E was a literature teacher and has depression for many years. She leaves the curtains closed constantly for fear of the clutter being seen from the outside. She has isolated herself from the world.
We agreed to 1 member of staff to work with E for two hours over four sessions.
Something else E wants to get out of the de-cluttering is to start writing again. E writes fiction and poetry and she was hoping that a clear desk and living room would help to clear her mind.
E had moments when she felt overwhelmed and said it was “like facing your life” but her pace and attitude changed gradually as she was seeing the results after each session. She also started to do some work on her own time in other rooms, showing Making Room the results at the beginning of the session.
Outcome – client’s goals achieved
At the end of the last session E opened the curtains and said that she didn't remember the last time she had done that, because she was ashamed of the clutter being seen from the outside but also because of her depression, 'a way of hiding yourself from the world'. E said that it has really made a difference and she had learned a lesson - that sometimes you can do much more than you think.