Episode 16 – Guest expert Anne Blumer discusses her 5 Steps to Organising Process

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We welcome our guest Anne Blumer, creator of the 5 Steps to Organising Process and author of Mastering The Business of Organizing

Guest interview with Anne Blumer, owner of Solutions For You, working in Portland, Oregon, USA. Anne is the creator of the 5 Steps to Organising Process and she helps her clients downsize and move home.

In this episode we discuss:

  • 1
    Anne tells us about her background and how she became an organiser
  • 2
    What is the 5 steps to organising process and why she created it
  • 3
    We go into every step: strategise / prioritise / localise / containerise / maximise
  • 4
    How our listeners need to decide what they want to keep and what to let go of and what questions they can ask themselves
  • 5
    Why memorabilia is so hard to declutter
  • 6
    Anne's 10 organising principles
  • 7
    Anne's main tip for starting your decluttering journey and motivating our listener

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  • Kea Michelle says:

    One suggestion I would offer my clients regarding memorabilia… you could suggest that they purchase a treasure-chest type box and keep all the memorabilia in that one space. You can advise them that it will always be there to open, lie a magic room to the past, whenever they are feeling nostalgic. So, for me, I have an old 1940’s suitcase that belonged to my Mother when she was a teenager. And I keep all hers and Dad’s belongings in it on a shelf high up in my bedroom. About three times a year I will open it up and sift through it as if for the first time. I think of it as a treasure chest… as it does indeed hold personal treasure.

    • Ingrid Jansen says:

      What a lovely idea! I create memory boxes with my clients all the time. Sometimes it’s just a box at first until the right kind of box is found, sometimes there already is a nice box or chest in the house that we can use. I’ve used a blanket box in the past and it worked a treat. Thank you for commenting. Ingrid x

  • Kea Michelle says:

    Very helpful advice!! Thank you.

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