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Hi Yvette,
Just a quick note to thank you for your helpful emails! I have made great progress in the middle bedroom (as great as I can manage anyway!). I do have some things that will go to Purple Heart the next time they do a pick up here. I can actually now see the entire carpet in there! I vacuumed it so it looks a lot nicer! Watched a few shows called Hoarder and thought no, way, Jose! I still have things to go through and by the end of the year it should be all accomplished. That is my goal. How to get unstuck is very fitting for me!! I was stuck many times...walk in, walk out! that was exactly what I did. Now, I stay put and can see the results of doing that!

Take care

Madge, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Thanks for this Yvette. I really enjoy receiving your news letters. I try to follow them. Don't always succeed (as my wife can attest), but we have both done a pile of decluttering of the house and garden. Always a pleasure

John T. Dublin, Ireland

Hey Yvette,

Many thanks for your latest e-mail. I could be Chief Procrastinator for the World, but your timely message is full of great advice and wisdom, so I'm going to get on with doing things right now!

Best wishes,


UK-based World Chief Procrastinator.

Northamptonshire, UK

John Robertson, Photographer.

Web.   http://www.jr-photos.com

I loved this one! How very appropriate to the way that I operate, and what's
going on for me right now. Thanks so much, Yvette.

All the way from Gloucester, England, UK
Narjas Mehdi

Thanks - just as I found myself drifting into a rut I get the email about procrastinating - Yay it was what I needed right now! I have quiet time and a pen and some paper - watch out world!

Cheryl, New Zealand


Hi Yvette,

While I read your latest newsletter on receipt I have kept it open in my Inbox since its arrival on Guy Fawke's day!  I've done that because your messages make so much sense and if I am faced with my Australian conscience every time I switch my computer on - who knows I MAY just act!

I should explain:
- I'm a collector and hoarder;
- I've been blessed with a very good memory which has largely obviated the need to make all that effort to really organise my life.
- My interests include DIY, Computers, Technology, Photography, Electronics and cooking (believe it!).

However!!!! Over many years I have periodically realised that true satisfaction would come from a higher level of organisation. I frequently contemplate a world of labelled containers and files with supporting indexes which would enable me to locate any item almost instantaneously. Heaven on Earth!

O.K - Having identified the need and its solution why on earth hasn't it been tackled?
- Why do I hang on to a collection of faulty TV's, VCRs, computer monitors and dinosaurial computer boxes?
- Why when I know that the only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time haven't I started? Too many elephants perhaps???
- Why being retired, typically I should have plenty of time on my hands?

- Many retired people I know are bored out of their minds and have real problems filling their days.
- I am NOT one of those, I have many interests competing for my time and in 15 years of retirement have always wondered how I found time to work!

Why have I written this?
- Firstly it is an acknowledgement of the value of your wisdom Yvette;
- It has forced me to think about "Getting Organised" and record some high level issues;
- Printed out and prominently displayed above my computer it will HOPEFULLY spur me to action one of these days!!!!
- When it does (ahem!) Yvette I promise to let you know - BUT please don't hold your breath!

Kind regards

Dave Heard


 I trust things go well for you and your family and you are fully on top of

planning for Xmas. How silly of me to doubt!!
When I responded to your email just over a year back and wrote as below I
must confess it didn't take long for me to consign the thought of all that
effort to the bottom of my priorities.
Now for the good news. All along I had a problem with dumping my old time
tech items - I just couldn't throw them out and didn't want to incur the
cost of repairs when I wouldn't use them again. Last week I decided to make
some space by donating some books to an animal charity and while I was there
learnt they accept non-working VCRs, TV's etc and where repairs cannot be
justified they sell them on to a reclamation facility. This was just the
trigger needed and I have arranged for collection next tuesday. Their
charity shop accepts all manner of things for re-sale so I'll be sending a
variety of other items I'll never use again.
You have probably covered this point in your erudite missives BUT if not, my
problem may be a clue to what holds people back from that step down the road
to "Getting Organised".
I knew what was holding me back but didn't know how to handle it.
I'm now well into sorting out my storage and have a couple of days to
identify other donations and having destroyed many reams of totally
disorganised paper I'm starting to see the proverbial light at the end of
what was a long, dark tunnel!!!!
As I said when I wrote previously an Elephant has to be eaten one bite at a
time. I just hadn't identified how to go about taking that vital first bite.
It's going to take a few more days to sort out (I have too many cupboards I
admit) before I can declare mission accomplished but I'm now determined to
get there!
In the course of this exercise I have used the following
- For each shelf/cupboard/drawer sort the discards from the keepers;
- Be realistically ruthless!;
- Put the keepers back in the area they were in;
- Do that for each area;
- DO NOT move (at that time) any item to a more logical location - that
can come later and will only serve to confuse matters if attempted now;
- As you go along appreciate the space you've created it provides the
motivation needed to carry on!;
- As I was concentrating on the chaos I had created in my "Hobby Room" I looked at whether the location of furniture was sensible and found a more logical place for an item which obstructed access to one of the cupboards. This was particularly satisfying as it provides greater flexibility in where I can locate items I need ready access to.

