June 21, 2021

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Super-tidier who helps hoarders clear their homes admits she’s found dead RATS in piles of clutter

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A super-tidier who helps hoarders declutter their homes has revealed photos of some of the most extreme jobs she’s had to tackle – and admits she’s even found dead rats in piles of clutter.

Chloe Wright, 39, from Frome, Somerset, says she’s come across dust balls and sex toys while removing clutter from strangers’ houses which has often built up over several years. 

The mother-of-one, who runs Goddess Organising, says the majority of her clients struggle with postnatal depression, anxiety or ADHD, and have reasons why they’ve let their homes go.

The bedroom after, with all of the mess cleared away

Chloe says she’s found dust balls and sex toys as she’s removed sometimes years’ worth of clutter from strangers’ houses (pictured: a bedroom before and after)

The mother-of-one, who runs Goddess Organising , says the majority of her clients struggle with postnatal depression, anxiety or ADHD, and have reasons why they've let their homes go. Pictured, a living room before
The living room is unrecognisable after Chloe's visit

The mother-of-one, who runs Goddess Organising , says the majority of her clients struggle with postnatal depression, anxiety or ADHD, and have reasons why they’ve let their homes go. Pictured, a living room before and after 

The super-tidier said she works with self-employed people who are 'too busy to worry about how messy the garage is'. Pictured, one garage before being tidied
The garage is one of the most popular rooms in the house for a declutter, according to Chloe. Pictured, a garage after a deep clean

The super-tidier said she works with self-employed people who are ‘too busy to worry about how messy the garage is’ (pictured before and after her transformation)

She said that her clients ‘can’t face tidying’ their homes while coping with children, work and stress and ‘it becomes so big, that it’s too overwhelming’. 

Chloe explained: ‘What I do isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity for people. People want others to say “It’s OK, you’ve got this disorder, so don’t be ashamed of it”. 

‘It’s an emergency service, it’s for people who really need it to make themselves feel better.

How to help YOUR home stay tidy 

Open your curtains and make your bed as soon as you get up in the morning.

Only keep what is needed, loved and useful. 

Everything should have a ‘home’ and put it back into its ‘home’ straight away. 

Make every minute count. 

Avoid bulk buying. 

Buy something new, get rid of something old. 

Group like-for-like items together (especially in the kitchen cupboards) 

Do your weekly shop online. This way you won’t buy ‘just incase’ and you won’t be tempted by the in-store offers so you’ll save money too. 

Keep the top of wardrobes and cupboards clear – anything above head height creates a heavy, suppressive and dark feeling when you enter. 

To clean and clear in bite-size pieces, breaking down each job into manageable sections. 

‘I also work with self-employed people who are too busy to worry about how messy the garage is, full-time working single parents who are struggling to juggle work, kids and life, and many others.’

Chloe wants to make sure her clients don’t feel alone, as she said many are ’embarrassed’ that they need to hire an organiser, which is why she posts before and after snaps.

She added: ‘I offer decluttering tips and life hacks to help clients keep their homes organised, clutter-free and a peaceful haven for them and their families.

‘Every story is different. There are people whose homes have just run away from them and they need me to come in and press the reset button.

‘Hoarding is the obsessive need to hang onto things because you’re worried that you may need it one day.’

She added: ‘I do come up against a lot of mouldy food, huge dust balls like you wouldn’t believe, dead rodents and funnily enough sex toys!’

Chloe says the most popular rooms she’s often called in to overhaul are master bedrooms, kitchens and garages.

But she also confesses she’s been asked to tackle teenagers’ messy bedrooms.

She added: ‘The last thing they want to do with their free time is to clear out under the stairs or sort the children’s Lego and Barbie sets into storage units.

‘My prices start from £140 per day. It is location and job dependent but I think it’s affordable.’   

The super-organiser says she doesn’t have counselling training but her clients confide in her so she helps them to process their feelings and encourages them to say goodbye to some beloved items.

