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The Virtues of Imbalance

Just returned from the regional conference of the San Francisco-Bay area chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers (got all that?). NAPO-SF has been holding regional conferences for all of its 19 years and is a grand place to look for advances in the field. I was honored to be their closing keynote. We talked about the virtues of being balanced AND of being unbalanced.
 It is essential for any organizer working with clients whose disorganization tends to return that they understand where innovation comes from. It is innovative methods that work for this population. Innovation spring from, among other places, being off kilter, from that place where your competence is questionable.
To order the keynote as a CD or an MP3, go to http://www.vwtapes.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=6133. I also recommend the tape Nature and Nurture: It All ADDs Up by K. Anker-Paddon and M. Pinkham, and Icky-Sticky Opportunities by V. Roberts, both of which talk about the non-traditional client. Chronically disorganized people tend to fancy themselves as recyclers, a goal that remains much more an intention than an actual achievement. Being an ecologically conscious person is always worth encouraging in anybody so also check out the tape Simple and Sustainable Organizing.

Thanks to all of you who reached me regarding therapy resources for your client who may be a clinical hoarder. I recommend the Association of Behavorial and Cognitive Therapies (aabt.org) or your local state mental health association that can refer you to a cognitive-behavorial therapist. You can download the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization's Clutter Hoarding Scale at : http://www.nsgcd.org/resources/clutterhoardingscale/nsgcd_clutterhoardingscale.pdf
Just a reminder that the first edition of Conquering Chronic Disorganization is on sale for half price off, now only $6.50 at www.squallpress.net. Either the first or the second edition can be used as the recommended text of the professional organizers certification exam. See the Board of Certification of Professional Organizers (www.certifiedprofessionalorganizers.org)

posted on: 11/10/2007 11:00:00 AM by Judith Kolberg
category: Organizing Challenges

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FileHeads Professional Organizers founded in 1989, is a business-to-business professional organizing firm providing time management , office organizing, and productivity consulting. Company-wide training, keynote speaking, and custom teleclasses are available as well as individual organizing sessions. Chief organizer, Judith Kolberg, is an award-winning professional organizer, international author and speaker. FileHeads is regarded as one of the nation's foremost authorities on the special organizing needs of chronically disorganized and AD/HD individuals.

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