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Interior Enlightenment

I’m thrilled to offer a suite of holistic Interior Enlightenment services that include:

All services can be stand-alone or part of an integrated, complementary package and can be delivered either in-person or remotely, utilizing a variety of user-friendly technology platforms, such as Skype, FaceTime, and Zoom.

Clutter Coaching 

Imagine walking around your home, and every room you enter uplifts your energy and makes you feel good. Everything your eyes rest on either brings you joy or has true purpose. The energy in your home feels lighter and brighter. Your home and everything in it supports your vision of who you have become and are in the process of becoming. You and your home are in complete alignment!

Clutter clearing is much more than cleaning and organizing. It’s about understanding the energy in your home and how you interact with it. Clutter clearing can be a catalyst for positive transformation and clearing blockages in your life that drag you down and keep you from living the life you envision. My process is a deep one that incorporates guided “inner journeys” and mindfulness practices that tap into your greater wisdom and help you to discover the emotional roots of your clutter so you can clear it at the very source. Releasing clutter is an opportunity to release the energetic patterns attached to it, making deep transformation possible.

In other words, it’s not just about the stuff. You clear your clutter by understanding what it represents. As you work through clearing the clutter in your home, you will hone your ability to discern what sparks joy and to make decisions and take action. The process generates momentum and may motivate you to address time clutter, technology clutter, relationship clutter, and mind/thought clutter. It can be a very empowering process!

Decluttering my home and sorting through the entire contents of my parents’ home after they passed away was a transformative journey, and now I’m passionate about empowering others to experience the alchemy of clutter clearingWorking in-person and/or remotely, I focus on the psychology of your clutter at the energetic level and regard clutter clearing as a sacred journeyI offer a variety of coaching modalities, including individual and group options and workshops that make use of whatever technologies you are comfortable with. Together, we will honor who you have been, acknowledge who you have become, and envision who you are in the process of becoming!

Why Work with a Certified Clutter Coach?

Do you have clutter you want to get rid of, but you don’t know how to start? Perhaps you’ve tried to declutter in the past but got stuck. Maybe you are an empty nester, have experienced some kind of loss or transition, are at a crossroads, or have moved into a smaller space, and your possessions reinforce old identities rather than who you have become and your vision of who you want to be.

Are you holding onto stuff you haven’t used in years because you “might” need it in the future – although deep down, you realize the likelihood of that is slim?

The truth is: If you don’t use it, need it, or love it, it’s probably clutter. 

You might even have a feeling that your real life and purpose is buried beneath your clutter, and if only you could get rid of the stuff that has outlived its usefulness, you’ll feel clearer and more focused about moving forward.

If any of this sounds familiar, rest assured that you are not alone! But it can be challenging to do it on your own and stay motivated, which is why it’s beneficial to work with a clutter coach.

If you’re having trouble releasing the clutter in your life, let’s get to the heart of it and understand what your clutter represents. Your stuff speaks volumes about your fears, grief, values, dreams, and regrets and holds answers that may lead to exciting transformations.

Creating spaciousness where there once was clutter makes room for new and wonderful possibilities to come into your life. I want to help you to declutter your home and your life and get rid of the baggage that bogs you down, so you will experience greater spaciousness, clarity, empowerment, and freedom.

During the clutter clearing process, you may encounter some tricky, sentimental types of clutter that could bring you to a standstill, including:

  • inherited/ancestral clutter
  • career clutter
  • artistic clutter
  • identity clutter
  • bereavement clutter
  • empty nest clutter.

I have lots of experience working with all these categories and can help you get through the challenges you may encounter.

I won’t pressure you to get rid of anything you’re not ready to get rid of. But I will help you determine how your stuff affects your energy and whether it is holding you back. If you find yourself clinging to things you don’t use or love, I will guide you to explore some deeper questions, until you discover the root cause of the attachment. We can work together to transform your attachment to your stuff and the stories you’ve created about it and create empowering releasing rituals for acknowledgement, celebration, and closure that honor all the relationships and identities that are attached to your stuff.

As your clutter coach, I can help you to:

  • create a structure and plan for your clutter clearing journey
  • know where to begin and what to leave for last so it won’t slow you down
  • find the pace that works best for you
  • go on guided inner journeys to find out what your clutter represents
  • keep going when you get stuck, lose momentum, or feel overwhelmed
  • anchor the meaning and significance placed on an object to something more enduring
  • create releasing ceremonies to let go of sentimental and inherited objects honorably
  • figure out where/how to donate, sell, or get rid of your stuff
  • release clutter in environmentally friendly ways
  • photograph family and personal heirlooms, children’s art work, etc. before releasing them with love and gratitude
  • journal about objects and their significance so you can keep the story but not the stuff
  • curate your own collection of legacy items and store and label them meaningfully
  • clear clutter in other areas of life, including technology clutter, time clutter, relationship clutter, and thought clutter
  • integrate mindfulness into the clutter clearing process.

