The Beales of Grey Garden

I think I’ll always consider this one of the most difficult posts I ever write. I have no idea when I first heard about the cinéma verité Grey Gardens. But it is (perhaps) obligatory, even de rigueur, maybe a rite of passage, for Professional Organizers to watch this 1975 documentary about Edith (“Big Edie”) Ewing Bouvier…

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Clutter, a cold-weather Carol Kane movie, maybe

The Pacific Northwest has been, by my weakling standards, COLD, and by anybody’s standards dangerously (multiple-car, multiple-blocked-lane pile-ups) rainy. Hide-at-home movie time. I like Amazon Prime because it hands you oddball stuff for free. Which is how, meandering through the aisles, I found Clutter. Not a cheerful movie for hot cocoa: this is a spotlight on a dysfunctional…

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The Secret Lives of Hoarders by Matt Paxton

The Secret Lives of Hoarders book cover

Matt Paxton found his life’s calling by chance. But he brings endless passion, compassion, energy, a sharp ability to read people and even enthusiasm to that work – conducting the intensive deep cleanings that the homes of people with hoarding disorder often need in order to be able to reclaim the spaces safely. This book…

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