In today’s fast paced world, being organised is one of the essential survival skills. Life is busy and being human increasingly reflects that. Getting organised isn’t so simple as doing this or buying that. What works for someone will be different for someone else, but at the heart of the matter is that gaining clarity is something we all crave. Clarity that enables us to grasp a sense of where we have come from and where we want to go.
Christie is a calm, resourceful and compassionate Organising Coach who uses the principles of coaching to tackle organising challenges. Because at the end of the day, it’s never about the stuff. By utilizing coaching techniques, I can really get into the real issues and desires that are just under the surface of an initial request.
Organising is not everyone’s forte, some people are more naturally inclined than others but everyone can learn to be organised. Just like some people use a Personal Trainer to kickstart a Healthy Lifestyle, an Organising Coach can assist in creating habits that make an organised lifestyle a reality.
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Christie is a Graduate of the Organizer Coach Foundation Training Program gained via Coach Approach for Organizers
Certificate in Coaching Essentials
Certificate in Strengths Based Coaching
Certificate in Brain Based Coaching
Certificate in Life and ADHD Coaching
Certificate in Coaching Integration
I love providing a service that allows people to reflect and slow down, to find their unique way of “doing life their way”.
flor&order’s organising philosophy combines developing mindfulness, encouraging an appreciation for minimalism, increasing gratitude, and sharing knowledge of essential life support tools which enhance all of the above.
In a society where we’re all so busy and meant to achieve so much, it’s no wonder that we’ve forgotten that we all have the basic human things to get done. These human things – eating and food preparation, cleaning, laundering clothes, house and life admin management – are things that every person does in order to maintain their presence ticking along in the world but they are treated as necessary evils. Rather than respecting and taking joy in these elements, they’re meant to happen ‘magically’ alongside everything else and squeezed into ridiculously small amounts of time.
It’s through my love of organising that I aim to remind others of the benefits of being organised and to help reestablish an appreciation for the small things that make life great. Because if you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that organising actually is all around.
Organising is a lifetime skill that evolves and changes through the years. I’m completely convinced that in today’s fast paced world it’s a basic tool for achieving a more fulfilling and happier life.
It’s through getting organised that you can:
- gain support from within when challenged or stretched for time;
- appreciate only value adding possessions and have more time and interest in caring for them;
- live life more fully and authentically; and
- navigate your way safely in the dark (because you know where everything is)!
As a kid I grew up travelling the world, following my parents’ diplomatic careers. My mum recalls that I was always the first unpacked in our new homes. The rest of the house would still be in boxes but my room was set up and in order before she could even sit down. Every. Time.
For me that was what I needed to feel grounded and to make sense of each new life chapter. It’s for these reasons that I know what a great tool being organised is. It’s been a support and an anchor throughout my life, for which I’m very grateful.
Helping others realise what support they can give themselves by simply focusing and spending time on their environments and things, is one of the reasons why I love my work so much.
My favourite people to work with are those who have become aware that they need a life overhaul. I enjoy working with people who are ready for change, who know that they could be doing something differently, which would make them much happier, and they want the guidance to get them there because they learn better through doing.
- Our work starts with a coaching session or two and then work takes on a blend of hands on organising with coaching sessions in between either in person or on Skype (this completely depends on what suits the client).
- And then having tackled some of the most pressing issues, there is opportunity to get into more detailed areas like scheduling and designing a life that they love.
These are some common problems that I hear:
- “I can’t stand my small space and need help making it more comfortable.”
- “My paperwork and emails are out of control. No systems I’ve tried have ever worked.”
- “I don’t have time and my house feels like a mess. What can I do to make it easier to maintain?”
Basically, being an Organising Coach is similar to being a Personal Trainer but for life skills. A lot of people could get fit on their own but some choose to employ someone to get them started and to keep them motivated as new hurdles come up as they go along. The same goes for organising.
Clients get in touch with me because:
- I find it fun to play with space and to problem solve through creative solutions;
- Efficiency excites me;
- I’m obsessed with life hacks;
- I’m fascinated by people’s relationships to things and environments; and
- I love getting people towards their best possible life by supporting themselves and making the most of their greatest commodity – time.
What I find endlessly interesting is that we are all so different and that how we approach and make sense of our lives and environments is never the same. The fact that everyone will do things differently is one of the elements of my work and industry that never ceases to amaze me.
My clients have said that my style is calm, non-judgemental and light but gently persistent. I’m a calm presence who keeps them on track and helps cut through overwhelm. It’s by making sense of what’s going on for a client through listening and analysing the information available to me that helps my clients make lasting life changes.
Christie helped coach me through a huge clear out of my walk in robe. Her calm manner and ideas on how we could approach the task turned the overwhelming challenge I had been putting off, into an enjoyable and productive few hours. Each morning now I feel a sense of calm walking in there. It looks better and I feel better. If you have a bugbear area in your home, I can’t recommend professional organising highly enough. Christie is amazing.
Christie is a great organising coach! I had significant anxiety around the clutter I had in my work space. I wanted to fix it but felt ashamed about letting someone else see it – which was necessary in order to work with me on fixing it. Christie’s style of working was deft – calm and light but gently persistent. She enabled me to talk about and better understand my anxiety and feelings of shame, and then through practical activity working and through the clutter I developed a sense of achievement and purpose.
From around 5 hours of hands-on coaching/guidance/assistance with de-cluttering and organising I’ve both made in-roads into the task of better organising my work (and home) space and I’ve been motivated (and shown how to) keep up the momentum with de-cluttering and organising.
I liken Christie to a personal trainer at a gym – helping to find and develop the “organising muscles” and showing how good it can feel when success is achieved with the organising effort!
Working with Christie is such a pleasure. She has the right mix of warmth, kindness and encouragement so the organising gets done. My spaces now have a great feel and work well and are staying organised. When you feel it’s all too hard and overwhelming then it’s not when you have Christie working along side you. Thanks Lorraine.