What do people say about working with Rachel?
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Thank you Rachel for everything! I am so glad with all the work I could do and the changes I see. Your guidance has made all the difference in a situation that I had been fighting with for years and years!
I had a huge bag (literally) of clutter that had been sitting in my room for four months. Initially I was hesitant to have a session via video as I didn’t know how it could be productive but I was wrong!
Speaking with Rachel and showing her my surrounds helped me immensely. I was given advice and of course encouragement.
By the end of the first session the bag full of clutter that had been there for months was gone.
Following a week of videos and inspiration, I had my room organised.
My next session was on organising my paperwork, and I got other tips along the way.
If you are hesitant about having a video session, I would encourage you to try it!
Rachel Papworth is an incredible Udemy instructor. I have bought many if not all of her classes. The quality of my life has changed for the better from taking her classes. Slowly I am becoming more organized. I love how compassionate and knowledgeable she is. I was ashamed about my clutter. She helped me to acknowledge it and deal with it. I highly recommend her classes.
I absolutely felt [I wouldn’t be able to get rid of any of] my precious books but after going through your course on how to declutter sentimental items, I decided to tackle my ever-growing book collection. And what’s more sentimental than a book attachment, eh? ;P
Following your advice, I took it slow and took on just one small cubby-hole. Deep down I was thinking, “Yeah, right, this will never work; I love my books too much“. But, lo-and-behold, there were books there I didn’t even know I owned and had no interest in whatsoever, so was easily able to pass on to charity. First attempt, I got rid of about a third like this, with no anxiety or pressure. And, rather than making going through the rest of the bookcase feel daunting, it made it quite a pleasurable experience, clearing out the dross and discovering old favourites.
It’s amazing. Give it a go now.
And of course, it leaves room for lots of new books! Cough, cough, but that’s another matter!!!
Rachel’s demeanour while giving this advice is a remarkable combination of kindness and supportive while keeping it realistic.
Many people giving this kind of advice come across as either overly serious, know-it-all, judgmental, uncertain, over-simplifying etc. It’s a difficult balance to strike but she does it.
I can’t believe how much I’ve done in a month! I’ve done more than I’ve ever managed before. I feel very supported and confident that I will achieve my goals.
Decluttering has become my treat instead of my task.
Your emails are fabulous. Thank you for all you do. I am really benefiting from your Sunday messages. I am now taking a regular bale of old clothes to AgeUK every few weeks. And sorting out other parts of the house.
I have started decluttering, and have already noticed a decrease in my anxiety! I am so thankful for your help getting my house back in order!
I’ve come a long way getting my home back to ‘normal’, and managed to deal with, and dispose of, an awful lot of stuff. I owe you a big thank you for all your help.
I have immensely benefited from Rachel’s coaching, practically and emotionally.
Together we have created a system for all my paperwork, and she has taught me how to keep it in check. What a relief!
She has guided me though moving in with my fiancé, making great suggestions for our new home and we are so happy! We are so well set up thanks to her. Without her, the fear of bringing my mess with me, and being too scatty, would have cast a shadow on the joy of moving in with my fiancé. I am immensely grateful.
Rachel is resourceful, wise and patient. She has a therapeutic effect as well as being a good “teacher”. She is very smart and psychological as well as patient, structured and practical.
I no longer see myself as, or feel, “scatty”. What an achievement!
We have also addressed my organisational skills (diary, communication, saying ‘no’, morning and evening routines, social media restrictions, etc) which, long-term, will save me so much money, stress and self-criticism.
I recommend regular sessions until you have created a system with your desk/wardrobe etc. Then less frequent maintenance sessions. Best investment ever, seriously.
If there are underlying psychological issues, Rachel will be able gently to advise you to see a psychotherapist but she has many tools she can help you with in the meantime.
Rachel you are my diamond. Thank God I found you.
I wanted to send you a spontaneous thank you.
I was just figuring out what I felt like doing in the few ‘dead’ hours between now and the countdown to New Year’s Eve ‘proper’. And suddenly it dawned on me that I wanted to do my receipts. Not HAD to do my receipts, but WANTED to do them.
I mean, clearly I don’t want to do my receipts in quite the exact same way as I want to visit Iceland, or own a property with a wet room, or sleep with Robert Downey Jr.
But I want to do my receipts in the sense that thanks to working with you over the past 12 months, I now have a clear and established process for doing my work finance admin – one that is tailored to me, and doesn’t cost me any extra money, additional stress, or fancy software that simply compounds the fiddliness.
I’ve realised that retaining and accumulating mountains of paper is what keeps me stuck in Overwhelm Mode endlessly. So now my formula for beating Receipt Stress is that the sooner I can digitally capture the data and get rid of the paper, the calmer and more functional I feel.
With your early help in clearing the years-old paper backlog, and encouragement to start creating new habits today, not One Day In The Magical Unicorn Future, I’ve now experienced the state of what it feels like to be in balance and on top of things, more than 3/4 of the time. Now that I’ve finally experienced that state a certain number of times, and the calm injection and confidence boost it brings, I actively want to do what it takes to return, or as Tina Fey’s character in 30 Rock would say, ‘I want to go to there.’
