Are you ready to clear your paper clutter?

Woman in home officePaper clutter is one of the most challenging types there is because it’s so dense. You can sort through and tidy a small drawer full of general clutter in 20 minutes, but a pile of paper that occupies the same amount of space can take days, weeks, or even longer to work through.

A completely different approach is required, which is why I run a separate online course for people who have clutter of this kind. The techniques I teach in my Fast Track Clutter Clearing course work great for general clutter clearing, but not for paper. For that reason, I do not cover other types of clutter clearing in my Clear Your Paper Clutter course, or cover paper clutter clearing in my Fast Track Clutter Clearing course.

However pretty much the same techniques apply whether your paper clutter is of the physical variety or its virtual counterpart such as emails and digital photos, so it is possible to cover both types of paper clutter at the same time in one course. As our lives move more and more online, our virtual paper clutter is multiplying at an exponential rate, so although it may not take up the same physical space that physical paper does, it does take up “head space”, which can have an equally overwhelming effect. I therefore consider it essential to include this too.

Will a 21-day online course be long enough to clear all your paper clutter? That depends how much you have, and how much time you can devote to working through it during the course. As a general guideline, I suggest spending half an hour each day reading the message board, and as much additional time as you can actioning each of the steps.

If you have a substantial backlog of paper clutter it may not be possible to work through it all in three weeks, but you will learn lifelong skills to help you continue by yourself after the course ends, and can expect to make substantial and satisfying inroads while the course is running. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions you need to ask to help you tailor the advice to your own personal situation, and you will have the friendly camaraderie of the rest of the group for company, which makes the whole process more enjoyable and fun.

Fun? Yes, paper clutter clearing can be fun! This is one of the greatest surprises to people who take my courses.

If you’re ready to tackle yours, there are two opportunities to take my online Clear Your Paper Clutter course in 2015. The first is July 5-25, and if that’s too soon for you, the next one is December 1-21.

Related links
Clear Your Paper Clutter online course
Testimonials from previous participants
About online courses

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The art of arriving

SuitcaseWhen you arrive home after a trip, how long does it take you to unpack your bag?

Unpacked suitcase clutter
The unpacked suitcase is an often overlooked form of clutter because you tell yourself it’s only a bag and it’s only temporary. But I’ve seen fully or half-unpacked suitcases in people’s homes that have been left languishing for days, weeks, months, or even years.

The well-seasoned traveller generally unpacks straight away, but many people procrastinate. After retrieving a few day-to-day essentials, the rest stays in suitcase limbo with the bag half-open, half-closed, like a faithful dog waiting for attention.

If you lost your bag in transit, you’d be upset, but now you’re safely home with it, you’re indifferent to its contents. What’s going on?

Of course it’s your perfect right to live like this if you choose to, and you’ve probably never even considered it could be a problem. But the fact of the matter is that until you’ve unpacked, you haven’t really arrived. Part of you is still “on the road”. And if you haven’t fully arrived, there are levels of depth, intimacy, and richness that you will never access in your life and not even know you are missing.

Travel tips
It works the other way round, too. When you’re away on your travels, if you arrive in a place and don’t fully unpack, you aren’t fully present or available for experiences while you’re there. It’s usually not worth doing if you arrive late at night and are leaving the next morning, but if you’re staying any longer, unpacking your case will significantly change your relationship to the location, the people you meet, and the quality of the experiences you have there. It makes a significant difference between just visiting a place and truly being there, physically and energetically. It’s a choice between a superficial engagement or one that has substance, between idly drifting or a life well lived.

That’s why, when I’m teaching a residential workshop or training, I always ask my students to fully unpack the first night they arrive. I know I’ll be able to work with them at a much deeper level if they do so, and they will get much more from the course as a result. Those who can’t be bothered are not as present or committed, and it often turns out that they may as well have saved their money and stayed at home.

Know in which direction your loved ones are
While we’re on the topic of travelling, there’s another wisdom I can offer, learned from decades of flying all over the world to teach events.

