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?

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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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Win a free place on the next Fast Track Clutter Clearing online course

Fast Track Clutter Clearing online courseSpecially for followers of my blog and my Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ fans, I am offering a free place on my next Fast Track Clutter Clearing online course, May 5-25, 2015, value £65.00.

More information about the course

All names will be put into a virtual hat, and the Prize Draw winner will be announced on April 15, 2015.

Good luck!

Prize draw rules

  1. The prize is a free place for one person on the Fast Track Clutter Clearing online course taught by Karen Kingston, May 5-25, 2015 (value £65.00).
  2. No purchase is required to enter the prize draw.
  3. Entry to the prize draw is limited to one entry per person. Multiple entries will be disqualified.
  4. Automated entries, bulk entries, or third party entries will be disqualified.
  5. The winner will be chosen at random from all valid entries.
  6. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered in to.
  7. The prize draw will run from April 5, 2015 until 12 noon UK time on April 15, 2015.
  8. The winner will be announced on this blog on April 15, 2015 and notified to the winner by email.
  9. No cash alternative or online course alternative to the prize is available.
  10. Karen Kingston International Ltd is fully compliant with the Data Protection Act and will not pass on the details of any person entering the prize draw to any third party.
  11. Entry to the prize draw is via online form only.

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Space clearing for moving into a new home

Moving houseOne of the most important uses of space clearing is to clear out the predecessor energies of previous occupants when you move to a new home, and land your own energies in the space. Until you do this, it will never be truly yours. There will always be residual energies from the past affecting everything you do there.

If you move into a completely new building that no-one has ever lived in before, you might think this wouldn’t apply, but in my experience space clearing is still very helpful. It clears out any energies left by the builders and harmonizes the space after the disruption of all the building work, so that it immediately starts to feel like a home. Without space clearing it can take much longer for this to happen.

Is it best to space clear before you move your furniture in, or after?
Well, it’s definitely easier to space clear an empty building than one that’s full of stuff, that’s for sure. The same number of offerings are required but it’s a lot quicker and easier to walk around the space, and certainly less energy sensing, clapping and belling are required.

However the space clearing ceremony I’ve developed is not just designed to clear the stagnant energy that builds up over time in the walls, floor and ceilings of a house. It also very effectively clears the energy of objects such as furniture, decorative items, equipment and personal belongings. So it really is best to do space clearing AFTER you’ve moved your stuff in, not before. It’s also good to do it as soon as possible so that you’re not living with the energetic crud of whoever occupied the space before you (known as predecessor energy in feng shui terminology).

Why it usually works best to space clear twice
But when you first move in to a place, it’s usually chaotic for a while. You may have workmen coming in and out, fixing this and that. You may need to redecorate, have new carpets laid or buy new furniture. And it can take a while to simply decide where each item you own belongs in your new home. When all this has been done and everything calms down, it will feel very different to when you first moved in, and you’ll be different too. When your home is in chaos, parts of you are in chaos. When the energy of your home settles down, a deep part of you lands too. This is why it’s so important not to let this process drag on for years, as some people do. Weeks, okay. Months, understandable in some circumstances. Years? Life’s too short to live in limbo for so long.

The first space clearing you do soon after you move in is essential to clear out predecessor energy, but I also highly recommend doing another space clearing ceremony when you reach the point where everything is in place and your home is as you want it to be. This will allow you, and those you live with, to deeply land in the space, and will greatly speed up the process of making it truly feel like your home.

Professional space clearing or do-it-yourself?
Given the choice between calling in a professional space clearer to help with the first or the second space clearing, in most circumstances it would be best to get the deeper level of expertise for the second ceremony. The practitioners I train are taught advanced techniques to  facilitate a very profound landing of a person’s energy in their home, which generally requires a much greater degree of skill than a predecessor energy clearing.

Of course there are exceptions to this, such as a situation where someone is moving into a new home where traumatic events have taken place, such as a divorce, bankruptcy, chronic sickness or some other kind of heavily imprinting occurrence. These are circumstances where it is usually best to get expert help right from the start. And if your home wasn’t space cleared when you moved in then any professional space clearer who I’ve trained will know how to combine both the first and second types of ceremonies into one and do them both for you at the same time.

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Other uses of space clearing

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How clutter clearing can change your life

ArtistIn my early teens, I had a friend whose life was in chaos. She was thirty-something years old, her marriage was on the rocks, she had two unruly pre-school children, had put on weight, lost touch with her friends, and never seemed to have time for the greatest passion of her life, which was painting. She had been slowly going downhill like this ever since having children and was becoming more and more depressed. Her home was a total mess with clutter everywhere.

One day I could stand it no more. There was nothing I could do about her marriage or any of her other problems, but something I did feel I could help her with was getting her home back in order. I offered to visit and do just that. Frankly she was beyond caring and told me I could do whatever I liked.

The next day I worked from dawn till dusk. The kitchen alone took me until midday. Every dish and pan she owned was caked in decaying food. Every cupboard and surface was filthy and littered with debris. The fridge was a nightmare. I cleaned and organized the entire space and threw out three big garbage bags full of stuff.

