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Space Clearing Methods

Hey Collectors!

Have you ever walked into an office or home and something didn’t feel right? Is there a room you avoid because it doesn’t have good vibrations? Does any of the energy of your home or office feel stuck? I am a huge fan of space clearing. It always makes my space feel good and I feel good as well.

Here are some tips for clearing your space.

Clear you clutter. You aren’t surprised I said that are you? If you read any books on Feng Shui, one of the first things they tell you is to clear your clutter. Clutter is stagnant energy and you will want to get rid of as much as possible. (If you need help, we are here!)

Pick a method. There are lots of ways you can clear energy. You can use gongs, sound bowls and sage. Many people opt to bring in nature such as using a seashell or flowers. There is no right or wrong; let your interest and what feels good guide you. Check out my aromatherapy

Bottle of essential oil lemon thyme thyme oreganorosemary and sage leaf on wooden background.

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Preparation. Once you have decided what space clearing method you are going to use, begin. Block out time to do the ceremony so you don’t feel rushed. If you have others living with you, involve them as well. Get any supplies you may need. Turn off all fans and appliances and set the stage for your ceremony.

Set the intention. As you are clearing the space, don’t forget to set an intention of what you would like to bring into your space. Are you looking for a new relationship? Would you like more abundance? What would you like to feel in your space—peace, happiness, creativity?

Have gratitude. I always like to end my ceremony with gratitude. Take time to say some thanks. Notice how your space feels. Did you like the method you used or would you like to try something new? This is about having fun, so be open to explore different ways to clear your space.

Maintenance. I am a fan of clearing my space on a regular basis. Become aware of your space and how it feels. You don’t have to wait until the next “scheduled” time. If something doesn’t feel good or you had someone in your home that didn’t have good energy, clear your space!

Do you clear your space? When space clearing methods do you use and like? Share your comments below.

If you are ready to have a space clearing, we can help you get there by clearing clutter and organizing your stuff. Call Collector Care at 925.548.7750 or email rachel@collectorcare.com to schedule your free 30-minute consultation to discuss how we can help you clear clutter or get organized.

Tips for Holidays with a Hoarder

Hey Collectors!

While the Holidays are a time of joy, fun and family, they can also be a time of stress. If you have a member of your family, or a friend, that is a Hoarder, holidays may be anything but merry. I want to share some ways you can navigate the Holidays with a Hoarder.

The reality is that a hoarder needs professional help. I have trained and become certified to work with hoarders. Most family members and friends don’t have any type of training and rarely are they able to improve the situation. However, it is important for you to stay sane during the holidays, so here are some tips if you’ll be spending the holidays with a hoarder.

  1. Let go of expectations. If you are looking for a Christmas miracle, it’s probably not going to happen. Don’t view the holidays as a time to make progress or change the habits of a hoarder. Now is usually not the time to practice any tips you saw on Hoarders or read in any books.

  2. Be less judgmental. Even if you don’t say anything, people can feel when they are being judged. Hoarding is caused by deep pain and being judgmental only adds to the pain and doesn’t do anyone any good. If you feel yourself starting to think or say something, consider going outside for a breath of fresh air.

  3. Practice empathetic listening. What may seem like an easy decision for you may be a difficult process for someone who struggles with hoarding. Be patient and stay positive. If you feel yourself getting frustrated, take a walk around the block.

  4. Have boundaries. If your family or friend begins to behave badly or revisits the same subject over and over after you have expressed your opinion or concerns, you don’t have to engage. If you don’t have a mindfulness practice, now would be a good time to start. Simply doing deep breaths can make a huge difference.
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  5. Take care of yourself. Practice good self-care. It can be heart breaking to see someone you love struggle. If you are visiting, find places you can go to if you need to get out of the house. Have a friend on stand by that you can text or call if you get really stressed. Consider hiring a professional organizer to coach you before, during or after your visit. Make sure they are certified to work with hoarders.

  6. At the end of the Holidays if you have become more concerned or believe that they might be open to receiving help, contact professional organizers in your area for help. If you don’t know where to look, city and county officials can point you in the right direction. To learn more about how Collector Care can help: http://www.collectorcare.com/services/.

Do you have any tips for dealing with a loved one that is a hoarder? Have you found different challenges because of the holidays? Share in the comments below.

