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ICD's newly revised Clutter-Hoarding Scale is out

11 July 2011 | Comments [0] »

In 2003, the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization (now the Institute for Challenging Disorganization) issued the landmark Clutter Hoarding Scale, an assessment tool that identified five different levels of cluttering and hoarding. It can be used for organizers (or clients) who want to get an objective view of the state of a home. As conditions improve, it can also serve as a measuring tool.

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The debut of the Institute for Challenging Disorganization

5 January 2011 | Comments [0] »

As of January 1, 2011, the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization (NSGCD) is now officially the Institute for Challenging Disorganization! The NSGCD board voted on the name change in July. The tagline Education. Research. Strategies. was approved in September and the new logo in November.

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NSGCD announces new name

29 September 2010 | Comments [0] »

I’m just back from the annual conference of the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization, held in Austin. As usual, it was educational, energizing and inspiring.

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Great resources for those with lifelong disorganization

1 July 2010 | Comments [0] »

Today I start my two-year term as Marketing Director for the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization. So it seems fitting that I would devote a little space to raising awareness about this terrific group.

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Highlight reel for 2009

31 December 2009 | Comments [4] »

2009 was a year of ups and downs for me. I’m pretty sure I’m not alone. As I finish inputting data into Quickbooks for the year, I realize that my revenue is down, which isn’t great. I’m chalking it up to the economy. But so many really great things happened in 2009 that I view it as a year of success and progress.

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Why training and credentials matter

9 October 2009 | Comments [4] »

I just earned a credential I’m really proud of. I’m now a Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization┬«, a certification conferred by the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganizaton.

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Off to Los Angeles

30 September 2009 | Comments [2] »

I leave in an hour or so to fly to Los Angeles to attend the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization’s annual conference I love this conference and have gone every year since I became an organizer.

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Changing lives

24 February 2009 | Comments [0] »

Last night I heard a great NSGCD teleclass called “Strategies for Becoming an Effective Change Agent,” given by my friend Janine Sarna-Jones, CPO┬« of Organize Me in New York City.

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Book recommendation: It's Hard to Make a Difference When You Can't Find Your Keys

26 January 2009 | Comments [0] »

I just finished reading and analyzing a great book, It’s Hard to Make a Difference When You Can’t Find Your Keys: The Seven-Step Path to Becoming Truly Organized, by Marilyn Paul, Ph.D. for my NSGCD Level III certification program. It’s written for chronically disorganized folks and provides a warm, empathetic, holistic and patient approach to getting organized, even if you’ve lived your whole life being disorganized.

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The tragedy of stuff

1 December 2008 | Comments [0] »

This weekend, the National Public Radio program Weekend Edition aired a thoughtful essay called The Tragedy of Stuff, The essay was written by Cathy Duchamp, whose ex-husband, Maury, died suddenly, leaving behind an apartment full of stuff. Cathy and her friends were left with the task of clearing it out.

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Color me certified!

21 November 2008 | Comments [2] »

Yesterday I sat for the examination to become a Certified Professional Organizer®. The certification exam is administered by the Board of Certified Professional Organizers. Certification began in 2007 and since then over 275 professional organizers have become certified. (There are 4,300 members of NAPO.)

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All talked out

29 September 2008 | Comments [0] »

My back-to-back conference hopping in the past 10 days has plum worn me out.

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The power of clutter

12 September 2008 | Comments [0] »

As I posted on Monday I had a crazy-busy week last week, leading a team of five other organizers to help a client get his house cleared out. This week, I’ve been doing follow up on that job. There’s been a certain amount of paperwork associated with it. And I had a NAPO St. Louis chapter meeting this week, which always generates paper.

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All revved up!

29 April 2007 | Comments [0] »

I just returned from six fabulous days of training, education and networking with my colleagues in the organizing profession. I attended the annual conferences of the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization and the National Association of Professional Organizers. I also attended a one-day training workshop for a great filing system called Freedom Filer.

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