I simply had to share the testimonial from a recent client. Thank you Ima. ❤️
I was struggling with getting my home under control. I tried to use the Kon Marie method but I was honestly getting tired of the same negative outcomes and the overwhelming response I was having.
I had absolutely no idea Malaysia has its very own home grown Professional Home Organiser.
I actually went on Google and found Raveena Singh. When I read her bio, I was thrilled. She has a background in psychology. That was definitely a bonus because I was having issues after the birth of my third baby girl.
So, cutting my internal chatter short, I sent an email to Raveena.
She replied within the day and we set up the first session.
Having read Marie Kondo’s book, I was expecting to begin with a little meditation and then move on to clothes. Instead, to my surprise, Raveena walked in, hugged me, told me to think of her as an old friend I had never met in person and chatted having seemingly a pleasant conversation which had nothing to do with decluttering. Little did I know Raveena was shrinking me. She came with some Starbucks peach tea. After chatting for a bit, she suggested we get the little baby comfortable and settled in before moving on.
We started in the nursery. I had expected to start with clothes. Raveena explained to me that starting in the nursery would have the biggest impact.
She was so right. She literally got my baby into her own space and out of everyone else’s spaces. We had the baby things all over the house but within three hours Raveena and her crew had organised the nursery with fresh shelves and wall paper and they even brought/bought the containers for me.
We talked a lot. Raveena is cheerful, non judgemental and always sharing stories of her own to put you at ease.
I cried on her shoulder and laughed with her.
Getting all the baby’s needs out of the dining and kitchen area was the best thing for me. I felt I had my home back.
I will definitely say, the Raveena at Home Method of starting where it will have the biggest impact is fantastic! My whole family felt lighter and less tense. The baby wasn’t in the older girls way. They felt acknowledged that their space was returned to them.
We worked through the rest of the house space by space.
What I truly liked was that Raveena separates the decluttering process from the organising process. That simplifies the process and helps with focus. Raveena calls it deep work. No distractions.
I live in my parent’s house – may they rest in peace and I had never decluttered. Their things, my things, my brother’s things were still in there hidden in cabinets and drawers.
I learnt some simple tips
- Return anything belonging to anyone who doesn’t live in the house. Your home is not their storage centre.
- You should not declutter for anyone else.
- Asking each person what would be something they would like to have.
These little things were so helpful. My family got excited anticipating their wants.
There was no “sentimental” decluttering being segregated. At every session we did a little of each.
Raveena actually has a Mary Poppin’s work bag. For every category we decluttered, a box or baggie would magically appear to hold it. Her crew is extremely well trained and work very methodically. Even while she seemed to be doing something, her eyes follow her crew, making sure they do exactly what she expects.
Raveena works with the acronym A.G.E
She is not a preacher of minimalism. She repeatedly told me I could keep anything I wanted. She just wanted it to be AGE appropriate.
A- age appropriate. It’s not about your age in years but more your lifestyle.
G- goals. I realised how much crap I had from the past which no longer resonated with my wants.
E- essentials. Everything needed to run the house and for each person’s personal needs.
I personally found “essentials” to be the hardest category to work through. I would say “essential” and she would look at me, “Really?”
“How often do you use it?”
“And exactly how many of these do you need?”
All said, it worked out well. I let go of stuff and occasionally, she would give in with her exaggerated “Fine. You can keep it”. Her questions were invoking. She makes it more practical than sentimental. We took photos and wrote captions before we passed things on. We kept the memories. That was so meaningful for me when dealing with my parents belongings.
We worked together for 6 weeks divided equally between decluttering and organising.
Today, I have my home back. My time at home is pleasant. My home is functional. My girls are happier for it. And I have learnt life long lessons and made a lovely friend.
Thank you Raveena, your system works.