I think this is just one example of why you would hire a Decluttering Coach, rather than just get a cleaner: the “teach a man to fish” analogy is absolutely what you’ve done for me.
Thank you again for all your help this year, and with this long-overdue Finance Admin foundation in place, I’m (genuinely!) looking forward to mastering more organisational challenges in 2017.
I’m chuffed to bits! My home-office works so much better. I found the lead to my backup drive, which has been missing for two and a half years. That means I can finally update my computer’s operating system so it’ll work much better.
I’ve got the space [I need] and I didn’t realise!
During our session on Monday, as you know, I corralled all my bracelets, and arranged them on the mantle on my fireplace so that I could see them – before they weren’t all together, and there were a few that were scrunched up and out of view.
I don’t consider myself a big bracelet wearer, but on Tuesday, I selected a simple but beautiful bracelet to wear that my lovely friend Eliza gave me, and then on Wednesday, Thursday, and today, I decided to wear the bracelet my sister got me only this month. So – now I am a daily bracelet wearer apparently!!! Who would have guessed it? And I’m loving them. So this is really great. Simple, but great.
Similarly, ever since I got all my scarves together and folded them in a way that I can see them all, I’ve been taking the time every morning to choose which scarf I think will go best with my outfit and with the weather. I am loving this.
I’m continuing to read a lot more! This is truly amazing. I think by getting rid of my books that didn’t ‘spark joy’ and then by making sure all the titles are facing outwards, they have almost been screaming out at me to read them.
What I love about The Declutter Club is it’s a safe place and it gives me the platform to say how I feel with like minded people that understand what I’m going through and don’t judge me. I also love the fact that everyone is so very open and honest about their situation and offer lots of support and solutions.. it’s made a big difference to my Declutter experience.
I had my first session with Rachel this week. I was quite nervous about it, but I didn’t need to be,
Rachel is very good company and the time flew by. Having already seen many of her videos, I felt as though I already knew her.
We got so much done, and it was a joy to see the progress made in just 6 hours.
Rachel is kind, patient and supportive and gives excellent guidance as you wade through the piles of clutter.
I achieved so much more than I ever dreamed possible.
Many thanks Rachel.
I came across your website and other resources and…in a couple of days, you and your material have inspired me more than any other decluttering groups or organizers before.
Rachel is extremely helpful and has kept me on course with my decluttering when I could have given up. Every Sunday an email pops in my inbox and, when I read it, it makes me think about my week and if there is space in it to declutter, even if only a little.
Since I first signed up for Green and Tidy, I have been able to get back to reading and crafting (currently crochet and – new one – needlefelting).
There is still more stuff leaving my house than is coming in so I have high hopes that eventually my decluttering will get to the stage where it’s maintenance decluttering, rather than the big clearouts.
The “not sure” box is a great tip. It’s amazing how often I get rid of what I’ve deemed “not sure” next time I look in it .
Declutter Sentimental Stuff is really helpful for anyone finding sentimental stuff a challenge.
Rachel, you’re 10-star to me. Had you not popped into my life, I would still be sunk in the mire. But I’m now always along the route. That’s down to you. Thanks always.
I finally cleared the last corner of my study work bench! It feels great – an absolute relief!
Then I look around and see all the other piles on the desk and other surfaces and door entrance and area in the hallway, and feel total despair that I’ll never manage it all as the cupboards are full too!
After a little while, I remember that I have Green and Tidy right behind me, and that I can do one area at a time with help. So I put the blinkers back on and look at what I have achieved.
You’re worth your weight in gold!
Thank you so much for today Rachel. We cranked through my nemesis [paperwork]! I feel like I’ve been wrestling with snakes and I won!
It’s really incredible what I have achieved in the past 9 months! Even managed some humongous decluttering/removal tasks with other things with extremely limited time and solo! Taking before and after pics was incredibly helpful, as was the motivation, explanations and guidance from your webpage and mailings. I am extremely grateful to you, I have had to face a lot of things and had fallen into a hole, but now I have turned my life around. My life has absolutely transformed, and I am incredibly happy for removing all that psychological and material burden. Now living and working in the country, healing.
I felt your supportive and easy going confidence a great influence on me and, a week after coaching with you, I took your advice and cleared some old sentimental things out and I was offered an amazing job!! I really felt you’d helped me to make space in my life for the new and good! Thank you for that!
Just to say a big thank you for the three week programme, it inspired me to tackle quite a few areas in the house!
I get so much out of our sessions and the ripple effect afterwards helps with tons of everyday things.
I’ve been raving about the help you gave me organizing my hard drive.
People who know me are surprised that I needed to have an organizer help me with this. Indeed it has taken me several years to understand that that’s what I needed.
The fact that in 15 minutes you had summed up in two words what I needed to do, could have made me feel that I was paying good money for nothing. Instead, I wish that I had paid twice this money a couple of years ago because I would have saved so much aggravation.
Your ability to ask simple penetrating questions that gave you a clear viewpoint of how I was working meant that your solution was swiftly and completely implemented.
Thank you so much.
I was one year into an estimated three-year decluttering project when I discovered your website and seven-bag system and I have since progressed twice as fast…Thank you! I really am very pleased with your inspirational help, and have recommended you to several people.
A lovely, unsolicited blog post by a recovering hoarder. Thank you!
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