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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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Interview Series: Hoarding Expert; Hilde Verdijk

By Chronic Disorganization, Education, Hoarding, 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 insight on people who hoard and people who think they have the hoarding disorder. We recently interviewed Hilde Verdijk.  Hilde has been a professional organizer since 2005. She specializes in working with chronically disorganized clients and clients with hoarding issues. She also offers training about hoarding for related professionals and caregivers. Hilde is a Master Registered Professional Organizer with the Dutch Professional association of Professional organizers (NBPO) a subscriber of The Institute for Challenging Disorganization and one…

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Remembering Mom

By family, Organizing Strategies

I remember my mother every day but today, being Mother’s Day, I wanted to share some of the things my mother taught me that I do every day. About My Mom Let me tell you a little bit about my mom. She was only 19 years older than me. I didn’t realize how close we were in age until I was in my 30s. As I grew older, it seemed to me that she grew younger. We became great friends. There are many days when I miss her so much it hurts; then I think of the fun times we…

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Interview Series: Hoarding Expert; Alison Lush

By Chronic Disorganization, Hoarding, Institute for Challenging Disorganization, organize

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 Alison Lush.  Alison is a member of Professional Organizers in Canada (POC) and The National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO). She is also a Certified Professional Organizer, a Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization, and an ICD Master Trainer. Because she lives in Quebec, she conducts her business in both French and English. Everything related to organizing that…

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