When you arrive in a new place, take a few moments to figure out in which geographical direction your loved ones are (it helps to carry a small compass for this purpose). Hold this peripheral awareness during the hours of sleep, and it will allow you to feel emotionally nurtured and connected to them, no matter how far away you are. This in turn allows you to fully arrive and engage at a deeper level, because you feel connected, not separate, from those you hold dear. It feels as if a part of them is there with you, involved in your life instead of distant from it.

This technique works especially well when you visit somewhere you’ve never been before and when you’re travelling alone, but it’s good to practice whenever you’re away. It generates those feel-good serotonin-boosting effects that make us feel loved and valued, and are so essential to our health and wellbeing.

Copyright © Karen Kingston 2015


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Clear Your Clutter Talk on 18 June

Karen Kingston & Richard SebokTomorrow evening (Thursday, 18 June) my husband, Richard, and I are teaming up to give a one hour a Clear Your Clutter talk in Corse Lawn, Gloucestershire. It promises to be an interesting evening, and we’ll be including lots of helpful information and tried and tested tips for anyone who needs clutter clearing help, with plenty of time for questions.

We’re expecting a lively audience. Many are locals from Corse Lawn, Cheltenham, and Gloucester, but I hear that others are making 4-5 hour round trips from various parts of the UK just to come the talk.

If you’re in the area (or willing to travel!), you can book in advance up until 3.00pm on 18 June or just turn up at the door. Tickets are £2.50 in advance, or £2.00 on the door, and the price includes refreshments.

When and where?
7.45pm at Eldersfield Lawn Primary School, Corse Lawn, Gloucestershire GL19 4LZ

Hope to see you there!


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Perfectionism is the great paralyzer

Dogs in welliesPerfectionism is the great paralyzer in many people’s lives, and one of the main causes of procrastination.

Winston Churchill famously once commented on this after reading a proposal for landing craft improvements that was submitted to him by one of his generals. He wrote on the report:

‘The maxim “Nothing avails but perfection” may be spelt shorter: PARALYSIS.’

How birth order comes into it
The interesting thing I have discovered is that perfectionism affects first-born and “only” children far more than others. Psychologists believe that this is because parents are inexperienced and over-anxious with their first baby and try to be the perfect parents. The baby intuitively picks this up and tries to be the perfect baby to please them. This then gets perpetuated into childhood and adult life.

The important thing to realize about this is that most people regard perfectionism as a “good” trait because perfectionists also tend to be reliable, conscientious high achievers. But when you see the self-sabotaging, paralyzing effect of this, it puts a completely different spin on it.

Perfectionism is not a commendable virtue to cultivate – in most people it is a birth-order handicap that needs to be overcome!

How striving to do your best is different to perfectionism
Don’t get me wrong here. I’m a great believer in the Japanese principle of Kaizen, which is about striving for continuous improvement. That attitude will take a person far, and is essential to unlocking the innate talents we are born with. Not everyone can be an astronaut (although it’s interesting to discover that 100% of American astronauts who have gone into space were either first-born or the eldest son in their family!), but taking a Kaizen approach to whatever it is that you do will allow you to take pride in your work and develop the soul qualities that lie at the core of a happy and fulfilling life. This gentle striving to improve a little each day is very different to the stressful torment of over-achievers who feel that even their best is never good enough.

It’s said that the ideal relationship is for a first-born to marry a last-born, because the first-born will be sensible and make sure stuff gets done, and the last-born just wants to have fun and will teach the first-born how to relax and enjoy life. The recipe for a happy, productive life for each person lies somewhere between the two, and will put perfectionism in its rightful place – out to graze until it comes to its senses.

The importance of nurturing innate talents
On the topic of innate talents, there is much that we can learn from Bali’s unique spiritual culture, where I lived for two decades of my adult life. In every family compound there is a stone shrine called sanggah taksu, which translates to “the seat of divine talents”. Offerings are made at this shrine every day to nurture the blossoming and development of each family member’s talents, which is seen as the way they can fulfill their divine path here on Earth and contribute the most to their community by doing the things they do best.

