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Blog: Moving, Downsizing and Organizing for Boomers, Seniors and Elders
The two dangerous CD's

This week we are working with a senior woman who is clinically depressed and chronically disorganized. The two go hand in hand. Depression and disorganization create a vicious cycle that feed off of each other. Depression causes the feeling of being tired and overwhelmed all the time and disorganization makes it impossible to find anything, complete tasks or even do the simplest things.

With psycho therapy and, in all probability medications, headway can be made. Without treatment, in my experience, it is nearly impossible to break the cycle. The organizer can clean up the mess, but can't stop the person from continuing to create a new one - they simply can't see the forest through the trees.

In this case, our client must sell her house as her finances are also in total disarray. (This is often the case with CD/CD people.) So my team is slogging through the knee deep mass of papers, clothing, books, and other miscellaneous household objects that are strewn about the floor of every square inch of the house. The worst of course is the rotted food and food containers that accumulate everywhere and the possibility of bugs and rodents that usually accompany this scenario.

"How can anyone live like that?" or "Why don't they just clean it up?" are usually the responses I get when I show the photos at my speaking engagements. But the fact is many, many people do. And many of us are vulnerable to joining their ranks - if we lose our jobs, lose our spouses or parents, find out our child is an addict, discover that our finances have been drained, become seriously ill or have family member who is seriously ill and needs our attention - any combination of blows can topple our neat and organized world sending us into a downward spiral of CD/CD.

If you need help or know someone who does, you can go to NSGCD.org or google Chronic Disorganization and check out what comes up in your area.

posted on: 7/12/2008 1:30:00 PM by Gayle Grace
category: Moving

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Moving, Downsizing and Organizing for Boomers, Seniors and Elders

by Gayle Grace

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About Gayle:

Gayle Grace is the owner of All Things Home, providing expert organizing and moving services throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Gayle is a Golden Circle member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM).

Gayle is a also a trained chef and award winning food taster! When not managing a move or organizing Bay Area kitchens, Gayle can be found at one of her favorite restaurants or advising local wineries on food and wine pairings.

Gayle shares her home and the sofa with two cats, Littleone and Pumpkin Pie.

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Gayle's Book Recommendations:

  • Rightsizing Your Life by C. Ware
  • Scaling Down by J. Culbertson & M. Decker
  • No Ordinary Move by B.Z. Perman & J. Ballard
  • Moving in the Right Direction by B. Nemovitz

The Kitchen Sink

  • My Life In France by Julia Child
  • Home Cooking by Laurie Colwin
  • More Home Cooking by Laurie Colwin
  • Zuni Cafe Cookbook by Judy Rodgers
  • Classic Stars Desserts by Emily Luchetti

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