Raised the second of five girls with parents who started "America's Largest Clock Shop" in Zionsville, Indiana, I checked out my first organizing book from Eagle Elementary when I was in third grade. With a hoarding mother trying to maintain a certain lifestyle in the 80's when mass consumerism dominated our baby boomer pocketbooks, I found solace and comfort in cleaning, decluttering, and organizing.
Prior to my first organizing book, in preschool I used to color coordinate my closet in a rainbow fashion after my favorite doll, Rainbow Brite. I alphabetized my Dr. Seuss books prior to kindergarten. My parents provided me with many work opportunities from taking out the trash for a nickel to dusting grandfather clocks for a quarter a clock so I could purchase my first desired toy, a Rubik's cube.
A strong work ethic was instilled from a young age. As a toddler carrying the pendulum helping my father deliver grandfather clocks on Christmas mornings with his pinto station wagon, I learned at a very early age how important customer service is. Being the 'keeper of time' carrying the pendulum, I learned how important efficiency, without cutting corners or compromising superior service, is for each individual client.
With a hoarding mother and a military trained father, the dichotomy was an interesting blend. I found that in order to maintain as serene an environment as possible, my insistence for perfection was of tantamount importance.
Having worked, studied, lived, and traveled to 64 countries and all 7 continents, I have moved over 60+ times in 25 years. I have quite simply become an expert.
Whether you need a simple consultation to get you started on the process to handing me the keys to your home to facilitate all of your needs, I can prepare your home to show or help you get settled in your new environment.
I can shop for any necessary items from kitchen supplies to home accessories.
Many of my clients suffer from the debilitating condition of hoarding. I have seen some unbelievable conditions, most significantly my mother's home. As a professional organizer, even my own mother will not allow me to this day to 'touch' any of her possessions. Her home is completely packed of items, including many lifelong possessions of her five daughters. Out of every home or business I have assisted, nothing compares to the level of hoarding my mother suffers. Her home is so disheveled at this point, three of her bedroom doors can not even be opened because they are literally 'packed' full. She has a small path from the front door to the kitchen with stacks of newspapers, magazines, boxes, and other items stacked over six feet high. With my many various types of clients, I can assure you I have seen it all!
According to the definition established in the new version of the DSM 5, people with hoarding disorder have a conscious, ongoing urge to accumulate possessions, coupled with having corresponding feelings of anxiety or mental anguish whenever those possessions get thrown away. While some people affected by the disorder accumulate valuable items, most affected individuals accumulate things with limited or no real-world value, such as books, old magazines or newspapers, self-made notes, outdated clothing, or old mail.
People with hoarding disorder may accumulate possessions in locations that include their houses, yards or vehicles, or in their offices or other workplace settings. Whatever the specific location involved, the collected material typically produces enough clutter to limit or prevent the practical use of that space. In some cases, the collected material also produces an active, ongoing danger in the form of such things as fire hazards or hygiene hazards. In addition, in order to qualify for a hoarding disorder diagnosis, affected individuals must experience a disruption in important aspects of their lives (work, home life, social interaction, etc.) as a direct result of their hoarding behaviors.
According the International OCD Foundation, hoarders commonly grant certain rationales or justifications for their behaviors. Examples of these rationales and justifications include a desire to keep items or objects that may be needed in the future, a fear of discarding information that may have use in the future, a sense of emotional attachment to specific hoarded items, a sense of self-identification with specific hoarded items, and an artistic or aesthetic attachment to specific features of hoarded items (such as an item’s texture or color).
It is a very difficult process for hoarders to relinquish this most daunting task. The first step is recognition of this very personal challenge. There is no judgement and every possible level of hoarding has been seen from residential to commercial. Personal Organizer Pro helps facilitate hoarding in every scenario so you can live a more abundant and prosperous life!