It would be too romantic to assume that all Balinese are lucky enough to be able to earn their living this way. It’s a Third World culture and many live at survival level, never knowing where their next meal is coming from. But the quest for each person to develop their own unique talents lies at the heart of Balinese spiritual and social values, and it is actively encouraged and supported. It’s very heart-warming to see, and many do follow their calling and earn money doing what they love to do.

By contrast, in western societies, children have bright aspirations for what they want to be when they grow up, but so many people end up in jobs they don’t like, never finding a way to express the innate talents they were born with. To quote another famous pundit: ‘Most people die at 25 and aren’t buried until they’re 75.’ – Benjamin Franklin. Now, if that isn’t an incentive to dump perfectionism and get on with whatever you really want to do, I don’t know what is!

And why the photo of dogs in wellies at the top of this blog?
It may not be the “perfect” photo to go with this article, but hey, it makes me smile, and that’s good enough for me!

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What’s your clutter ratio?

Items on a tableI once heard about a study conducted by a Finnish art student who decided for her final thesis to use traditional archaeological methods to inventory every object in her 2500 square foot home (approx. 232 square meters).

She discovered that she owned a total of 6,126 items, and what I found so interesting was her analysis of how often she used each one:

Items used every day – 61
Items used every week – 401
Items used every month – 587
Items used less frequently than once a year – 2209
Items never used – 1457

In other words, 1% of her possessions were used every day, 16% were used every week or every month, 23% were used once or twice a year, and the rest were either used less than once a year or never used at all. That’s a clutter ratio of 60%!

Now, I’ve never lived in Finland but I don’t expect Finnish clutter is very different to clutter in the rest of the world. And most people have a lot more stuff than a student does!

These statistics give pause for thought but now let’s add another dimension. Let’s look at the energetic effect of objects that are kept for years and are rarely or never used.

Most people keep things because they believe they will come in useful one day, but what they do not realize is that the stagnant energy that accumulates around these items over time will create a corresponding stagnation in their life (and also the life of anyone who lives with them). So instead of being an asset, things that are kept “just in case” are in fact a liability.

How do I know this? By observing the effects in the homes of people who have clutter. They are always stuck in their lives in some way.

Ah, you may say, but what about items that are not actually “used” but are kept for decorative or sentimental reasons? Well, some items may certainly fall into this category, but surely not 60%!

I’ve been hand sensing energies in buildings for over 35 years now, and the energy that surrounds clutter is unmistakeable. It has a stale, sticky, cobweb-like feel that is very different to the light, joyous energies that surround things that are loved and used. So unless decorative or sentimental items are actively appreciated, just as much stagnant energy will accumulate around them as around other things.

Most people do not have the time or inclination to inventory the objects in their home but a quick stroll around will reveal whether there’s clutter or not. What’s your clutter ratio do you think?

Related articles
What hand sensing reveals

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Zero Procrastination online course

procrastinationProcrastination is one of the biggest self-sabotagers there is. It is one of the main causes of regret when a person looks back on their life and wishes they had done things differently.

Yet we all know those exhilarating feelings of accomplishment that lie on the other side of procrastination, if only we can break through the sleepy layers to get there. What stands in the way of doing this consistently?

One obstacle can be fear – fear of failure, fear of success, fear of not doing it perfectly, fear of it not being the right time, fear of what others will say… the list goes on and on. Mostly they turn out to be unfounded fears, and as the old saying goes, if you don’t try, you’ll never know. And more profoundly, if you never make mistakes, you’ll never make anything.

Another factor can be lack of structure. Do you run your life or does your life run you? Do you navigate with discernment, or do you allow the random currents of life to take you where they will?

If you’re ready for change, I invite you to join me in spending 21 days restructuring your life top-down by participating in my Zero Procrastination online course. Conducted on a private message board, the 7-step course is conducted at an easy pace, with a new step posted every 3 days. It is open to participants from all over the world, and the next one starts on June 1, 2015.

