I don’t buy into “tidy room, tidy mind” as often when we are having the best times of our lives our homes may be a little neglected as we prioritise living. This kind of disorganisation is only temporary and easily rectified. However, it seems almost guaranteed that when we are feeling overwhelmed and stressed, dashing from one meeting to another to another, our houses get disorganised and chaotic. Sometimes it can be hard to know where to start with getting them back on track between our other commitments.
It’s easy for our homes and minds to become cluttered. We can quickly reach a point of not knowing what might help. I’ve been there too. Our homes need to feel comfortable and be a place we love to come back to after a long day. We shouldn’t need to spend hours every evening or weekend tidying and sorting.
I have worked in the NHS for several years as a Nurse and Intensively Trained Dialectical Behavioural Therapist. My speciality is working with people who struggle to regulate or cope with their emotions, thoughts, and relationships. People sometimes try to manage their emotions in unhelpful ways. These could include impulsively buying to soothe difficult feelings or struggling to part with items due to the emotions those belongings brings up or avoiding doing tasks all together. Alongside the decluttering, I offer some focused 1-1 and group work around developing coping strategies and improving our wellbeing using a DBT-informed approach.
I value and enjoy organisation and get satisfaction from putting a system in place and troubleshooting it to work out where it could be even better. Part of our work will be looking at ways of keeping everything as simple as possible.
I want to guide people toward creating a life with more time for what is important to them, whether that’s spending time with family and friends, getting out and about exploring the countryside or being able to sit quietly and read. If you’re feeling curious then get in touch for a free telephone/face to face appointment.
Recently, I was asked on my Instagram page how to support a loved one start decluttering. It can be really difficult when we can see someone we care for filling their home with stuff in a way that may be detrimental to them. I’ve taken a while to post as I wanted to give this ... Read more
Decluttering (or even just the thought of decluttering) can bring some really intense emotions up for people. Sometimes these are linked to worries about how the process works, predictions about the emotional effort and time required. For some people just thinking about donating items can bring about the same intense emotions as if actually were ... Read more
What a hectic few months it has been since the last post to this website. There are lots of exciting things happening here at H&H HQ so a quick blog post to update. Project 333 Ends The end of Project 333 came and went without fanfare in our home. I didn’t really notice the end ... Read more
I realised recently I talk and post a lot about mental health here and on my social media pages. It has been my work and passion for many years and I hope that shows. However, I don’t want to do decluttering and this aspect of my work a disservice so I thought a brief update ... Read more
Just over 7 weeks ago I started the Project 333 Challenge (please see my last blog post for details) so thought it was about time to post an update. Initially, I noticed very little difference, with only one occasion where I wasn’t sure what to wear due to needing something quite specific. I did have ... Read more
I am a big believer in practicing what we preach. As I’ve never completed the Project 333 Challenge before I thought it would be wise to give it a try. The Project 333 Challenge is to have 33 items of clothing you choose to wear for 3 months. This includes shoes, coats and accessories. Not ... Read more
I will include details of all upcoming groups / dates for your diary in this post: 3 Week Mindfulness Workshops The dates given below are the start dates. Groups then run for three consecutive weeks at the same time, unless stated otherwise. 23rd January 2022 – 14:00 – Online Group (Microsoft Teams) – Click here ... Read more
A post today about what to expect when attending online group sessions with me. Pre – Group So, you’ve seen a group advertised that sounds interesting or wondering what might be helpful for you. Before signing up to a group, we will usually have a free telephone/video call to discuss what brings you here and ... Read more
Earlier this week, I had the treat and joy of having a conversation with Harry (HSpaceMovement, Earsham Hall) about ways of taking care of our mental health at Christmas and into the New Year. Our conversation felt brief (while also managing to last nearly an hour!) and there are certainly further conversations and information for ... Read more
Exciting news today about a new mindfulness workshop starting soon at Earsham Hall (Denton Road, Bungay, NR35 2AN). Mindfulness helps us to live in the present moment and put our attention where we would like it to be. This means we are unhooked from worries about the future and memories from the past. It is ... Read more
Each week set a theme for social media posts and how this theme links to our wellbeing, emotions, and decluttering. It doesn’t always work but this weeks’ theme was thinking about shame and guilt. The following information is from my posts on Facebook and Instagram and expanded with additional information. Guilt is about doing something ... Read more
Hello and welcome to the new website for Head and Home Decluttering, a mental health business based in Bungay, Suffolk. I thought my first “news” post could be a brief introduction to the website and where to find various bits of information about what we do. Head and home came from my desire to work ... Read more