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How to Declutter Your Life and Your Business

By Ian Anderson Gray with Lesley Spellman

Confident Live Marketing Podcast

Episode 196

Duration: 34 minutes 38 seconds

Episode Theme: Confidence & Mindset

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January 20, 2023

CLMP #196 Blog

Organisation and decluttering are essential for maintaining productivity, focus, and growth in life and business. By implementing a few simple strategies, you can create an environment that is conducive to success. Decluttering your physical space, setting routines and goals for yourself, and utilising tools such as calendars and task lists are all great ways to keep yourself organised. With a little time and effort, you can create an efficient system that will help you reach your goals more quickly. But how do you do that? In this episode with Lesley Spellman, we will talk about how to organise and declutter your work environment so that you can focus on being more productive and growing your business.

Lesley Spellman lives in Manchester with her husband and three grown-up kids who keep her feet firmly on the ground! She has been running the Clutter Fairy business with her lovely team for over 12 years in Manchester, UK. She also partnered with her friend, Ingrid Jansen, to start The Declutter Hub. The spark was initiated after crossing paths in March 2012 at the first Association of Professional Declutterers and Organisers (APDO) conference. This is a conversation you don’t want to miss!

Let’s jump in!

What You’ll Learn:

[0:00] This week’s theme song
[0:17] Episode intro and a quick bio of the guest, Lesley Spellman
[3:52] How Lesley got into decluttering space
[5:35] The challenge of judging ourselves
[7:09] Why being organised is so essential and the need for decluttering
[8:32] What should come first before starting the decluttering process
[10:23] How to get started in decluttering
[12:55] How winning small goals will motivate you to big goals
[14:37] The best ways to handle the paperwork
[17:03] Digital organisation strategies
[18:50] Should our digital organisation mirror our physical organisation?
[21:54] The stages of decluttering
[25:44] Why you may need a professional to help you in the decluttering process
[29:41] Where can you get professional declutterers?
[31:59] Key takeaways from the guest
[32:48]The best ways to reach out and connect with Lesley Spellman
[33:02] Episode wrap-up and ending the show


Standout Quotes

[5:54] Lesley:

The process of decluttering starts with accepting ourselves and being kind.Click To Tweet


[6:06] Lesley:

Be kind to yourself and know that you will be much better in other things. Nobody is good at everything.Click To Tweet


[6:20] Lesley:

Decluttering and organizing can be learned by anybody in whatever situation they are.Click To Tweet


[8:11] Ian:

Having a good and organized environment makes you more productive.Click To Tweet


[12:47] Ian:

If we focus on the easiest stuff in our decluttering process, we will feel more happy within ourselves because we will have achieved something.Click To Tweet


[28:49] Lesley:

Life is too short to be overwhelmed by clutter. Sorting that out can be totally life-changing.Click To Tweet

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About Lesley Spellman

Who is Lesley Spellman?

Lesley is one one half of the Declutter Hub. She and her partner, Ingrid Jansen, are two Professional Organisers and Declutterers from the UK who pride themselves on promoting a fun and enjoyable decluttering journey with realism at the core. Ingrid helps clients one-to-one in London as Organise Your House and Lesley in the North West as The Clutter Fairy.

As two great friends with a like-minded approach to decluttering, they joined forces as The Declutter Hub to bring their expertise to a global audience in the online world. Their highly successful Declutter Hub Podcast is much loved, with hundreds of thousands of downloads worldwide. They also provide tailored support to people all over the world in their membership with a Roadmap, step-by-step courses, regular Q&As and everything their members need to declutter and organise successfully.



[0:17] Ian:
Welcome to episode 196 of the Confident Live Marketing Podcast.

[0:22] Lesley:
So decluttering is very emotionally led. It's all about the emotions that we have and what we feel. It's about that emotional connection to the stuff that we have.

And we need to understand what those emotions are. And we need to build up, from the more simple emotions through to the more complex ones.

Ian Anderson Gray

Ian is the founder of the Confident Live Marketing Academy and is the host of the Confident Live Marketing Podcast. He helps entrepreneurs to level up their impact, authority and profits by using live video confidently. He's founder of Seriously Social - a blog focused on live video and social media tools. He’s an international speaker, trainer, teacher and consultant. He has a passion for making the techno-babble of live video and social media marketing easy to understand. As well as being a geek, husband, and dad to two kids, Ian is also a professional singer and lives near Manchester in the UK.