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The first step was to prepare the house for sale by “decluttering” it of its considerable display of artifacts spanning 50 years of travel and hundreds of years of family history. This needed to be done in such a way as to retain its historic charm and to keep it livable in the style that my husband and I had developed over the four decades we had lived there. Next was the process of combing through artifacts, furniture, wall decorations, photo albums, large machine tools and more with an eye to repurposing them for the coming decades. Jocelyn taught me valuable skills in setting priorities, separating “trash from treasure” and identifying beloved memorabilia/heirlooms from mindlessly accumulated collectibles. She identified a formidable array of charities who could make good use of offloaded goods, which soothed my soul as I waved goodbye to artwork from China and my grandmother’s wooden armoire, and the like.
Most important of all, Jocelyn respected my priorities at every juncture, never pressured me, helped me maximize the use of my time with her and on my own between appointments. It was a collaborative effort which she engineered while keeping me “chief executive officer” at all times. And finally moving into the new unit was a fluid process thanks to the careful organization which had already taken place.
Always compassionate, discreet, respectful and competent, Jocelyn handled everyday, often frustrating tasks for Jane. After Jane’s recent death, Jocelyn was invaluable in helping me clear out Jane’s residence. Without Jocelyn’s efficiency and vast knowledge of outside resources, my job would have been overwhelming and lonely.
Jocelyn is a great source of support when it comes to de-cluttering and organizing your home, and therefore your life! She is reassuring, giving you permission to make decisions about what to let go of, what to keep, and how to organize and store what you keep. She is even willing, with permission, to make those decisions. For example, if I become overwhelmed during a working session, she just keeps on going. She bags, lifts, carries, and reorganizes. She is strong, never hesitating to carry a heavy bag or box to its appropriate location.
Jocelyn is an expert in the field of organization. She can tell you what the county household material recovery center accepts, which charities accept which donations, and she is an amazingly smart problem-solver. For instance, she helped me to return an EZ pass, showed me how to remove rubber particles stuck to the floor from a floor mat, helped to remove spilled paint from glass, and figured out how to close a broken window in my bedroom.
Jocelyn is a great teacher of organizational skills. She is supportive of my progress, and her non-judgmental advice helps me to accomplish a lot, even in-between sessions. She instills and develops my confidence. She functions therapeutically as a life coach. She makes the challenge of organization fun, and helps me feel in control of my life. This gives me great clarity and ability to function more efficiently. Jocelyn helps me to review, sort, decide, crystallize, and clarify as I confront the paraphernalia related to the history of my life.