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May 2016

Are you the sabotaging cog in selling your home?

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If you are about to embark on selling your home, or make a massive transition with your property,  then it might be time to take a deep, honest look with me, SA’s leading de-clutter expert ….

Has your home been on the market for too long, with plenty of people through the doors but you are just not shifting it?  Or do you suddenly need to sell uber fast and want to get your home in the best possible position to be snapped up by a buyer immediately? Or does your beautiful home have many memories  (good or bad) that you are deeply attached to, making moving on feel insurmountable right now?

It might be time to look at your property and whoever lives there with you, from a totally different angle. I am known as the Quick Shift Deva – South Africa’s clutter expert, a life coach, best selling author and international speaker, I professionally help clients to sort out their clutter and their lives, freeing them to move on, to LIVE LIGHT, LIVE LARGE.  Much like a combination of Clean House and House Doctor, I will both physically and emotionally help YOU and YOUR HOME get show day ready!

Whilst you may be thinking about what your property looks like on the surface and what needs sprucing and probably how much you want to “get out” from the sale, I suggest you delve deeper. We are talking about emotionally detaching first and then a ruthless assessment, followed by a practical 21 day de-cluttering process to get your home into tip top shape and Show day ready.

You first need to emotionally detach for your sale to hatch. You need to consider all the time and energy you have spent in these four walls – so you will set about starting to find awesome memories, acknowledging the challenges faced in the house, letting go of things you wanted to do. I’ll guide you step by step, ensuring that by letting go emotionally of the space and all that it means to you, you are pre-paving the way for an effortless sale. Next I’ll teach you to get into the buyer mindset, imagining you are simply a custodian of the space now until it is sold and encourages you to do a 150 point ruthless assessment- no kidding or conning yourself. This is where you get down and dirty, deciding what needs to be fixed and spruced.

You have to put yourself constantly in the buyer’s shoes – no one coming through your doors want to see a messy, cluttered, badly utilized space. Buyers need to see themselves living happily in this house, so de-personalizing your stuff is vital. Every ounce of clutter needs to be removed, including the out of sight spots- top of cupboards, kists, storerooms, anything lurking behind or under…… You want to free up your home so that packing is a cinch, and move day a treat! I follow an easy to follow 21-day clutter clearing process that takes you from one end of the house to the other.  By letting go of anything that no longer serves you, you free up your space, allow a buyer to jump at the property, and you get yourself ready for packing by taking only what you love and use to your new home. You can even make some moola (cash) en route by selling stuff you are getting rid of!


You may be the biggest spoke in the wheel when you consider this;

Potential buyers WILL open cupboards to see the storage space and will be left feeling there is not only lack of enough storage, but a general feeling of no space and being cramped and no-one wants that. Your clutter will leave them feeling a combination of oppressed, claustrophobic, crowded, stifled. There will also be the generalized feeling of “I just don’t like the feel of the place”, without much more being said. Whilst each person has their own personal taste as to what they are looking for in a home regarding structure, rooms, size, do NOT fall victim to your mess, clutter, lack of proper streamlined organisation being THE off-putting factor. That is simply chasing sales away when you have every way to be in charge of it.

We are talking about YOU taking responsibility for the sale of your home.

When you have a home full of stuff to clear, thin and throw out, you could be subconsciously sabotaging the sales process – the sale going through will mean you HAVE to get everything sorted at some point. So can you see the link that unconsciously you might quite like the idea of the house NOT being sold so that you can put off this massive, daunting task? It might require a deep level of honesty to be able to acknowledge this, but the trick is to get you PREPARED. That way you signal to the world at large, the estate agent, yourself and the buyer that all is 100% aligned. Also if you are dreading the ultimate packing up and moving process, then why will you want the sale to happen, as that means you will be forced to do  it….


Here is what some Clients have to say

I was smart enough to get a copy of Kate’s Shift your property from “FOR SALE” to “SOLD”.