If you’re interested, I can guide you to create a targeted, integrated vision board for all areas of your life. In addition, I am an Reiki master practitioner and can flow healing Reiki energy to you as you declutter your home. 

What Clients Have Experienced

It’s easy for a person who struggles with clutter to feel shame yet overwhelm when they try to tackle it. Susan has a way of breaking the process down into achievable parts and she has a gift of giving information in a nonjudgmental way. Susan herself has been there, and has been successful at freeing herself from the heaviness that too much stuff brings. She has such a sweet spirit, and participants feel like she genuinely cares about them and their progress. Susan gives celebration in the journey, not just when the goals are achieved. I would highly recommend Susan as a coach to anyone interested in making progress on their clutter. Susan’s coaching involves social, emotional and mental approaches, not just a tossing of items. Her approach is both encouraging and makes the participant want to continue to make progress. I personally will use the information she has presented to help me with my lifelong struggle with holding on to things that don’t serve me. I would give this program 5 stars.   -Tami M., South Carolina

Clearing clutter can be emotional and overwhelming. Thank you for understanding that it is a process and helping to address the inner need that draws us toward clutter while also helping to let go and live lighter.  –Vanessa B., Newburgh, NY

One small success keeps propelling me forward. It feels great to know what I have and where it is located. I keep reminding myself that I don’t have to keep things that I don’t love or no longer serve me. It’s so exhilarating!! I need to use this process for other areas of my life. The energy of my home seems totally different now. The flow and lightness I feel in my office is wonderful. I actually feel more creative and calm in this space. I think the clutter caused stagnation which didn’t allow for flow – flow of energy, flow of money (only in one direction – out), flow of ideas, and flow of fun, love and understanding within my relationships. By clutter clearing I am telling the Universe that I am ready, let abundance flow into all aspects of my life. Have I said just how much I this clutter clearing? I love it soooo much!!  -Lisa M., Saratoga Springs, NY

If you would like to experience the alchemy of clutter clearing for yourself, please contact me for details. 

Here is a Facebook Live video I made when I was about 1/3 of the way through my home decluttering journey. At that point, I was learning about decluttering on my own and wasn’t working with a teacher yet, but it gives you a sense of what clutter-clearing is like when you’re actually in the process of it. 

 

Clutter Clearing Photography Services

Some of my clients find that photographing sentimental objects makes it easier to release them. Others are interested in professional quality photos of items to sell online. As a professional photographer, it is my joy to provide you with images of personal or family heirlooms, children’s art work, your own art, or other collections you want to remember but don’t want to take up space in your home. We can discuss how to incorporate the images into beautiful photo albums and even personal or family memoirs that tell a compelling story.

 

Feng Shui Consultation 

Feng shui is system of working with energy that originated in China more than 4000 years ago. It incorporates the Five Elements theory and focuses on energy, or chi, flowing in alignment with abundance, health, and joy. Through feng shui, we work with the energy of your home to create a foundation that supports you to maximize your well-being in all areas of life and manifest your dreams and visions. 

A feng shui consultation can help you to:

  • harmonize and balance the energy of your home
  • stimulate the flow of abundance
  • improve your relationships and well-being
  • create a more supportive foundation for you and your family to thrive
  • feel more relaxed and joyful in your home
  • have greater clarity and focus with regard to your goals and pursuits
  • shift to a more empowered story about your home and your life.

A feng shui consultation is a wonderful way to enhance the energy flow in your home and focus on specific areas of your home and life you’d like to improve. It’s like acupuncture for the home. In feng shui, specific areas of the home are associated with certain areas of life. We will work together to remove energy blocks and set new intentions to create a home that truly supports your highest vision for your life. The best feng shui is to love the space you live and work in, whether you rent a small apartment or own a mansion. “Good feng shui” feels good, and that is the ultimate goal.

Feng shui is especially effective after decluttering and deepens the effects of your clutter clearing. (Clutter clearing is actually the first step of the feng shui process.) I provide feng shui consultations either in-person or remotely, utilizing whatever technology you are comfortable with (i.e. Skype, FaceTime, Zoom).