I now have two days to finish identifying items I'm sending to the charity and I'll then start on the pleasurable task of sorting and finding logical homes for my "keepers" in the enlarged space created.

Yvette, I have no idea how many people write to thank you for your inspiration but please add me to the list.
Your periodic newsletters ensured I didn't forget what I had to do and caused me to identify and solve the problem responsible for my procrastination. Thank you!

May I wish you and yours a merry xmas and a prosperous, healthy new year.

Kind Regards
Dave (Heard)


Hi again Yvette,

 Thanks for coming back to me and your appreciation of my achievement.

Unfortunately I'm resident in South Africa so the charity's identity won't be useful I'm afraid but perhaps a parallel exists in Australia.

Please feel free to use my experience as you wish in your testimonials area but may I ask you to include overcoming the first hurdle I identified and had to overcome before I could take those further bites of the "elephant" I had to eat.

Just as an addendum, I'm off to Kruger National Park on Saturday and only this morning I realised I'm going to have EMPTY cupboard space when I've packed my photography kit etc. in the car.

Equally satisfying is having that space waiting for it on my return home.

Lastly, I have to emphasise the feeling of satisfaction and well-being de-cluttering has brought to my life.

I'm still a hoarder but a far more organised one!

 Grateful regards,


Excellent article. Very thought provoking. This is stuff we need to review no matter what stage of "organization" (mental or physical) that we may be in at the moment.

Please keep it coming!

Marge B.
Saint Pauls, NC

Wow Yvette ... your how to overcome the overwhelm strategy article really spoke to me .... i've been there for ages (most of my adult life, I think, and i'll be 50 this year!)

I saw a delightful quotation and used it for my facebook status recently, and it helped me and others! ...

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass.
It's about learning to dance in the rain - Psalm 118:24!

Thanks for sharing your wisdom so freely with others.

God bless you!

Tiggy Goodwin
Cape Town
South Africa


Your article on feeling overwhelmed was just the perfect arrival in my inbox. It felt like the universe had come quietly stealing into my life and heard my desperate pleas. It felt like the article was written for me. I've been rather depressed lately and feeling overwhelmed plays a large part in disabling me.

It was very interesting to look at the pay off side of it as well. Very instructive, but don't know if I got to the bottom of it really. I think I'm still carrying my mum around on my shoulder and I'm never "good enough", "don't manage" etc etc etc I wish I could give her the permanent brush off...

Reading the article has made me think and analyse what you said and now I feel a bit lighter, more hopeful, more capable, more able, more alive, more happy (joyous even) and empowered.... I want more more more of this and most of all, I want it to stay there!! I feel I have so much capability and things to offer. But its like I'm locked up and held back... all my life I've never "broken free" and had the courage to follow my heart. Instead I've been locked into working some 44 odd years in jobs I've never wanted to do... only out of necessity.... now I guess that's why my health is not so good!!

Better than any therapist you give of yourself and time so freely. What an inspiration to me you are.

I'm going to go online and have a look at your book. I'm sure it has lots of helpful hints (having read lots of the testimonials on your site) to help me mobilise the creativity, caring for the environment and "look out here I come" juices.

