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Empty House: Made For TV Clutter Clearing

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Empty House: Made For TV Clutter Clearing

I just had an idea for my own television series. It would be the ultimate clutter clearing/take back your life adventure. Each episode would begin with my search for a person or family who will say yes to each of the following questions:

Are you stuck?
Are you sick of it?
Do you believe that releasing that which no longer serves you from your physical environment will free you to make the changes you desire, or are you at least willing to suspend any disbelief to try a different approach to change?

I would take the person or family out to a nice, long dinner where I (and the viewers) would begin to learn about what has them stuck. We would talk about their home and their stuff and what it would take for them to truly enjoy life again. Then we’d have a nice night of sleep, followed by a day of more intense coaching.

I would ask them to envision their home restored to an ideal state. We would mentally walk through the spaces together, crafting a vision, conceiving of new ways to find and keep balance in the stuff-to-space ratio. We would talk about company and hobbies and work and play, and how that home could host more health (physical, mental, emotional, relational, financial, spiritual, etc.). We would talk about storage and cleaning and the different types of areas necessary to accommodate the life that they desire, the life that currently feels out of reach.

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Christy Diane Farr

Christy Diane Farr is a catalyst. If that sounds like something you want more of in your life, visit 'The Greenhouse' at SeedsAndWeedsCoaching.com and join the Wildflower Evolution on Facebook.

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3:50PM PST on Dec 26, 2011

I JUST want things back in their homes or a home provided. I wouldnt like my books, music or fabrics taken out. actually - I couldnt have that at all. I would like my walls pushed out a bit more to create more space to what I have - probably so I could fill them again with more of the same! :-)

12:48AM PST on Dec 25, 2011

Hello!--sound very similar to Clean House.

8:42AM PST on Dec 22, 2011

I can see this concept working in a seasonal sense, room by room, as a life coach/therapist assisted action.

Also, I see where Meredith drew the comparison between an eviction and having all possessions on a lawn, and the unwanted exposure that gets evictees.

Definitely a back yard for privacy project, or using a close warehouse.

10:52AM PST on Dec 20, 2011

Good idea!

9:46AM PST on Dec 20, 2011

not a bad idea but the bonds people have with their things is appalling. In my neighborhood, people have their garages so full of stuff (not lawnmowers) that they cannot park their cars in the garage. And some of them have their yards so full of stuff that they think they can use or recycle, but they never make the effort. Sometimes I think we need an intervention for all of us.

9:43AM PST on Dec 20, 2011

not a bad idea but the bonds people have with their things is appalling. In my neighborhood, people have their garages so full of stuff (not lawnmowers) that they cannot park their cars in the garage. And some of them have their yards so full of stuff that they think they can use or recycle, but they never make the effort. Sometimes I think we need an intervention for all of us.

1:27AM PST on Dec 20, 2011

I also like the idea of hauling EVERYTHING out of the house, or at least out of the room to be cleaned. That allows for cleaning/painting of walls, cleaning/replacement of carpeting, and a fresh pallette on which to design/rearrange the room.

1:24AM PST on Dec 20, 2011

I like the question: "Does this item serve me more than the space it occupies would serve me?" That's a very valid and effective way to approach the issue.
I recall another expert who expressed a similar concept, saying, "Clutter is decisions delayed."
My house has a lot of "decisions delayed." I really don't need a life coach, as I'm not especially attached to the items, but I do need to find/make the time to make those decisions.

3:32PM PST on Dec 19, 2011

I like the idea. The first ten years of my adult life I moved around a lot and therefore had less stuff. When you have to pack and unpack your stuff a lot you learn to get by with less. Now that I have lived in the same house for 10 years I have accumulated much more. Time to move!

12:46PM PST on Dec 19, 2011

Thanks. Hanging on to stuff to downright hoarding runs on one side of my family...so I am very glad I didn't get that "bad gene". I have a t-shirt from the Thoreau Society/Walden Pond that says "Simplify, Simplify, Simplify"..and I put it on when I tackle "stuff" that seems to be "stuck".

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