About Karen Perkins – Decluttering Angel,

founder of Clear & Clutterfree

About Karen

I thrive on helping to bring order into chaos. Even as a small child I loved seeing my books and toys back in their place when I was finished playing with them. I feel it’s my calling to help others who need to get their surroundings cleared of clutter – so they can find more peace, tranquility and clarity in their lives.

I bring my professional expertise as an Office Administrator and Executive Assistant to my role as a Home Organiser.

I came across Home Organising as a profession when I was working as a receptionist at the head office of Vinnies in Lewisham. I would often take calls from people who had an entire household they wanted to donate, but they needed someone to come and help with sorting and making decisions, as they found the task overwhelming.

In trying to find help for these callers, I discovered there was a National Association of Professional Organisers. The more I learned the more I knew this was a perfect fit for me so I signed up with the Institute of Professional Organising and completed their Professional Organising Training Course.

My Approach

Some organisers can be hired to help you organise an event or create a one off action plan for you to implement. When requested, in addition to hands-on-organising, I also focus on:

  • Providing guidance and creative solutions as needed, so clients can minimise clutter re-accumulation
  • Actively listening to your decluttering needs and supporting you in working towards your agenda
  • Help you understand your own working style and organising strengths
  • Work at your pace – person centered approach
  • Case management – advocating, or supporting you to advocate for funding (NDIS Participants)

My Credentials

Certificates of study in

  • Covid-19 Infection Control Training
  • Life Coach (Transformation Academy)
  • Introduction to Hoarding
  • Time Management and Productivity
  • Telephone Counselling (Life Line)
  • Basic Mental Health & Wellbeing (This Way Up ↑↑ )
  • Training & Assessment (understanding learning styles and modalities)
  • Introduction to ADHD
  • NIDS Worker Orientation

Experience

  • 10plus years in the organising industry in Australia
  • 9 years office administration and personal assistant to the managing director of an engineering firm
  • Lived experience supporting people living with chronic pain, mental health issues and medical conditions.

 

What Our Clients Say

I was so impressed with their philosophy of environmental preservation and their commitment to recycling. They supported me at every stage…

Dr Tracey McDonald (Order of Australia Honour)

Prior to discovering Clear and Clutterfree services, I had accumulated over 40 years’ worth of stuff that I probably should have thrown out but didn’t. My excuse was not having the time to do it properly because I was working long hours.

Karen and her workers were undaunted by the task and for every room they had a methodical approach that allowed me to sort out what to keep and what to donate or toss.  The team respected my preferences and supported my decisions about items that I just could not part with.  Over the two days, they significantly reduced my clutter and took a lot of it to charity outlets and a pile for sale on the internet rather than into landfill. They wrapped and labelled items for sale and boxed them up ready to go.

I was so impressed with their philosophy of environmental preservation and their commitment to recycling. They supported me at every stage of what we were doing.  I can enjoy my decluttered spaces now and it is all down to Clear and Clutter Free.

I highly recommend Karen and team and wish them every success.

Many thanks Karen

Dr Tracey McDonald – Sydney

Estate clearance – Central Coast

Karen is an exceptional Decluttering Organiser

She was an incredible support through an extremely stressful time when I felt overwhelmed by the enormity of the task of clearing all of my parents’ possessions, accumulated over 80+ years.

Karen tactfully steered me through effective processes to get through 90% of the task, including recommending we need an extra pair of hands and engaging a second organiser for two days.

I could not have gotten through this challenge without her professional skill and wonderful support.

Caroline Wenzil – Journalist – Sydney

Craft room decluttered and colour co-ordinated: 

…I had a to craft organising list as long as my arm…

I really wasn’t expecting organising and decluttering to be fun, but it was actually very satisfying.

I really enjoyed finding things and making decisions and I’ve fallen in love with my craft room again.

If you’re a creative person who has lost their love for craft in the busy-ness of life, you need this.

Ann Parker - Passionate Quilter - East Ryde

Family threat of eviction:

Working in collaboration with

Partners in Recovery | Nepean Blue Mountains

Karen, You are an absolute superstar. You have helped in so many different ways. You gave encouragement, found solutions and guided them tactfully.

We will keep working with them to continue your good work.

Thank you so much for your efforts.

Katrina Ozols – Aftercare | Support Facilitator

Partners in Recovery | Nepean Blue Mountains

Office sorting:

I hesitated to ask for help…

I hesitated to ask for help, however, Karen was exactly the person I needed.

To finally rid myself of stress and clutter far outweighed the cost of the service. I found Karen to be caring and non-judgmental throughout the process.

I feel uplifted and my husband is impressed and so happy for me. I can’t thank Karen enough for her support, inspiration.

Vanessa Grice - Mother - Collaroy Beach

Estate clearance – Bondi Junction

“Best money for peace of mind I ever spent”

I am an Australian living in California, an enormous ocean away from my mother’s apartment that needed to be cleared after her death. In America, professional organisers are often employed by folks who need a challenging job done. It was recommended to me I should find one in Australia who had been accredited by the Institute Professional Organisers’. I had Karen recommended to me by another IOPO member as someone who was reliable and competent.

The job involved my coming to Sydney for a week and a half to clear an apartment with 20 years’ worth of belongings–there was grief involved as well as pressure. I didn’t know what I would find (the state of the apartment) or whom I could rely on to hire to clear rubbish, remove furniture, sell antiques, clean the place up, even dispose of an old car…or how to make sure it would and could happen..in a few days just a week before Xmas (the only time I could get off work).

All I can say was and is Karen was an answer to my prayers on so many levels. She is wise, sensitive, and discerning and gets what needs to be done, done. She is not afraid of mess and clutter that to me was daunting. She understood my need to respect Mum’s things and make hard decisions about what needed to go. We moved all the goods in a few days, hired trucks, cleaners, removalists, and more–AND it seemed effortless.

