What Does Chronically Disorganized Mean?

The Institute for Challenging Disorganization defines chronic disorganization as disorganization that persists over the long haul, often making your quality of life worse, and is a constant in your life no matter what you try to do to fix it yourself. Olivia Organized looks around her kitchen one sunny morning and notices that things aren’t…

Becoming a Better Organizer

I write this blog for you because I know that if you want to get organized, there’s a way for you to do that. I’m always learning, whether it’s through my work as an organizer, from my colleagues, from reading or through my membership with the Institute for Challenging Disorganization. I am a proud ICD®…

Are Professional Organizers Doomed?

As the country gradually starts to reopen, there’s a big question hanging over the heads of professional organizers: will people be willing to let us in their homes anytime soon? We weren’t seen as an essential service when the virus hit. Will people still be willing to spend money on getting organized when life opens…

Are You a Hoarder?

“Wow, look at all those cactuses. What a hoarder!” The word “hoarder” is thrown around a lot, never in a kind way. It’s become a shortcut for a house that’s stuffed to the gills, too crowded in the speaker’s opinion. But as with most things, there’s a spectrum. The Institute for Challenging Disorganization’s Clutter Hoarding…

Professional Organizers Aren’t Perfect

Do you assume a professional organizer’s house must be perfect? Not a teaspoon out of place, everything stowed in pristine Container Store finery at all times? After last week’s blog post about living with a packrat, I heard from quite a few of you asking if I play by the same rules. And behind the…

Living with a Packrat

Are you what FlyLady calls a “Born Organized” person? Do decluttering and organizing come naturally to you, so that although stuff comes in, you swiftly find a place for it and move other stuff out so that your place always feels right to you? Chances are you live with someone who isn’t like that. They…

Therapy Can be The Missing Piece

Are you just too busy to get organized or is there more to it? I had a client whose garage was completely full. The first time we met, he was quite unable to decide what to keep and what to let go. He felt there was more to it than just having a lot of stuff,…