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Interview Series: Hoarding Expert Cris Sgrott

By | 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 Cris Sgrott.  Cris is a Certified Professional Organizer, Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization, ICD Master Trainer, productivity consultant, speaker and business success educator dedicated to helping individuals and businesses become productive, organized, and successful. Cris was born and raised in Brazil and moved to the US at the traumatic age of 15. She has lived in several states and…

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Feeling Overwhelmed?

By | Clutter, delegate, overwhelm, Piles

5 Tips for dealing with the feeling We all feel overwhelmed from time to time.  Maybe we feel overwhelmed by the amount of stuff in our homes. Or maybe we feel overwhelmed because we get over-scheduled, over-worked, over-committed and want to get everything done on time and done well. How do I know this? I fall victim to doing exactly the things I mentioned above. I agree to take on almost everything I’m asked to do. Why do I do that? Well, because I like doing things for other people and I’m really good at getting things done. Why do…

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Interview Series: Hoarding Experts – Wendy Hanes & Angela Esnouf

By | Chronic Disorganization, Education, Hoarding, Institute for Challenging Disorganization, NAPO

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 had the fabulous opportunity to spend some time with Wendy Hanes and Angela Esnouf from Australia when we were at the NAPO (the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals) conference in Fort Worth, Texas in early April. Wendy Hanes is a CPO® and a CPO-CD®. She is the only organizer in Australia to hold these prestigious international designations. Additionally, Wendy holds…

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NAPO 2019: My Thoughts

By | Institute for Challenging Disorganization, organize, Vital Documents

I recently returned from attending the NAPO (the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals) 2019 conference in Fort Worth, Texas. This is an annual conference. I’ve been a NAPO member for 14 years and this is my 10th conference. I love attending this conference (some I’ve liked better than others for a wide variety of reasons) but it’s not always practical for me to attend. Planning For Conference First of all, it’s expensive. There are no two ways about it. The hotel, travel and meals add up and then there is the conference registration fee. Once I get the…

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Interview Series: Hoarding Experts – Rachel Seavey

By | Hoarding, Institute for Challenging Disorganization, Organizing Strategies

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 Rachel Seavey. Rachel founded Collector Care when she discovered her passion for those with hoarding disorder. She helps others shed their emotional and physical clutter. Rachel’s media appearances include the Emmy-nominated A & E series Hoarders, the CBS Sunday Morning Show and The Lady Brain Show.  Rachel also hosts “Hoardganize” a popular organizing podcast for listeners struggling with organization. She…

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The Importance of Maintenance

By | maintenance, Planning, schedule

Routine maintenance is a key element to making sure things run smoothly. It is very important in almost every aspect of our lives. Machinery Think about your car. We all know it’s important to maintain our cars and any other machinery we may own. They simply don’t work without gas or other important elements. If we want to go somewhere, we need to know that there’s gas in the tank and air in the tires. We make it a priority to put enough gas in the car to insure we don’t run out. The heating and air conditioning systems in…

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Interview Series: Hoarding Experts – Judith Kolberg

By | 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. Judith Kolberg Our first interview was with Judith Kolberg who has been a professional organizer for over 30 years. In 1989, Judith founded the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization, which would later become The Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD). Besides being an experienced organizer Judith is also an Organizing Industry Thought Leader, Squall Press Publisher and book coach. Questions and Responses What…

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How to Help a Friend De-Clutter

By | De-Cluttering, home organizing, Institute for Challenging Disorganization, NAPO, Organizing Strategies

You must be careful when offering to help a friend de-clutter. It’s a lovely gesture. The important thing is to let your friend know that you simply want to help, you’re not there to criticize or lecture. Here are some tips to follow so that you keep this treasured friendship! Remain Non-Judgmental Serious de-cluttering is hard work! Ask your friend where they would like to start. Do your best not to say something like ‘let’s start here because this is a real mess’. You want to follow their lead. Always Ask Permission Even when you can see that something is…

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Hoarding? What’s It All About?

By | Clutter, Hoarding, overwhelm

Most of us have heard about hoarding. We have a mental picture created by tv shows of what hoarding looks like. According to the shows, it’s a huge mess. Piles of stuff everywhere. It’s dark, dreary, and overwhelming. People we know say things like, ‘I’m a hoarder’. But, what do they mean by that? Are they saying their home is as full as the ones on the tv shows?  Do they have an enormous accumulation of stuff in one room or many rooms? Or, more likely, do they have a problem with some clutter they haven’t yet dealt with? Maybe,…

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What Do You Want to Change?

By | attitude, change, Chronic Disorganization, Clutter, habits, labels, organize

In one minute you can change your attitude and in that minute you can change your day. Ritu Ghatourey Change is in the air! Spring is on its way here in Georgia. One day to the next we have changes in the temperature. It fluctuates up and down wildly. Does the way you think about yourself change from one minute to the next?  We can use this notion of change to switch our attitude from negative to positive. If we’re having a bad day, we can change our thinking and find some small positive moment. Something for which to be…

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