Yesterday Peter Walsh’s new book, Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat?, was released with a home-and-body makeover televised for Oprah.
It has been my delight to meet Peter on a couple of occasions. While he is known for his skill as a “clutter expert” and adorable media star, he is also a passionate and dedicated professional with an advanced degree in educational psychology. He uses his deep insights into human motivations and learning to help his clients address the source of their organizational problems, not just the symptoms.
Professional organizers know that while people call us for help with their “stuff”, there is often a problem beneath the problem, which we must address with the client in order to achieve lasting change. And so it was with the family featured in Thursday’s program.
Peter helped the family of four (including two pre-teen children) to address the difficult emotions – grief, overwhelm, anger, shame – and the disorganized thinking that led to the mess in their homes and lives, and contributed to their collective weight that topped out at over 700 pounds.
Recently I received a call from a client after we had worked in her office, doing an executive launch for the GO System workshop. She said that people had asked her whether she had lost weight, or been on vacation – something about her was different, and they couldn’t quite identify what it was. What it was, we agreed, was the sense of ease and control that she had gained from our work organizing her time, paper and projects. She was able to set priorities and know what to do next. She could finally leave all her work at work. And she was positively affecting the stress levels of those around her.
What are some of the results you’d like to get from improving your organization? I invite you to post your thoughts here.