A former nurse is launching a new business as a declutter coach to help people bring calm and order to their homes.


Elspeth Raisbeck, who was a nurse for 25 years before becoming a coach, said: “If someone has too much stuff they are often overwhelmed and they have been thinking about it a long time. “But if we are to create the life we love, our future behaviour needs to change and our current thoughts around the stuff we have needs to change.”

Her new venture launched on website, www. InYourOwnWay.co.uk brings motivational and coaching advice straight to your home. There is also a Facebook page: https://www.facebook. com/InYourOwnWay/ Elspeth said: “Stuff is just stuff – it is all the emotional attachment we have to stuff that coaching helps you to work through. A pen is just a pen, even if it’s an expensive one. But if it’s a pen your late husband gave you as your wedding anniversary gift shortly before he died, then it becomes something special. “Getting rid of clutter can also be difficult because we’re afraid of making the wrong decision about something. Coaching helps you to become self-sufficient with decluttering skills and everything that goes with them. That’s the decision-making process around what to keep and what to let go of, as well as what to buy and whether to buy in the future. “Coaching is about helping people change behaviour because that’s what they want to do.

It means you make the change in your way, in your time. No one forces you. This applies as much for decluttering as it does for changing eating, drinking or smoking habits.” As a nurse Elspeth used motivational interviewing skills to help people manage medical conditions and addictions. She then taught health care professionals the communication skills needed for motivational interviewing and this led her to study coaching. “There is a big overlap between motivational interviewing skills and coaching. The most satisfying time, as a nurse, is sitting with someone and helping them sort through a particularly difficult time. “I’m also a bit of a neat freak. I like to recycle and not have too much clutter and I know other people want to do that too. It seems a natural progression for me to help people.” Elspeth, who lives in Hampshire, uses vision boards as a tool for clients.The mind works in pictures and the vision board enables people to ‘see’ their imagined future. It makes use of part of the brain called the Reticular Activating System, or RAS, which filters out what’s not relevant to us and bring our attention to the useful stuff. Elspeth said: “When we focus on the things that are important to us we spark the Reticular Activating System (RAS). When you tell it what’s important (by making your vision board) it works to show you opportunities to fulfil your dreams.” After a childhood as an untidy person, Elspeth is now a dedicated organiser, and she loves seeing the change in people after a cleansing clear-out session. “I see it in their bodies (the shoulders relax and they wear a huge smile) and hear it – a long happy sigh.”


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