Peer Support Works

The Clutter Clearers’ Peer Support Circle has been meeting now for five years.  They are coming up to their anniversary in April 2018 and are planning to celebrate.  Yes, Peer Support Works!

They might have a party in someones home.  Think about that for a minute.  This is certainly something that they would not have ever imagined could happen.  But yes, the Peer Support members do visit each other in their homes.  WOW!

There are lots of great benefits to attending this Peer Group.  There is always lots of laughter and “clutter jokes” that only those who struggle with clutter really get.  Laughter is so healing and the clutter jokes really help to normalize things and to reduce the anxiety.

Group members may have been quite isolated in the past and also may have family members who do not understand.  They  develop new friendships and connections with others who really get them.

This group encourages participants to work on their personal goals and challenges and also keeps people accountable to those goals.  The Peer Group Facilitator talks about how the group members are developing their “de-cluttering muscles or their housekeeping muscles”  which really just means working on developing some new awareness and habits.

If you would like to learn more about the Peer Circle from the early days please check out this link.

I am so proud of this group and honoured to be invited back every few months to check in and see how everyone is doing.

Peer Support Rocks!!

Personally, with my own goals I feel like I have finally developed a new habit which is hanging or folding up my clothes at the end of the day.  This has honestly been something I have tried to do over the years and by the end of the week I would have a huge pile of clothes to deal with. What a huge difference this new habit has made.  Success!!

Have you been able to develop an awareness or a new habit that you have been able to maintain?  Please comment below and thank you so much for following along.

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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6 Responses to Peer Support Works

  1. Seana Turner says:

    I want to cheer the members of your Peer Support Group! Your point about having others over for dinner is so poignant.. this represents a big victory. How wonderful to be able to welcome friends to your home without self consciousness. This is a wonderful thing you are doing:)

    • Kimberley says:

      Thank you Seana, Yes, for those of us who work with individuals who struggle with clutter we know that having friends over is a huge thing.

  2. Congratulations on this milestone! I recently read an article on happiness. One of the biggest factors was the social piece…having friends and feeling part of a community. You’ve provided a way for people that have felt isolated to create community. What a beautiful thing to bring to the world. And I can see that their success has inspired your own personal success too. Fantastic!

    • Kimberley says:

      Thank you so much Linda. Having one friend you can hang out with or talk to and definitely having a community, a small support group is so wonderful. I have a few groups myself and I feel so very blessed.

  3. Wow, that is wonderful. The Peer Support Group is a wonderful idea for like-minded individuals. This year, I choose to make time for me. So, I take at least one walk with my dog each day even on busy days. And, in a few weeks, I will be starting a walking group once or twice a week on the trail near us. It’s a group for women only. I look forward to talking with these wonderful ladies from my area.

    • Kimberley says:

      Hi Sabrina,
      That is so awesome. I want to get walking again soon as well. Having a group of women to walk with or to share struggles with is so therapeutic and wonderful. Thank you for your comment.

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