Seeing the kitchen restored to its former glory, my friend suddenly became interested in helping. Together we polished off the rest of the house, throwing out a further seven bags of broken toys, magazines, and general clutter, and a whole car load of clothes, books, and other items that were donated to a local charity shop. At the end of the day, exhausted but jubilant, we surveyed our work. Her home had been totally transformed. She was speechless with delight.

A few weeks went by and she invited me to visit. Not only was the place still spotless and tidy, but propped up in pride of place in the front room was a magnificent new painting in bold, joyous colours. My friend looked radiant and so did her husband and children. By taking control of her home she had taken control of her life or, as she herself put it, ‘I’ve reclaimed my spirit!’

This was my first experience of clutter clearing as a means to personal transformation. I watched as the months went by and she created her life anew. She regained her figure, rebuilt her marriage and social life, tamed her unmanageable children, and became a fairly well-known artist. Time and time again she told me she dated the changes from the day we clutter cleared her home.

Since those early beginnings, I’ve seen this same effect many, many times. Over the last few decades I’ve helped hundreds of people to clutter clear their homes, my online courses have helped thousands more, and my books have reached millions. Clutter clearing works because it frees up energy and creates space for new and better things to come into your life. It’s the most effective way I know to get things moving again if you feel stuck in any way.

Related articles
Clear out the old to make room for the new
Online clutter clearing courses for all

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Why it’s OK to have a junk drawer in your home

Man drawerI know I surprised a lot of people in my Clear Your Clutter book by saying it’s fine to have a junk drawer in your home, or even one on each floor of your home if you live in a big house.

The reason is that this whole clutter clearing thing is not about being obsessively perfect – it is about handling your belongings in such a way that the energy of your home is vibrant and flowing rather than dull and stagnating. In our busy world, we sometimes need the blessed relief of just opening a drawer and chucking in all those odd things that are littering the place.

So in my book I recommended that you do have a junk drawer, and just follow these three rules:

1) Choose a small drawer
2) Use it sparingly
3) Have regular clear outs

All junk drawers are not created equal, however. There is often a world of difference between the type of stuff that a woman would throw in a junk drawer and the type of stuff kept by men, as this hilarious “Man drawer” comedy routine by Michael McIntyre shows:

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The rise of eco-neurosis, and what to do about it

EnvironmentWe all want to do our bit for the environment, but some people take this a bit too far. I’m seeing many signs that eco-neurosis is on the increase.

What is eco-neurosis?
When sorting through clutter, there are usually things that can easily be recycled, such as paper, cardboard, glass bottles and cans. But there are many things that can’t, such as used toothpaste tubes, toothbrushes, dental floss, plastic razors, cling film, blister packs for pills, plastic netting for fruit and vegetables, jiffy bags, plastic pens, CDs, DVDs, some types of bubble wrap, many types of cat litter, and the list goes on.

You probably have some of these items in your home as you read this, and have resigned yourself to the fact that you recycle as much as you can but can’t yet do anything about the rest.

We make progress every year, and I love hearing about grass roots movements such as the petition in Australia to stop Woolworths and Coles supermarkets from needlessly wrapping small portions of produce in plastic clingfilm and styrofoam. However there’s still a long way to go.

Most people can live with this. However some feel so overwhelmed by guilt that they can hardly throw anything away. I’ve met people who agonize over tossing even a bent paperclip, a used metal staple, a rubber band, or a piece of string. Others stockpile huge piles of things, hoping and waiting for the day when they can be recycled. Some I’ve met have entire rooms or sheds full things that their local waste centre is not yet able to handle.

It’s not politically correct to say ‘Don’t you think you’re going a bit overboard with this?’ because caring for the environment is seen as such a socially acceptable and admirable practice. But when it’s taken this far, there’s often a neurotic or obsessive-compulsive tendency that’s hidden under the guise of being environmentally conscientiousness. It’s concerning rather than commendable. It can also be a health or fire hazard to the person and their neighbours if the habit develops into hoarding and the mounds continue to grow.

Of course there’s a lovely long list of things that can be recycled or upcycled these days if you have the time and energy to do so. Just google the word “recycle” or “upcycle” with the name of the item, and see what comes up in your area. Prepare to be surprised. Unwanted prosthetic limbs, dentures, pets’ fur, human hair, and even sex toys now have a use!

What can you do?
What it really comes down to is how much of your life you want to spend making sure that every item you no longer need is recycled or reused in some way, and how much you are prepared to have what is essentially a private landfill zone in your home or garden while you do this. Making responsible choices is good, but when it starts to consume your life, something is out of whack.

We’ve come a very long way with recycling in recent decades, and countries such as Sweden are leading the way by generating only 1% landfill per year. But when you look closely at how this has been achieved, a large proportion of its garbage is incinerated, and a huge amount of work has been done to change manufacturing practices so that non-recyclable items are not produced in the first place. There is only so much we consumers can do. The big changes need to happen at the top and filter down.

