Good Enough! A Story of One Who Overcame Perfectionism

We last spoke about how perfectionism can hold us back from accomplishing all we would like. We had been working with a client who is in her late 70’s and battles perfectionism and Attention Deficit Disorder. She has researched her entire career to write a book, but hasn’t written a page yet because there’s always more to read and study in preparation for writing. When working in her office, we…

Is Perfectionism Keeping You From Your Organizing Goals?

Trying to do everything perfectly can be the greatest obstacle to reaching your organizing goals. Life is not perfect and nothing we do will every be done perfectly. Sometimes we need to allow ourselves to be content with the best we can do.  Many of the compulsive hoarders we assist are perfectionists. Hard to believe, I know! However, when everything must be done perfectly, it can be paralyzing and a person…

Conquering Clutter

Clutter is a struggle for so many.  There are many reasons why it is so hard — we are too busy to deal with it and because it is an unpleasant task we can always find something better to do with our time, we can be overly sentimental making it hard to part with things, we may have physical limitations that keep us from being able to sort through and…

Spending Time with Family at the Holidays

Spending time with loved ones during the holidays can be one of the greatest blessings. It can also be a time where we realize how quickly a family member is aging and how they are not able to get around like they once did.  We worry about them being able to care for themselves. Creating a safe environment for them in their home so that they can live comfortably and be cared for…

What are You Thankful for?

  Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because it is all about family, friends and good food — NOT stuff! When asking people what they are thankful for, we heard things like family, friends, health, a beautiful world to live in, food and shelter, a job, and coffee. Not one person said they were thankful for the garage full of stuff they have not seen in years, the keepsakes collecting dust on their shelves, or the…

Getting Organizing for the Holidays

You are probably wondering why we are talking about the holidays when it still feels like summer. The reason why we are talking about getting organized for the holidays is that I have seen so many clients have great intentions to host a party or family gathering in their home year after year, but it never happens because they did not start planning soon enough.  Believe it or not, now…