forms of enjoyment is so important. I find this a lot with overeating as well. Food is entertainment and a source of “company.” Once you get busy with other things, the temptation to eat is reduced. I think the same applies for those who compulsively acquire. That habit needs to be replaced with another positive activity. Shared the information about this group with some other organizers – so great!

  3. I love the idea of finding enjoyment in one’s life. We get into patterns that may not be good for us and changing them can be scary. And, that is understandable. I found that if you reach out to others and get some ideas for different things to do that it will give you some courage to do them yourself because you know someone else has done it. Getting some feedback about different activities does help you take that risk. Good luck with your next decluttering project and group.

    • Kimberley says:

      Thanks a lot Sabrina. Thanks for following along on this journey with us. Yes, I am looking forward to what is next. Have a great week.

  4. Congratulations on what sounds like a successful and positive experience for you AND the participants of your Clutter Support Group. It’s wonderful that everyone saw a change and felt empowered to continue on. You are doing great work in the world. There’s nothing quite the support of others to help us feel supported in our struggles and pursuits. The power of being in a group is undeniable.

  5. That are impressive results, especially considering the winter we’ve been having. And the fact that so many want to come back shows that there’s a lot of value in your program!

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