My very first encounter with Anna was over the phone and she asked me right away: Are you ready for this? She wanted to make sure before even starting that I was ready not only physically but emotionally for this huge change that was about to happen to me and to my apartment. This was already the first of many gold stars I would give her. She really showed compassion, empathy and care toward me and made me feel at ease.
My apartment was in shambles since being sick, I still did not have the energy to even unpack many of my boxes when I moved to my apartment three years ago. I don't think I was a hoarder but someone way overwhelmed in front of the task I had before me: Clean and organize my apartment from the invasion of moving boxes and lots and lots of stuff.
She arrived with her helper on time and she quickly got things started. Only once or twice did I feel that I couldn't throw out this or that but she was able to talk sense into me and to give up many things I just didn't need anymore, were junk, were broken, were out of fashion.
She was so focused and was able to see several projects happening at the same time. She and her assistant stayed 2 extra hours to make sure that we did the huge majority. She left me with the kitchen and my "dining room" to do on my own.
When she left, I waited a couple of days and saw how nice and clean and organized the rooms she did were and what I could do to have the same effect on the rooms she left me to do. I went through those spaces and I was able to follow her advice and make my kitchen clean and simple, organized and practical and the dining room actually became a real dining room and not a table with piles of books and papers. I actually found my dining room table and chairs and cleaned up the whole room.
Anna was also able to help me create a real office space and that I didn't have to work on one small part of the dining room table but actually use a small room for a clean and organized office.
But the biggest project she did was to take my living room which was becoming a sad, dark space with boxes galore. We tossed a lot of junk and we went through all my books and though I have a real love for books, Anna was able to make me see that I wasn't reading hardly any of the books and that these books should go on to other people's lives. Thus we donated 15 boxes of books to a charity organization. She even helped decorate and arrange the room so that it became a real living room. It was such a great room that a couple of months later, I treated myself and the living room to a nice couch so that I can finally have guests over without having to talk above or around boxes of books, piles of books, stuff cluttered everywhere and just plain junk that made the apartment look gloomy.
Thanks to Anna, the apartment became full of light and I have fallen in love again with my place. I have even had friends over and I am not at all embarrassed since Anna was able to really give me a good shake up and a huge cleaning to my place. Everyone who comes now to my apartment, compliment me right away on how spacious and airy the place feels and the warmth of coming in and using the living room and dining room without feeling that I should hide things under sheets and blankets.
Anna is really incredible, not only for the physical work she did but how caring she was and knowing how people can be with their stuff, she was able to show me that I did not need a huge chunk of the stuff that was all over the place. She was kind, sweet, gentle and caring: all aspects that make her special in helping people get a grip of their material life to improve on their spiritual well-being.
The quote: Clean House, Clean Mind and Heart, really applies to Anna's work ethos. I highly recommend her to anyone who needs to do a real change in the way they live and how they live.