7. Clutter 2 Comfort
- 3 years in business
- Serves Seattle, WA
"Clutter to Comfort has accomplished the impossible in my life. Here is how it happened.
One morning I woke up and was very angry at how I had let my home become a depressing, dirty, crazy-making, chaotic place. I was fed-up with tripping on things and falling down. I was angry often because I could never find anything. I realized, through my anger and desperation, that I needed to ask for help. I had no way out.
I called Clutter to Comfort. When I called Lana, I was feeling desperate and claustrophobic about the huge mess in my home. I told Lana that I was a hoarder and that I needed her organizational skills, her help. I was living downstairs because I could not get into any of the rooms upstairs.
I said the only obstacle for me was that I didn’t know how to handle the shame I felt. I did not want Lana, or anyone else to see the overwhelmingly stuffed and dirty home I lived in, and I didn’t want to let her in. I had not allowed anyone to come over for about 20 years, for the same reason. Lana was very kind and understanding. The way she said, “It’s alright, it’s what we do”, had an immediate calming effect on me. She said they made no judgments, and were here to help. This helped enormously with the shame I felt, and in fact it disappeared, because I realized Lana was focused on the solution, and that there really was a solution. This allowed me to join her in the realm of possibility and I too started to focus on the solution and the creative possibilities for my home. I knew immediately upon meeting her that I could trust Lana, and I relaxed.
I had vague ideas of being better organized as a result of their help. I had no idea that what was to follow would be a personal transformation on a psychological, emotional, spiritual and creative level. No idea.
Clutter to Comfort provided me with a completely unexpected experience. I thought that Lana and Svetlana would come in and organize me. I thought that would be nice, but I didn’t expect to feel anything. I knew I had to get rid of things, and that concerned me due to my deep attachment to various objects. Lana looked me in the eye and said, “We will take nothing away from you, it is your decision”. I then realized that the mess could be dealt with and I would not be traumatized by having things ripped away from me (that had been my fear). After the work had started, giving things away was amazingly easy: I really understood that I was trading in my items for the promising gifts of space, order, freedom, and creativity, and most exciting - beauty.
For me, the enormous clutter in my home also existed in my head. I experienced intense frustration, anger, and shame among other emotions. I would constantly think about the mess, beat myself up about the mess, and obsess about the mess. It took up a huge piece of what went on in my mind. What a miserable way to live.
I was astounded at the change inside my mind when Lana and Svetlana organized and arranged everything, leaving behind a harmonious ambiance in every room. I saw rooms that I had only hoped to see because I knew I could not do it myself. I was really amazed and I loved it. This spurred me on to donate more items so I could have these wonderful feelings: hope, excitement, creativity, freedom, and yes, a kind of love - a love for order and beauty. This amazing experience was made possible by these women, and their extremely talented and professional help.
I was thrilled to experience that I suddenly had a new sense of creativity. I started to create right away...because I knew where things were, and because I was no longer unhappily obsessing about the enormous chaos in my home. My mind had emptied of obsessive thoughts about the chaos. This allowed creativity to enter. Not only did I experience a new and hopeful sense of creativity, but I felt calmer, and more centered. The order in the rooms promised me that I would not be stamping my feet in frustration and rage because I could not find what I needed to create. I had room in my rooms, and room in my head that could now be filled with creative possibilities.
My feelings of hope felt like sunshine in a dark room. I was becoming excited, because not only did I feel so much lighter in my being, but the hope was based on the unfolding reality I could see...I could see what I had long hoped for would become a reality. Again it became easier to give things away; I was trading them in for joy! The positive emotions I was feeling; hope, joy, excitement, creativity, calmness, a sense of order, were all a result of Lana and Svetlana’s highly professional skills and artistry. I initially thought that Lana and Svetlana simply created magic, but it was hard work, professionally honed skills, a vast talent for organization, and a very artistic eye that accomplished the transformation of my home and benefited my inner self.
The removal of difficult emotions allowed my mind and heart the freedom to roam in other realms. I was set free from the psychological ropes that had bound me. I was able to focus now on all aspects of my life. My spiritual life no longer crowded out by the chaos. I had the space and time to read, to write, and to create. I had the space in my head for reflection and meditation.
I had the opportunity to experience the enormous relief of reaching out for help, and to find a hand take mine, while saying “I understand”. I feel enormous gratitude to Lana and Svetlana.
Calling Clutter to Comfort, and benefiting so greatly from Lana’s professional skills is one of the best things I have ever done for myself. So much more seems possible now.
I used to have such unhappy thoughts about my home. I would tell myself: “when it’s time for you to move away, you will have deep regrets that you never made the effort to make your home as beautiful as it can be. The people that move in will make it beautiful.” Then I would feel such unhappiness. What a marvelous experience to be free from this unhappy thought that dragged me down! I don’t have to think that anymore. I can now love my home, and express that love in a harmonious and creative way. I have had my first guest in 20 years stay overnight!
Clutter to Comfort even cleaned out my garage (a secret I thought I had to hide away) and the barn. They organized 8 massive storage units that I thought could not be dealt with. Absolutely Amazing!
One of the most important things I learned was : Ask for help when you need it! There is a business that can transform your home and your experience of it. It can change you inner life. Reach out! Lana and Svetlana are ready to help.
I would like to say a final word about Lana. Lana has the ability to look into a room that is full to the ceiling, and see the beauty that is possible. I think she has very artistic x-ray vision! Lana is a deeply receptive person, she listens, and does not judge. She never tries to control. She is kind and very empathetic. Making transformations possible is what she does; this is her creative genius. I could not have imagined a more sophisticated, skilled and sensitive person with whom to undertake this adventure."