Part of the job description of a professional clutter clearing practitioner is to immerse themselves on a daily basis in the low-level stagnant energies that accumulate around clutter in clients’ homes. It takes a person with very particular qualities to actually enjoy exposure to such densities of energy, and exceptional skills to be able to handle it without any unwanted side effects.
All professionals in this field can benefit tremendously from learning how to handle the energetic side of clutter clearing, and some people really are not suited to deal with it at all. They would be better off choosing a different career altogether.
This article is for anyone who may be considering taking the professional clutter clearing practitioner training that we offer, or is already working as a professional clutter clearer and would like to learn more about this aspect of it.
Some people are attracted to this profession because they are battling with their own clutter issues, and they hit upon the idea of teaching what they themselves need to learn. This rarely works.
It doesn’t work for the clients because they can only make limited progress when being coached by someone who hasn’t yet taken the journey themselves.
And it doesn’t work for the professional because the last thing they feel like doing when they get home after a long day of helping clients with their clutter is to spend time sorting through their own. Not only that but they are faced with the daily hypocrisy of advising others to do something they don’t do themselves. And unless they have very strong principles about never accepting discarded items from clients (essential, in our view), they may also be confronted with the temptation to acquire more things, which means this line of work can add to their clutter rather than reduce it.
Our professional training is for people who naturally live clutter-free and want to learn how to help others do likewise.
The people who make the best clutter clearing practitioners are those who already have a good balance between having the things around them that they need to live life to the full, but not so much that it holds them back in any way.
They are well organized but not obsessively so, and they generally do things on time or ahead of time rather than procrastinating. They are genuinely compassionate, non-judgmental, and endlessly patient, yet have the ability to be objective, firm, and decisive. They see clutter for what it is and how it affects people, and are committed to helping clients learn to see this for themselves, let it go, and move on.
Our training is not suitable for anyone who is still struggling with their own clutter issues, addictions, or unresolved traumas, or has depression, mental instability, or any kind of obsessive-compulsive disorder. It is also not suitable for anyone who uses recreational drugs or drinks alcohol, other than the very occasional glass of something to celebrate a special event (having any drugs or alcohol in your system can put you at risk of picking up unwanted energies).
People who are substantially overweight are also likely to find our professional clutter clearing far too challenging. The reason for this is that the stagnant energies embedded in layers of body fat create a numbness in the etheric that makes it difficult or impossible for them to master the personal energy management techniques that are so essential to safely engage in this type of work. They don’t feel anything, so they don’t think they are being affected by the unsavoury energies that accumulate around clutter in clients’ homes, but of course they are. Some of the warning signs are health problems, food and other cravings, and putting on more weight, all of which can signal that something is energetically out of whack.
There is also the aspect that someone who is unable to lose weight is usually not the best person to help someone who has difficulty letting go of clutter. Each time there is the opportunity to go deeper, the same issues that keep them from losing weight are likely to hold them back from helping the person to source the real reasons for their clutter. The results, at best, will be short-lived or superficial. Without getting to the underlying reasons why clutter accumulated in the first place, it will only build up again.
After reading all this information, you may wonder who on earth would want to be a professional clutter clearer, exposing themselves daily to such levels of energetic gunk? But thankfully there are people who feel inspired to do this and really enjoy doing it. That’s who our training is for.
There is a huge difference between space clearing and clutter clearing, as this article explains: The difference between space clearing and clutter clearing.
There’s no doubt that space clearing is a wonderful skill for a professional clutter clearing practitioner to have in the types of environments they are likely to find themselves in. But in practice, most clients are not willing to pay for this additional service, and the training to become a professional space clearer is also much, much longer, very much more demanding, and considerably more expensive.
Our professional clutter clearing practitioner training is much more accessible to people and includes personal energy management techniques to deal with the energetic side-effects of clutter clearing, which can be taught much more easily than the advanced techniques of space clearing. No knowledge or experience of space clearing is required, and no space clearing instruction is included in the training. For this reason, it is a condition of taking my clutter clearing practitioner course that trainees and graduates do not offer any kind of space clearing services to clients, as this could easily give the misleading impression that they have been trained by me to do so. They can do space clearing in their own home, of course, using the information in my book, but it’s a very different matter to do space clearing in other people’s homes.
At least 5% of people living in Western countries have a hoarding problem, and this figure is increasing year by year. A further 30% of the population say they avoid going home because they find the mess in their home so overwhelming. Only 10% say they have hardly any clutter or none at all.
So yes, there’s definitely a need. Our clutter clearing methods are designed to help clients before they get to the stage of clinically defined hoarding, while it’s still relatively easy to assist them in turning their lives around.