Hoarded room Casual Uncluttering project

I was introduced to Beyond Hoarding, a 2019 documentary motivated by director David Coffin’s personal experiences as the executor clearing out the hoarded estate of his Great Uncle John, during the  International OCD Foundation‘s 2020 Online Hoarding Meeting. The film is a painstakingly balanced and sensitive examination of hoarding disorder. Balanced because it demonstrates the…

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Karen Kingston’s book Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui was my introduction to Feng Shui several years ago, and still remains a favorite book of mine regardless of its subject matter. Why? Let me count the ways. (1) Ms. Kingston has a delightful, almost goofy, sense of humor. (2) She is an Organizing virtuoso. There…

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You’ve read my rages at Grey Gardens documentaries in other posts. Battling cabin fever, I just caught HBO’s 2009 Grey Gardens starring Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange. It’s fantastic, an exact counterweight to the trash. Michael Sucsy, Director and screenwriter for the film, drew on original sources, such as Little Edie’s journals, to develop a…

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My wonderful colleague Jean Prominski, Seattle Sparkle, has a Masters of Fine Art in Glass from Rhode Island School of Design, and used to be a professional glass blower for the world-famous Dale Chihuly. She’s also increasingly highly trained as a Professional Organizer, same driven data geek as me. And now she’s combined her passions…

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This is a review of the 2012 Hyperactive: The Controversial History of ADHD by Matthew Smith, a chaired faculty member of the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.   My first reaction to this book is loathing. Dr. Smith’s two basic premises are: (1) because CIBA (now Novartis) encouraged the potential over-prescription of Ritalin as…

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Professional Organizers can specialize in working with seniors, children, people with ADD, arranging photo collections. And wow, some of the highly-targeted books my colleagues have written are AWESOME. I’m not going to review most of these in-depth, ever, because I don’t feel competent to do so. But I bring them to your attention because they…

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“If you’re an irredeemable jerk…” is just one pithy statement in Debbie Stanley‘s Ethical Pitfalls for Professional Organizers, 2019 First Digital Edition (location 1015, paragraph 3, and WOW, do I not get digital publishing citations!). I’ve been hunting this book FOREVER, no luck for a strongly-preferred print copy and I’d given up hope when a…

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Dinner at the table was often the first sacrifice to the mental illness of hoarding. That was my first, visceral reaction. So many of my potential clients refer to TV hoarding shows that I spent a weekend in bed, not feeling great, watching the first full season of each of the most popular three, to…

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Storage, a 1997 DK Home Design Work Books, by Dinah Hall & Barbara Weiss, is sumptuous. The kind of book you wish magically came with fabric swatches, paint chips and squares of the wickers used in all the baskets. In other words, it’s gorgeous, wonder-and-envy-inducing and an awfully good example of what I call “Of…

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quilts and crate

Every specialty has its secret language. A serger is a machine which finishes the edges of projects. I think. A bobbin is a wheel-shaped anchor that attaches and guides a spool of thread to a sewing machine. Maybe. And by the time I finished Dream Sewing Spaces by Lynette Ranney Black, published by Vancouver, WA-based…

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