About Cecilia

I am a Life & Clutter Coach and IST Practitioner. I LOVE helping writers, creatives and entrepreneurs just like YOU, make their homes and lives into supportive containers for their creative AND personal lives.  

Cecilia's sharp, crystalline insight has kept me on track in my creative life, my business life, and my emotional life for the past six years: she's a triple threat!

 - Sarah Selecky, author of Giller Prize nominated This Cake is for the Party

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Clear Clutter - My Story

Change comes, one page at a time...

Have you ever read a book that changed your life?  Let me tell you about the book that changed mine.

I was working at Wonderworks (a sweet bookstore I used to manage) when a book caught my eye.  The title was "Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui" by Karen Kingston, and I brought it along to lunch one day, and the next day, and the next.  I had always been curious about Feng Shui, but this was the first book I read that made any sense to me.

I was relieved to find the book an easy read and enjoyed imagining my space being clutter-free.  I had a feeling that this book would become like all the other half-read self help books on my shelf, never leaving the realm of my imagination to take root in my life.  Needless to say, I was wrong.

A few weeks after reading "Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui" something changed inside of me.  For the first time in my life, I felt motivated to look at my clutter.  I faced my closet with hope and an empty garbage bag and pulled a t-shirt off the shelf and put it in the bag.  I waited 5 minutes...  took the t-shirt out and put it back on the shelf.  I obviously was not ready to clear clutter that day, but it was an important first step.

A few days after my first attempt I braved my closet again and this time I must have been ready because I filled four garbage bags full of clothes.  There were some things in those bags I never thought I could get rid of, but I felt strangely at peace with my decisions.  It was time for something new in my life, I wasn't sure what, but I was ready for change.

Despite my feeling of peace, those garbage bags sat in the middle of my bedroom floor for three weeks.  I guess I needed to take my time in letting go and when I was ready I made a trip to the Goodwill.

Those four garbage bags were the first of many to leave my home as I spent the next year going through layer after layer of clutter and asking myself more and more difficult questions. 

The most difficult layer for me was when I asked myself the question "Does this represent who I am now, or who I used to be?".  Boy, was that a toughie, because as I looked around my room, I found I didn't really connect with most of the things I saw. 

I honestly believe that letting go of that last layer and all those that have come before and after have helped me to become who I am today. Was it scary?  YES!  Was it easy?  NO!  Am I grateful I stepped into my fear?  YOU BETCHA!

If you are new to clutter clearing I invite you to start with one small step.  You don't need to do it all at once perfectly.  You just need to take one step at a time.  Standing in front of my closet with an empty garbage bag was mine.

I would love to hear other people's stories about their first attempt at clearing clutter.  Send your stories to spaceforlife@gmail.com and if you are willing, let me know if I can share them on my website.  I would also love to hear about a book that changed your life.

Happy Clutter Clearing!
Cecilia Moorcroft

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