I MISS PETER WALSH

I am soooooooooooooo sick of ho-my-way-e or-ganizing-the-highway TV shows. OHMIGOD – clients who don’t make more than the most pitiful, halfhearted, mewling peep about letting things go. I WANT my clients to fight back sometimes, it means they’re thinking and feeling the process. You can see the surfaces. Clients who don’t actually do the work.…

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Care Tasks – How to Keep House While Drowning

Care tasks. Not chores. Not jobs. Not responsibilities. Not obligations. Care tasks. This is how KC Davis, a licensed professional counselor, in her meditative, tranquil, tender affirmation of and plea for self-care (and family-care by extension) How to Keep House While Drowning, reframes our day-to-day efforts. The activities which sustain us such as laundry, dishes,…

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Swipe Left by Amy-Ellen Trefsger

I’m proud to announce that a colleague of mine in NAPO Washington State, Amy-Ellen f. Trefsger, Distance Decluttering, very new to the profession, has had the gumption to publish a book, Swipe Left on clutter, an entertaining, absolutely unique perspective on the highs and lows, trials and triumphs, of decluttering. Take a chance, get a…

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The Story of Stuff Project

The Story of Stuff Project is an awesome, stubborn, effective San Francisco USA-based non-profit which strives to open eyes and minds to the dangers of common consumable pollutants such as plastic bottles and junk mail. Launched in 2007 with an online documentary, The Story of Stuff, its product list now includes 12 more titles. And…

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Timeless, obsolete, excruciating, loving, required viewing- Packrat, another movie about hoarding

Timeless, obsolete, excruciating, loving, required viewing – Packrat is a 2003 movie co-produced by Kris Britt Montag and Jessica Jennings, the two of them friends and adult children of fathers with (probable) hoarding disorder. Timeless because despite the film’s age, when research into hoarding disorder was in its earliest stages, this documentary is an immaculately…

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Kid Stuff – Updated YAY!!!! Two More Books since 3/15/2023

I’ve been working more often with children again, something I’ve done with great delight since early in my career. It often comes about that I work with children in the course of partnering with the parents: first the parents, then the youngster(s). My youngest one-on-one client ever was five. My record number of children on-site…

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Clutterers Anonymous Literature

I won a raffle! I never win raffles. I attended the October 2022 Mental Health Association of San Francisco Redefining Crazy Conference. It is always amazing, I always learn something new. And I won a raffle for filling out the “How’d Ya like It?” survey. I won the CLA (Clutterers Anonymous) Literature Collection.   And…

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Kid Stuff

I’ve been working more often with children again, something I’ve done with great delight since early in my career. It often comes about that I work with children in the course of partnering with the parents: first the parents, then the youngster(s). My youngest one-on-one client ever was five. My record number of children on-site…

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Seeing What Others Cannot See by Thomas G. West

Pocket watches

Seeing What Others Cannot See: The Hidden Advantages of Visual Thinkers and Differently Wired Brains is Thomas G. West‘s third book. I am sooooooooo torn about this work. It is a powerfully reasoned defense of a world-wide, critical movement to recognize the needs and astonishing abilities of people who are visual/spatial/dyslexic/neurodiverse thinkers. Visual/spatial learners may have…

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