Yours in trust

Di Quilliam, New Norfolk, Tasmania, Australia

Hi Yvette,

I do so enjoy reading your newsletters. This months was most inspiring. I'm so happy to hear you are doing well with your Life Coaching course and can't wait to get more updates with the knowledge you have learned.

I quite often get overwhelmed and finding making a small list and congratulating myself when they are done very helpful. Though I'm not sure I would say the words out loud. lol Thinking of the feeling as a choice is something I had not heard of, and may need to mull over for a while but it really make sense doesn't it??

Just thought I would let you know. A little positive feedback can go a long way.

Take care

Charmaine, Yangebup, WA, Australia

Hi Yvette, here's a great big thank you for helping me to sort my home. I haven't been able to paint for some time now and you made me realise that it was because my studio was so cluttered that my 'Muse' was blocked. I have spent the last week decluttering and getting my studio tidy, everything I need to hand and other things filed and catagorised. I feel so free now and am looking forward, with excitement to painting again. What would I do without you.

Best wishes from

Glenis from Plymouth, Devon, England


"I am grateful to Yvette for the changes that she has facilitated in me. I feel that my learning from Yvette will stay with me for the rest of my life, and has brought me to a brighter, positive more confident and happy place in my family and work life."

Anshula Ohri, Toronto,

"Before I met Yvette I had many opportunities in front of me but I was feeling overwhelmed and I had no confidence in making the decisions.  I was feeling stuck and confusedd.  My career has progressed in a positive direction and I am now functioning better in physical and emotional health.  Thank you Yvette for your help.  This was one of the best decisions I have ever made."


Sarah Grudzien,
Melbourne, Australia

"The coaching with Yvette was very beneficial. In just a few weeks I had achieved so much. I am so thankful. I found Yvette to be very patient, professional and reassuring. I would definately recommend NLP now that I have seen the difference it has made to my life. I have left the past in the past and I am happier within myself."

Western Australia

"Your belief in me gave me the confidence to work out ways of improvement, knowing how important it is that these answers be found by me within me to enable them to be so powerful and successful. I loved the CD you sent as your voice is so easy to listen to and reassuring as it imparts great words of wisdom and strengthens the concepts taught within your life coaching sessions. These life skills are amazing!"

Lynne from Lowood,
Queensland, Australia

"I consider myself very fortunate having chosen Yvette for coaching.  It has turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made. I started from a place where I was stuck in procrastination and everything seemed so overwhelming that I didn't really know where to start.  I love the freedom and empowerment I now feel.  Yvette's methods are personalised and very effective.  I have looked forward to every coaching sesssion."

Melbourne, Australia

"Yvette is a great coach who inspires you to overcome the obstacles that she finds in working with you.  She is highly motivated and has worked hard to increase her knowledge in many areas that in turn help her clients.  Yvette draws on her own real life experience adn studies to help those of us who have to juggle many responsibilities and mangage the conflicts in thinking that come from that.  I am looking forward to working with Yvette again in the near future"

Liz Jarvis, CSI Business Solutions, 
NSW, Australia

"Through my coaching experience with Yvette I was able to shift my awareness onto my value system as opposed to staring at my circumstances each day and feeling pulled in a hole.  It's powerful because I want meaning, I want to live up to my values and what's right and good for me!  So, I truly learned the value of letting go and receiving the abundance of knowledge for every situation that gives life, love and meaning to who I am and what I can do, with this fearless self awareness."

New York, USA

"Yvette.  Many thanks for a wonderful experience... Our sessions were productive, really interesting adn I so looked forward to them each week with anticipation of what I can learn about myself and my behaviours.  Every session seemed to flow right on topic of what was present in my relaity at the time and your effortless guiding of my strategies never ceased to amaze me.  I highly recommend you as a life coach and thank you again for the experience."

M Shears, 
Melbourne, Australia

"I really questioned my future career ambitions and thanks to Yvette I changed direction from something I felt I had to do, to something I know I will love to do.  I was stuck on this topic for quite some time and Yvette really helped me shed light on this.  I changed the MBA I signed up for and feel excited about my careeer and all the opportunities in the future."

Sabine Mascarenhas, 
Wollongong, Australia