In the meantime, if you hold on to too much stuff, it will stagnate the energy of your home and your life, and you won’t be much use to anyone at all, including yourself. Not too little and not too much – that’s the antidote to neurosis and the recipe for a healthy, balanced life.

Related link
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Online clutter clearing courses for all

Online coursesOver 1000 people from 42 countries. That’s how many people have so far taken one or more of my clutter clearing online courses.

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guadaloupe, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mali, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taipei, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom & United States – if you’re interested to know.

You gotta love the internet! I’ve visited 23 of those countries, but there’s no way in my lifetime I would ever get to visit them all, let alone teach workshops there. This way I can reach people all over the world without even leaving home, and – best of all – people can learn at home, which is exactly where they can get the best results. Because that’s where their clutter is!

My next series of courses begins in May, and there will be another series starting in October. Some people take just one course. Most take two or three to tackle all the types of clutter we have these days in our lives.

Fast Track Clutter Clearing: May 5-25, 2015 and Oct 5-25, 2015
Zero Procrastination: Jun 1-21, 2015 and Nov 1-21, 2015
Clear Your Paper Clutter: Jul 5-25, 2015 and Dec 1-21, 2015

All courses run for 21 days, and cost just £65 (plus 20% UK VAT for EU residents).

More information
About online courses
Testimonials from previous participants

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Free copies of the Arabic edition of Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui

Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui - Arabic editionThe first ever Arabic edition of Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui was published last year.

I have five free copies to give away to the first five Arabic readers of my blog who contact me to request a copy. The books are slightly imperfect because they have not been made of the best quality materials, but the content is all there. Shipping is free of charge.

Where to buy it (if you’re not lucky enough to get one of the five free copies)

ISBN: 978-977-718-089-4
Published in Egypt in 2014 by The National Center for Translation
To buy: email nctegypt@nctegypt.org


Update on March 2, 2015
All five copies have now been claimed. Sorry, there are no more free copies available.


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New lower prices for the CD audio book edition of Clear Your Clutter

If you’ve played the original tape cassette edition of Clear Your Clutter so much that it’s in shreds, or you’re the kind of person who doesn’t know an iPod from an aardvark – this CD edition is for you.

  • Playing time: 5 hours 16 minutes (6 CDs)
  • Read by me
  • Completely unabridged
  • Has exactly the same content as the latest paperback edition of the book (2013, UK), including two new chapters that were not in the original edition
  • Will play on any CD player at home or in your car
  • Ready for immediate shipping to anywhere in the world

Even if you have already read the paperback edition, most people find that listening to the audio book gives new insights and renewed motivation for clutter clearing. It is such a perfect fit for people taking my online clutter clearing courses, that it is available at a special discount price from the minute you book to the last day of the course.

New lower price (since Jan 2015): £15.00
Special discount price for online course participants: £12.00
Plus shipping costs (and 20% UK VAT for EU residents)

Available at the spaceclearing.com online store

If you prefer the digital audition, click here

What people are saying about it
Audio book testimonials at Audible.com


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France bans the use of WiFi devices in nurseries

Baby using cellphoneVery glad to hear the news that on January 29, 2015, the French Government passed a bill banning the use of all WiFi devices in nurseries and daycare centres for children under the age of 3, and requiring WiFi in primary schools to be turned off when not in use in order to limit children’s exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields.

To my knowledge, France is the first country to actually pass legislation of this type.

It will no doubt be warmly welcomed by the Austrian Medical Association, the German Teachers’ Union, The Association of Teachers and Lecturers in Northern Ireland, The Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association, and several other bodies that have expressed concern for many years about WiFi in schools. There is no legislation about this in the UK but parents of children in a number of primary schools have successfully campaigned to have WiFi equipment removed because of health effects.

The new French law also includes some aspects that will be helpful to adults who wish to reduce their level of WiFi exposure. All public places offering WiFi services are now required to clearly state this information at the entrance to the property, and all wireless devices that are sold must be accompanied by clear instructions about how to disable the WiFi.

Related articles
Will you let your child use one?
WHO announces cellphones may cause cancer
Council of Europe calls for classroom ban on WiFi

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Free copies of the new Italian edition of ‘Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui’

Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui - Italian editionThe third and latest edition of Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui was published in English in 2013, and in Italian in June 2014.

As I commented in an earlier blog, I was very surprised to see that it had been given the title Feng Shui e Space Clearing, which means ‘Feng Shui and Space Clearing’. Readers will soon discover there is no information at all in the book about space clearing except a brief section in Chapter 1 that explains why space clearing and clutter clearing are not at all the same thing. The publishers have apologized for this error and assured me they will give the book a new title in future editions. I’m hoping it will be changed to Clutter Clearing e Feng Shui. The content of the book is fine, though, and will remain unchanged.

I have three free copies of the book to give away to the first three Italian readers of my blog who contact me to request a copy. Shipping is free of charge to Italy and other European countries.

Where to buy it (if you’re not lucky enough to get one of the three free copies)
Published by Edizioni Red!
ISBN: 978-88573-0571-4
Buy at www.amazon.it


Update on Feb 1, 2015
All three copies were claimed within 6 hours. Sorry, there are no more free copies available.


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