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.
I understand it’s easy for our homes and minds to become cluttered and to reach a point of not knowing what might help. I’ve been there too. Our homes should feel comfortable and be a place that we love to come back to after a long day. We shouldn’t need to spend hours every evening or weekend tidying and sorting.
My speciality is mental health, in particular working with people who struggle to regulate or cope with their emotions. People might 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. I have worked in the NHS for 7 years as a Nurse and Intensively Trained Dialectical Behavioural Therapist. There is a little more information about Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) on the Group Information Page. Alongside the decluttering, I offer some focused 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 making and keeping everything as simple as possible and looking at where the barriers might be.
Ultimately, I hope to be able to support people to create more time and space in their lives to do what is important. That might be spending quality time with family, getting out walking, trying new hobbies, or seeing friends. It is personal to you what you would like to make time for. You may need to make space for a new addition to the family or because of downsizing. I will support whatever your personal goal and reasons are.
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