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Our Family Reunion

By | family | 2 Comments

I recently went to a family reunion. I admit I had some reservations about getting together with everyone. The last time we were all together was eight years ago. I love my family but each one of us has a strong personality. We can get into disagreements easily. I wondered would we all get along after not seeing each other for so many years.  Of course, we talk every now and then and we text or email, but a long weekend is a very different story. I’m so happy to say that we did all get along! I think in…

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Hoarding

Interview Series: Hoarding Expert; Satwant Singh

By | Clutter, Education, Hoarding

Over the next few months, we will be interviewing professionals who work with the hoarding population.  We are asking them to share their insight on people who hoard and people who think they have the hoarding disorder. We recently interviewed Dr.Satwant Singh RN, MSc DPsych. Satwant is a Nurse Consultant, cognitive Behavioral Therapist and Mental Health and Clinical Lead. He facilitates the London Hoarding Treatment Group. He is accredited as a therapist, trainer, and supervisor by the British Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Psychotherapies. Satwant set up the first innovative primary care CBT service in East London in 2001. He…

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Interview Series: Hoarding Expert; Dr. David F. Tolin

By | Clutter, Education, Hoarding

Over the next few months, we will be interviewing professionals who work with the hoarding population. We are asking them to share their insight on people who hoard and people who think they have the hoarding disorder. We recently interviewed Dr. David F. Tolin, Psychologist, PhD, ABPP. Dr. Tolin is an expert in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for anxiety, mood, and obsessive-compulsive and related disorders. He uses evidence-based practices for conditions such as hoarding and hoarding disorders. He is board certified in clinical psychology. He is the author of Buried in Treasures. He has been featured on the TV series “The…

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Life is a Juggling Act

By | accomplish, calendar, calendar schedule, Organizing Strategies, organizing tips, Time Management

Do you find this is true for you? Do you juggle lots of things?  Sometimes I feel like a circus performer. In my act, I’m on a see-saw, trying to make it balanced so that I can juggle the colorful balls successfully. Can you see it? One side of the see-saw, in my mind, is my home and family, the other side is my work. I balance the see-saw between my home and my work. The truth is that one side or the other gets more attention it’s never truly balanced. It’s fine for me as long as the see-saw…

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Interview Series: Hoarding Expert; Amy Bowles

By | Chronic Disorganization, Education, Hoarding, Institute for Challenging Disorganization, NAPO, professional organizer, self-esteem

Over the next few months, we will be interviewing professionals who work with the hoarding population.  We are asking them to share their insight on people who hoard and people who think they have the hoarding disorder. We recently interviewed Amy Bowles.  Amy is the president of Tucson Professional Organizers, in Tucson, Arizona. She is also a member of the American Psychological Association, the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD), and the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO). Her company’s name, Been There Done That Organizing, LLC, reflects the fact that Amy herself has struggled with hoarding behaviors. She…

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Chores!

By | chores, Clients, daily routine, home organizing, responsibilty, Routines, skill

Love them or hate them – still gotta do them What is it about chores that makes them so hard to do, so easy to put off? First, let’s talk about the word – chore. Where does the word ‘chore’ come from? According to etymology: chore is written in the New Oxford American Dictionary as “(originally dialect and U.S.): variant of obsolete char or chare (see charwoman)”, which the same pronunciation as the modern verb char. It ultimately comes from Middle English cherre (odd job). Essentially, the word ‘chore’ is linked to doing a job. Usually, a job around the…

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Interview Series: Hoarding Expert; Ann Zanon

By | Chronic Disorganization, Clutter, collections, Education, Hoarding, home improvements

Over the next few months, we will be interviewing professionals who work with the hoarding population.  We are asking them to share their insight on people who hoard and people who think they have the hoarding disorder. We recently interviewed Ann Zanon. Ann is a compassionate hoarding expert with over 8 years of experience working with the hoarding population. She is a member of the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) where she holds several certificates of study in methods of working with clients who hoard.   After her move to Houston, Texas last year, she discovered that the laws in Houston…

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Interview Series: Hoarding Expert: Geralin Thomas

By | Chronic Disorganization, Clutter, Education, Hoarding, Institute for Challenging Disorganization, NAPO, Organizing Strategies, professional organizer

Over the next few months, we will be interviewing professionals who work with the hoarding population.  We are asking them to share their insights on people who hoard and people who think they have the hoarding disorder. We recently interviewed Geralin Thomas. Geralin is a subject-matter expert featured on A&E TV’s Emmy-nominated show, Hoarders. She has also appeared on numerous radio and talk-shows. She is the author of From Hoarding to Hope. Geralin is a past president of the North Carolina chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO). She received the NAPO President’s Award in 2018….

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Freedom and Bravery

By | thankful

Happy Memorial Day! On this day I give thanks and remember all those who have served our country. I feel very blessed to live here in the United States of America and always remember that freedom comes at a price. No Draft Our National Anthem reflects the feeling of freedom we have here in the last line of the song. It ends with “..the land of the free and the home of the brave”. Our young men and women demonstrate courage and bravery when they freely join up. We do not have a draft system, so we rely on the…

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My Top 10 Organizing Tips: part two

By | maintenance, Organizing Strategies, professional organizer, Routines

A few weeks ago, I gave you part one of my favorite organizing tips. Here is part two! These tips appear in no particular order. In fact, I use all of them regularly. Horizontal Surfaces are Magnets Have you ever noticed that stuff tends to pile on flat surfaces? Books accumulate, as do magazines and catalogues. Kitchen counters are prime areas for an accumulation of things. My tip is to recognize that these are areas to avoid stuff. Understand that when you place things on a flat surface it’s a temporary holding spot. The items are there until you go…

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