My story begins with how I was raised.
I grew up observing and reminded that the more stuff the better. If you need or want something, you go out and get it. It’s what you did to take care of yourself and others. And that’s how I lived for a very long time. At one point I even had to get a bigger apartment to be able to live comfortably and to be able to house everything I owned. Then, my world turned upside down.
First, my grandmother passed away. Ten months later, my mother passed away. It was up to me to deal with their possessions I inherited.
Raw with trauma and grief, I could not even think about dealing with any of these items. Everything became difficult: the decisions, the idea of letting go, where to find a place for these things. Everything is sentimental. How could I ever give away any of this stuff?
So, I didn’t. I got a really big storage locker instead. In fact, I managed to ignore dealing with all of the stuff for a couple of years.
It eventually became unaffordable to pay for storage and rent. I had no choice but to start taking the steps to downsize. I went through two major purges before moving from my large apartment into a 350-square-foot apartment. But, I couldn’t breathe in that space. There was still so much stuff.
Facing personal difficulties is never easy on your own. We all need support. I came across Marie Kondo’s first book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and, well, it changed my life. I felt I was meant to read this book. It gave me the motivation to start my own big declutter project.
I used her joy-focused KonMari Method™ to guide a 7-month-long decluttering process before I moved once again.
I first reflected on my values and what I wanted my “new” life and environment to look like to set the groundwork and have something to look toward. The life I had created around my stuff was not something I wanted anymore. I wanted a more simple life free of excess. Excess things that weighted me down. I wanted to feel lighter.
It became a bigger project. I researched other thought leaders and methods endlessly. I discovered and continue to be influenced by the approaches of The Minimalists, Courtney Carver, Denise Linn, Karen Kingston to name a few.
With time and hard work (and some setbacks), I was able to slowly see progress and shift my mindset. I began to want less, I began to feel free with less and started living more simply and intentionally. My entire life has changed.
And this is where I am today.
There were times when I really could have used some help. Not only would have it gone faster, having someone else around to keep me on track and accountable would have been a huge benefit. I knew there were others out there who needed help… my help. I went on to do professional training under Marie Kondo. Soon after, I began working with my own clients in Toronto.
Whether you’re going through a difficult time like a divorce or an empty nest, moving parents into assisted living, the death of a loved one, or you are done with the clutter and ready to create a new environment for yourself, I want to help lead you through and past the stuff. My holistic process provides results that you’ll be able to experience.
When your home helps you experience joy, you can open yourself up to living the life you truly want to live.