After just 2 Show Houses we sold our house! We were happy with the very first offer we received! Our Estate Agent said, “Everybody loves your house”. This worked for me:

  • Clutter-clearing BEFORE selling which then makes packing so much easier
  • The importance of de-personalising a house BEFORE you sell it
  • Saying good-bye to the house, with gratitude, BEFORE selling
  • Leaving very little evidence of the owners on Show House days
  • Making sure the inside (i.e. cupboards, wardrobes) are as immaculate as the outside
  • Kate’s philosophy of packing like-with-like made it easy to prepare
  • My husband was thrilled with the results and asked if we could “live like this all the time!”
  • I was delighted to be able to re-distribute goods of value that I am choosing not to take to our new home.

 Life is about results; Kate’s course works. It is also an energizing and hugely rewarding
 process. Thank you Kate! Natalie Uren
Parkhurst Johannesburg


I really wanted to thank you for all your effort with helping me quickly and effectively shifting my property so that it was let in a short space of time. I am still quite in awe that literally 2 days after our first meeting, I received the first offer on the house and not much longer after that and after doing some of your “shifting” exercises I concluded the agreement.

I am a big believer in your kind of work and would highly recommend it to anybody stuck in a similar situation trying to sell or let their property. Your positivity, light, love and manner in which you make the “shift” are superlative!!!

THANK YOU for your help, Regards, Shaun Marais



I am so happy that I am still receiving my hints and tips as part of the course. I advised Kate that my house was sold in less than two months, after she took me under her wing,  TO ME!.

Let me explain.. I was just going thru the motions of buying a house, no excitement, it was just a place to live in.  I was miserable in this house for 9 months since I bought it, and made up my mind to “get rid of it”. Kate started me on her “Shift your Property Course”. I could not believe from day one, the emotions I had cropped up inside, that I first had to let go of, in order to recognise my house and what it meant to me. With clearing out the emotional and physical clutter, my spirits lifted every day as I worked on the course. I changed my mindset about the house and as it became cleaner and prettier, I fell in love with it for the first time.

Now I feel like buying my own house. I am so in love with it.

Thank you Kate, for opening my eyes, and sorry to the prospective buyer. Although I did not financially “sell” my house, there’s no denying it, Kate. Your system works!

…this was from Radia on just day 7 of the 28 days….

I am busy with day 7 of my “Shift Your Property” course. This whole exercise is amazing! I want to thank you for opening my eyes, my heart and my mind. The course has made me stop and think, and do (act). It has made me count my blessings, and appreciate what I have. I did not think that cleaning a house would involve “inner cleaning”. The challenge that lay like a mountain before me, now does not look that big at all. On a daily basis now, I look at the house and think of ways to improve things, to make things look better, to do maintenance that does not cost much or anything at all. When I look at the house now I look at it with pride, and not the depressing thoughts I had before. I am so eager to complete this course. It has already enriched my life emotionally and motivated me to tackle tasks with zest.

May you be blessed for your inspiration to others. Kind regards,  Radia Berry, CAPE TOWN


The energy of the house already feels lighter and the rooms feel more spacious.

CLUTTER BE GONE- HOUSE BE SOLD: That’s my new mantra – but also Kate’s new project – helping me get my house from FOR SALE to SOLD smoothly and efficiently, so as to get me the best possible price and to find the most amazing new owners for my home.

It’s been a few weeks that I’ve been working through the exercises with Kate and it’s been loads of fun and a whole lot easier than I thought it would be, in retrospect.

As with any project, getting started was the hardest part…  but with Kate nudging me along gently, I did it and I’m so grateful for Kate’s incredible level-headedness and support.

The first few exercises brought up all kinds of weird emotions – remembering the initial excitement of owning a new home 5 years ago, to processing some tough events like a divorce and an armed robbery. Later exercises helped me to rediscover the forgotten good memories after all this time and to be left with a more balanced outlook in terms of the house, which will make it easier for me to let it go – with love.

The energy of the house already feels lighter and the rooms feel more spacious. We’ve got a small amount of clutter clearing to do, but luckily that’s next on the agenda… then there’s a small list of things to attend to before the house is ready to go on the market – just in time for the perfect buyer to walk in and snap it up!  It’s really looking awesome – it’s so lovely to be able to know EXACTLY where everything is and to be able to locate things so easily.

Brigitte White, Muldersdrift, JHB



To read more about this unique SHIFT YOUR PROPERTY course, click here


When you are ready to sell your home, your home will be ready to be sold!