Prior to a session, you will need to fill out a questionnaire and provide me with your address and a floor plan of your home. For distant sessions, a photo of the front of your home and interior photos specific to any problem areas are also helpful. Distant sessions typically take less time than in-person sessions and allow us to really hone in on areas of concern.

During a session, we will explore your space and identify areas of concern. I will give you suggestions for improving those areas and will prioritize changes for you to make. In-person sessions might also include some space clearing. After the session, I will follow up with an email summary and am available to answer questions you may have.

If desired, I can guide you to create an integrated vision board to support goals addressed during feng shui work. My method of vision board work takes you out of your head and into your heart to hear the whispers of your inner being and draws upon all nine areas of life related to the feng shui bagua map. Your finished product is a supercharged vision board that holds the seeds of your deepest, most authentic dreams and visions and can serve as a powerful manifestation and motivational tool. 

My rate is $70/hour plus 60 cents/mile from 12871 zip code for feng shui consultations.

Please contact me for more information about feng shui and space clearing services. 

      

Reiki Sessions 

Reiki is an ancient, far Eastern relaxation technique, re-discovered in the early 1900s in Japan, which reduces stress and promotes healing by activating the relaxation response and helping the body to balance itself from a deep level. It is a natural, safe, non-intrusive system of energy healing that complements traditional and alternative medical therapies and psychological treatments to increase their effectiveness. It can provide physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual benefits and is used to promote relaxation, relieve emotional and physical pain, gain clarity and insight, and support the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

Reiki recognizes that problems in the body and mind often result from being disconnected from our innate intelligence and natural capacity for healing. A Reiki practitioner establishes and holds the connection with subtle life force energy as you respond to it. A Reiki session helps you to activate your healing response, open up the energy pathways and dissolve blockages, and move towards greater balance and wholeness for optimum well-being.

Reiki can be used in hospice care to ease the patient’s physical and emotional suffering and to provide strength and healing for family and caregivers. I do not charge for hospice Reiki sessions. A Reiki session also can provide comfort during bereavement. 

A Reiki session takes place in a quiet environment with soft, meditative music. The receiver lays on their back fully dressed in comfortable clothing. A blanket and pillows for the head and knees are offered to keep you comfortable. The practitioner’s hands are placed in a series of positions, either lightly touching or hovering above your body, to help you to connect with the wisdom of the Universal life force energy for your highest good. All you need to do during a Reiki treatment is to relax and open yourself to the love and light energy that is coming through. You might even fall asleep, which is perfectly fine. You receive the benefits of Reiki whether you’re awake or asleep.

Reiki practitioners must be properly trained and undergo an attunement process in order to work effectively with Reiki energy. I have completed four levels of training and am certified as a Master Practitioner in the Usui/Tibetan Reiki method.

Reiki sessions can be done both in person and at a distance. There is opportunity after the session to discuss the experience if you’d like. My rates are:

  • $75 for a standard session (60-75 minutes)
  • $65 for a distance session (40 minutes plus follow-up call)
  • Add $25 for a healing attunement 
  • No charge for a hospice Reiki session 

Please contact me for more information or to schedule a Reiki session. 

 

Mindfulness Mentoring 

Mindfulness is a rich practice that builds awareness and compassion. It is a path of clarity, empowerment, self-compassion, peace, and deep realization that liberates you from the conditioned mind and the thoughts in your head. I love to think of mindfulness as putting space around your thoughts and feelings and experiencing a deeper, more inclusive presence in the here and now. Working with rather than struggling against whatever arises in your life and in your mind. Meeting it all with open, spacious awareness and a wise, compassionate heart. 

Sometimes clients who come to me for Clutter Coaching or Reiki express a desire to establish a meditation practice, but they don’t know where to start. With nearly 30 years of experience and credentials in meditation and mindfulness that include developing curriculum and working with children, I can help you to weed through the vast resources that are available and develop a gratifying practice that suits your personality and lifestyle. 

We start by becoming clear about your intentions and aspirations for mindfulness practice before moving on to the specifics (How? Where? When? For how long?). Together, we develop a plan that includes support for when you run into obstacles that interfere with regular meditation practice. As I know from personal experience, mindfulness meditation for a mother with young children might look quite different than it looks at other times of life. We will find what works best for you so you can experience the deep benefits of mindfulness no matter what your situation is.

I offer Mindfulness Mentoring for individuals and groups, adults and children. Please contact me for more information.

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