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Interview Series: Hoarding Expert; Amy Bowles

By | Chronic Disorganization, Education, Hoarding, Institute for Challenging Disorganization, NAPO, professional organizer, self-esteem | 7 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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Home Inventory

By | Disaster preparedness, emergency, HomeZada, information, inventory, maintenance, overwhelm, prepare, small steps

One of the best ways to prepare for a disaster at home is to have a complete home inventory. Do you have an inventory of the contents of your home? Have you ever thought about taking or making such an inventory and then immediately stopped because the thought of all the work involved paralyzed you? You know that an inventory is the absolute best way to prove what your house contains in case of theft, fire, flood, tornado or any other disaster. I do understand that the creation of an inventory is a ton of work! I had to handwrite…

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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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Now What? Goal Setting

By | Uncategorized

Last night I attended the National Association of Professional Organizers – Georgia Chapter meeting. I admit I was late and missed the first few minutes of the speaker’s presentation. I hate to be late to anything and will typically plan to be wherever I need to be early. So, being late throws me off a little. When this happens it takes me a little while to settle in. I like to look around, get my bearings, and see who’s sitting near me. Before I even walked in the room I knew that a great presentation was going on from the…

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