Chloe added: ‘For most people, being locked down in homes that suppressed them and increased their already stressed minds became the tipping point.’

Chloe launched her business three years ago after needing some 'extra cash' and started cleaning, but found it better to organise clients' cupboards to clean them properly. Pictured, a spare room before
The same room afterwards, with everything neatly sorted into storage boxes

Chloe launched her business three years ago after needing some ‘extra cash’ and started cleaning, but found it better to organise clients’ cupboards to clean them properly. Pictured, a spare room before and after 

Chloe said customers are shy, withdrawn and apologetic when they first make contact and feel they need to justify why they need her help (pictured: under a bed, before)
Chloe was able to clear out and tidy the cluttered space under the bed

Chloe said customers are shy, withdrawn and apologetic when they first make contact and feel they need to justify why they need her help (pictured: under a bed, before and after)

The super-tidier says her job is all about clearing out the rubbish to make room for the loved, used and needed (pictured: a bedroom before)
The room looks bigger after Chloe tidied away the clutter that was covering the floor

The super-tidier says her job is all about clearing out the rubbish to make room for the loved, used and needed (pictured: a bedroom before and after Chloe’s visit)

This kitchen looks completely different after Chloe's work reorganising and clearing out (pictured before)
The countertops are clear, giving the impression that the room is bigger

This kitchen looks completely different after Chloe’s work reorganising and clearing out

Chloe launched her business three years ago after needing some ‘extra cash’, but she wanted something that would work around her young son.

So she started cleaning, but found it better for her to organise clients’ cupboards so she could clean them properly – so she began advertising organising and decluttering as a specialised service.

Chloe Wright, pictured, runs Goddess Organising

Chloe Wright, pictured, runs Goddess Organising

Soon Chloe’s clients started sharing their stories of how she changed their homes and mentally lifted a huge weight off their shoulders. 

Chloe said: ‘On our initial contact, my customers are shy, withdrawn and apologetic. They feel the need to justify why they need my help.

‘We all need help with something in our lives after all. I also get cried on a lot!

‘Having a stranger arrive who won’t judge, who is solely there to help and promises to make everything go away, tends to open the flood gates of desperation, relief and gratitude.’

She added: ‘So many clients cry when I say it is doable. For them to know that someone is going to come in and take over is massive.

‘To know that tomorrow all the clutter will be gone and left in a more logical and clean organised way is life-changing.’

Chloe says her job is all about clearing out the rubbish to make room for the loved, used and needed.

‘Once a room is decluttered, I can organise it into a more logical fashion,’ said Chloe.

‘I will deep clean each area ready for the new items to find their permanent homes. And then it’s onto the fun bit, the unveiling of the room to the client. This is usually where I get cried on!’ 

According to Chloe, a lot of physical and mental energy goes into cleaning a room and it is enough to put people off not letting it get so bad again (pictured: a kitchen before)
The room is much more calm and relaxing following Chloe's visit

According to Chloe, a lot of physical and mental energy goes into cleaning a room and it is enough to put people off not letting it get so bad again (pictured: a kitchen before and after)

Chloe said her decluttering plan only works if the client is completely on board with the process.

She added: ‘Most average size and cluttered rooms take a day to do.

‘I usually have the clients work alongside me as I need them to have an input in the decision making of what stays and what goes.

‘By touching each item they either feel emotions or they don’t and they soon recognise the items that mean a lot to them and the ones that are just clutter.

‘The physical and mental energy that is involved in a day’s decluttering is exhausting for all so the idea of having to do this again is off putting enough not to creep stuff back to their lives.’ 

Chloe said her decluttering plan only works if the client is completely on board with the process and added average rooms take a day or so to complete

Chloe said her decluttering plan only works if the client is completely on board with the process and added average rooms take a day or so to complete 

She offers decluttering tips and life hacks to her clients which will help them keep their homes organised and clutter-free

She offers decluttering tips and life hacks to her clients which will help them keep their homes organised and clutter-free

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