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 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.
My featured image is of a client’s dining room table. Look really hard…Do you see the table in the room in the above picture? Probably not, but the light hanging over her dining room table will give you a hint. “Hoarding Disorder” is now recognized in the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) as a mental disorder. This is a serious disorder and one that I learn more about every time I have a session with any of my clients who have hoarding behavior, and from my studies through the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD). Recently, I administered the ICD Clutter Quality of Life Scale (CQLS) to my client. The CQLS is designed to measure inward, or subjective, consequences of clutter from the individual’s perspective. The CQLS highlights the various dimensions of clutter impact on quality of life like: Livability of Space, Emotional, Social, Financial. Although my client clearly has hoarding behavior, interestingly enough, she did not consider herself as a person who hoards. However, after taking the CQLS, she now understands the impact her hoarding behavior has on various aspects of her life, especially the livability of space, emotional and social aspects. We have spent many, many hours together over the past year. Though she is making progress, she admits she is very vulnerable to backsliding.
Hey, guess who just earned her certificate in the Study of Basic Hoarding Issues with the Chronically Disorganized (CD) clients? Jen has!
In the spirit of continued education in CD and Hoarding, I am moving on to earn a specialist certification.