Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Productivity & Time Management and Budgets - oh my......

Being organized involves a lot of areas.  It's not only about organizing your space - but it's about organizing your time and your life.

Organization affects all areas of  your life. From your closets, your living areas, your time, your thoughts, your social life, your money and so much more.....

To be successful you need to be organized and have a plan.  Being organized decreases your stress levels - because you know where you are at - and where you need to go.

Being productive requires organization. Time management is a huge part of being productive.

Time management and productivity is something that is usually not taught - yet it is a crucial part in a persons success.

Being successful also entails understanding your finances. Don't put your head in the sand and expect everything to turn out alright! Money is one place where you don't want any surprises!

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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Hoarding - A Serious Issue

Hoarding is a very serious and devastating situation. It is emotionally draining. For the Professional Organizers that work with Hoarding clients it is unlike what you see on the T.V. shows. It is much more personal and more devastating.

Sometimes clients come into your life and make an impact that you never expected. One such client of mine was a hoarder.  As with most hoarders Professional Organizers usually know to expect the worst. My client was a wonderful, highly educated woman with a problem. A problem that I always suspected would eventually lead to her death.

But - she was lucky. As I had anticipate, a fire did break out in her home but she was pulled out of her house by some neighbors and she survived. Not without extensive physical damage. But she survived.

The fire did finally force her out of her home and she is now living in a nursing home where she is getting the treatment she deserves.

Not everyone is so lucky.

Hoarding is a serious problem.

Read some of the stories from the past:

Langley Collyer

He lived with his brother, Homer, who was blind and paralyzed, in a three story mansion in New York.

It was filled from floor to ceiling with newspapers, boxes, barrels, crates and 10 grand pianos.

On March 21, 1947, the New York police received a tip that there was a dead body in the house. They broke down the front door but couldn’t get in because of all of the stuff.

They climbed in through a second story window and found Homer, dead. He had died of a heart attack.

The house was a maze of nests & tunnels and was booby trapped. There were trip wires that would bring down debris on any intruders.

Workers cut through the roof and lifted out 136 tons of junk.

After 18 days they found the body of Langley Collyer who had been dead for weeks.

It appeared that he had been crawling through a tunnel to deliver dinner to his brother when he triggered one of his own booby traps and suffocated. Homer had then starved to death.

What was salvageable from the tons of junk that had been collected, sold for less than $ 2,000 at auction. The house, condemned as a health and fire hazard, was razed. Today it is a parking lot.

Grey Gardens

In the early 1970s, two women related to Jackie Onassis were the subjects of the critically acclaimed documentary, Grey Gardens, about eccentric behavior. The women, Edith Bouvier Beale and her mother, Edith Ewing Bouvier, were former New York socialites who spent their days holed up in a decrepit East Hampton mansion.

When the Suffolk County Board of Health raided their house, they found piles upon piles of garbage amid human and animal waste. It was said that only three of the mansion’s 28 rooms were used, while the others were occupied by hundreds of cats, possums and raccoons.

When word of the deplorable conditions got o Jackie-O, she and her then-husband Aristotle Onassis paid $32,000 to clean the house, install a new furnace and plumbing system, and cart away 1,000 bags of garbage.


There have been a lot of articles on hoarding in the newspapers lately. Read some of them to learn how prevalent hoarding actually is.

Fatal Blaze Complicate by Hoarding

Animal Hoarding - Nevada Bill

Fatal Fire - Leads to Hoarding Death  

Residents Frustrated with Hoarding Neighbor

FDNY Trains to Battle Fires in Apartments with  Hoarding Problems



         A Group to Address Hoarding Behavior
        The Buried in Treasures Workshop is about
          more than clutter...
· Overcoming challenges
· Increasing motivation
· Reducing acquiring
· Prioritizing and celebrating choices

Self-Help & Empowerment
Finders and Keepers

Is clutter getting in the way of how you want to live your life?
Are you feeling overwhelmed with too many possessions?
Are you embarrassed to have people over?

This program offers a 16-week course that is based on the book ‘Buried In Treasures’​.  Join us for this group created by and for people who are ready to live a less - cluttered life! 

​The Buried in Treasures group is for people who would like to learn tips on how to de-clutter and stop over-acquiring with people who know what it’s like. Each week we will have a discussion around a specific skill, followed by the completion of challenging and rewarding exercises.

Individual progress, challenges, successes, and goals are also monitored throughout the sixteen weeks.

Participants are expected to commit to attending all the sessions as well as to participate actively.

A Buried in Treasures Group is forming at

St. Paul Lutheran Church
202 Brooks St.
Missoula, MT 59801

Sessions start Wednesday, March 20th from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

This group offers a judgment-free environment for people ready to make a change in their life.

Registration required. Call or email for more information.

*** There is a VIRTUAL group also available for people not able to come to Missoula        

                                             (440) 666 – 9326 or

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