The hilarious side of running a course on this topic is that many participants predictably leave it until the last minute to sign up. The next course in June 2015 is a little different because many of the people taking it have surprised me by booking quite a bit earlier than usual, so there are now only 10 places left. The question is, can you overcome your procrastination in time to sign up?

More information
About online courses
Zero procrastination online courses
What previous participants have said about the course

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News about the next Part One course

Part One of my Clutter Clearing Practitioner Training is a preliminary course that is open to anyone who has taken my three public online clutter clearing courses and is interested to train as a clutter clearing practitioner. The three courses are a prerequisite because the information included in them and the experience of taking them provides an essential foundation to the knowledge and skills taught in Part Two of the professional training (the residential part of the training).

However…

It turns out that there are quite a few people who would like to take the next Part One in September 2015 but will not be able to take all three courses first.

Hmmm….

I like to open doors to people rather than put obstacles in their way, so here’s what I’ve decided to do to help anyone who is in this situation:

To be eligible to book the Part One course in September 2015
This is now open to anyone who has…

  • Already taken the trilogy of online courses
  • Already taken at least one course and has and booked and paid to take the other course(s) before the end of 2015

If this still doesn’t work for you then the best I can suggest is that you take whichever course(s) you can and then wait for announcements in my newsletters or blog about future courses and trainings in 2016-17.

Upcoming online course dates
July 5-25: Clear Your Paper Clutter
Oct 5-25: Fast Track Clutter Clearing
Nov 1-21: Zero Procrastination
Dec 1-21: Clear Your Paper Clutter

Full information about the next professional training
Clutter Clearing Practitioner Training, 2016

Testimonials from previous participants
Part One
Part Two
Part Three


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How to do personal belling

Large Balinese bellA lesser known use of Balinese space clearing bells is a technique called personal belling. I often recommend this to participants taking my online Fast Track Clutter Clearing course because it can make the difference between getting stuck at some point in the process and being able to carry on.

Personal belling has a centering and uplifting effect that can help you to be more decisive as you sort through your things, and can bolster your energy if it starts to flag.

It’s probably not worth buying a bell just for this reason, but if you happen to have one anyway that you use for space clearing your home, knowing how to use it for personal belling is a lovely added bonus.

Which type of bell is it best to use?
Balinese space clearing bells are available in large and small sizes, and it is the large bell that works best for this purpose, although you can get some of the same effects with a small bell.

I’ve tried using other types of bells, such as Tibetan ones, and have found that they don’t work for personal belling. They don’t have the purity of tone that is needed, and can leave you feeling like you ran a sheet of rough sandpaper through yourself instead of the gentle polish that was required.

How to prepare for personal belling
Find a quiet place in your home, as far as possible from external sounds, and turn off any equipment in the room that makes any kind of mechanical noise. Choose one of the following positions:

  • Stand vertically with your legs slightly apart
  • Sit on the edge of a chair with your legs shoulder-width apart and your spine as vertical as possible
  • Sit cross-legged on the floor with your spine perfectly straight, your legs relaxed, and your knees resting on the floor (as an experienced meditator sits)

All three positions work equally well, but don’t lean against the back of a chair or against a wall. Your spine must be self-supporting.

The personal belling technique
If you are right-handed, use your right hand. If left-handed, use your left. Hold the bell vertically in front of you at the level of your base chakra, a few inches/centimetres from your body. Close your eyes.

Ring the bell once and then move it vertically upwards over your navel, past the centre of your chest, your throat, and your forehead, finishing above your head, as far as your arm will reach while still holding the bell vertically. Before the sound of the bell fades, twist it 180 degrees in a clockwise direction as seen from above, which will have the effect of sealing and reinforcing the effects of the belling.

Breathe in as you raise the bell and receive the sound in your central channel of energy, which runs up the centre of your body. Hold your breath briefly at the top when you twist the bell, and then breathe out and take a few deep breaths before ringing it again and repeating the technique.

