The Organized Mind by Daniel J Levitin

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The Organized Mind by Daniel J. Levitin was required reading for my Level II Time Management and Productivity Specialist Certificate from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization. The book is amusing, challenging and ever-so-slightly intimidating. Levitin walks his readers through progressively more challenging elements of our lives: first teaching us how our minds process information, then…

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Did It Again – Earned another Certificate for Casual Uncluttering

Uh huh, I did it again. Earned a fifth Level II Specialist Certificate from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization. Time Management and Productivity this time. And WOW, the books were AMAZING. Expect to see reviews of all of them in the coming weeks: Daniel Levitin’s The Organized Mind, James Clear’s Atomic Habits, Nir Eyal’s Eyal, Nir Indistractable,…

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Certified Professional Organizer medallion

Absolutely unbelievable. NAPO has a knockoff – there’s a for-profit venture calling itself a society that certifies organizers by requiring its “certified” members to take a 12-module course, an 11-module course, fill out a form and get three testimonials. Certification never expires. Absolutely unbelievable.   I don’t dare name it; I can’t afford any lawsuits.…

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Two-for-One Book Reviews

The next in my book review series, a two-for-the-price-of-one deal. The ICD Guide to Challenging Disorganization for Professional Organizers (ICD = Institute for Challenging Disorganization) and Denslow Brown‘s The Processing Modalities Guide. Amazing books for my colleagues.   WELCOME TO MY BOOKCASE  

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Why hire a Professional Organizer?

I belong to numerous behind-the-scenes chat rooms for Organizers. Some are hosted by my professional societies, some are convened for common interests around issues like hoarding, others are hosted by people selling courses they claim are sufficient for getting trained for the profession.   I’m going to quote a thread I’m on at the moment.…

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The ICD Guides

Casual Uncluttering Hoarding Situation 2

The ICD Guide to Challenging Disorganization For Professional Organizers, Kate Varness, CPO-CD, MA, Editor This book, written and edited by organizing specialists, ADHD experts and psychologists, is a primer for people who are trying to understand individuals who suffer from particularly complex organizing challenges.  Its primary audience is professional organizers, but it can be of…

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Hoarding Disorder Assessment Tools

Yes, even organizers need organization resources.

My everlasting gratitude to Dr. Gregory Chasson, a clinician with too many impressive accomplishments to list here, and The Philadelphia Hoarding Task Force for pointing me to several of these hoarding disorder assessment tools which were unfamiliar to me. I’m pleased to say that several of my colleagues and I pointed him to a resource…

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Institute for Challenging Disorganization Does It Again

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The Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD), a phenomenal professional society for people who wish to specialize in helping clients with complex needs, for example people with brain injuries or severe ADD, has just launched INTERNATIONAL PAGES. WOW!!!!! ICD offers you a great selection of ICD’s current resources, translated in five different languages: Dutch, French, Italian,…

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Don’t Toss My Memories in the Trash

Don’t Toss My Memories in the Trash: A Step-by-Step Guide to Helping Seniors Downsize, Organize, and Move is a book. But it’s also a plea, spoken by someone forced to hastily move out of his/her home because a complication of aging has caused him/her catastrophic harm. Vickie Dellaquila, a Certified Professional Organizer(R) of the National…

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