Hey Collectors, and Professional Organizers!
It’s GET ORGANIZED Month! And in spirit of being a Professional Organizer I wanted to share this blog post from the past. I interviewed Peter Walsh in the beginning of my career and STILL find his advice helpful! Here’s the scoop:
You may have seen this handsome Australian American on the TLC hit show “Extreme Clutter”, or heard his enchanting voice on the radio. He is a compassionate helper, an amazing organizer and absolutely the kindest for allowing me to interview him on our blog. Folks, let’s get a round of applause for Peter Walsh!
Rachel: At this moment in time, who would you most like to get (free) advice from and why?
Peter: Hmm – great question! I’d like to get free advice from any social media guru and I’m sure there are things in that domain that I could be doing more effectively.
Rachel: Define success and name a few people you think are successful.
Peter: I think that many people forego success and happiness because when it arrives it doesn’t look the way they expected it to look. I think success has to be defined as being firmly in the present with a balanced and reasonable set of expectations. From this perspective, then, success is something that is first achieved internally and not assessed by external criteria. So, for me, another person’s success is determined by them, not by me.
Rachel: I’m a new business owner trying to grow my organizing business. What are 3 things you wish you’d done differently when you first started your organizing business?
Peter: I wish I’d spoken with more professional organizers to get some broader perspectives on the profession. I wish I’d embraced social media earlier and more aggressively.
I wish I’d realized that 20% of a job usually takes 80% of the effort.
Rachel: By my standards you are a very successful person; a brand. Would you share some of the types of support you have in place to keep the Peter Walsh brand going strong?
Peter: Sure – I have a very clear vision for my brand, what it is, what it represents and how it presents itself. I call this ‘brand intention’. I don’t do anything that doesn’t align with that. I answer every email that comes to me myself. I delegate wherever possible. I make every effort to work with and to employ people who are much smarter than I am.
As well as his work on TV he has written a few best-selling books about clutter and organization. His first (and favorite) is “It’s All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff”. He is now also designing some cool organizational products and hosting a national radio program. This all keeps him busy when he is not travelling or helping people turn their clutter and chaos into calm.
Tackle messes one room at a time.
When you buy something new, practice the “in-out rule:” For every one new item, get rid of an old one.
Create intimacy in the master bedroom. Remember that improvements in one room can spread to the rest of the house.
Make cleaning up fun for your kids.
Create a vision for the room you’re cleaning.
Teach your kids how to sort.
Use a hanger system to determine which clothes you wear most.
Ask yourself if you really need something. If you hesitate, you don’t.
Establish a “magic triangle” in your kitchen between the stove, refrigerator and the sink. Keep the items you use most in that area.
Identify useful utensils with the cardboard box test.
This information was featured on the Oprah show.
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