Do the belling three times in all.

Don’t overdo it
Some people find that they like personal belling so much that they do it many times a day and get completed spaced out. I don’t recommend this. Once per day is enough, and doing it any more than this will be counter-productive for clutter clearing because you need to be well grounded for that.

Other uses
You can also use personal belling as a centering technique, any time your thoughts or emotions feel scattered. But again, once per day is enough. It is not designed to be an emotional therapy substitute.

Related articles
What’s so special about Balinese bells?
How space clearing bells came to be in the world

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Why clutter clearing is much easier after a vacation

VacationArriving home from a trip is one of the best times to do clutter clearing, especially if you’ve been away for at least a couple of weeks, and even more so if you have been abroad and spent time in a culture that is different to your own. You see your home in a fresh light. Things that have become clutter stand out and are so much more obvious than before, when you saw them every day but didn’t really “see” them.

It’s a good idea to give yourself at least 24 hours at home after such a trip, rather than rushing back to work the next day or doing whatever it is you do. Give yourself the time to review your life and make changes you want to make. This is when clutter clearing truly becomes a treat rather than a chore.

Start in any room and look around it with new eyes. Which objects no longer fit with your life or with where you want to be headed?

Perhaps you have some pieces of furniture you no longer use or like, but you’ve become so used to them you no longer notice them?

Maybe you have some decorative objects that fitted perfectly with your life when you first brought them home but you’ve moved on now and they have not?

Having too many objects like this keeps you anchored in the past and makes it difficult to create a better tomorrow.

What about your clothes? This is a good time to weed out the ones you realize you no longer like or wear.

Look at your bookshelves. Take out the books that are no longer interesting to you.

Arriving home from a trip is also a good time to sort through any photos you took while you were away. Look through them all, and then keep the best and delete the rest right then and there before they even become clutter.

If you share your home with others and they went away with you on the same trip, they are likely to be able to see things more objectively too, so you can invite them to be involved in the process. If they stayed home while you went away they may not see things the way you are seeing them, so proceed gently, focusing on your own stuff and not even mentioning any of theirs. However when you do your own clutter clearing simply because you want to, it has a lovely way of rubbing off on people close to you if you just get on with it and say nothing at all.

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Space clearing to give a new relationship the best start

Couple holding handsAn important time to do a space clearing ceremony is when you start a new relationship that you feel may have some serious mileage and that you want to give the best possible chance of success.

New relationship, new home
It’s always best to live together in a home that neither person has ever lived in before, so that each partner has the same degree of ownership of the space. Space clearing will remove the stagnant energies and imprints of the previous occupants so that you can create a fresh new arena in which your new relationship can flourish.

The steps of the space clearing ceremony are described in detail in Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui, and the best way to prepare for it is for you both to put some focus on the qualities of your relationship that you value the most. When you come to the harmony ball circuit near the end of the ceremony, use it to deeply embed those qualities into your new home.

New relationship, old home
However desirable it may be to start a new relationship in a new home, practicalities can often mean that it is not possible for a while, or sometimes not possible at all to do this. In this situation, space clearing is even more essential to clear out the history of the partner who lived there first, and the most important parts of the ceremony to focus on are clapping and belling.

Clapping breaks up the lumps of stagnant energy that accumulate in corners, and belling penetrates deep into the walls, furniture, and other objects in the place, shattering the layers of imprints that have built up there. I’m not talking here about just any kind of clapping and belling. The techniques are very specific – a circuit of sharp, crisp clapping, beginning and ending at the main entrance, followed by a circuit using a high quality Balinese bell (they are the only bells I have ever found that are capable of shattering imprints effectively). And of course the preparatory steps to the ceremony have to be performed first for these circuits to be effective. Short cuts do not work. Each circuit is designed to build upon the foundations of the previous one.

Ideally the space clearing is best done by the new partner moving in, not the one who has lived there for a while, because their energy is already embedded in the place. Or better still, hire one of the professional space clearing practitioners I have trained, who will be impartial and can set the space equally for both partners.

