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The Legendary Leaders Podcast

Apr 16, 2020


Could a decluttered space be the key to increased wellbeing and productivity?


After building a career around helping others do just that— professional organizer, Rachel Papworth has found the answer to be a resounding yes! Leaning into her natural inclination to tidy and utilizing her background in psychology, Rachel became a successful entrepreneur during a downturn economy. Today, she runs her business both online and in person, offering decluttering resources through YouTube and other platforms as well as one-on-one tidy coaching. She dives into the story behind her business and how she made it to where she is today. Hear her tips on tidying for increased productivity, balanced mental health and reduced impact on the environment.


Key Takeaways:

  • How Racheal Papworth used her skills to build a business in an unstable economy.
  • Insights on the psychology of tidying.
  • The impact tidying and decluttering can have on your productivity and the environment.

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Episode Timeline:

  • [00:02] Intro
  • [00:40] Meet Rachel Papworth
  • [04:58] How she got her start in tidying
  • [06:57] Launching her professional organizing business
  • [08:20] Her mission
  • [10:09] When your home works your life works
  • [12:35] A Psychological approach to decluttering
  • [15:13] 2-ways to avoid getting stuck when making decisions
  • [16:53] How Rachel keeps her own home tidy
  • [19:07] Reducing environmental impact and giving back
  • [20:13] The trap of putting things off and the magic of scheduling
  • [24:34] The kinds of clients she works with
  • [27:51] Coaching and transformations of clients
  • [31:30] The most shocking thing she has ever seen
  • [32:03] Keeping the momentum going
  • [36:42] Reaching out for help and branching out
  • [40:47] Rachels #1 tip for de-cluttering
  • [41:39] Contacting Rachel
  • [42:45] Outro

Resources Mentioned:

Standout Quotes:

  • “When your home works, your life works. When you sort out your home, every single other aspect of your life starts working.” -Rachel Papworth [08:36]
  • “Different people have different skills. So often, the thing that comes the most naturally for us and feels like nothing is immensely valuable to other people out there in the world.” -Rachel Papworth [09:53]
  • “I think if you're personally committed to minimizing your environmental impact, regularly decluttering and organizing all your stuff is a key tool in achieving that.” -Rachel Papworth [20:03]



Find | Cathleen Merkel


On Instagram: @CathleenMerkel

On Facebook: @CathleenMerkelCoaching


Find | Rachel Papworth

On Facebook: @GreenAndTidy

On Youtube: @greenandtidyvideos

On Twitter: @GreenAndTidy



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About Cathleen: 

As a Thought Leader in the Mindset & (Self-) Leadership space, Cathleen supports high achieving, but flat-out Women in Corporate create a more content & balanced life without sacrificing their hard-earned success. 
Cathleen focuses on women who lost their sense of purpose, who feel they are running in a hamster wheel, trying to please everyone but themselves. She helps people turn their careers around so that they start feeling fulfilled and excited again about the Mondays to come. 
Her proven 6-step "Legend Framework" helps Leaders go from feeling lost, lacking confidence and clarity about their career to owning their next career step, feeling at ease with themselves and others, excited about their future and able to tackle any obstacle that may get in their way. At the end of the process, Cathleen's clients will feel healthier, happier, energised and clear about their future. 
She works with action takers who really want to make an impact on the world around them - people who are driven by purpose. If you are a female high-achiever and you are ready to take your career to the next level whilst fully enjoying your personal life, then get in touch! 
With over 15 years of leadership experience in Retail, Media & Broadcasting, Engineering and Property Investment, Cathleen has not only experienced the challenges and opportunities of a leader herself, she has also been leading and supporting various leadership development projects within large, complex, multinational matrix organisations.These are exactly the experiences that made her choose to help leaders across the world step out of the “daily hamster wheel” and into a life of purpose, inspiration and courage to live a life on their own terms. 


About Rachel Papworth 


Rachel Papworth, from Green and Tidy, is the online Professional Organiser. She liberates busy people from the shackles of clutter, chaos and disorganisation to give peace of mind and productivity. A trained coach with a Psychology degree, Rachel loves the way decluttering your stuff declutters your mind and sorts out so much more than the clutter! As she always says: when your home works, your life works.


For a free 7-part video course, The Biggest Clutter-Clearing Mistakes – And How To Avoid Them, join Green and Tidy for free at  


Check out her YouTube channel, follow her on Twitter @greenandtidy, like and see amazing before and after photos on Instagram: ...or check out some of her amazing course offers!


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