If you’ve suffered damage from the recent floods in Auckland and the ongoing heavy rain, you’re probably very focussed on getting hold of mops, brooms, dehumidifiers, pumps and hoses rather than decluttering or organising.
Often decluttering is thought of as going through our old clothes, or Nana’s china, and that’s sometimes the case. But it’s also a necessary task when a shed is infested by rats, the basement gets mouldy, or a flood destroys our belongings.
I’ve supported many clients through this process and it can be heartbreaking.
A few things to keep in mind:
- It’s ok to grieve. You’ve suffered a shock and loss, from a few thing to a whole home.
- You will have to make some difficult decisions, be kind to yourself, forgive yourself.
- It is absolutely essential that you ask for help. You may have noticed all the wonderful people out there volunteering. Neighbours and complete strangers WANT to help. Ask.
Below are a few helpful, supportive and practical articles on recovery of a home after flooding.