My assignment this month was to write a book analysis (the last of four), on track to graduate from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization with my CPO-CD® certification in September 2019. I choose the book, Buried in Treasures (BIT), help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding, by David F. Tolin, Randy O. Frost, and Gail Steketee, suggested by a colleague—and I am so glad I read this book! Buried in Treasures is a valuable “how-to” resource guide for professional organizers and related professionals, and is a practical self-help guide for people who hoard. This book has become my “bible”, and rates very high in my library of books on people who hoard. Based on this book, there are “BIT Workshops” across the country, and research shows that the workshops are nearly as successful as individual therapy for hoarding. The book’s authors present thought-provoking questions regarding getting motivated, reviewing values and personal goals, and of course confronting triggers and coping. What makes this “workbook” style approach so effective is that the authors really drill down to the core mis-beliefs that pop into the head of people who hoard, and challenges those thoughts. It’s a must read for families with loved ones who hoard, people with hoarding behavior and professionals. For more information on BIT support groups visit:
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I was recently asked to provide “closet organizing tips” to The Molding Company — see my contribution in the section below:
Step 2. Make the Most of Your Space
After you’ve emptied your closet and decided what will stay, it’s time to decide where everything should go. Jen Cazares, professional organizer and founder of CazaresOrganizing.com, stresses the importance of grouping like things together:
Jen Cazares – CazaresOrganizing.com
“Shirts with shirts, pants with pants, etc. I even take it a step further and group within a group. For example, within shirts, I group short sleeves, long sleeves, tanks, and also group by color. That way, there’s no question about where to find those items when you need them.”
After you’ve categorized everything, it’s time to make the most of your closet space. Assess your closet’s best features and take advantage of them.
It’s March 2019 — I’m in the 14 month of the 18 month CPO-CD® (Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization) certification program, where I am learning in depth issues of chronic disorganization. The CPO-CD® program is specifically geared to improve the quality of service, techniques and knowledge I can provide as a professional organizers to my Chronically Disorganized clients. This month, I wrote an analysis on the book, Life in Rewind, by Terry Weible Murphy with Edward Zine and Michael Jenike, M.D. It’s a great read telling the story of a “young, courageous man who persevered over OCD, and the Harvard doctor who broke all the rules to help him.” The story really resonated with me, as I saw my style of organizing similar to the style of Dr. Jenike’s approach in treating his patients. Like Dr. Jenike, I am known to extending my relationship “beyond typical boundaries”, becoming a “friend and an advocate” to my clients.
I was recently approached by a company to provide one of my favorite tips for organizing a closet, so here ya go:
I cannot stress enough, the most important guideline I use in closet organizing is to group like things together (not to mention first eliminating what you don’t wear): Shirts with shirts, pants with pants, etc. I even take it a step further and group within a group. For example within shirts, I group short sleeves, long sleeves, tanks — and also group by color. By using this tip, there’s just no question about where to find those items when you want them. I realize this may be easier said than done, which is why for many, hiring a Professional Organizer is the only answer to an organized, functional closet!
I am two-thirds of the way through earning my “credential” as a Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization (CPO-CD®) program. I am incredibly proud of this educational journey I have embarked upon! This 20-month program requires an investment of me as a professional organizer of over $3000, and 200+ hours of coursework, lots of reading, writing, and analyzing books related to Chronically Disorganized (CD) clients, as well as service in my industry. I think education matters in my desire to work with CD clients. This program is not required or necessary as a professional organizer, but for me, it’s testament of my commitment to provide specialized help, especially to my CD clients. Though I have 6 months more to go, I am (already) much more qualified and equipped than my competition, and I’m in a position to be of greater service to my client’s needs.
What’s your New Year’s resolution? Starting fresh and getting organized? Skills like sorting, making decisions and follow through are necessary to declutter your living space—Yes, I know…creating livable spaces is easier said then done. At a recent conference I attended, Michael Tomkins, Phd, author and authority on clutter and hoarding behavior, challenged the audience to think about the word “need” when sorting stuff. Try this rule: Ask yourself these three powerful questions when you are sorting your stuff to determine whether it’s something that should be tossed, donated or kept:
- is my SAFETY at risk?
- is my HEALTH at risk?
- is my FINANCIAL WELFARE at risk?
Other rules that you need to consider when sorting:
- If it’s broken…can you let it go?
- How many of the same or similar thing do you have? Find balance.
- If it’s not repaired or used in a “reasonable” amount of time (less then 6 months), can you let it go?
Dig deep and ask yourself: Will your life be negatively effected if you get rid of “it”? Have you felt anxiety or depression because you’ve been without “it”. What void is “it” filling? Have you spent hours, days, or weeks looking for “it”? I can help with with all these questions, and together we can make a difference! Call/text/email Cazares Organizing today!
Dig deep and you will get results.