In the world of professional organizing, there’s a common misconception that our job is solely about decluttering and organizing physical spaces. While that’s undoubtedly a part of it, my journey as a professional organizer has taught me that it goes much deeper than that. It’s about understanding the human psyche, empathizing with our clients’ struggles, and empowering them to reclaim control over their lives.

The Foundation of ICD Education

At the core of my methodology lies the profound insight gained from my education on chronic disorganization from ICD®, or the Institute for Challenging Disorganization ( ICD® is dedicated to providing education, research, and strategies to assist individuals facing chronic disorganization challenges. Their mission is to serve as a premier resource on chronic disorganization, with a community consisting of Professional Organizers, Productivity Specialists, and related professionals seeking to understand the impact of brain-based challenges on organizational skills. By collaborating with medical, educational, and neuroscience professionals, ICD® aims to equip its members with the knowledge and resources necessary to help clients work with their brain’s natural tendencies and access the latest research and techniques.

Chronic disorganization, a multifaceted condition, is characterized by its enduring nature, persisting over prolonged periods. This persistent state often erodes the quality of life for individuals despite their efforts to self-correct. Chronic disorganization frequently coexists with various brain-based challenges, including ADHD, anxiety, depression, hoarding disorder, PTSD, TBI, and more. Understanding the complexities of chronic disorganization equips me with the knowledge to provide effective support and tailored solutions to my clients facing these challenges.

A Holistic Approach to Organizing

I understand that decluttering isn’t just about getting rid of stuff; it’s a deeply personal journey that often involves emotional attachments. By creating a safe and non-judgmental space, I empower my clients to confront their clutter and work through the underlying emotional challenges that contribute to it. Together, we navigate through the layers of belongings, discussing the stories behind each item and the emotions they evoke. This process provides my clients clarity on what matters to them and what they’re ready to let go of. I provide gentle guidance and support as they make decisions, honouring their feelings and choices every step of the way. By addressing the emotional aspects of decluttering, we not only create physical space but also cultivate emotional resilience and growth. My goal is to help my clients develop a relationship with their belongings that feels right for them.

Proven Strategies for Lasting Change

The education provided by ICD® is delivered by a diverse group of experienced professionals from various disciplines. I’ve integrated the strategies gained from this education into my approach as a professional organizer. My approach prioritizes key elements like establishing trust, setting achievable goals, and providing emotional support and guidance. I am dedicated to providing my clients with practical and research based organizational advice and continuous encouragement and support as they progress through their journey.

Navigating Complexity with Confidence

One of the most rewarding aspects of my work is helping clients navigate the complexities of their clutter. Whether it’s distinguishing between collecting, compulsive acquiring, and hoarding behaviour or addressing the challenges of ADHD and aging, I’m here to provide the guidance, support and resources they need to overcome their obstacles. If you are looking for somewhere to start, ICD® offers helpful fact sheets ( to explore, provided in 8 different languages.

Continuing the Journey

While my education through ICD® has been instrumental, learning is an ongoing process. I am committed to continuously updating my knowledge and skills through further education from ICD® and other reputable sources. With every client interaction and new experience, I am dedicated to refining my expertise and broadening my understanding. By remaining curious and adaptable, I strive to offer the most effective support to those who rely on me to guide them through their journey.

Are you feeling overwhelmed? Begin by writing down your goals and the challenges you’re encountering. If you require assistance mapping out your journey, contact us ( for support.