I’m not claiming that this will magically make your current home the ideal place to live in forever. Space clearing can’t change the visual and territorial associations of the partner who lived there first. But it can remove the energetic imprints and balance the situation out much more, so it’s well worth doing.

New relationship, old home that an ex-partner once lived in
The worst case scenario is starting a new relationship in a home that one of the partners previously shared with an “ex”, meaning an ex-wife, ex-husband, or ex-lover. The longer the partner lived there, the more heavily imprinted into the place their energies will be, and the more likely it is that the new relationship will go the same way as the old one. History will tend to repeat itself.

Using the hand sensing technique I have developed on the walls and furniture of such a home, it is very easy to tell which rooms the “ex” spent the most time in, which chairs they sat in, which objects they used the most, and so on. Mattresses are generally the most heavily imprinted. To the new person moving it, it can feel like there is no room for them until the imprints of the previous partner have been cleared out. A new mattress is a must, and a deep and thorough space clearing as soon as possible. Again, it will not magically transform the home into the ideal place for you both to live together forever, but it will certainly help things along until that can be arranged.

Related articles
What is space clearing?
Bed thwacking

Related information
International Directory of Practitioners

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Professional clutter clearing practitioner training

Full details of my next Professional Clutter Clearing Practitioner Training are now available. Here are the links:

About the training
About professional clutter clearing – Essential information to read first
Clutter Clearing Practitioner Training, Part One – Sep 1-30, 2015
Clutter Clearing Practitioner Training 2016 – Full details (PDF document)

About the preliminary online courses
Fast Track Clutter Clearing – Next course: May 5-25, 2015
Zero Procrastination – Next course: June 1-21, 2015
Clear Your Paper Clutter – Next course: July 5-25, 2015


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The value of professional clutter clearing help

House full of clutterThe reality of modern life is that many people spend thousands of pounds or dollars (or fill in your own currency here) buying stuff that fills up their home, only to find themselves needing to pay for clutter clearing expertise when they realize they need help letting it go.

The good news is that it costs a heck of a lot less to let go of things than to acquire them in the first place, and usually takes a lot less time too!

The multiple benefits of clutter clearing make it one of the best personal investments that money can buy because it frees up your life to do the things you really want to do instead of feeling overwhelmed, incapable, and stuck. Many people also discover they have items they can sell that will more than cover the cost of professional help. ‘I wish I’d done this years ago!’ is a remark I frequently hear.

I work with a wide range of clients, from people living on modest incomes to multimillionaires, and the only real difference between them is the value of the items they discard. Whereas one person may have unwanted things that they donate to a charity shop or sell on eBay, another will want to call in a valuer to sell items at auction.

In this way, clutter is one of the great universal levelers. Rich or poor, young or old, male or female – it makes no difference. The stagnant energy that accumulates around clutter affects anyone who has it and causes them to feel stuck in some way.

Years ago, before I wrote my Clear Your Clutter book, no-one even suspected that clutter could be a problem. People still thought that all their stuff was an asset that might come in useful some day. Nearly 2 million copies in 25 languages later, the word has well and truly gone out. A whole generation’s attitude to clutter has changed, and an entire industry has sprung up to help people who have lost their way in the sea of belongings that have taken over their lives. There are now professional organizers and declutterers you can hire to help you sort through, organize your things, and discard the items you no longer use or want.

The people I train are called clutter clearing practitioners, and their skills are rather different. They never tell anyone to throw anything away. During the hands-on process of working with a client to sort through their things, they help them to gain insights about how their clutter has been affecting them, which allows them to make much easier, wiser, and better informed decisions about what stays and what goes. More importantly, they also help each person to understand why they felt the need to accumulate clutter in the first place, so that they will know how to prevent it all piling up once more. There really is no point in doing all that clutter clearing work only to end up in the same situation again!

