Watch my episode of Hoarders!

Hello, everyone!  Well, my episode of Hoarders finally aired on A&E last night!  It was an overwhelming but great professional experience for me.  The client, Eileen, is a hoarder with 6 children, 4 of which currently live in her home.  Her husband is a firefighter but is emotionally checked out and doesn’t defend his children from Eileen’s hoarding.  He also provides her with the money to do all of this excessive shopping.

Over a 2 day period I got to know Eileen, her husband, and their sons.  Dorothy Breinenger is the lead organizer on this case.  I helped her lead the team behind the scenes.  While Eileen is a lot to swallow and is easy to dislike, I ask you to remember that hoarding is a manifestation of a serious mental illness, which quite frankly, Eileen has not even been diagnosed with at this point.  So, while we can all speculate as to what her problems may be, we don’t really know at this point.

I couldn’t have asked for a better team to work with.  Everyone worked hard, got along, and was rooting for Eileen throughout the project.  I truly wish Eileen and her family the best.

To see the whole project play out please watch the full episode here:

Hoarders – Eileen

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What to do with your Loose Change

Hi everyone!  So, I worked with a brand new client the other day who gave me an excellent organizing tip to share with you all.  They keep their loose change in a large jar like many of us do (including myself).  But you know how CoinStar and other companies take a sizable pie of your coin pie when you turn the coins in?  My client said she takes her jar to Vegas and the casinos sort and exchange it for FREE!

So, all that change that means little to nothing to you in your day to day life can become your play money on your Vegas (or other casino) trip!

Now, that is a fun way to get organized!  Thanks, Gina, for the excellent tip!

If you need help getting organized, go here now!

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Time Management Advice from Steve Jobs

Last Friday, 20/20 did a profile of 7 Secrets to Steve Jobs’ Success.  One of those secrets is relative to getting organized and I’d like to share it with you and discuss this concept.

“Say No to 1,000 Things” – We all could commit ourselves to far too many things that we are interested in.  When we over commit, quality suffers, period.  Steve Jobs was known for simplifying things.  When he returned to Apple in 1997, he took their 300 products and reduced it to 10.  This saved Apple from bankruptcy.  In her personal life, Steve decided to wear the same outfit daily so he nor anyone else would have to spend time thinking about his wardrobe.  To him this was not an area where he felt time on decisions should be made, so he solved it by wearing a single outfit.  I’m not saying get rid of all your clothes, but I am saying that by saying “no” to a thousand things and “yes” to your core most important focuses, you will be better able to do these things well and reach your maximum potential within these focuses.

I ask you to do the following exercise: Steve Jobs 7 Secrets to Success

  1. 1. What are your focuses right now?
  2. 2. What are your core focuses?
  3. 3. Are your focuses balanced?  Meaning, do you have enough time/energy to do them all well?
  4. 4. If not, what activities/commitments can you let go of or reduce in order to focus more on your core focuses?

My hope is that this short exercise will help you with your focus and help you begin to say no to a 1,000 things and yes to very few.  Let me know if it helps and what your decisions are as well.  And please watch the 20/20 segment on Steve Jobs 7 Secrets to Success.  It’s a very interesting insight into a man who changed the way our world operates.  🙂

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