Hello and welcome to Rethinking the Dream. My name is Eric West and I am a professional Life Coach specializing in Clutter. I want to help you have more freedom to do the things you love and to create a more peaceful and tranquil setting in your home. This and more can be achieved through my Clutter Coaching.
I want you to know my background before hiring me as your Clutter Coach. I want you to know that I have been where you are now. I know what you are feeling and I want to help you through the process. Our paths may be different, but the feelings are the same.
My Journey to Living with Less
Several years ago I began a journey. I didn’t know where the journey would take me at that time. What I did know was that I was fed up with a life of rampant consumerism, keeping up with our neighbors, and a house that felt more and more like an anchor.
I knew I wanted to make some major changes in my life. I wanted to start thinking for myself and making real decisions about what type of life is best for me and my family, rather than living the templated life I found myself in.
I’m sure you are familiar with that template… Graduate high school, go to college, get a job, get married, buy a house, have a kid, spend Saturdays doing yard work and Sundays lounging around the house. Spend as much as you can afford on a house and the things that go in it and value having stuff over everything else.
That is the template our society has created and I was tired of it. You may be tired of it too. It may be why you are here looking for answers.
I was fed up, and so my wife and I decided to make some changes. We wanted to have less stuff cluttering up our home. I started reading about minimalism and was intrigued at how people lived with less stuff and were happier for it. I pondered the possibilities for some time, and when I looked at what best suited us, it wasn’t a house in the suburbs and an hour long commute.
Then it hit me, we should sell our house and go back to renting an apartment. It sounded completely crazy, and yet the more I looked at it the more sense it made. It was a scary proposition. One night, while on a family bike ride, I broached the topic with my wife. I asked her, “What would you think about selling our house and going back to renting an apartment.” I was surprised when she said she liked the idea. She loved our house, it was one of her big dreams, and yet she was having the same feelings as me — like the dream wasn’t living up to our expectations.
This idea of downsizing was so radical to us, that we weren’t sure if we could do it. It was so scary and so different that I decided to use a pseudonym (pen name) when writing on this blog for fear that people would think I had gone insane. (Now that I look back on it, I wish I had a Clutter Coach to help me through those times and to reassure me that I was on the right track.)
If we were going to downsize from a large four bedroom three bath house to a smaller two bedroom two bath apartment, we would need to make sure we could do it. The plan started with a major decluttering to pair our stuff down to what would fit in the smaller apartment.
We called this our Big Purge. It was our chance to reclaim our life and toss out stuff that no longer fit and was doing nothing more than take up space. We jumped in with both feet and attacked all the junk, stuff, and clutter. It took us two months to go through every room, closet, shelf, and cabinet. When we finished we had half our garage stuffed with items to sell or donate and bag after bag of trash that went to the curb.
We sold some stuff on eBay and craigslist, but the majority was sold at a garage sale. After that sale we felt a newfound sense of freedom. It was liberating to get rid of all that stuff. We found that we were able to downsize and went on to sell our house and downsize to a smaller apartment.
Now we have our weekends free to do as we please, we aren’t tied down by a house with a hefty mortgage, and we are enjoying life so much more.
I have been where you are now, and I want to help. I want to help you have the house/apartment/condo that really works for you. Whether that means downsizing to a smaller place, or just cleaning up the one you have, I want to help.
I want to help you remove the clutter so that you can have a more peaceful and tranquil space to call home. I want you to have a home that you can entertain in and invite guests over anytime. I want to help you reduce the amount of cleaning and maintenance you have to do on a daily and weekly basis so that you have more time to spend with the family and/or do fun activities.
If you are new to the ideas of minimalism, I can help you get started. If you don’t want to be a minimalist, but want something between that and what you have now, I can help. If you started decluttering and got stuck, I can help. I help my clients make rapid progress towards a clean and decluttered living space that you can be happy to call your own.
Now you have a few choices:
- Read through the blog to get completely free tips on decluttering, downsizing, and minimalism. This option allows you to move at your own pace and implement the ideas you find here on the blog. Crazy Ideas in Action is a good place to start. You can also join our private Facebook group to meet and socialize with like-minded people.
- Join a Group Coaching Call. This is a great way to get started with a lower costs than one-on-one coaching. It’s a good way to ease into decluttering while getting tips from me and from the other participants as we all work together to solve problems and reach our goals.
- Hire me as your Clutter Coach. This is the fastest way to reach your goals. I will work with you one-on-one to declutter, purge, or downsize. Together, we will create a plan of attack to get from where you are now to where you want to be.
- If you are undecided, or not sure where to start, book a free one hour Clutter Coaching session with me. During the free session I can assuage your fears and help you set some goals. I offer the free session as a service to the readers of my blog. After the session, you can choose to go it alone using the free tips on my blog, or you can sign up for Group or One-on-One coaching. (Seriously, there is no obligation after the free session, and no hard feelings if you don’t hire me for coaching. I want you to succeed, and to do that you have to continue in the manner that works best for you.)
I look forward to sharing lots of free tips about decluttering, downsizing, and generally doing things that most of society thinks are a little bit strange. For those that join me in group or one-on-one coaching, I look forward to working with you to reach your goals and to help you achieve a lighter, simpler life that gives you more freedom to do that things you love.