the value of insight

When you get clear about why your clutter is holding you back, you can finally let it go and create the home you love.

There is a lot more to clutter and the home than the merely practical. The secret to creating a calm and nurturing home is to uncover the psychological reasons that lie beneath your clutter, and to understand that what is blocking you in your home and your life is often the key to moving forwards. Unlocking some of the meaning your possessions may hold can free you to say goodbye to what you no longer need, while keeping your precious memories intact.

Our homes have stories to tell. Like our dreams, the spaces we inhabit and the objects within them reflect many aspects of our lives and our inner selves. As you become more able to really see your home and your possessions, and to listen to what they are telling you, you will gain some profound insights.

This quest for insight and meaning is at the core of my decluttering services.

the secret life of clutter

The insights revealed in my book will help you understand some of the factors that may be sabotaging your efforts to make more space. It will inspire you to take action and create a home that you love, a home that reflects who you are and the life you want to live.

insights from the tao of helen

My blog is a treasure trove of insights about decluttering, the psychology of home, and interior design. You can browse through the library of posts, or I have added a handy search below to help you find exactly what you want.

A word from the wise

A word from the wise

I was inspired this morning by these thoughts from Marcus Aurelius, one of the key thinkers of Stoicism and wanted to share them with you. Although from two millennia ago, the wisdom strikes me as deeply relevant for us today. 'Don't set your mind on things you don't...

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Living with clutter is like living with debt

Living with clutter is like living with debt

With inflation on the rise and growing economic uncertainty, it can be tempting to hold on to things with the thought that ‘this may come in handy one day’. Maybe we can justify having seven corkscrews or four potato peelers just in case we lose all the others? Or...

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Slowing down, decluttering, and enjoying the space.

Slowing down, decluttering, and enjoying the space.

I wanted to share a few thoughts about the connection between slowing down and decluttering. I often say that clutter represents decisions that haven’t been made. But why have those decisions been avoided? As I explore in The Secret Life of Clutter, there are many...

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