Is your friend or family member ready to take the first step to deal with their hoarding? Are you looking for compassionate help that will also create progress? Collector Care offers extreme cleaning and services for hoarders.

Call Collector Care at 925.548.7750 or email rachel@collectorcare.com to schedule your free 30-minute consultation and learn about how we can help your loved one.

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Holiday Cleaning and Organizing

Hey Collectors!

Did you know that 1.76 billion candy canes are made in the U.S. alone each year? With gifts, entertaining, cards and shopping, you can get rid of some holiday stress simply by being more organized.

Here are some of my favorite organizing and cleaning tips for the holidays. No matter what you celebrate, it is a busy time and being organized can reduce your stress.

Clothes. Since we usually wear holiday clothes or some formal wear once a year, we sometimes overlook clearing this clutter. Take the time now to comb through holiday clothes and formal wear. Get rid of what doesn’t fit, you don’t love or that you haven’t worn in years. Once you are done, you can organize by holiday, formal wear, color, style, length, occasion—whatever makes the most sense to you.

Cards. Go through your list or address book. I encourage you to create a card list that you can easily update every year. Come up with the number of cards you will be sending.

Next, print return address labels or gather all the freebies that you get. You could also purchase envelopes with pre printed labels or invest in an address stamp. Next, buy stamps.

If you are using photos, choose one and order prints. Or choose photos that you will use for your cards. If you are doing a newsletter, start drafting now.

Once you have picked your card, have the final copy of your newsletter and photos you will be using, take one sealed and stuffed card to the post office. Make sure that you have the correct amount of postage. If you need to buy additional postage for all your cards, do it now.

Finally, break all the tasks up into manageable to do’s. Put return labels on all the envelopes; stamp; address envelops; write a personal note; stuff with card, photo and/or newsletter; and seal.

Gift Giving. Narrow down your list of gift giving. Many times people feel obligated to give gifts, rather than give from their heart. Who would really like a gift and whom would you like to give to?

I have a gift shelf in my home where I place gifts that I buy year round. Because I do this, I never have to worry about hostess gifts. I also spread out my spending year round.

Create a list of all the people you need to buy for. Include interests, hobbies, sizes, favorite color, etc. Keep the list with you so you are always ready to buy. Cross off when you have purchased a gift.

Consider going green this year and purchase an experience instead of an item. You could buy tickets to a show or theme park; a class or concert; or offer to babysit or pet sit.

cleaning tips

Do you know where your cleaning supplies are?

I like to clean as I go. For example, if I am clearing out a bookcase, I dust off and wipe down the shelves and books. It saves time when I organize and clean together.

Many people keep cleaning supplies all over the house. I suggest keeping contained in one area where you can quickly find what you need when you need it. I also keep a small caddy with my supplies so I can fill it for what I need for the job I am doing. Here are suggestions what I keep in my cleaning area:

  • Heavy-duty trash bags

  • Empty boxes

  • Masking tape & Sharpie marker

  • Small stepstool or ladder

  • Broom and/or vacuum

  • Flashlight

  • Lysol, bleach, all-purpose cleaner

  • Paper towels or reusable cloths.

I like to clean toys at this time for donating. If we will be keeping the toys, now is a great time to give a good scrub before more toys appear.

I also like to suggest to my clients that they go green and eco-friendly whenever they can. Some of the mass-market products can cause indoor pollution. It is easy to Google and find recipes that use everyday items that you most likely already have in your home: lemon, baking soda, vinegar, etc. Pinterest is a great resource, too. Make sure you read labels because just because a cleaner says it is green it doesn’t mean it is. Space Clearing is my cleaning aromatherapy blend I created: http://www.collectorcare.com/shop.

Do you have a time saving holiday cleaning tip? Is it easier for you to clear clutter and get organized during the holidays? Share your comments below.

If you are feeling really motivated to do more cleaning and organizing, check out my fall cleaning tips: http://www.collectorcare.com/fall-cleaning-tips/

Do you have too much to get done for the holidays and need help decluttering? Have guests coming over and need to get a handle on organizing? Collector Care not only helps client’s clear clutter and get organized, but also offers extreme cleaning and services for hoarders.

Call Collector Care at 925.548.7750 or email rachel@collectorcare.com to schedule your free 30-minute consultation.

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