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Struggling With Chronic Disorganization? These 3 Tips Will Help Get You Motivated

By How to Organize Your Life Blog

If you dream of getting organized but picture it as an unachievable goal, I am here to tell you it is possible to get organized even if you struggle with chronic disorganization. How do you know if you are chronically disorganized?  The Institute for Challenging Disorganization assigns these three defining features to chronic disorganization: (from As a professional organizer certified in chronic disorganization, I specialize in working with people for whom getting organized is a struggle. I often hear clients say I have tried so many times to get this room, this closet, this house organized and have never…

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focus on strong

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

By How To Organize, How to Organize Your Life Blog

I originally published this post in 2013. I am updating it now because Lee Shuer presented at the 20221 Institute for Challenging Disorganization virtual conference again this year. My friend, colleague, and business partner, Jonda Beattie and I had the honor of introducing Lee. Once again, his presentation was impactful. He shared that he has made tremendous progress in his struggle with hoarding by following his own advice and putting his focus on what’s strong. During the Institute for Challenging Disorganization conference in 2013 in Denver, Colorado Lee Shuer gave us the quote I’m using in the headline for this…

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Interview Series: Hoarding Expert; DorothyTheOrganizer

By Hoarding, How to Organize Your Life Blog

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 Dorothy Breininger. Dorothy, also known as DorothyTheOrganizer has worked years on A&E’s hit show, Hoarders. She has served on the board of directors for the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals, is a member of the Institute for Chronic Disorganization and sponsor for the Los Angeles Hoarding Conference. She has appeared on the Today Show, Dr. Phil Show, and…

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By Control Clutter, How to Organize Your Life Blog

Do you wear blinders in your house? So many of my clients admit that they are so bothered by the chaos and clutter in their homes that they intentionally pretend it’s not there. Do they actually wear blinders? They do not. However; the fact remains that they pretend the piles of paper or clothes or empty boxes aren’t there. This is where I come in. As a Certified Professional Organizer who specializes in Chronic Disorganization I help my clients remove these blinders and devise strategies for clearing the chaos and removing the clutter.  This means that I work closely with each…

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Overcoming Obstacles

By Control Clutter, How to Organize Your Life Blog

I’m going to a conference in Chicago this week sponsored by the Institute for Challenging Disorganization. The title of the conference is: Overcoming Obstacles. In the interest of full disclosure, I am a member of the ICD and I am on the conference planning committee. My job as a member of the conference planning committee was to proof read the conference program book. So, I have read all the handouts from the various speakers! I am really looking forward to attending the presentations. The speakers are covering a fairly wide range of topics but each topic relates to an obstacle…

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My Journey

By How to Organize Your Life Blog, Rightsize Your Life

The journey I am going to tell you about is my experience in the Level III program to earn the designation CPO-CD with the Institute for Challenging Disorganization. You see, for the past year and a half I have been reading books, writing papers and studying to enhance my understanding of chronic disorganization. This knowldege serves to improve my ability to provide great organizational assistance to my clients challenged by chronic disorganization. Today my journey ended with a final exam. It was an oral exam. The people administering the exam were wonderful – friendly and encouraging. However; I am not at…

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