I’m a Coach, NLP Practitioner, Holistic Therapist and Trainer who specialises in decluttering and letting go. Over the last two decades I’ve studied many disciplines, initially undertaking a B.A. Degree in Media and Communications and a Higher Diploma in Systems Analysis: Business Systems Development before completing courses in Interior Design, Interior Architecture, Project Management, Life Coaching, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Quantum Thinking Technologies (QTT), Style Consultancy, Training and Reiki Mastership.
I know I’ve a special ability to help people to “let go”, and I’m passionate about continually developing my own decluttering skills and knowledge so I can empower my students and clients with the information, tools and techniques that inspire transformation at the deepest of levels.
Having worked in IT for 10 years, I left my Software Test Team Lead Role in 2010 to focus on developing my concept and running my own business full-time. Although there was some talk of decluttering on a practical level, I felt there was very little awareness of the therapeutic nature of the process and no mention anywhere of “Declutter Therapy”, and I wanted to share what I had personally learned about these benefits. Having experienced my own challenges with “letting go”, I was also frustrated by the limited understanding (and even insensitivity) around the complex and deep-rooted decluttering blocks with which so many people struggle.
After setting up “The Declutter Therapist™”, I made the decisions to create National Declutter Day (now International Declutter Day) and write my Declutter Therapy book in 2011. My Declutter Therapy™ approach is also proudly an international modality.
Decluttering is unfortunately really misunderstood, it’s complicated, sensitive and much more than a love of cleaning, efficient tidying, clever organising or great at “throwing things out” – none of these bring us relief from our clutter. I founded internationally-recognised The Declutter Academy Certified Training in 2016 to teach students to declutter professionally. People around the world who had come across my work were asking me to show them how to create a similar business, and I felt a need to share a holistic, best-practice approach that is balanced, gentle and impactful in the long-term in all areas of life, beyond the physical.
I daydreamed in IT about decluttering wardrobes, homes and lives, and, years later, empowering clients – and especially teaching students in turn to help their clients to “LET IT GO” – still warms my heart every single day.
BREDA’S DECLUTTERING INSIGHTS
Why “logic” in decluttering only gets us so far
I know from personal and professional experience that going into decluttering with emotions like impatience, overwhelm, guilt, shame, procrastination or sadness continually results in failure and disappointment, as we never see any real results. Although we may have some awareness around which emotions are hindering our progress, this logical understanding doesn’t get us very far.
Unless we actually learn how to let go of or “release” on these feelings, sadly we stay stuck in our clutter. This letting go is not something we’re ever really taught, in any aspect of our lives, yet this is the only skill that guarantees our ability to declutter and feel free. My speciality is in teaching others to let go in the most gentle and meaningful ways so that they can finally create the wardrobes, homes and lives they deserve.