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Interview Series: Hoarding Experts – Wendy Hanes & Angela Esnouf

By | Chronic Disorganization, Education, Hoarding, Institute for Challenging Disorganization, NAPO | No Comments

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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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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Situational Disorganization

By | accomplish, delegate, Institute for Challenging Disorganization, overwhelm, plan, Priority, Routines, situational disorganization, strategy

What is situational disorganization? It is disorganization resulting from a new and different, sometimes temporary situation. This type of disorganization can be overwhelming, stressful and lead to feelings of anxiety. Some examples of situational disorganization are: Moving Divorce Death of a loved one Remodeling your home New baby Newly diagnosed illness I’m experiencing situational disorganization first hand because my kitchen is being remodeled. I moved everything out of my kitchen and the sitting area adjacent to the kitchen. I piled everything into my dining room so that I could still use my living room. The entry into the living and…

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Labels: Good or Bad?

By | choice, Clients, Communications, effort, Food for thought, Institute for Challenging Disorganization, kindness, labels, mindful, respect, Uncategorized

                        As a professional organizer I can honestly say that generally I think that labels are a good thing. I love my label maker. I take it with me to all my client appointments. I often end up labeling files, manila folders, shelves – I have even labeled the shelves in a client’s refrigerator and freezer! I also label jars in pantries, containers, shelves, and more things around my clients’ houses. Labels most definitely can be very useful. Labels in clothes: I remember when we were young my mother…

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ICD Conference Highlights: Part 2 Time and Tasks

By | accomplish, chores, dementia, Institute for Challenging Disorganization, procrastinate, strategy, Time Management

Here’s a brief recap for those of you who didn’t see last week’s blog. At the end of September, I attended the ICD (the Institute for Challenging Disorganization) conference in St. Louis, Missouri. I regularly attend this conference for several reasons. One, I’m always eager to connect with fellow ICD organizers. Two, this conference is smaller and more intimate. Three, I love the education. Taking classes and improving my knowledge regarding organizing skills and strategies is important to me. This year was special as I was the 2017 ICD conference chairperson! Last week, I talked about the speaker who gave…

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Happiness is…?

By | appreciation, attitude, ballroom dance, celebrate, choice, Garden, Institute for Challenging Disorganization, maintenance, needlepoint

At the end of September I had the privilege of attending a conference run by a group to which I belong: The Institute for Challenging Disorganization. I love this conference. In fact I love it so much that I decided to demonstrate that by chairing the conference in 2017! But I digress. One of our speakers was a young woman, Ayla Lewis, who spoke to us about the power of positive thinking and happiness. Her presentation was well thought out, fun, and interactive. Ayla had a marvelous way of engaging the audience to teach the concepts she was presenting. Many of…

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Now What? Compassion Fatigue

By | Care giving, Compassion Fatigue, hobbies, Institute for Challenging Disorganization, Support

Last week I attended the Institute for Challenging Disorganization’s Annual Conference. It was a terrific conference! Many of my professional organizer friends from all over the world attend. It’s so great to be able to connect with them in person. The location of the conference varies from year to year. This year it was in Cleveland, Ohio. I, of course, went to the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame (that is a must see) and kayaking on the Cuyahoga River with 4 other conference attendees and a guide. This conference is always jam packed with awesome speakers. I came home…

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“Focus on What’s Strong, Not What’s Wrong”

By | accomplish, celebrate, Chronic Disorganization, focus, goals, home organizing, Institute for Challenging Disorganization, kindness, Planning, prioritizing, skill, small steps

I attended a conference last week hosted by The Institute for Challenging Disorganization in Denver, Colorado. I go to this conference every year. This group, of which I’m a member, always gets fantastic speakers and this year was no exception. One of the speakers, Lee Shuer, gave us all the above quote during his presentation. Don’t you think that if people in general would focus on what’s good and strong and think less about what’s wrong we’d all be a little more content? Think about it. As a student teacher I learned that if I wanted to get a classroom…

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