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In The Other Side of Organized, Linda Samuels, CPO-CD® will encourage you to get organized enough to reduce the stress of life’s details and make time to embrace your passions. Already, thousands of clients and readers have found help and inspiration in her advice, personal reflections on change and connection, and vision of what can be accomplished when you find that sweet spot between chaos and perfection.

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Chronic Disorganization & Next

Earlier this year John Hunt interviewed me for the Smead “Keeping You Organized” series. We talked about chronic disorganization, clutter, and next steps. With winter’s thaw bringing signs of spring, hope and change, I wanted to highlight some ideas from my conversation with John. You can watch the interview in its entirety at the bottom of this post.


Chronic Disorganization

Disorganization manifests itself in a variety of ways from mild to severe and from temporary to ongoing. In the early 1990’s, organizing pioneer, Judith Kolberg, noticed that certain clients did not respond well to traditional organizing techniques. She developed the term chronic disorganization to describe this group, and was the founder of the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization (NSGCD). In 2011, NSGCD changed its name to The Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD). I’m ICD’s President-Elect, and will become President on July 1st.  ICD is a 501(c)(3) non-profit association that offers a wealth of education, research, and strategies about chronic disorganization for professionals and the public.

The definition of chronic disorganization

  • Having a past history of disorganization in which self-help efforts to change have been unsuccessful
  • An undermining of the current quality of life due to disorganization
  • Expectation of future disorganization


Next Step

After reading the definition of chronic disorganization, maybe you’ve had an “ah-ha” moment and realize that you or someone you know has this challenge. Learning more is a great next step. Download several of ICD’s easy to read, free fact sheets.

Favorite ICD Fact Sheets:

  • Are You Chronically Disorganized?
  • Are You Situationally Disorganized?
  • How Do I Find A Professional Organizer That’s Right For Me?          
  • Readiness for Change
  • Tips for Communicating With the Chronically Disorganized
  • Time Management for the Chronically Disorganized



What I love most about every new season, month, or day is that auto-reset button. The natural cycle allows us to get creative and begin again (even after we’ve failed.) The reset encourages possibilities. Possibilities breed hope. So if you’re feeling challenged by the organizing piece in your life, remember that change is possible.

  • Learn more
  • Reach out for help
  • Discover ways of organizing that work for you
  • Remain hope-filled


Linda’s Interview About Chronic Disorganization


What’s next for you? Are you or someone you know chronically disorganized? Are you ready for change? Come join the conversation and share your thoughts about disorganization, change and hope.

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Reader Comments (8)

What a great way to start a Tuesday, really love the interview, and as today I'll complete the three NAPO mandatory courses for new P.O's I'll look for a class on ICD and realize if as I think, is the path I want to go, having a proper education on CD.
Thank you Linda.

March 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNacho Eguiarte

That was a really great interview, Linda. Great to see you "live" !! I believe speaking hope into the lives of our clients is one of the most powerful things we do. Many of my clients start off in a "things will never get better" mentality, and I can usher in a sense of refreshment, renewal and optimism. Nothing keeps us moving like tangible progress.

March 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

What an oh so fabulous interview Linda!
Your passion to help the chronically disorganized is inspirational.
The Institue for Challenging Disorganization website is an amazing resource for professional organizers and the chronically disorganized.

March 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRachel Seavey

Returning back after a day of organizing. How great to "hear" all of your wonderful voices! I'm enjoying your positive words and enthusiasm.

@Nacho- Congratulations on completing the three required NAPO courses! I'm sure you got a lot of great information. ICD offers fabulous courses too (about 50 per year,) in addition to the annual conference. If you sign up now, ICD is offering a promotional rate of $39 per teleclass through March 31st. This is a great value. Or if you become a Premium ICD Subscriber, all teleclasses are included in your annual dues at no additional fee. I took an ICD teleclass last night about working with teams when some of the members are chronically disorganized. What a fabulous class! I'll get off my soapbox now…Just don't want you to miss out.

@Seana- Glad you enjoyed the "live" version. John Hunt is a wonderful interviewer, and he made the process fun and easy. Hope is a beautiful thing to "deliver." It's true that often our clients feel overwhelmed and hope-less. Infusing some hope and possibility back into the equation is essential. I'm not surprised that it's part of your focus with your clients too. They are lucky to have you in their corner.

@Rachel- I've learned so much from ICD and continue to. And I completely agree that ICD is the best resource on chronic disorganization. And…the association has with incredible people like you. Thank you for all you do to make ICD visible and vibrant.

March 11, 2014 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Joining ICD is an incredible resource and it has impacted the way I coach my clients, immeasurably. Period. In our industry, I believe it's all about the education that make us prepared to deal (effectively) with this population of clients. Best decision I ever made!

March 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNancy Borg

Nancy- I'm in complete agreement with you that ICD is an "incredible resource." ICD's educational programs make us better organizers that can more effectively and compassionately help our clients. Hope to see you at the ICD conference in the fall…this year in Nashville.

March 13, 2014 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

It's hope that resonates with me most. It's when our clients feel most hopeless that they connect with us. And that hope moves them forward in organizing and changing their lives.

Thanks for sharing and leading our work together with ICD. It is an amazing resource for our community and the public.

March 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

Ellen- Hope is a powerful thread, isn't it? Love being part of the "hope-infusing" gang. Hope is what makes change possible.

So thrilled that you're part of the ICD community!

March 14, 2014 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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