I described the experience to my friends in America as near miraculous. I even had time to see elderly aunts and uncles and play on Bernbach. The trip I regard as an extraordinary success.

I still feel warm gratitude to Karen and her perspective that embodies wisdom, kindness, and compassion. The work she does in the world is invaluable in its impact. So many people struggle with clutter and disorganisation…the amazing thing is that changing the outside can help liberate what is going on inside to clear it and become free of it. I have seen that here in the US—from filing systems to bulging wardrobes. With some judicous help, people become freer to change and move on in their lives–they stop being stuck, held back by the weight of the junk of the past. Karen’s work, I believe, is really significant.

My mother’s apartment is now completely bare—the warm summer winds have cleaned it out and it has been passed in good order onto an agent to sell. This was taking care of my parents’ legacy as well as looking after my future. Karen helped me with that and her help was invaluable.

I am recommending Karen to family members who face the daunting task of down-sizing from family homes to apartments, or who need to cope with removing the effects after the death of a loved one…or who are just sick and tired of chaotic surroundings or disorganization and wise enough to get help.

I recommend her to you. She is an angel–wise, worldly, kind, and forgiving. She has seen it all and more and grown in depth and breadth from what life has dealt out. She fervently believes people can change and can see the potential in everyone and every environment no matter what state they are in. I hope and pray her business thrives for I know that would mean many people are benefiting from her gifts and moving a lot more lightly and joyfully through their lives.

Jan Enfield – Project Manager – California

Office assistant:

I have known Karen Perkins for 20 years…

Karen is a most creative and innovative person. She has a great capacity and enthusiasm for learning new things.  Her gift for organising is evident through her volunteer work in our office, where everything Karen does is tidy, neat and easy to find.  There is no wastage when Karen is here.

I have always found Karen to be helpful and kind to people.  She has a very good understanding of character and can accurately judge each person’s needs.  I highly encourage anyone who may be considering re-organising their office or home to call Karen.  You will be very happy with her warm and caring attitude and her expertise in decluttering.

 

Sally Segal – Retreat Co-Ordinator – Blue Mountains

Getting started:

…I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to get started…

I found Karen’s guidance very helpful and practical. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to get started.  Karen remained calm, respectful and nonjudgmental and I am especially motivated to overcome my habits of procrastination. “A Place for Everything and Everything in its Place” has become my motto!

Kamal Sternberg - Registered Nurse - Blue Mountains

Declutter Garage:

“I danced a jig of joy, the first time in 20 years”

We had a large amount of unpacked boxes in the garage. Long story short, we ended up donating boxes of things we never use to charity. I am so happy with the results I can finally relax.

Karen’s team took were an absolute joy to work with. I danced a jig of joy, the first time in 20 years.

NDIS Participant - Oatley

Workspace and personal living space:

“I feel so much better about my work-space and myself”

I appreciated Karen’s manner of advising me. She listened to me expressing my needs before she offered alternative ways to achieve my goals. This applied to my workplace and equally to my personal living space. Her advice was practical, achievable and immensely helpful. It will save me a lot of time.

Tony O'Brien - Randwick Catholic Parish

Paper piles: 

All my life I have been notorious for “keeping everything”

Recently I saw an article in a newspaper “find a professional organizer” and as I had recently moved into a new home, I decided this was the time.  I chose Karen because she appeared to be the person I needed.  She came and very efficiently sorted out all my paper work for me.  I can confidently recommend her.

Wilma Varcoe, Mona Vale

Toy room declutter and organise:

…what we achieved in 6 hours what I have been unable to do in years.

I would like to thank you for the work that you did with me and my children to de-clutter their bedroom. They had accumulated so many toys! I didn’t know where to start. To my relief, what we achieved in 6 hours what I have been unable to do in years.

Jennine Sutton Mother of 3, Concord

Home, office and life:

… her kind and respectful manner was such a delight to ease into everything.

Karen done such a wonderful job organising our home. The ideas and handy solutions was so simple and easy to follow.. My life in my home & office is much easier organised and clear of clutter.. Can’t thank her enough… her kind and respectful manner was such a delight to ease into everything.. Thanks again Karen you are the best..

NDIS Participant - Sydney

A steady plan and moving forward:

I felt a great sense of achievement and relief from burden and overwhelm…

Making a start, I felt a great sense of achievement and relief from burden and overwhelm. It was a very productive three hours with Karen and her kind assistant. I feel that I have a nice steady plan about going forward. I will certainly recommend you to friend who could do with your services.

Ranie - Hurlston Park

A business-man experience of clearing clutter

De-cluttering is the most essential if you want new energies to come your way. This is my experience when I de-cluttered my house of things I held on to for years. Once I did that, I found newness coming my way in connections, business and investments.

Family that I hadn’t heard from  for a long time suddenly called me to say hi. I believe once you move stagnant things from your environment, new energy takes its place along with new experiences.

Marcus Khan – HK Calibrations – North Rocks

A steady plan and moving forward:

I felt a great sense of achievement and relief from burden and overwhelm…

Making a start, I felt a great sense of achievement and relief from burden and overwhelm. It was a very productive three hours with Karen and her kind assistant. I feel that I have a nice steady plan about going forward. I will certainly recommend you to friend who could do with your services.

Ranie - Hurlston Park

Have a question?  Lets chat

In our FREE 15-30 minute enquiry call, I’ll get a better understanding of your needs.

I’ll explain our service and may offer guidance to get you started.

Phone:  0425 334 537

Email: enquiries@clutterfree.com.au

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