During the 20 years I lived in Bali, I wasn’t in a situation to lead clutter clearing practitioner trainings, but now that I’m back in the UK again, it’s become a high priority for me to do. Clutter is on the increase all over the world, and more and more people need help. If you’d like to know if there is a certified practitioner available yet in your part of the world, please take a look in my Directory of Practitioners to find out.

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What’s more valuable – your stuff or your life?

FireYour plane has to make a crash landing and the cabin crew tells everyone to evacuate as quickly as possible, leaving all their bags behind. Smoke is billowing everywhere and it’s clear that time is of the essence.

You’d think that most people would be happy to escape with their lives but photos taken after emergency situations like this tend to prove otherwise. Some people are so attached to their personal belongings that they risk their own life and the lives of others to grab their bags before leaving, as you can see in these astonishing 17 photos of crashed Asiana Flight 214 in San Francisco in 2013.

It’s the same with burning buildings. There are countless tales of people running back into an inferno to save their precious possessions, and it can often be the death of them. There was a woman in Illinois, for example, who safely escaped a blaze with her daughter and then rushed back into the house to get her cell phone. She didn’t make it out alive the second time.

Experts agree that a little education about emergency situations can make all the difference. Do you know, for example, that aircraft slides are made of urethane-coated nylon? That’s why women are asked to take off high heels – to avoid ripping the nylon. A zip or metal catch on a bag can do just as much damage. You have to ask yourself, how would you feel if your precious bag wrecked the slide so badly that no-one else could get off the plane?

Sliding down isn’t so easy either. Some slides are the height of a house. Sitting up, not lying down, is the recommended way to do it, and rather than clutching a bag, you’ll need your hands free to regain your balance and move quickly away at the bottom, which is where pile-ups can happen.

This video gives an insight into what the experience feels like. One person’s leg got broken, and 33 of the volunteers got slide burns (although they don’t mention that on the film). And that’s without anyone attempting to take a bag with them, or the chaos of a real crash situation.

Airbus A380 Evacuation Test

The problem is, most people have never thought through how they would react in an emergency and what they would take with them. What would you do? Is your stuff more valuable than your life?

Related articles
How to escape down an airplane slide
How to survive a plane crash

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And the winner of the free prize draw is…

The free prize draw to win a place on my next Fast Track Clutter Clearing online course ended at 12 noon UK time today and the winner is…

Patricia von Kraft.
Many congratulations, Patricia!

Update on April 25
I guess Patricia must have given me an incorrect email address, because I have emailed her three times to congratulate her on winning and have heard nothing from her. Rather than let the prize go to waste, I have therefore run the prize draw again and the new winner is…

Pat Jensen
Many congratulations, Pat!

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It’s that clutter clearing time of year again

DaffodilsIt’s that time of year again when everyone and their auntie writes articles about springtime and clutter clearing, and how the two go hand in hand.

Reluctant as I am to add to the general throng, I have to admit it’s true. Those bursting buds and flowering blossoms awaken deep instincts in us to emerge from winter hibernation, dust everything down, and begin anew.

Here in the UK, the daffodils are ablaze in every garden and roadside, trumpeting the arrival of the new cycle of seasons. You’d have to be pretty depressed not to be affected and impressed.

Snowdrops are white and cute, crocuses are multi-coloured and vibrant, but daffodils are to the garden what giraffes are to the animal world, with their long stalked heads and their eccentric design, bursting with the yellowest of yellows. They really get your attention. And they’re such an uplifting sight after a long, grey winter.

They’re bright, they’re perky, and they embody everything you can be too if you sweep through your home cleaning, dusting and clutter clearing with glee. It’s easier at this time of year than at any other, when the whole impulse of nature is with you.

With this in mind, my next Fast Track Clutter Clearing online course starts on May 5, and is for anyone who would appreciate the camaraderie of a lovely group of people who are all clutter clearing together with my help and support. It’s very affordable too – just £65 for 21 days (plus 20% UK VAT if you live in the EU). People from over a dozen countries have so far signed up to take it.

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